Head Coach - Tim
I have been involved in swimming since the age of 6 when, back in Estonia, my dad took me to our local club to learn to swim. Over the years I developed my skills and, by the age of 13, I was swimming competitively at a national level. I loved what I was doing and it inspired me to work hard to further perfect my skills and technique. By 18, I had taken part and enjoyed success in many national and international competitions. Then, at the age of 19, I decided to switch my focus, ending my swimming career to become a swimming coach instead. I founded a swimming club at a local pool and became Head Coach, with more than 70 swimmers taking part in daily training.
In 2008 I moved to the UK, where I decided to continue my education and develop my career
Development Coach - Mackinh
I coach the Skills Development Squad. I have been involved with and committed to this team since 2010. My aim is to improve and refine the skills of our young swimmers and, even more importantly, develop their confidence in the water. I believe that anyone has the capability to become a great swimmer, what matters most is the effort that they put in.
I place great importance on demonstrating the correct technique for each stroke and ensuring it is always used, so that our swimmers are able to excel in the pool. The commitment they demonstrate in training will be matched by my commitment to them, and together we will challenge their abilities and keep pushing the limits of what they can achieve.
Development Coach - Amy
I’m a Level 2 ASA Swim Teacher, a qualification I have held since 2016. After two years of teaching in leisure pools across Southwark, I landed the post of Swim Manager at Dulwich Leisure Centre. I got into coaching by starting as a volunteer. I had always wanted to go into coaching but didn’t believe I’d ever amass the knowledge required to do so. It was only after assisting at a session as a volunteer that I began to realise just how much I already knew – and how much more I wanted to learn. I continued to volunteer at Southwark Aquatics for a year, then last year the club funded me to take my Level 1 Assistant Coach, which I passed.
as a senior coach. I worked in numerous clubs in London before joining Southwark Aquatics in 2016. My goal as Head Coach is to help all swimmers achieve their swim goals and realise their full potential. I am an ASA Levels 1 and 2 qualified Swimming Teacher and ASA Levels 1 and 2 qualified Swimming Coach. I am currently training for my Swim England Senior Coach qualification. In addition, I am NPLQ national pool lifeguard certified (deep water rescue), have my Safeguarding qualification and am a Level 2 fitness instructor.
Southwark Aquatics has a great sense of community and belonging, which has helped me find my feet in the club and continue to grow and improve as a coach. Working with kids is always inspiring – every swimmer is so different in their expectations of themselves, what they want from training sessions and their competitive edge. Supporting and guiding them through the ups and downs means you go on that journey to success together. It’s so rewarding.