Our teachers

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Claire Bryant,Owner & Head Coach.

My name is Claire Bryant and I am the new excited owner of Eastbourne Otters Swim School.  I took over the business from Heather Curry in January 2019 when she decided to retire late last year.  I have run a number of swim schools over the last 15 years and have always wanted to own my own company. I come from a swimming background, competed to national level for Eastbourne Swimming Club till I was in my late teens and played water polo until I was 21, locally and nationally.  I have taught swimming for over 25 years, was Head of Swimming at Moira House Girls School and I now coach for another private school in Eastbourne.  I just love to give back knowledge and experience I have gained over the years, I love being in the water with the little ones and on poolside with the bigger ones, no matter how old they are.  
Looking forward to meeting you all on poolside.

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Liz Brown Welfare Officer & Level 2 Teacher

I am now a fully qualified Level 2 teacher and will be teaching classes all the way through from beginners to Juniors, with special responsibility for the Special Needs Sessions at the DGH.

I am the clubs Welfare Officer so please get hold of me straight away if you have any concerns.

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Amy Ticehurst

I’ve worked for Eastbourne otters, as a level two swimming teacher, since 2016. I have been teaching swimming for quite a few years as I started when I was a competitive swimmer for Eastbourne swimming club.

Whilst teaching for Eastbourne otters I have completed an undergraduate degree in Geography at Royal Holloway University and I am close to finishing a masters in conservation at University College London. I also work at a local special school, so I have gained experience working with children who have a range of specific needs.

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Reece Bishop level 2 teacher

I have been a swimming teacher with Eastbourne Otters since 2016, starting as a Level 1, and qualifying as a Level 2 in 2018.

Before becoming a swimming teacher, I swam competitively for many years at Eastbourne Swimming Club. During this time, I became part of the main squad, competed in many individual and team events, and reached Regional level in Freestyle events.

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Debbie Barnes level 2 teacher

I have been teaching swimming now for 20 plus years, I love teaching, I think every child should have the chance to learn to swim.

I have 3 grown up children and 2 beautiful grandchildren who swim with Otters.

My other passion when I'm not teaching is photography, I am lucky enough to have a very good camera.

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Jess Brialey level 1 Teacher

Hi, I'm Jessica and I learnt to swim at a very young age and I enjoy spending time in the water. I have swum individually at county and regional championships and have represented my school as part of a relay team and individually at national level. I love to teach and have done so for over four years now.

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Emma Cater Level 2 Teacher

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Jake Worrell Level 2 Teacher

Hi, I’m Jake I started swimming a 6 months old and have loved the water ever since.
                 I usually swim 3-4 times a week, sometimes competitively and have completed numerous awards, including my ASA Honours Challenge.

I teach at Otters and am really proud oncompleting my ASA Level 2 Teaching qualification.

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Lizzie Wright Level 2 Teacher

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Claire Fox Level 1 Teacher

I have worked for Otters since 2017 as a level 1 assistant. I have lots of experience working with children as I did my level 3 in childcare in 2003-2005 and I have worked in childcare ever since. I also have two children of my own. 

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Claire Slidel level 2 Teacher

Hi my name is Claire Slidel and I teach the Otter Tots Parent and Child classes and Squads. I believe in fun learning and adapting lessons so anyone can join in.

I have attended extra training sessions learning about Deaf Friendly swimming, Visual Impaired swimming and Integrating Children with Autism which has been very helpful during my years teaching.

I am passionate about Snorkelling and Surfing and try to show children the fun doesn’t stop with swimming lessons, there is a magical world of water out there to enjoy.

Happy swimming 🐬

Dannii Hilder

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Hi I’m Dannii,
Im currently training at the University of Brighton to qualify as a secondary school PE teacher so when I’m in Eastbourne I work with Eastbourne otters. This is my favourite company I’ve worked with and I bonded with all the children in my class and I always miss teaching them when I go home.

Stefan Hekman

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“Passionate about sport swimming in particular trying to inspire the same passion for the sport to others by being a swimming teacher”.