Meet our teachers and coaches


Hello, My name is Tom Smith and I have been an A.S.A swimming instructor for the last three years.

Prior to this I did three years of work as an assistant teacher, learning a variety of skills and techniques from many different teachers.In my time as a teacher I have taught children of all ages as well as adults.

I greatly enjoy seeing my students progress, learning new things and becoming more confident in the water.I see swimming not only as a life skill, but also a fantastic way to keep fit, relax and unwind.

I look forward to teaching you, or your children soon!

Tom's Testimonials

“I gained a lot during my 45-min lesson with Tom and now I have more confidence to go train with the right technique. I was looking for ways to improve my swimming to make it more effortless, and that’s exactly what I learnt to do through corrective and progressive breathing and posture exercises. Tom was very attentive and focused on making me master the exercises the whole time, while creating a relaxed and joyful atmosphere. Thank you Tom! Now I just have to go practice and enjoy!”

– Manuela

Tom's Testimonials

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

She can now do a whole length of the big pool at Parkside, breaststroke and back stroke without her sinking too much, which she couldn’t do before. She was very pleased with herself!

We look forward to seeing Tom again.”

– G. Tolhurst

Tom's Testimonials

“I am really pleased with how my son is getting on with his swimming lessons.
He’s not a naturally confident child and tends to give up easily if he thinks he can’t do something…
Tom has really helped my son learn that if he tries, and keeps trying, he can do things he’s unsure of. It feels as though he’s made a leap in his progress recently too which is lovely to watch!
So, please pass on my thanks to Tom and I look forward to continuing lessons for as long as I can…”

– M. Leontis

Tom's Testimonials

“The location at Barrow is great, always really warm and the perfect depth for children that aren’t confident with deep water.
In regards to the instructor Tom, I have got to say that he is absolutely amazing with my daughter.
She was very nervous in the water but after only three lessons she is now swimming on her own; back and front (with a flotation aid). Tom is patient, calm and reassuring and we couldn’t ask for a better person to teach our daughter.
We are really pleased that we have chosen Elite Swimming Academy.”

– D. Bates

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