Our teachers


Claire Bryant Head Coach.

My name is Claire Bryant. 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Emma Cater Level 2 Teacher


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.


Lizzie Wright Level 2 Teacher


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. 


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

Dannii Hilder

Dannii Hilder


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

Dannii Hilder

Dannii Hilder


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