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!
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.
Free parking is available on site. There are good bus links from the city centre, taking the number 26, 1, 12, 31, X48 or Airport 100 to Corstorphine Road and alight at Edinburgh Zoo.
Enter through the main entrance of the Holiday Inn. At your right hand side, you will see the entrance to the Spirit Health Club. Please sign in at reception to gain entry to the pool and changing rooms and sign out before leaving the building. On your first visit please ensure you complete a health declaration and hand this in at the health club reception.
Please meet your teacher on the poolside outside the changing rooms before and after lessons for the handover. Blue overshoes must be worn if entering poolside. If no overshoes are available please remove any outdoor shoes.
For Health & Safety reasons no viewing is permitted from the poolside; lessons may be viewed from the seating area in the reception. Tea, coffee and snacks are available for purchase.
Showers and toilets are available in the male and female changing rooms. For hygiene reasons please ensure you shower before entering the pool. Lockers require £1.00 which is returned after use.