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.

VENUE COORDINATOR

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Harriet Souter

I’m Harriet and I’m the Venue Coordinator 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.

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

Non-Swimmers – 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
Tommy Kruk

Tommy Kruk

Tommy Kruk
Daniel Foley

Daniel Foley

Daniel Foley
Jozsef Hoffmann

Jozsef Hoffmann

Jozsef Hoffmann
Martha Dean

Martha Dean

Martha Dean
GEMMA COSTER

GEMMA COSTER

GEMMA COSTER
Tricia Spreadborough

Tricia Spreadborough

Tricia Spreadborough
Sam Yates

Sam Yates

Sam Yates
Lewis Bevan

Lewis Bevan

Lewis Bevan
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.

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.

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

As a lifeguard I used to watch swimming lessons from pool side and I became inspired by the teachers. I was interested in the different teaching methods used to enable the children to learn to swim so I decided to qualify as a swimming teacher. I have now been teaching for over six years, working with children and adults of all ages and abilities.

I can vividly remember my first swim – how wonderful it felt to get off the bottom and move freely in the water. It was only a short swim but it seemed like miles. I felt excited and proud. That’s why I always praise my swimmers for even the smallest achievement as it really does matter.

Over the years, I have developed my style and ideas to ensure my swimmers feel safe in the water and progress faster. I really enjoy my job and I like to see the progression of my pupils. Being able to teach makes me very proud especially if I see happy, smiling children and satisfied, proud parents.

 

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.

 

Tricia Spreadborough

Tricia Spreadborough

For as long as I can remember swimming has been a huge part of my life. Growing up in rural Australia, my siblings and I were always searching for ways to entertain ourselves. For us, swimming was the natural choice, particularly given that our mother owns and runs her own swim school; this in turn has had a huge impact on my choice of career and I qualified to be a swimming teacher in 2012.

Swimming has afforded me so many opportunities. I have had the pleasure of working in many countries and teaching a variety of different people of all ages and abilities, and from all walks of life; the one thing they all have in common is the joy on their face when they achieve a skill they didn’t think was possible.

There is nothing more satisfying than seeing the progression of your students and as a result, I feel lucky to have such a rewarding and fulfilling career.

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.

Lewis Bevan

Lewis Bevan

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