welcome to our petersham pool

Our private pool in Petersham joined the SG portfolio in September 2013. Located in a 17th-century Grade II listed building, the 12m indoor pool, with plenty of natural light, provides a wonderful environment for your child to learn how to swim. We offer both parent & baby and child swimming lessons at this venue.

VENUE COORDINATOR

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Harriet Souter

I’m Harriet and I’m the Venue Coordinator at our private pool in Petersham. 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.

Class timetable

CLASS TYPEMONTUEWEDSTHURSFRISATSUN
Baby & Toddler09:30 - 11:3009:30 - 11:30
Pre-Schoolers & Children15:30 - 18:3015:30 - 18:3015:30 - 18:3015:30 - 18:3015:30 - 18:3009:00- 18:0009:00- 18:00

Class Size

Non-Swimmers – Improver 21:1, 2:1, 3:1
Parent and Baby5:1

LENGTH

12 X 6m

DEPTH

1.2 – 2.2m

TEMPERATURE

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

LOCATION

Private pool in Richmond, Surrey, TW10 7AD

public transport

Sat Nav: TW10 7AD
Transport: 65 Kingston bus stopping at Petersham Fox & Duck stop
Parking: Free parking on the following roads: River Lane, Ashfield Close, Meadow Close, Cedar Heights, Meadlands Drive, Clifford Road, Sandy Lane. Parking is also available in the lane leading to Petersham Nurseries opposite the venue

facilities

  • 1 x woman’s changing area
  • 1 x men’s changing area
  • 1 x shower and toilet
  • 2 x cots available poolside
  • 5 x baby changing units + mats available poolside
  • no onsite parking; free unrestricted parking is available on surrounding roads
  • seated viewing area poolside

coaches

Julia Varnai

Julia Varnai

Julia Varnai
Barbara Halls

Barbara Halls

Barbara Halls
Tomas Polujanskas

Tomas Polujanskas

Tomas Polujanskas
Julian Coman

Julian Coman

Julian Coman
Adam Manista

Adam Manista

Adam Manista
Natalie Kennedy

Natalie Kennedy

Natalie Kennedy
Mindaugas Kucinskas

Mindaugas Kucinskas

Mindaugas Kucinskas
Konrad Swida

Konrad Swida

Konrad Swida
DEMRI MITCHELL

DEMRI MITCHELL

DEMRI MITCHELL
CHARLIE EASTABROOK

CHARLIE EASTABROOK

CHARLIE EASTABROOK
FAREED CADOUR

FAREED CADOUR

FAREED CADOUR
Tommy Kruk

Tommy Kruk

Tommy Kruk
Sam Yates

Sam Yates

Sam Yates
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.

Barbara Halls

Barbara Halls

Growing up on the south-east coast of Ireland, I began swimming from a very young age. I developed a keen interest in the sport and began competing at regional and national level from the age of 7. In my teenage years, I expanded upon my love of the water, qualifying and working as a beach life guard during the summer months. I also trained as an Irish Water Safety instructor and taught, on a voluntary basis, both swimming to young children across a broad spectrum of abilities, and lifesaving to young adults.

Having taken a break from competitive swimming in my teenage years, I then returned to the pool whilst studying at the University of Surrey. During this time, I competed for Guildford City Swimming Club and was selected for the South of England Waterpolo team and the University Elite Sports Programme.

My professional career to date has primarily been in Corporate Banking, working across a range of different roles within client facing businesses until the birth of my daughter in 2013. During my career break, I commenced voluntary work at a local school, delivering tailored teaching activities to small groups of pupils and providing one-to-one teaching support to advance students’ numeracy and literacy skills.

More recently, I have decided to embrace my absolute love for all things swimming; I am truly excited to be a part of Sports Generation and to be able to share my extensive knowledge and experience with children who are at a similar age to myself when I undertook my first lesson in a pool. But most importantly, I am looking forward to being integral in helping all clients to become confident and competent swimmers and to flourish in the water.

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.

Julian Coman

Julian Coman

From a very early age I discovered a love for swimming and all sorts of water sports activities. Born in Transylvania, its rivers and lakes were often my playground on summer break.

I moved to Spain at the age of 18, where I found my passion for windsurfing and surfing. I undertook many different courses and programs to become a qualified instructor of windsurfing, surfing and paddle boarding.

I have also been lucky enough to travel; I have been to Norway, UK, Belgium and Canary Islands where I was able to live and experience the cultures and traditions these beautiful countries have to offer.

The arrival of my baby girl changed my perspective towards many things; it was only last year during my wife’s pregnancy that I realised I would like to work with children and teach them how to swim.

I strongly believe that swimming can be many things: a competitive sport, a worthwhile hobby, a means of self-discipline and part of a healthy lifestyle. Having gained my qualifications, I look forward to working with Sports Generation to help take your child on a journey of self-discovery.

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.

Natalie Kennedy

Natalie Kennedy

I have always had a desire for sports and I began to play football at the age of 4 and joined Queens Park Rangers (Q.P.R) Football Club for girls and later played with the Chelsea woman’s academy. I believe that there are so many positive aspects of sports engagement; it can boost self-esteem, teach teamwork, help achieve goals, provide children with additional social benefits and most of all – it’s fun!

I have worked in the leisure industry for 8 years and gained my ASA Levels 1 & 2 in 2014. Becoming a swimming coach is certainly a rewarding job, for the pupils, the parent and also myself as a coach. Learning how to swim is fundamental; it needs to be taught in a safe and fun environment to engage babies, toddlers, children, teenagers & adults, for them to acquire this critical life skill.

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.

Konrad Swida

Konrad Swida

I grew up in Poland and began my journey with competitive swimming when I was aged nine years old. Waking up at 5am to start training at 6am was a big challenge at that time for me. But it shaped me, developing both my physical and mental strength. I trained for four hours a day for five years which made me feel like a fish in the sea! I encouraged everyone to learn how to swim as this is one of the few sports where injuries are rare and the whole body is being exercised at the same time.

In 2009 I was encouraged by one of the coaches I met in the UK to undertake ASA L1 & L2 to become a qualified swimming teacher. I now have eight years of experience teaching adults and children at all stages. The biggest satisfaction for me is to pass the knowledge and skills I have learnt to others. I strive to develop and advance my teaching technique to deliver a consistent top-notch coaching service.

 

DEMRI MITCHELL

DEMRI MITCHELL

I am a fully qualified ASA level 2 swimming teacher with 5 years of experience, teaching and coaching a spectrum of swimming levels and abilities ranging from babies and toddlers to adults and competitive squad teams.

I have always had an incredible passion for aquatic sport and have developed a strong career within it, competing at county level in swimming and at national level for lifesaving and triathlon within the UK.

I am still competing at an age group level in swimming and triathlon; however, I have decided to focus my efforts on developing my coaching skills as well as my understanding of the human body, having just undertaken study for a Masters in Osteopathy.

My teaching style draws on my skills and experience; in addition to developing strong, competent and happy swimmers, I pay particular attention to the physical, psychological and social wellbeing of you or your child.

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.

 

 

FAREED CADOUR

FAREED CADOUR

I started swimming at around 6 years old in a waterpark. I was terrified as I was thrown in the water not knowing how to swim at all. I rapidly realised how important swimming is and how crucial it is for everyone to know how to swim. This motivated me and gave me the confidence to get back in the water and practice my swimming. 

This early experience of water made a big impression upon me and I decided to become a swimming instructor to help young children and nervous adults conquer any fear they may have of the water and become excellent swimmers. My aim is always to deliver high quality lessons which ensure every little technique is being taught correctly to prevent faults developing. When teaching I like to keep my sessions fun, challenging and progressive. 

Maintaining a calm and patient approach to my teaching allows me to build an excellent bond with my students. The most rewarding aspect of teaching is seeing my swimmers grow with confidence in the water and watching my non-swimmers progress to become strong and competent swimmers. 

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.

Sam Yates

Sam Yates

I am a Sports Science graduate (Bsc Hons) and have been incredibly passionate about sport since a young age. My sporting background involved Rugby, Athletics and Swimming, all of which I have both coached and competed in.

I have been a swim coach for 8  years and I continually apply what I have learnt in my degree to my coaching to maximise the progression of all the swimmers in my classes.

I enjoy watching young swimmers develop in confidence and strive to get them swimming independently, which of course is such a vital life skill. Once they are able to swim independently I endeavor to augment their technique whilst making lessons enjoyable and fun for everyone.

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