welcome to cedars health club

Cedars Health Club is tucked away between the grounds of Richmond Gate Hotel and Richmond Hill Hotel. It is the perfect haven for rest, relaxation, fitness and wellbeing. Swimming lessons take place in the beautiful light and spacious 20m indoor pool and the luxury changing rooms provide plenty of space for changing and showering. There is also a club lounge overlooking the pool where you can relax with a coffee. We offer both parent & baby and child swimming lessons at this venue with intensive swimming courses during school half term and holidays.

Site Leader

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EMMA GOSSINGTON

I’m Emma and I’m the Site Leader at Cedars Health Club. I will be dealing with your bookings, child’s progress, feedback, site improvements and any general enquiries you may have. If you would like to speak to me, I will either be in our office (open 7 days a week from 9am-6pm), or I will be at the pool, coaching and viewing lessons. Our term will run from Monday 3rd September – Sunday 16th December. There will be no lessons running from Monday 22nd – Sunday 28th October as this is our half term. We have various intensive courses running this week so please contact me or the office for more information.

Class timetable

CLASS TYPEMONTUEWEDSTHURSFRISATSUN
Baby & Toddler10:00 - 12:0010:00 - 12:00
Pre-Schoolers & Children15:45 - 17:4515:45 - 17:4515:45 - 17:4515:45 - 17:4514:00 - 17:3014:00 - 18:0010:00 - 14:00

Class size

Water Confidence – Beginner 21:1, 2:1, 3:1
Beginner 3 – Squad6:1
Parent and Baby8:1

LENGTH

20 X 8m

DEPTH

1.2m

TEMPERATURE

The pool temperature is kept at a constant 30.5 degrees. The ambient temperature is kept at 32 degrees.

LOCATION

Cedars Health Club, Richmond Hill, TW10 6RW.

public transport

Sat Nav: TW10 6RW
Transport: 65 bus stopping at Nightingale Lane, Petersham which is a 6-minute walk to the venue.
Parking: Our clients may use the car park for free. Simply take a ticket at the barrier and present it to the health club reception for validation.

facilities

  • 2 x woman’s changing rooms – one upstairs and one downstairs – equipped with showers, lockers and hairdryers
  • 2 x men’s changing rooms – one upstairs and one downstairs – equipped with showers, lockers and hairdryers
  • baby changing mats
  • free parking
  • complimentary towels
  • excellent on site café with fresh coffees, smoothies, paninis, wraps, breakfasts and lunch options
  • seated viewing area of the pool

coaches

Julia Varnai

Julia Varnai

Julia Varnai
Sila Kurtoglu

Sila Kurtoglu

Sila Kurtoglu
Kyle Georgias

Kyle Georgias

Kyle Georgias
Eric Fatah

Eric Fatah

Eric Fatah
Tomas Polujanskas

Tomas Polujanskas

Tomas Polujanskas
Sue Long

Sue Long

Sue Long
Adam Manista

Adam Manista

Adam Manista
Vilija Paulikaite

Vilija Paulikaite

Vilija Paulikaite
Enrico Ciabattini

Enrico Ciabattini

Enrico Ciabattini
Eri Coles

Eri Coles

Eri Coles
Tommy Kruk

Tommy Kruk

Tommy Kruk
Mindaugas Kucinskas

Mindaugas Kucinskas

Mindaugas Kucinskas
Tracey Taylor

Tracey Taylor

Tracey Taylor
Claire Pearce

Claire Pearce

Claire Pearce
CHARLIE EASTABROOK

CHARLIE EASTABROOK

CHARLIE EASTABROOK
MIKE BEZINNA

MIKE BEZINNA

MIKE BEZINNA
VINCENT FILOL

VINCENT FILOL

VINCENT FILOL
Daniel Foley

Daniel Foley

Daniel Foley
Julia Varnai

Julia Varnai

From a very young age I was taught to swim in the stunning Lake Balaton in Hungary, where I spent most of my childhood. Swimming was therefore a huge part of my life and to which I associate the happiest of memories. As a result of starting swimming at an early age I found it easier than other sports, and I progressed quickly.

After being a lifeguard for 2 years at the Roehampton Club, continuously watching swimming lessons going on around me, I found myself becoming increasingly interested in becoming a swimming teacher. Therefore in 2016 I took the plunge and received my ASA Level 2 qualification and have loved teaching ever since.  Whilst working at the club I also taught and led children’s termly activity camps.

I have experience teaching swimming to both children and adults; it is particularly rewarding watching children progress and seeing the joy they have for swimming. I believe teaching requires passion, engagement and patience. My personal aim is to ensure that my pupils become increasingly confident in the water.

I strongly feel that swimming is an essential life skill and I endeavour to share my experience with my pupils, encouraging them to flourish and become skilled swimmers.

Sila Kurtoglu

Sila Kurtoglu

I’m a sports fanatic, having played basketball for my country for 6 years, competed in athletics throughout my college years, and as I grew up on an island, swimming since the get-go. I have been a swimming coach and Personal Trainer since I graduated from my Sports Science degree (Bsc Hons) in 2013.

I’m an energetic swimming teacher, adept at customising swimming lessons for all ages, and passionate about getting students to appreciate all aspects of safe swimming and developing winning swimming teams. Most importantly I absolutely love working with children and watching them develop throughout the classes, whilst they have fun too!

Kyle Georgias

Kyle Georgias

I was thrown into the deep end of my mum’s pool at the age of 5! I naturally began to doggy paddle and this is how I first learnt to swim!

As I grew a little older, my zeal for swimming and other sports became very much apparent. I attended Midlands Christian School in Zimbabwe where I participated in several inter school competitions for swimming, gymnastics, athletics, hockey; you name it – I did it! I have a competitive but fun nature and I always put 100% effort into whatever I do.

I am a fully qualified STA Level 2 swimming instructor and have been teaching since 2016. I enjoy teaching children and adults with different abilities as this challenges me as a coach. I am constantly researching new and creative techniques that I can implement in my classes to keep my students engaged and informed.

I am very excited to be part of the Sports Generation team where I can expand my knowledge and experience within a professional and committed company.

Eric Fatah

Eric Fatah

I have wanted to teach swimming for as long as I can remember. After my education I focused on swimming as a career and I have worked in large high profile health and leisure clubs since 2004, gathering a wealth of teaching experience and full swimming qualifications.

I particularly enjoy teaching young children; for me there is nothing more fulfilling than seeing a child’s confidence blossom in the water when they realise for the first time that they are swimming unaided. Once they have the confidence and basic buoyancy skills, I relish the challenge of coaching stroke technique and style, transforming children into skilled, strong and safe swimmers.

Tomas Polujanskas

Tomas Polujanskas

Sport has been my biggest passion since I was a little boy, so I decided to follow that path in adulthood. As a child I loved being in the water; I joined my town’s swimming club and spent several years training for national competitions.

I started my career as a swimming instructor when I felt that I could share my experience with other people of all age groups. I progressed to achieving full swimming teacher qualifications.

Now, using my knowledge, and skills gained during courses and personal experience, I enjoy every day of my work which is never the same and always interesting.

Sue Long

Sue Long

Having spent a career in the commercial business sector, I qualified as a swimming teacher prior to having my family, following a love I have had of the sport from an early age.

With now over 20 years’ experience of teaching at all levels from pre-school children to coaching squads, from encouraging nervous adults to feel comfortable in the water to training triathletes, I can think of nothing more rewarding than helping my pupils achieve their potential in the water!

More recently I have spent time specialising in the swim programmes for the Under 5’s with an emphasis on Adult and Child lessons as I feel I have a good understanding of what parents are looking for. I believe the Baby and Toddler lessons should be a fun and enjoyable experience for both parent and child where the child will become water confident. These lessons should be the foundation of their aquatic journey, learning through play and fun, and progressing on to becoming the next generation of swimmers.

Adam Manista

Adam Manista

Growing up in Poland I was extremely sporty, taking part in many sports including boxing and martial arts. However from early childhood I have always felt the most comfortable whilst swimming, and as time passed I realised swimming was where my heart lay. I spent my adolescent years surrounded by beautiful lakes and I would spend many hours teaching myself how to swim until each stroke was perfected. Even though I never swam competitively, my enthusiasm for swimming never waned and I concluded that I would love to be able to teach others my knowledge and share that same passion. I completed my ASA swimming teacher certificates in 2014 and I have been teaching ever since.

I have considerable experience teaching all ages – from as little as 3 months to adults. I particularly enjoy teaching children and I aim to achieve the right balance of fun and hard work in each lesson. I focus on each child’s ability, observing closely to make sure that each stroke is being correctly executed. My reward is seeing the progression of every child each week. I have taught children who have refused to even step foot in the pool; after one lesson there is always a complete turnaround and the child is relishing being in the water!

I share Sports Generation’s strong belief that swimming should be something that everyone is taught as it is a necessary life skill. I am very excited to be coaching for them and I look forward to all of my pupils excelling at swimming.

Vilija Paulikaite

Vilija Paulikaite

As I grew up in a city by the river, I spent most of my childhood with my siblings playing in the water and learning how to swim. Being the only girl in the family with 3 brothers, I was competitive, always pushing myself to do more and to be more active than my brothers! This has helped me in my life, enabling me to enthusiastically approach and embrace every new opportunity.

I am now a fully qualified Level 2 STA swimming teacher, and one such opportunity is joining Sports Generation. I am delighted to be part of Sports Generation’s professional and growing team which will broaden my experience of teaching even further; Sports Generation set individual goals for all their coaches to encourage continued progress and achievement.

I find it particularly rewarding to be able to help the little ones grow their knowledge of the water, and to witness the fun of their first steps in the water; watching them develop in each lesson and being instrumental in their progress is very satisfying.

Enrico Ciabattini

Enrico Ciabattini

Swimming has been one of my passions since my childhood in Italy. I’ve always enjoyed swimming in the lakes near my home, or in the sea during my summer holidays in the South of Tuscany.

After arriving in the UK in September 2003, I went to North Devon in March 2004 where I completed my beach and pool lifeguard qualifications, the climate somewhat different from what I was used to!

When I came back to London I began working in various swimming pools as a lifeguard, my aim being to become a qualified swimming coach. Once I had achieved my Level 2 certificate in 2005, I began working as a swimming instructor, gaining a wealth of experience over the years working with swimmers of every age and level. I am comfortable teaching one-on-one lessons, school groups, or a swimming club, the common denominator being that swimming is a life skill with which everyone should be equipped.

I look forward to teaching your children how to swim and to watch their progress, which is always extremely rewarding for me. I continuously strive to help each child reach his or her potential and to instill a lifelong love of swimming.

Eri Coles

Eri Coles

I started swimming lessons when I was four years old as I used to suffer from asthma. Swimming soon became a significant part of my life and I swam competitively at regional and national levels in Japan.

Such is my love of swimming that I wanted to realise my childhood dream of becoming a swimming teacher and pass that passion on. 3 years ago I gave up the desk job and became a fully qualified swimming teacher, and I have not regretted my decision once. Swimming is a fundamentally important life skill and I strongly believe that parents should make sure that their children learn to swim as early as possible. It’s a platform for so many other activities too, together with general health and fitness. For me swimming is great for my body, mind and soul – and for my students too.

Motivation is the key to learning; my approach is to praise the efforts and achievements of my students whenever possible. It’s incredibly rewarding to watch my students become confident and competent swimmers, knowing that I have made a positive contribution to their life and well-being.

Tommy Kruk

Tommy Kruk

It all began when I was 5 and Otylia Jedrzejczak won her gold medal in the 200 meters Butterfly during the Olympic Games in Athens. Her race inspired me so much that I decided I wanted to swim and participate in competitions as well. Also, my parents wanted me to be able to swim to feel more confident in the water whilst on holiday. I was signed up for my first classes.The idea of being a swimming teacher was born when I knew I want to study in London. A friend of mine, who already is a swimming teacher in London, told me that teaching children how to swim is an amazing job for someone with a competitive swimming background as some of them might choose to be a competitive swimmer and gain as much from it as I did.

Swimming is one of the most fundamental things that people should be able to do. Many parents are not aware just how important swimming is for their children. For example, lack of swimming ability might, at worst, cost a life during holidays or at the very least, at lot of stress for the parents!

I pay attention to the details in swimming, as I am fully aware how important details are. Furthermore, I have practical knowledge about swimming which comes from my 13 years of experience and this knowledge will benefit my students’ technique and approach to swimming.

There are many things I love about being a swimming teacher. Watching children grow in confidence when they conquer new swimming skills and noticeably progress is incredibly rewarding, together with knowing that I am helping children to be fit and healthy adults in the future.

Mindaugas Kucinskas

Mindaugas Kucinskas

When I was 7 years old in my first year at school, a swimming coach came in to my class and encouraged us to become swimmers. I started swimming lessons the following week! I fell in love with swimming so much that when I was 9, I decided I wanted to become a swimming coach.

Years later in adult life that dream came true. Swimming coaching is rewarding on so many levels but for me I particularly relish the interaction with my students and overcoming challenges that invariably present themselves. Each day and pupil is different and that diversity is both fun and rewarding at the same time.

Children should learn to swim because it is one of the most important survival skills and can save lives. It is the perfect hobby and significantly contributes to a fit and healthy life.

I believe that hard work and great fun are the best motivators to achieving your goals. This is reflected in my teaching style – never give up and always go forward with a lot of smiles and at least one drop of sweat.

Tracey Taylor

Tracey Taylor

I spent much of my childhood in water, be it swimming or synchronised swimming. I have swum and scuba-dived recreationally throughout my adult life, and passed the same love of water to my own family.

As a swimmer, parent and now as a qualified teacher, I believe passionately in the mental and physical wellbeing the sport provides. Inspiring and motivating the children is an essential part of my role. The confidence children gain through trying fun and challenging water activities often provides them with a strong sense of achievement, and it is incredibly rewarding for me to be involved in their success.

In addition to swimming teaching, I work with children under 5. My knowledge of their social, emotional, cognitive and physical development enables me to relate quickly to them in a swimming pool to build their water confidence. My intention for the future is to work even more closely with children within this age group and their parents.

Claire Pearce

Claire Pearce

I started swimming when I was 5 at my local swim school. I enjoyed it so much that I joined a local feeder club and then went on to swim for Hounslow Hurricanes Swim Squad. Whilst at University, I started swimming in the Masters until I went travelling. When I came back from my travels I couldn’t wait to get back in the pool again and joined Teddington Swimming Club Masters with whom I continue to train.I began coaching when I was 18, whilst studying at University, working for a mixture of swim schools and leisure centres around the borough of Richmond and Hounslow. I also worked as a volunteer coach for the younger squads at Hounslow Hurricanes. I wanted to become a coach to share my enjoyment and experience with others, to teach people an important life skill and to encourage children to take up a sport for life. Swimming is great for fitness and can lead to so many other activities such as diving, water polo, Syncro, rowing, scuba diving, and rookie life-guarding!

Whilst teaching, I have had the opportunity to work with all age ranges from babies to adults, and all abilities from non-swimmers to squad swimmers, including special needs. I was taught as a swimmer that you must go slow to swim fast; in other words you have to swim with perfect technique to go fast, not just spin your arms around and flap your legs! Therefore, I always ensure I teach my swimmers drills which enable them to have good body position and efficient technique in the water.

Seeing children progress from being timid to very confident swimmers, having the ability to show children how fun and important swimming is, working in an environment where every lesson and child is different – these are the reasons why I find my job immensely rewarding and why I still relish being a swimming coach.

CHARLIE EASTABROOK

CHARLIE EASTABROOK

I have always loved being in the water and have very fond memories of my first swimming lessons, but it wasn’t until I was an adult that I decided to take swimming seriously.

I started training for triathlons and realised I had a real passion for swimming, especially in the open water. With encouragement from my then-coach, I decided to take it a step further and qualify as a swimming teacher. I discovered that I really valued helping children and adults learn to swim and achieve their goals in the water.

I still open water swim and try to take on a new challenge every year. I swim outside through the winter at Tooting Bec and train for longer distance events in the summer.

My style is fun but firm, and I like to incorporate games into lessons. I enjoy teaching all levels and all ages, even helping water-phobic adults overcome their fears with my upbeat style of teaching.

The most rewarding thing about teaching swimming is seeing my learners gain confidence and grow to love the water as much as I do.

 

 

MIKE BEZINNA

MIKE BEZINNA

At a young ago, I enjoyed swimming but wasn’t very proficient. I remember almost drowning and needing a lifeguard to save me from the water. This incident has had a lasting effect on me, I even considered becoming a lifeguard. Once I hit my thirties, I decided to change my direction in life and gain a lifeguard qualification. This, fortunately, led me into teaching, coaching and mentoring (I had finally found my niche). I have now been teaching for 22 years and have taught all age groups and physical abilities, including special needs. My specialty is engaging pupils through entertaining them and ensuring the lessons are fun and creative!

I believe that motivation, communication and safety are vital elements required in the art of swimming. Swimming is an essential skill that I believe everyone should have and I’m trying my best to ensure that this becomes a reality.  I find myself in the enviable position of never having to work as I truly view my work as a joy.

 

VINCENT FILOL

VINCENT FILOL

Since I was12 years old, I have immersed myself in sports such as swimming, mountain biking, running, climbing and canyoning. This passion for sport led me to move from France to London in 2004 to pursue a career as a swimming instructor, gaining my ASA qualifications in 2006 (Level 1), 2009 (Level 2), 2010 (Personal training), 2011 (Races in UK Triathlon).

Since 2006, I have worked as a swimming teacher and site coordinator. I have taught all ages with different abilities. I also taught my own boys who now swim like fishes! It always feels wonderful to pass onto another human being this critical skill for life! I particularly enjoy teaching beginners; for me there is nothing more fulfilling than seeing someone’s confidence blossom in the water when they realise for the first time that they become one element together. Once they have the confidence and basic buoyancy skills, I relish the challenge of coaching stroke technique and style, transforming individuals into skilled, strong and safe swimmers.

Never happy to rest on my laurels, I am constantly looking for ways to improve my skill set and service that will provide you, my clients, with the best possible experience and results.

 

Daniel Foley

Daniel Foley

My first introduction to being immersed in water was when I was 3 years old and I was pushed into a pond at a family wedding by my older cousin! Over the years it has become apparent to me how the life-saving potential of learning to swim is a fundamental tool to our survival.

Throughout my early adult life whilst at school and university I was actively engaged in the leisure industry, first becoming a lifeguard and then later a fully qualified ASA Level 2 swimming coach. I find it very rewarding to see my students progress throughout the levels into competent swimmers who are confident and safe, whilst most importantly enjoying the sport.

What I particularly enjoy about swimming teaching is that every group and individual is different, making the process challenging but also rewarding at the same time. No day is boring when you are teaching! I firmly believe that lessons should be challenging so pupils can progress but they should include a fun element in terms of warm down activities and games.

I share Sports Generation’s beliefs and ideas and am excited to be teaching on behalf of such an awesome company!

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