About Our Team
A national swimmer in Spain for 11 years, Pilar achieved a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry in her home country and has been teaching in London since 1998. In 2006 she finished a second degree here in the UK, a BA (Hons) in ‘Childhood and Youth Studies’, to gain a greater insight into the development of the physical and mental capabilities of young children. Pilar also has an MA in Translation.
Pilar has worked with children for 30 years, 23 of which have been in London, as both a primary and secondary school teacher, a private Maths and Science tutor, a Youth Project consultant and manager, and of course, a swimming teacher!
'Learning to swim properly is technical and complicated. We are not natural swimmers because we are not aquatic animals and thus adapting our breath to water successfully is crucial to be able to swim efficiently. Unfortunately, in most lessons, not enough attention is paid to this first stage of the learning process and neither floating nor gliding are addressed properly.
Too many lessons are focused solely in the propulsive part of swimming to the detriment of these basic skills, leading to poor technique, lack of progress in the strokes, and low confidence. The aspiring swimmer tends to blame that in her lack of ability rather than in poor teaching methods. Swimming up and down the lanes does not guarantee good technique or efficiency. In fact, without proper technical input, it only leads to bad habits that at best hamper efficiency and speed, and at worst can result in injury.
Practice does not make perfect but it does make permanent!
Only good practice makes perfect.'
The Rest of the team
Our teachers are:
- Fully qualified, experienced and mostly degree educated.
- Hold further qualifications to deliver swimming lessons for babies and those with special needs.
- Maintain life-saving and first aid qualifications.
- Approachable and knowledgeable.
- Passionate about their job.
- Maintain high professional standards at all times.