welcome to the thames club

The Thames Club is a luxury health club situated in a peaceful residential location with  free private parking. Swimming lessons take place in the beautiful 20m indoor heated swimming pool, and the well equipped changing rooms provide plenty of space for changing and showering. Visitors can also relax in the recently refurbished coffee lounge serving hot and cold snacks. We offer both parent & baby and child swimming lessons at this venue.

Site Leader

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Harriet Souter

I’m Harriet and I’m the Site Leader at The Thames Club in Staines. 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 & Children16:00 - 18:3016:00 - 18:0016:00 - 18:0016:00 - 18:0016:00 - 18:0010:00 - 16:0010:00 - 16:00

Class size

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

LENGTH

20 X 8.5m

DEPTH

1.2m

TEMPERATURE

The pool temperature is kept between 29 – 30 degrees.

LOCATION

The Thames Club, Wheatsheaf Lane, Staines, TW18 2PD.

public transport

Sat Nav: TW18 2PD
Transport: Nearest train station is Shepperton. 458 bus stops at Wheatsheaf Lane which is a 2-minute walk to the venue.
Parking: Free parking at the venue.

facilities

  • Towels can be hired for £2 each
  • 1 x woman’s changing rooms equipped with showers, lockers and hairdryers
  • 1 x family changing area towards the back of the women’s changing rooms
  • 1 x men’s changing rooms equipped with showers, lockers and hairdryers
  • Lockers are padlock operated. You can bring your own or purchase from reception for £5
  • Free parking
  • Playtime Nursery on-site
  • Excellent on site café and lounge with fresh coffees, breakfasts, smoothies, wraps and paninis and children’s meals
  • Pool can be viewed from the corridor

coaches

Sue Long

Sue Long

Sue Long
Harriet Souter

Harriet Souter

Harriet Souter
Sallie Campbell

Sallie Campbell

Sallie Campbell
Edward Churn

Edward Churn

Edward Churn
Tommy Kruk

Tommy Kruk

Tommy Kruk
EMMA GOSSINGTON

EMMA GOSSINGTON

EMMA GOSSINGTON
Daniel Foley

Daniel Foley

Daniel Foley
Jozsef Hoffmann

Jozsef Hoffmann

Jozsef Hoffmann
Martha Dean

Martha Dean

Martha Dean
GEMMA COSTER

GEMMA COSTER

GEMMA COSTER
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.

Harriet Souter

Harriet Souter

Swimming has always been a passion of mine. Luckily for me, my parents were keen for me to start swimming at a very young age which has been of massive benefit to me. I took to it straight away and wanted to progress further so I joined Woking Swim Club at the age of 10 years old.

I have been involved in some way or another in swimming ever since. I started in leisure as a lifeguard when I was 17 then progressed to swimming teaching a few years later as I wanted to interact more with the swimmers rather than watch from the sidelines and also experience the sense of achievement that the teachers did.

After having a few roles in leisure over the years I can honestly say that the most rewarding job I have had is teaching. I have taught both adults and children and there is nothing better than that feeling you experience when you see someone achieve something that you have helped them achieve, especially when you can see them enjoying themselves in the process.

I think that swimming is a vitally important life skill, a skill that is not only a great benefit for safety but is also a healthy and fun activity at any age.

 

Sallie Campbell

Sallie Campbell

I have been swimming from a young age, constantly learning and improving my skills. Swimming has always been a strong passion of mine and I have a never-ending love of the water.Through my love of swimming, I passed my NPLQ to become a lifeguard and I worked at many private and public pools across London. Being a lifeguard, I watched many swimming lessons and decided I would like to further myself and qualify to become a swimming teacher.
Being a swimming coach allows me to work with children; watching them grow and learn and develop their confidence is a source of constant reward. I firmly believe that swimming is an important skill in life; you never know when you may need it to save your life or another’s. It is therefore crucial to learn how to be safe in and around the water. On another level it is one of the best forms of exercise and can also be very therapeutic.

As I have a child of my own, I know how to communicate with children. I am able to make my lessons fun yet disciplined, and I am a very calm, laid back and patient person. I’m passionate about passing on my skills and love of swimming to other people in the strong hope that they may share the same love of swimming as I do.

Edward Churn

Edward Churn

Like many people my first experience of swimming was because my parents took me to the local pool and signed me up for lessons. From a non-swimmer, I progressed over the years to club level and started helping out with the learn-to-swim program that my swimming club ran. It wasn’t long afterwards that I realised I wanted to get more involved with swimming and start teaching. I studied for my ASA Level 1 and 2 certificates and became a fully qualified swimming teacher.

I believe the best way to teach is by having fun to engage pupils in the lesson and this comes across in my teaching style. I also like to guide my swimmers to work out problems themselves rather than always giving direct instructions which I believe develops an intuitive approach from my swimmers.

Being a swimming coach is so rewarding in so many ways. Seeing the progress that swimmers make and watching them overcome hurdles they thought they couldn’t is immensely gratifying. In addition, it’s never boring as every lesson, day and pupil is different.

Swimming is undoubtedly an essential life skill, but on top of that it’s also a fantastic way to exercise and relax; it keeps me active as I still love to swim myself! It’s important that parents give their children the opportunity to learn to swim early on as this skill will stay with them and enrich their lives.

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.

EMMA GOSSINGTON

EMMA GOSSINGTON

I haven’t taken an obvious route into swimming, having been a horse rider since I was 6! In recent years I have been drawn to the water rather than the turf and trained initially as a lifeguard. Whilst watching swimming lessons and seeing how positively the children responded, I felt that a career teaching swimming was for me.

Since qualifying I have taught all ages from babies to adults. I strongly believe that swimming is a life skill, and my aim is for my pupils to feel confident and safe in the water. It is hugely rewarding to see how their confidence and ability grows allowing them to develop into strong swimmers. Watching my pupils have fun and enjoy the water never stops making me smile.

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!

Jozsef Hoffmann

Jozsef Hoffmann

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Martha Dean

Martha Dean

I am an ASA Level 2 teacher and Level 3 swim coach having taught swimming since 2003. In addition to being a hands-on swimming teacher, I have worked at a strategic level in the delivery of two swim programmes for a private swim school and an all-girls school in Sevenoaks. I have taught swimming to competitive standard, as well as to adults (triathletes, fitness swimmers, nervous swimmers).  Some of my students have competed at national level.  I have delivered lessons in water polo, life-saving and synchronised swimming primarily for enjoyment and educational reasons.

Historically, I have been responsible for the planning and delivery of a competitive programme for Orpington Ojays Swimming Club with the Platinum Squad (22 swimmers aged 11-15 years) – Kent County Standard – and was joint Head Coach there for a short period of time.  I delivered skills teaching for the younger members of the club i.e. diving, competitive starts, competitive turns and stroke improvement work (all 4 strokes).  I undertook team planning and organisation of swimmers for inter-club and open meets and held coach responsibilities at galas and Kent County Championships.  In many of the roles I have undertaken I have focused on the all-round development of the swimmer, i.e. on nutrition and fitness (I am a Level 2 fitness instructor through Premier Training). I have attended many continuous professional development courses to bring high level knowledge back to the job including British Swimming Coaches Association seminars and coaching camps at Bath University (where Commonwealth and Olympic swimmers were being considered for selection).

In addition, I have delivered teaching and skills seminars to the swimming teachers of a private swim school and assisted in the mentoring of its younger teachers.  More recently, I have undertaken training in the delivery of swimming to those with special needs e.g. autism, sensory issues and am now actively working with children who need a quieter and more structured 1:1 environment in which to learn.

I am passionate about the sport of swimming, believing it to be a skill as essential to life as reading and writing. I believe swimming lessons should be enjoyed by all and have a “fun” element at all times for both adults and children alike; water can provide a sense of freedom and relaxation which is unique to the sport, yet it can provide a very competitive and enjoyable environment if so desired by the swimmer.  Swimming has been a life-changing and enhancing experience for me personally and I very much enjoy sharing that with others.

 

GEMMA COSTER

GEMMA COSTER

Ever since I can remember I have loved the water. When I was a child I did not have swimming lessons; instead my parents would take me to the pool for fun. I had to learn ‘on the job’, watching other children and copying their every move. Needless to say, it took me a long time to learn to swim!  I didn’t give up and I started to train at my local pool to build up my strength and technique.

When I was 20 I worked for a residential centre, achieving my NVQ Level 2 in outdoor leadership. They offered me the opportunity to become a lifeguard and also a swimming teacher. This was the perfect chance to learn more about the sport and add to my knowledge of swimming. I received my STA Level 2 and my lifeguarding NVLQ. I went to France and worked for Eurocamp where I taught all ages and abilities. Whilst in France, I gained my STA Baby Preschool qualification.

 

2 years ago, I went to America for the summer and worked at Camp Vega, Maine where I was a lifeguard, achieving my Red Cross certificate.  When the weather was too hot, all the activities would stop and everyone on camp would come to the fresh water lake for a day of fun! This was the first time I had ever swam in a lake which was very exciting! As part of the swim team I had the chance to do a 5-mile Anchor swim to the nearest island and back again. It was very challenging and took me a long time, but I was there for the children, motivating them and keeping their spirits high the whole way.

 

I have now been a swimming teacher for 8 years and have loved every minute of it! Having fun in a swimming lesson is key as it brings out the best in swimmers and keeps them engaged. I have taught a wide range of ages, abilities, disabilities and special needs. Teaching swimming is such a rewarding job and I want to continue helping people grow and improve every day.

 

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