We teach beginners and train athletes. We build confidence in nervous first-timers and refine technique in competent swimmers. However old you are, whatever level you’re at, Swimming Nature can help.
By combining highly structured modular lesson plans, small class sizes and hands-on, in-water instructor attention, we ensure you or your child makes rapid and visible progress.
Not only do we emphasise the mechanics of the four strokes, but we teach the how, why and what behind effortless, energy-efficient swimming, so with Swimming Nature, you’ll swim faster, better and in harmony with your body.
Jennifer is both passionate and knowledgeable. For 12 years she represented Scotland in various competitions and has achieved an impressive 13 new Scottish and 5 British disabled records. She volunteered at local swim clubs before qualifying to teach through the ASA in 2015, she also has a qualification in teaching students with additional support needs. Jennifer is enthusiastic and likes to tailor lessons to each student, working with them to accomplish goals and progress.
Joanna is from South Africa and can speak English, Afrikaans and basic Dutch.
Joanna has a level 2 swimming qualification and even ran her own swim school in South Africa.
Joanna swam competitively throughout her school years. Her highest achievement was swimming at South African Level 1 National Championships. She has also done some open water events.
Throughout her swimming and teaching career she continually researches and learns about the sport she loves and endeavour to better herself as a teacher and swimmer.
Swimming has always been an integral part of Joanna’s life. For Joanna, it’s a way of life and swimming is where she gained a great deal of life experience and developed the character traits that have helped her become both who she is and who she wants to be.
Joanna loves teaching the Swimming Nature method as her first teaching experience was teaching in the water one on one. Swimming Nature is a perfect fit for this way of teaching. The methods and lessons at SN are designed to bring out the best in each swimmer and develop their unique individual abilities. Joanna is proud to be part of this.
Joanna enjoys being part of the journey from non-swimmer to adept swimmer.
She says ‘Every age group has its own charms and challenges. It’s a pleasure and a privilege to be part of that’.
Moving to Scotland was a dream of Joanna’s has her grandmother was from Glasgow. Joanna is looking forward to a long career in swimming and with Swimming Nature.
Karen is an experienced swimming instructor working in Scotland and England for over 19 years. She has always been into sport from a very young age , competing in Judo , Dance and Swimming at School.
Karen is a qualified level 2 Swimming instructor and also holds a Silver Scottish Judo Medal and Gold medals for Breaststroke at a competitive level.
Karen also teaches other fitness classes and loves to practice Yoga and enjoys long walks in nature and cycling.
Karen started her swimming Nature career in 2008 where she taught at various locations for a few years before she then went on to build a career in finance. She continued to build on her teaching on the side and a while after this Karen realised she loved swimming too much to give it up and returned to Swimming Nature in 2020.
Karen's favourite level to teach is the Crab level. She says this is because she feels its a level where they really grow the most confidence and go from water confidence to building on technique with their strokes.
Karolin learnt to swim at a very young age in the native Romania and never looked back!
Since 4 years old swimming has been part of her life and now has the opportunity to share her experience with her young students!
Karolin likes the swimming nature methodology as she thinks a small class size can give her a better opportunity to tailor the lesson by student and increase the quality of the lesson!
Karolin enjoys teaching children of any age and ability!
Manuel is originally from Spain and speaks both Spanish and English! He has obtained a Degree in Sport Science and Physical Education. He has been competing in swimming for 10 years and is a Top National Swimming and Triathlon Coach. He has obtained a UKCC level 2 Teaching Aquatics and has a RLSS National Pool Lifeguard Qualification. Manuel has been teaching and coaching for almost 10 years and has taught children and adults, several swimming clubs and even the under 21 Spanish Triathlon National Team. His highest achievement is being part of the top five Spanish National Triathlonship. If he’s not swimming you’ll find him horse riding or practicing archery. Manuel thoroughly believes that the Swimming Natures methodology is just brilliant as the programme builds confidence in children and adults who are taught how to swim using the correct strokes and learn to swim in a more natural way. He enjoys teaching all the swimming levels especially from Seals upwards.
Originally from Spain- Mario speaks both English and Spanish! Mario is a fully qualified swimming teacher with over 5 years' experience of teaching swimming. He is a Swimming Instructor which is approved by the Royal Spanish Swimming Federation and has a lifeguard qualification approved by the Royal Spanish Lifeguarding Federation. He also has a swimming instructor certification from the SSRF and has done a course in Pedagogy. What you might not know about Mario is that he thoroughly enjoys soccer and riding bikes. He enjoys the structured Swimming Nature Programme and the methodology behind it. We welcome him to our team.
Zhaoyang Song is a Chinese native who has been swimming for 16 years and has been a qualified Swimming Teacher for eight years. He achieved fifth place in a national competition, scoring 55.45 seconds in the 100 Butterfly. Outside of swimming, he enjoys reading and learning new languages.
Having previously worked as a competitive swimmer on the Chinese Swimming Team, Zhaoyang is patient and easy-going in his approach to teaching. He appreciates the proficient teaching program of Swimming Nature, which he finds fitting for all ages of children, and enjoys the friendly working environment.
Zhaoyang prefers teaching students at a higher level due to his professional training experience.
No one other than school staff or official visitors will be granted access to the school car parks before 4pm. We kindly request parents attending our lessons between 3.45pm and 4.15pm to review their parking arrangements and consider pay and display parking bays available in the surrounding streets. From 4pm onwards, free parking is available on site in the parking bays. There are good bus links from the city centre, the number 45 comes directly to Colinton Rd. Bus numbers 11, 15, 16, 17 and 23 come to Holy Corner on Bruntsfield Road a short walk from Colinton Road.
Enter through the school gates from Colinton Road and follow the school drive round along the front of the school. At the end of the main school building turn left into the rear parking area. The pool is situated in Galleon Club. Please note that the building opens to the public from 3.30pm weekdays.
Your teacher will meet you on the poolside before and after lessons for the handover. If you are attending lessons for the first time please bring your confirmation letter and ask a member of our teaching staff if you need any assistance. Blue overshoes must be worn if entering poolside. If no overshoes are available please remove outdoor shoes.
Lessons can be viewed from the reception area (please note that children cannot be left unaccompanied on poolside and patents are not allowed to remain on poolside during the lessons). Please accompany your children onto poolside to meet the teacher 2-3 minutes before the lesson start time. You can meet your teacher on poolside 2-3 minutes before the end of your lesson for detailed feedback.
Please note that a Swimming Cap must be worn at all time when attending the lessons and we recommend customers wear flip flops or pool shoes in the pool and reception area.
Showers and toilets are available in the male and female changing rooms which are also equipped with lockers. For hygiene reasons, please ensure you shower before entering the pool. To avoid congestion please do not enter poolside until 2-3 minutes before your lesson is due to start or finish. Please note that boys aged 8 or over must use the male changing rooms. We would advise any parents with children using the opposite sex changing rooms to use the cubicles provided.