Meet Our Team

Check out all our team at AquaStars Swim Academy. Simpy click on each photo to view more details about each of our teachers.

RAE

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Rae

Owner


  • Ex-National Breaststroke swimmer – trained at City of Salford Squad and Worsley swimming club
  • Level 1 & 2 Swimming teacher
  • Level 2 Safeguarding trained
  • First Aid trained
  • Also fully qualified as a paediatric A&E nurse

I grew up in a family of swimmers and can’t even remember learning how to swim! At the age of 15 I became a national breaststroker and also swam at the England college’s representing Pendleton College.  Once I started working, I gained my NPLQ (Lifeguard) and Level 1 & 2 swimming teaching qualifications which lead me on to work for a variety of companies and council run organisations allowing me to gain experience in both the private and public sectors.  In 2016 I was part way through university completing my Paediatric Nursing degree and, with the help of Julie (our lead teacher) I decided to open my own swim school…AquaStars!

I love teaching children how to swim.  Seeing them progress each week from being beginners in armbands, to finally being able to swim independently learning the skills and techniques that allow them to become confident, competent swimmers and most importantly be safe in the water is so rewarding.

 

JULIE

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Julie

Lead Teacher


  • Level 1 & 2 Qualified Swimming Teacher
  • Qualified Parent & Child Swimming Teacher
  • Level 1 Synchronised Swimming Teacher
  • Disability Awareness Trained
  • Level 2 Safeguarding Trained
  • Qualified Level 3 School Teaching Assistant
I first started teaching swimming at the age of 17.  I gained Teaching qualifications in Swimming Teaching, Life-saving, Synchronised Swimming, Disability and Parent & Child swimming. During my career I have taught my 5 children to swim. 3 have since swam nationally/internationally and my youngest currently swims at national level in Synchronised Swimming.

Personally I enjoy Open Water Swimming, which I have medalled at North-West county level.

My belief is passion for swimming passes to the children/adults I teach and encourages their skills and confidence.

Also, I believe if pupils enjoy their lesson they will continue to swim throughout life whether it be holiday, speed swimming, water polo or synchro, whilst providing a life-saving skill and promoting good health.

JODIE

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Jodie

Teacher


  • England Aase Frontcrawl swimmer– Ex national backstroke swimmer – trained at city of Salford Squad
  • Qualified Swimming teacher
  • Qualified Lifeguard
  • First Aid trained
  • Currently undertaking a PGCE to become a primary school teacher 
  • Degree in education

I learnt to swim by the age of 2, with the help of my mum. Growing up with 2 sisters as national swimmers influenced me to want to swim as they were great role models in developing my passion for swimming.  At the age of 17 I went on to represent England and complete the Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence swim (AASE) programme. Throughout my swimming carer my fondest memory was competing in the same relay team as my sister at nationals, gaining 5th place in the finals. 

The passion and skills I have gained from my own experiences has founded my love for teaching swimming and has influenced me in wanting to pass my knowledge on to others.  

Helping children with their individual learn to swim journey; from starting off in armbands through to stroke perfection brings a rewarding aspect to the job.  Seeing how this can bring joy to children whilst learning a lifesaving skill makes me feel lucky to play such a fulfilling role. 

KAT

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Kat

Teacher


  • Ex-International/GB swimmer representative – trained at City of Salford Squad & Loughborough University
  •  Qualified swimming teacher
  • First Aid trained
  • Qualified Lifeguard
  • Diploma in sports science and sports massage

I have always been a water baby and always at my happiest in the water!After enjoying my swimming lessons so much, I never wanted to stop swimming.  I went on to train competitively for City of Salford swimming club which led me on to become a national swimmer in all events from the age of 11 years old and each year afterwards up until I retired at the age of 24.  During this time I also represented Great Britain, captained for England teams, gained a place at 2012 olympic trial finals, and medalled at many national and international events. My passion for swimming motivated me to become a swimming teacher. I thoroughly enjoy delivering my knowledge in such fun ways that result in seeing children become more confident within a pool environment.  One aspect in which I find most rewarding is seeing children and really enjoying themselves in swimming lessons despite their initial fear of water at the beginner stage.  

CALLUM

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Callum

Lifeguard


  • Lifeguard Qualified (NPLQ)
  • First aid trained
  • Level 1 safeguarding
  • Level 1 Sports leader   
  • I come from a very active family where sports and fitness has become second nature to me. In my spare time I play competitive football for Bolton county and also summer/winter league tennis. I do a lot of running and have previously competed for Greater Manchester in cross country.
    Having recently finished college and successfully achieved A level results in my chosen subjects, I am planning to join the RAF as a mechanical engineer working on the aircrafts in the near future.
    I have been Lifeguarding at AquaStars for almost 2 years and absolutely love working with the team and also the children.

NIKITA

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Nikita

Teacher


  • Qualified STA Baby and Pre School Swimming Teacher
  • Qualified STA Level 2 Swimming Teacher
  • Qualified Lifeguard
  • First Aid Trained
  • Safeguarding Trained
  • Ex Wigan Wasp Club Swimmer
  • Degree in Accountancy
  • Part-Qualified Accountant
I have always had a passion for swimming from a very young age. Attending traditional swimming lessons, progressing through the scheme and then onto club swimming.
When me and my husband started a family I knew that swimming needed to be a skill that the children experienced from a very early age. Learning to have a love and respect for the water was a real priority for us as parents. We booked to join baby swimming lessons before our first child was born and he attended from being 5 weeks old. It was during this time that my passion for swimming grew much stronger. Seeing the benefits that swimming was bringing to Zayden’s development and the life skills he was learning really made me want to train to be a swimming teacher. When my second child was born, I couldn’t wait to get her in the water and start my training. Ziva had her first swimming lesson at 5 days old and I started my training 5 weeks later. 8 years on and I have various types of swimming lesson experience from baby and pre school to adults.
I believe teaching children to swim is a real privilege. Every child is on their own individual swimming journey and teaching them a skill for life really does make it the best job in the world! It certainly beats being an accountant any day of the week!