Clive Seawright- Owner and Swimming Instructor
After a varied career, I discovered a talent for teaching swimming and found I had a passion for this. I had worked for some years as a fisherman and was appalled by my crewmates’ aversion to water skills. I set about training, first as a lifeguard and then as a teacher.
I qualified as an A.S.A. swim teacher in 1997 and rented our local council pool to run classes. These were very successful and soon I had a large waiting list.
Our dedicated teaching pool
I quickly realised there was a need for a dedicated teaching pool in the area and after 10 long years finally managed to build the Water School with my partners help. During this time I also worked as a voluntary instructor with Irish Water Safety (I.W.S.) and went on to qualify as an examiner with I.W.S. and also an Open Water Risk assessment officer. In 2007/2008 I became a pool guard tutor and trained as a swim teacher tutor with I.W.S.
I love having the privilege to share my love of the water with so many people of all ages and abilities. Teaching swimming is a wonderful way to communicate with others and I often find I learn as much from my pupils as they do from me, maybe more!
Jackie Ovenden – Administrator and Aquafit Instructor
My main job is running the Aquastretch and Aquafit classes. When Clive and I first built The Water School I was quite unfit and struggling with serious illness. I was astonished at how just playing about in the water (I’m not a brilliant swimmer!) helped to heal and strengthen my body. Now in my 50’s I’m fitter and stronger than at any time since my early 20’s.
I learned about water exercise (Aquafit) and water therapy (Aquastretch) so that I could pass this revelation on to other people. My favourite part of the class is the final few minutes of cooling down and stretching, I look around and everyone is smiling and relaxed and totally at ease- wonderful.
Shirley McSweeney- Swimming Instructor
I really enjoy every aspect of swim instruction since I started in 2010. I challenge myself to learn new things and also practice what I already know. Similarly, it is such a privilege to impart knowledge and skills. Helping adults and children overcome water-related difficulties and fears, refining and developing skill progressions is both challenging and gratifying. And it is a bonus that I can have plenty fun while working too!
One of my favourite games is ‘the swim through the waves’. Two rows of children facing each other, and holding floats on the water, vigorously push their floats forwards and backwards. Each swimmer then individually battles their way through the turbulent waves and splashes.
I have a B.Comm. Honours degree and a Speech and Drama Teaching diploma from London College of Music (A.L.C.M. T-dip).
Ciaran Seawright- Swimming and Kayaking Instructor
I started teaching swimming and life saving back in 2005. These days I also teach kayaking and work as an outdoor instructor. The water has been a lifelong passion for me and I love sharing it with others, so that they can feel the freedom and health benefits it has to offer- not to mention the fun you have! If I had to pick an area that I truly enjoy the most, it would be a tie between diving and helping people to find the confidence to trust in their ability.
Holly Ovenden- Administrator and Swimming Instructor
I started working at The Water School as a receptionist in 2011 when I finished studying drama in college. I have always enjoyed the social aspects of my role as receptionist, and I have found that getting to know the parents and kids who come through our doors, a very rewarding experience.
In 2015 I completed my Poolguard and Assistant Teachers courses, and since then I have been discovering the joys of teaching as well as my previous (dry!!) role. I have found teaching to be a very fun and sometimes challenging experience, and a skill which I am looking forward to developing.
Monika Power- Swimming Instructor
Hi there!….my name is Monika and I am a member of the fabulous staff at ‘The Water School’. I have worked here since 2012 after I heard that Clive needed more instructors. I always enjoyed the water immensely and swimming for me is always a refreshing, relaxing and mind clearing exercise. Teaching swimming wasn’t a career I had ever considered but it soon became obvious I’d found something I was really passionate about.
I quickly realized the great importance of teaching people to swim. Its a skill which enables us to move in a different environment than we are used to and can reward us with physical and mental strength, but it can take quite some time and hard work. As a Swim teacher in the Water School I have learned that people come with different abilities, strengths and outlooks and how to treat them as individuals! My aim is to assist and inspire anyone who wants to learn more about the way we move in water. My motto is ‘Everyone can learn to swim, once they discover the art of being buoyant!
Ellen O’Sullivan- Swimming Instructor
I love teaching swimming because it is one of my favourite pastimes and it a wonderful thing to be passing that love of water on to other people.
Sport is very important to me and I would love to study a career in sport in college.
Una O’Sullivan- Swimming Instructor
Swimming is something I love to do and I am so happy that I can share this amazing skill with all the people who pass through The Water School. I look forward to continuing teaching and learning from all the children that I teach.
Grainne Cotter- Swimming Instructor
I have been working at The Water School for just over a year now and I absolutely love the water and find it very relaxing. I find teaching swimming to be a very creative job and I mostly work with young children who are often first time swimmers, so I find it is very important to make sure they feel comfortable in the water. I often try to do this by mixing their ideas with my own to create an environment where everyone is having loads of fun through imaginative games.
Saoirse Power – Swimming Instructor
I started working at the Water School in 2018 after many years developing my swimming skills and finally progressing to train as a swimming instructor. Watching the teachers, I always admired them and this has inspired me to become a swimming instructor myself.