Meet our teachers and coaches


Hello. My name is Jonathan Fulcher and I have been an A.S.A swimming instructor for over ten years.
I have swum competitively to county standard as a youth but now enjoy swimming at a more leisurely pace and more importantly passing on my knowledge and skills to pupils during my lessons. I enjoy helping young swimmers take their first strokes and love helping my older swimmers refine their technique.
When I am not teaching I enjoy participating in a variety of sports including squash, football and martial arts.

Jon's Testimonials

“My five year old daughter took a five day holiday crash course with Jon  – it was her first experience of swimming lessons – and she enjoyed it enormously.
Jon’s calm instruction and the small class size gave her a lot of confidence in the water, and she is now excited to try out the weekly classes.
We’ve been very impressed so far with Elite Swimming Academy’s organization and instruction, and we look forward to watching our kids learn to swim through their expert guidance!”

– K. Rawlingson

Jon's Testimonials

“Just a short note to thank you at this, the end of our grandson’s second term, with Jon at Barrow swimming pool.

Two weeks ago, our grandson achieved his 5m swimming certificate; he will not be three until the middle of September this year.We are so proud and pleased and just wanted to thank Elite, and especially Jon, for the amazing way our grandson has been taught to swim at a relatively young age and in such a short time.
He was already very happy and confident in the water and in particular, swimming under water but Jon has taken him to a new level.

So Jon, many thanks for your patience and also discipline in the lessons and see you in September!”

– J. Pearce

Jon's Testimonials

“My thanks to Jon, who taught my daughter at King’s Hedges last week;

She went from having a lack of confidence, to managing set off on her own! Yesterday, we removed half the floats from her swimming jacket, she even tried swimming without anything…

She even asked me to help her swim on her back and was pushing herself underwater to jump off the bottom of the pool….. unbelievable!

My daughter has always loved the water but wasn’t confident enough to properly enjoy it. Last week’s lessons have changed that and it was great fun to watch her swim around and properly enjoy the water.”

– G. Tolhurst

Children's Lessons Testimonials

"I can recommend Elite Swimming Academy in the strongest possible terms. My son was three and a half when he started his classes with Elite and was very nervous around water following some disastrous swimming lessons at our local leisure centre pool. After only one session with Anthony, he seemed entirely happy in the water. After two sessions, he was claiming that he "loved swimming". After a term, he had become a really confident swimmer. I have nothing but praise for Elite, Ed Williams and Anthony." 
C Ross.

"My two children (aged 7 and 3) just started with Elite after waiting for several months for suitable lesson times due to our other commitments and the popularity of the lessons! The classes were worth the wait - I noticed an improvement in their skills from their first lessons! I've recommended Elite to my friend for her 4 year old and she too is delighted! My kids' teachers are really nice, any emails are answered really quickly and the service as a whole is great!" 
E Watson

"Fabulous! I saw clear progress in just one lesson. I am a teacher and could have filmed the lesson for use in professional development! Excellent use of assessment for learning, clear instruction, personalised per participant and clear explanations of how and WHY! Super. We will be booking lessons for Christmas holidays if available."
Nikki Gabb

"I must let you know that although we have only had 5 lessons with you so far, I am more impressed with the progress that Jacob has made in just 5 lessons than he has made in 5 years of our previous swimming lessons! Clear instruction, superb attention to detail and sheer professionalism every step of the way." 
Laura Davies

All of our staff are trained to the highest standards