About Us

Our objectives

We believe that children should initially be taught through fun and games in accordance with the Amateur Swimming Association ‘FUNdematals’ policy. We have warm water in the pool so that the swimmers do not lose attention through being too cold. There are always assistants in the pool to help the swimmers who may need a little help or encouragement, and we make sure that they are happy and involved. We have achieved ‘OUTSTANDING’ from Ofsted on three occasions. The swimmers are nurtured and most achieve their first certificates very quickly.

We encourage swimmers with disabilities to take part, and we integrate into lessons where possible. We are having some great success with our ‘special’ swimmers.

We provide lessons from Water Confidence to level 2. There are only 8 swimmers per class and we have two fully qualified teachers in the water with the swimmers.


Our staff


Get to know us by reading the information below about our staff members.

Shirley Lack

Shirley has been teaching swimming for over 20 years. Her sons were extremely talented swimmers and she eventually gave up her teaching career to start coaching swimming. Ben – the younger of her sons was selected to represent England in Germany at the age of 14yrs – he was National Champion on 14 occasions representing Great Britain until the age of 22. He was ranked 8th in the world. Joe - her older son represented GB in water polo and went on to become the youngest ever GB Swimming Coach.

Shirley is a level 4 ASA coach, an ASA Tutor, an RLSS and Highfield TA, and an H & S Exec First Aid TA. She has had a lot of success with her swimmers at the World Championships, European Championships, Paralympics, Special Olympics and World Masters, and have been Clark of the Course for 3 Olympic Trials. She has been the Swimming Development Officer for Sheffield for 20 years and have developed close links with the ASA. Shirley started and organised the Gifted and Talented Programme for Sheffield for 15 years and this will continue as an addition to the Shoals Swim School summer programme. She was also responsible for the organisation of the School Swimming Programme City and still continue her links with Education through the introduction of the Early Intervention Scheme and teacher training in the National Curriculum.

Alison Levine

Alison has been teaching swimming since 1987 at various pools in Sheffield. She taught babies through to adults and competitive squad swimmers. She is a level 2 Advanced ASA swimming teacher, level 1 coach, ASA Tutor, RLSS and Highfield TA, and a Health & Safety Exec First Aid Trainer/Assessor, with a Diploma in Recreation and Leisure Studies.

She has been involved with School Swimming since 1995 and was Assistant Swimming Development Officer for 6 years, where she managed the day to day running of swimming in Sheffield. Alison assisted in the organisation and running of the Gifted and Talented Programme for Sheffield and dealt with the ASA, the Education Department and Transport companies. She built up good relationships with these partners and uses the links for projects such as the Early Intervention Scheme. She is an ASA N.C. Tutor and an RLSS and Highfield NPLQ Trainer Assessor, and H & S Exec First Aid TA.

Both her children have been squad swimmers and represented Sheffield in Galas.

Megan Turner


An ASA Level 2 teacher who began swimming in the squads age 5yrs with Shirley as her coach. She went on to swim in the National Squad, and had representation at National level on many occasions. She holds a degree in Sports Development and Coaching. Megan has been teaching since she was 16yrs and has much experience as swimmer and coach. She specialises in 1:1 coaching and has great success with swimmers with disabilities.

Jake Golding

Jake swam up to regional standard as boy with Chesterfield Swimming Club. He has completed the ASA Level One Teachers award and ASA Level Two Coaches award and became assistant coach at Chesterfield He coached swimmers that gained national and regional times, finals and medals. Jake spent time coaching in America, where he gained an NVQ Level two in Sport and Recreation and BTEC National Diploma in Sport Performance and Excellence. He also graduated from Leeds Beckett University with a BA Honours Degree in Physical Education. He worked for Sport for Life in Shanghai, China where he taught parent and baby classes through to swimmers who competed in the Asian games.

Emily Black

Emily has completed her BSc Sport Coaching Degree at Sheffield Hallam University. She started as a volunteer at Shoals Swim School in October 2016, where she completed her ASA Level 1 & Level 2 Awards and her RLSS NPLQ. 

Josh Bennett 


Josh is a qualified RLSS Lifeguard and holds the ASA N.C. Teachers Award. Josh works mostly on the School Swimming Programme and early evening lessons.

Andrew Kenny

Andrew has a degree in Business Administration and after a successful career as a Marketing Director and later, a Marketing Consultant. He decided to take a career break to help raise my three young children. On re-entering the job market, I decided that I wanted to continue my career doing something I am passionate about.  I have always had a love of the water and to be able to teach children such a vital life skill is extremely rewarding. I have experience of working in fully inclusive group swimming lessons. In addition to being an Amateur Swimming Association Level 2 Swimming Teacher, I am also a qualified Pool Lifeguard.