Dedicated to teaching individuals to swim confidently

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About us


The SwimShak family consists of.....


Phillipa - who has a lifetime’s experience of swimming. Born into a family where swimming was a fundamental part of everyday life it was only natural that she learnt to swim at an early age progressing into competitive swimming during her teens. Finding the same love of the sport as her parents she qualified as a swimming teacher in 1999. Phillipa has taught children and adults to swim in a variety of situations.

Alan - has been an ex County Junior and Master swimmer and represented Great Britain at triathlon. He first obtained his ASA Teachers Certificate in 1977 and ASA coach in 1997. He is also a Trainer/Assessor for the Royal Life Saving Association and an established tutor for the ASA since 1981 being appointed Principal Tutor in 1996. Alan has taught/coached in a variety of situations having served as club coach at Dunstable, set up and managed the David Lloyd swim school at Luton and has also taught swimming teachers throughout the UK. For many years he was the Education and Training Officer for the ASA Midland District and Bedfordshire ASA and for the year 1997 was appointed President. However his real passion is back to grass roots and teaching on the poolside to beginners of all levels.


Pat - was introduced to swimming by Alan and became heavily involved in the 1980s teaching beginners and young competitive swimmers. Pat obtained her ASA Swimming Teachers certificate in 1981 and just a year later her Advanced Teachers Certificate. Being the wife and mother of a swimming family she was never far away from water. Much of her teaching was via a a swimming club environment, where she became very experienced in developing young swimmers for competition and achieving much success. Sadly, Pat passed away in July 2017.


Since opening in April 2015 we have employed several other teachers who take various lessons during the week.


All SwimShak teaching staff hold appropriate and current Teaching Qualifications and are Enhanced DBS checked. Between us we hold a minimum of the Royal Life Saving Society Teacher / Coach Rescue Award and are First Aid Trained. All are individually insured.