All Nautilus instructors hold internationally recognised swimming instructor qualifications, but we think that you might like to know a bit more about them than that. So here, in their own words, is who they are and why they love swimming and instructing.
As one of our instructors likes to quote "Swimming is not just about learning technique, it's about building a relationship with the water".
Icaro Del Mar
Miguel Marcano Sanchis
I am a graduate of Sports Science and Physical Education at Brno University, Czech Republic (2006). At the age of ten, I started swimming with my local club and, by fifteen, I was training eleven times per week and competing successfully at the Czech National Junior Championships. Such success in the pool allows me to work really effectively in the water with students by providing technically clear demonstrations which help them visualize what it is they are trying to achieve.
I arrived in London in 2006 and have worked as a swimming coach and instructor with numerous companies. My aim is to put my excellent technical knowledge to best use, so as to help all my students achieve the highest possible level of success in their swimming.
I grew up in Poland and started swimming at the age of six. I soon became a member of a local swim club and competed successfully at National level. When my professional swimming career ended, I became an instructor so as to pass on all my depth of experience and knowledge to younger generations. I have taught in a number of swim schools and clubs in London. I am really keen on getting the technique right which enables my students to swim progress smoothly and effortlessly in all four strokes. I also have a degree in Politics and postgraduate studies in PR.
Sport is my greatest passion in life! As a child I always wanted to spend as much time on my various sporting activities as I could, and my interest in swimming grew over the years. So much so, that I decided to pursue it as a profession, and graduated as a P.E. teacher from the Academy of Physical Education in Wroclaw, Poland. As a student there, I specialised in sports management and swimming coaching courses at every level, from toddlers through to adult swimmers, including those with special needs.
I get huge enjoyment from working with kids and seeing their smiling faces when they are succeeding and having fun at the same time is great. I want to share my enjoyment of sport and inculcate healthy attitudes and enthusiasm for life-long active recreation.
My name is Margarita and I come from Bulgaria when I started swimming at the age of 6.
I have been a competitive swimmer and part of the Bulgarian national swimming team for many years. I participated in many national and international championships, including open-water swimming world cup competitions achieving a 4th place ranking
My higher education was in sports journalism and swim coaching. As swimming and communicating with people are my two favorite activities, my job as a swimming coach enjoyably combines both these very well! As well as Bulgarian instructor qualifications, I also have the GB teaching and coaching certificates as well and, overall, I have more than 15 years experience in teaching/coaching. I love my job and believe that giving my students individual attention, even in a group, is one of the key ways for them to reach their goals.
I have a Bachelor’s degree in Sports & Science and a Master’s degree in Secondary teaching of Physical Education from Valencia University (Spain). I started swimming at the age of 4 and I competed at national level until I was 16. Later I was involved in other sports including open water swimming, tennis, triathlon, and ironman competitions.
After my Master’s degree, I moved to Australia for one year. There, I learned from the best swim coaches in the world. I arrived in London in 2015 and, since then, have worked in the swimming industry as a strength and conditioning coach and as a swimming teacher and coach. My goal is to provide students with the best swimming lessons and the finest skills to become great and confident swimmers.
I have been teaching children and adults of all levels for more than eighteen years, both in Italy, where I come from and, for the last ten years, here in London. I pride myself on an ability to work with everyone from the most inexperienced, timid swimmer to aspiring tri-athletes looking to improve their performance.
My lessons for younger students are made to be fun while pushing them to explore and improve their abilities. With a sound understanding of the underlying mechanics and physics of swimming, I am able to provide more structured, technical lessons to advanced swimmers.
I am Nik and I have been swimming since the age of six. I was a National Champion in Bulgaria for 7 consecutive years mainly in free style and butterfly. Swimming is a vital life-skill as well as great fun thing to do and I love teaching both children and adults alike, aiming to get them to share my enthusiasm for this amazing sport. I like to think I am particularly good at motivating swimmers and bring out their full potential in a fun and enjoyable way.
I have been involved in swimming all of my life and have a very wide background and knowledge of aquatic sports including swimming, synchronised swimming and waterpolo. I was a competitive swimmer from a young age and subsequently a gold medalist and record breaker in 100m and 200m backstroke between 1986 - 1991. in Former Yugoslavia from 13 - 19 old age groups.
I was nominated for the London Award 2013 in the category Coach of the Year 2013 across the UK. I have also had a chance to work with one of our county's Olympians, David Wilkie.
I am qualified as swimming and synchronised swimming teacher and a coach and I am a FINA synchronised swimming judge for National and International competitions with over 30 years of experience and well over 7,000 students World Wide.
My greatest satisfaction always comes from seeing my clients enjoy their progress. Whether working with nervous beginners who need to conquer their fear of water, or with more advanced swimmers who want to reach triathlon or other swimming goals. I am certain that I can help you improve results through supportive and experienced instruction.
I started swimming at a very young age. As far as I can remember, I had a massive fear of water, but sheer determination eventually led to a competitive swimming career. I have been a competitive swimmer for many years now, and I am still participating in many national and international championships.
I teach all levels of swimming from babies to high level coaching. I have taught at many swim schools and clubs across London, which has given me a dynamic range of teaching skills and practical teaching knowledge. In my lessons, I focus on individual needs, the precision of the technique to achieve fast improvement right from the start.
Teaching has become my great love and my lessons are both fun and focused whilst taking place in a relaxed environment. I believe that I help my students to achieve their goals and I do get great feedback.
I have been a swimming teacher for four years. Before becoming a teacher, I managed swimming pools and sports centres in central London, as well training/ assessing lifeguards in the London Boroughs of Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea. Since starting to teach swimming, I have worked for inner city schools and community sports centres, as well doing private client instruction.
I love working with kids, helping them to improve and motivating them to be the best they can be.
I have had a passion for sports and physical activities from a very early age. This passion led me to take a degree in Physical Education in Brazil.
I spent a year in Australia in 2014, where I furthered my training whilst working as a swimming teacher. It was a huge learning curve for me, and has intensified my passion for this career.
I am a qualified PE teacher with an additional five years of experience of working as a swimming teacher. I am an enthusiastic educator who enjoys working with children and is committed to developing their physical skills.
Having spent the last few years teaching swimming to children at all levels, I have formulated a very good relationship with them and have found that I can instill in them a real enthusiasm for sports, health and fitness. I believe that my dedication and involvement in sports activities and healthy lifestyles will encourage and contribute to children’s swimming education.
Icaro Del Mar
Amongst my many passions in life, two are very important: teaching and sport. Growing up in a country like Brazil that has a large coastline gave me a love of water and swimming.
As a teenager, I was able to train and compete in small to medium size competitions which helped me gain the knowledge and confidence to be able to teach children the sport and give them the critical life-saving skill that swimming is. After more than a decade of teaching, I can surely say I'm very happy and enthusiastic about this career.
I was born in Habana, Cuba and I started swimming when I was 4.and was competing by the time I was 8. I became part of the national swimming team and I excelled. After I came to London, I began teaching in several schools. This then gave me the desire to become a coach to pass on my knowledge onto other children.
Personally, there is no greater joy to coach swimmers through their development and become a part of it. Swimming plays a central role in my life and, as I am a father, I feel this gives me an extra understanding of how to encourage children and get them to achieve their best.
I have been training in swimming since I was nine years old and teaching for the past four years. My lessons are based on detailed physical demonstrations which take place both in and out of the water.
With small children, my teaching style has a playful element that is designed to instill confidence and enthusiasm for swimming and for older students there is more of an emphasis on focus and motivation. I believe that every skill is learnable with practice and dedication and I apply this approach during my teaching sessions. On a personal level, I also enjoy practicing daily exercises, stretches, breathing techniques, and grappling sports.
When I was 7 years old, a swimming coach came in to my class and encouraged us to become swimmers. I started swimming lessons the following week! I fell in love with swimming so much that by the time I was 9, I had already decided that I wanted to become a swimming coach.
Years later, in adult life, that dream came true. Swimming coaching is rewarding on so many levels. I particularly relish the interaction with my students and overcoming challenges that invariably present themselves. Every day and every person are different and that diversity is both fun and rewarding at the same time.
I used to be a professional swimmer and swam for more than 13 years. I have been on my national team of Lithuania and competed at national and international levels all over Europe. I swam all of the strokes when needed, but my greatest success was the individual medley and my most important wins and results were won in that event.
Children should learn to swim because it is one of the most important survival skills and can save lives. It is the perfect hobby and significantly contributes to a fit and healthy life.
I believe that hard work and great fun are the best motivators to achieving your goals. This is reflected in my teaching style – never give up and always go forward with a lot of smiles and at least one drop of sweat.
My love for swimming began in Poland where I grew up swimming in a local Sports School. At the age of 15, I was selected for the Elite Boarding School for Swimming Champions, where I won numerous medals at Polish National Championships. During my time there, I attended Polish talent programs, which led to my qualifying for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Trials. I carried on with my professional swimming career at the University of Physical Education in Biala Podlaska/ Warsaw, where I gained a Master’s degree in Physical Education and a degree in coaching swimming.
In 2003, I moved to London, where I started to work as a swimming instructor and a swim coach in one of the London swim clubs. In 2008 I won an award for the best swimming instructor in all Virgin Active health clubs in the United Kingdom. I love nothing more than to pass on to others the skill and love for swimming that I have.
I grew up on the coast side of Brazil where, from the age of seven, I competed in surf events around Sao Paulo. It was there that I met and trained with the big stars of the swimming world and, of course, learned a great deal from them. When I was seventeen I started work at a surfing school teaching kids and adults in my town. I am crazy about everything to do with water and, when I arrived in the UK, I started teaching swimming here too. It’s the best job in the world.
I’m Barbara. I grew up in Poland just minutes away from the lake district of that country and I have always loved being around water – I even live on a boat in London!
I trained as a Geography teacher and having been working with children for a several years I thought I would combine my love of swimming and teaching and combine the two skills. I now feel so lucky to be working in a field that makes me so happy.
I like to make my lessons as fun as possible and try to ensure that my students get as much enjoyment out of swimming as I do. I want them all to progress to their fullest potential.
I learned to swim when I was three and was part of a swimming club by the time I was 7 years old. So swimming and teaching have been a passion since I was very young indeed.
I competed in the Middlesex county championships and became county champion under 16s 50 metres frontcrawl at the age of 15. I have taught a huge range of people with a variety of abilities and aptitudes, including people with water phobia, mental and physical disabilities and, of course, highly competitive swimmers. I can teach both competitive and non-competitive techniques in frontcrawl, backstroke,breaststroke and butterfly. My lessons are designed to be fun and I aim to build students' self confidence and particularly to share my enthusiasm for swimming. Through swimming, I want students to gain the sort of self belief that will enable them to realise that, in life, they can do whatever they put their minds to.
Miguel Marcano Sanchis
My name is Sergiu, but friends call me Sergio))
I come from Moldova and I started swimming at the age of 7.
I graduated Internal Municipal High School with Sports profile in Chisinau (2010)
Faculty of International Economic Relations at the Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova(2015)
A part of our school program was to choose a sport and practice it with special National trained coaches.
Since then, I had in average 10 training sessions per week 1.5 hour each, before and after school.
I started to do competitive swimming and play WaterPolo at the regional level in my home Town Chisinau and abroad in Romania.
After graduation I come to UK (2015) Through my own experience, soon I qualified as a Lifeguard and Swimming teacher.
I really love swimming and I would like to share all my knowledge with as many people as possible.
I taught swimmers of all ages and abilities, creating a positive and fun environment to motivate and encourage everyone to participate in swimming.
My name is Kate. I was born in and grew up in London. I studied at a boarding school in Brighton where I stayed Sun - Fri and came home at the weekends. I learnt to swim from a young age and as a teenager my passion was swimming competitively. After school I went onto college where I studied Sports development and Fitness and have been in the sporting industry ever since.
I've now been a swimming teacher for about 13 years and have worked for numerous companies as my teaching skills have developed.
I became a swimming teacher because I love being in the water and want to share my knowledge and experience with others. Its great watching children over come their fears and look forward to their lessons each week. I love being the one that teaches students new skills and watching my students swim lengths of the pool effortlessly and beautifully.
I recently become a mum myself and can't wait for my little girl to learn to love the water the way I do.
From an early age, I was at ease in the water. I began swimming around the tender age of 3 or 4 years old. My parents nicknamed me "their little fish" because I loved to be under the water, trying to swim between their legs. After competing in galas during my school years, I got a job as a lifeguard, and went on to do a swim instructing course. I have never looked back since. During the last seven years I have taught both adults and children alike. I have helped people overcome their fear of water and made them more confident swimmers. I have a solid understanding of stroke technique and can easily identify what aspect of a stroke needs improving. To achieve this, I incorporate a lot of drills into my lessons - always explaining the reasoning behind them - and I demonstrate what I am trying to teach. We are visual creatures and knowing is one, thing but seeing it is done is better.
I look forward to helping you to improve your technique, build confidence, get fitter and, if you want, preparing you for competitions
I am an inspired swimming teacher who's dedicated her educational career in the area of teaching swim and yoga and I am passionate about teaching to bring wellbeing and full potential of the people.
I was born and raised in a small town of Reggio Calabria ( Italy), and like all the small town, the community was a major influence. I was lucky to have been grown up in an environment that allowed me to increase people's empathy and understanding.
I started to swim when I was nine and water is my environment.
During my studies, I learned to provide explanations and demonstrate swimming techniques and swimming skills in enjoyable and creative classes.
I own a second-level swimming teacher course from the Italian Swimming Federation.
I believe I could bring you a quality service as a swimming teacher.
Swimming and fitness has been a natural environment for me since the age of 5. At the age of 11, I started competing at senior national level and reached Olympic trials in 2008. This has led me to being chosen to represent the South African Lifesaving team at the National lifesaving championships in 2015, where I won a gold medal. I obtained South African and American coaching qualifications, and recently British, which has assisted in my increased quality of coaching since 2010. I am currently studying Sport and exercise science at Roehampton University and my dissertation study will be to test a method on inducing the flow state through a multi-modal mediation technique and the effects it will have on swimming performance.
Swimming has been a natural ability for me through which I want to continue to serve others. I enjoy the ability to ignite the passion and benefits of swimming, fitness, achievement, and mindfulness in the water to all. Having ‘fun’ is for sure the key element in ensuring a long-term love relationship with water, and that is what I strive to bring to lessons, as well as a good balance between hard work and play. I find my reward and joy in knowing I have a positive impact on someone’s life and that my assistance in their swimming and life is still to bring many more happy memories in the future. My job feels like changing and saving lives and I know that swimming or being able to feel comfortable in water will be part of many more happy memories for the rest of someone’s life, and if that is my life purpose, I am blessed to fulfill it.
I have been helping out and shadowing swimming instructors since I was 10 years old. As soon as I was old enough, (5 years ago), I became a qualified swimming teacher. I have competed as a swimmer since I was seven years old and I still really enjoy training and competing. I try to keep my lessons fun and interesting and get my students to learn something new in every lesson.
I am a passionate swimming instructor who loves teaching swimming. My love for swimming started when I was very young. I grew up in a town in Colombia where the average temperature is 26 degrees throughout the year. There is no winter and outdoor swimming pools are available everywhere. I had my first swimming lesson at the age of 4 and since then, it has been my favourite sport. I’ve been teaching swimming for over eight years now and I love the competitive side of the sport. I have experience working with all age groups (swimming schools and triathlon clubs) from toddlers to competitive swimmers – teenagers and adults. I also have experience working with special needs students, and I hold a certificate in the Halliwick approach, where the main focus is the biophysical principles of motor control in the water.
I coming from Sparta, the warm weather of Greece coupled with the close distance of my house from the sea, was the main that spent a lot of time in my life around water sport, open sea swimming, and martial arts. In 2017 I moved to London and qualified as a swimming teacher. My passion for education and my enthusiasm for teaching children was the factor that drove me to make this life-changing decision. My main purpose is to transfer my dedication and cognitive skills to the next generation.
I started swimming at the age of eight years old whilst growing up in Lithuania. Even then I was highly motivated and set myself extremely tough goals. By the age of thirteen I was training ten or eleven times a week with Ltihuania’s top team to be an elite professional swimmer competing in Lithuanian National Championships in distance freestyle and butterfly. Whilst competing professionally, I graduated from the Lithuanian Academy of Sports Science and Physical Education. It gave me an excellent insight into how to apply strength and conditioning training to swimming, and an understanding of the mechanics of swimming.
Since graduating, I have gained many years of experience teaching children and adults at all levels in London and Dubai. Teaching has become my great love and my lessons are both fun and focused whilst taking place in a relaxed environment. I believe that I help my students achieve their goals and I do get great feedback. Never wanting to stand still for long, I love learning new things from salsa to snowboarding and therefore I really understand the learning curve and the level of teaching input needed to acquire new skills.
I started swimming at the age of three and water sports have been a big part of my life ever since. As well as being a fully qualified swimming instructor with Qualified Teacher Status, I have specialist qualifications in teaching pre-school children and babies.
My swimming career began in 2008 and I have a true passion for helping children and adults enjoy swimming and achieve their goals. Over the years, I have had a variety of teaching positions, including working for Brompton Swimming Club and numerous schools and clubs in Poland and the UK. I have worked for Nautilus for a number of years.
Pawel got his athletic start on land growing up in Poland where he spent his youth playing his favorite sport basketball but he always had a love for the water. He begun swimming at the age of 4. When he was 7 years old, he joined his local swimming team. As he remember swimming has always been a part of his daily regimen, enhancing both his training and peace of mind. He competed as a swimmer for many years and he also swam with the competitive swim team at the University. Pawel has a Masters degree in Education and many years of coaching experience. Whether a student is 3 years old or over 60, he strives to show how much fun the water can be. When not working you might still find him swimming in the pool or on the court excelling at basketball.
I spent most of my childhood involved in the world of swimming watching my father coach professional swimmers. These experiences inspired me to take up swimming teaching myself whilst also studying nutrition at university. Since relocating to the UK from my native Iran, I have achieved a masters in Sports Nutrition and taught swimmers of all ages and abilities. I am a keen sportsman and I have played water polo with Ealing club and competed in and coached amateur tri-athalons.
My love of the water has been passed down from my Dad who was a great surfer and national competitor in Australia. I know that my sister and I learnt to swim by holding onto his legs as he kicked us off so we could paddle back to him.
I took to competing in the open water many years ago when the city was becoming too hectic for me. Submerging myself under water always brought me a sense of great peace. It is gentle and quiet and this is how I would like all children and adults to experience the water.
I am so grateful for all my competitive training, because I know that many parents struggle to keep their children safe at the beach during holidays. In my youth I was on swim teams, learnt to body surf on the Victorian coast with my friends, and went on to coach children when I was at university. Since then I have gained over 8 years of experience in teaching and training beginners to advanced learners and Masters swimmers. I am interested in applying my knowledge of water safety and swimming skills in order to equip my students to be both safe and happy in the water.
My passion for swimming led me to take up the career of swimming teacher. I come from Sardinia, an island off Italy, so I started swimming from a very young age. Then, later, as I grew up, I fell in love with the sport and I started training regularly and I have never stopped since. Now, after more than 15 years of training, I am excited to be sharing my knowledge with Nautilus students and I hope my enthusiasm comes through in my lessons. My aim is to create strong, happy swimmers and to achieve this, I am both thorough and patient in ensuring that each swimmer has the finest technique. I want to bring out the best in each student, whether they are a beginner or a competitive swimmer.
My passion for sport started at the age of eleven when I joined a local water-polo team in Bucharest. After a year of hard work and determination I won my first water-polo National Championship. I won the National Championship of Romania four years in a row and received awards such as Most Various Player and the Top Scorer of the season. My determination, will and perseverance gave me the opportunity to represent Romania in international championships in countries such as Russia, Turkey and Germany. Whilst competing professionally, I finished high-school and decided to broaden my knowledge of sports by applying to study at university in London. During my first year in London, I joined the water-polo team Ealing Crabs. This gave me the chance to compete in the National League and London League. Whilst at university, I joined the university swimming team and participated in events such as BUCS.
My passion for water sports shaped me into the man I am today. The knowledge that I have acquired has helped me and my students to strive, improve and correct any imperfections related to swimming. Through my own experiences, I have gained a great insight into how to work with different students and how to deliver my information in a clear and concise manner whilst at the same time keeping my lessons both focused and fun!
I have been involved in sporting activity all in my life. My favorite ones always include water. I want to share this wonderful sport with as many people as many possible. Not everyone is born to become an Olympic champion, but I would like to help people to reach their maximum potential and, through the lessons, show them how to really enjoy regular exercise and increase their knowledge and understanding of swimming and water polo.
I come from Naples (Italy) and I am a swimming coach and teacher. I started to swim at the age of 7. When I was 11 I won a regional championship in Italy and a silver medal in the Italian Southern Championships. Subsequently, due to the very long distance between home and the swimming club, I had to give up go to another pool. There, water-polo was the main activity; a sport at which I reached professional level by the age of 21. Injury prevented me pursuing a career in the sport and I started to work as teacher. My lessons are fun, but I also make sure that children learn the correct swimming techniques that provide the right foundations for the future.