The Teachers


Teachers are qualified and insured ASA teachers, most of them also have Swimming Club coaching or swimming experience.and have a very good knowledge of the sport I believe that this is an important qualification as it is enables them to spot a talented swimmer early on and in a competitive environment it is important to develop strokes early on, that is, well before the age of  9 years. We still have links with the swimming clubs, in fact we work together closely to provide a good basis for competitive swimming.  Not all swimmers want to progress this far but at starting Blocks we like to ensure that opportunities are not missed as this so often happens within large Borough swim schools. The teachers are continually updating their skills and most hold the RLSS Rescue test for teachers. They are reliable, enthusiastic and skilled in their work


Sue Hornsey—Leigh Teacher Level 2 FIOS 1991 + (Founder member teacher)

I became interested in swimming as a young girl living in Essex, I used to belong to the local swimming club. Then when moving to Hemel Hempstead as a teenager in trained at The Cavendish School Pool with the Hemel Hempstead Swimming and Diving Club (Now Hemel Hempstead Swimming Club [HHSC]) When my youngest Son was 5 I decided to teach swimming and took my first Swimming and Lifesaving Qualification. I have been teaching swimming since 1991

Lorraine Burrows Teacher Level 2

Diane Littlechild Teacher Level 2 FIOS (Astley Cooper)

Su Moore Teacher Level 1 RLSS (Astley Cooper Schools)

I swam with HHSC from an early age and took part in comp’s at County level. Towards the end of my swimming career  I Swam at the National Championships where I finished 4th in the 200m Butterfly and 8th in the 800m Freestyle. Some of my Club records still stand. I worked as a Recreation assistant for 6 years at Hemel Hempstead Sports Centres and took my first Teachers Cert in 2003. I was inspired by Sharron Davis and I love working with Children.

Charlotte Thompson Teacher Level 1 RLSS (Founder member swimmer)

I swam with HHSC from the age of 6 where I took part in local Swimming Competitions & National Biathlon Competitions. I took up diving at the age of 14 but had to stop when I had ear problems. I love helping the children to learn the skills that I have and I took my level 1 when I was 16. I have worked as a lifeguard at Aquasplash.

Sue Carson Teacher Level 2 FIOS

Kim Graham Brown Helper and Swimmer

Ella Whytock Helper and Swimmer

Cover Teachers

Christine Thear Teacher Level 2 RLSS (Astley Cooper (Schools)

Lesley Foster Teacher Level 2



Christine Thompson Club Coach / Teacher Level 3 FIOS (CC) ASTA RLSS 1990 + (Founder member teacher)

I used to swim when I was at school and went to a local swimming club, like a number of 11—16 year olds I gave it up. I started swimming again when my first daughter took off her arm bands at 4 and swam across a pool. She joined Hemel Hempstead Swimming club at 5 years old and I volunteered to help. From there I took my Teaching Qualifications which led to work across the town and then to Coaching Qualifications and my own Club. I am still involved with swimming at all levels.

The Teachers