Over the last 10 years, Dymond Swimmers has grown from its humble beginnings of one teacher and a handful of children to the thriving and successful swim school it is today, teaching and coaching over 250 swimmers with a 24-strong teaching staff.
Founder, Jeanette Dymond, set up Dymond Swimmers in 2007 when she took a step back from her accomplished career in order to spend more time with her family. The success and growth of Dymond Swimmers comes as no surprise to those who know Jeanette. Sport, excellence, passion and hard work are words synonymous with her.
So what is Dymond Swimmers’ recipe for success?
It’s simple. Swimmers are taught and encouraged as individuals within a group setting. Everyone has a personal progression plan and the unusually high ratio of teachers to swimmers means the right level of support is given so that swimmers learn, develop and achieve at their own pace.
A balanced blend of focus on technique and fun has delivered incredible levels of retention and excellent outcomes.
Quality of teaching is a number one priority for Jeanette, who is really proud of the highly qualified and dedicated teachers she feels privileged to have as part of the team.
Teacher turnover is non-existent and a successful Teacher Training programme allows the development of talent from within, as well as offering youngsters the opportunity to develop skills that support them as they transition to adult life.
Matt Steele is one of Dymond Swimmers founding members; he said: “I started swimming at Dymond in 2007. It has been a really fun environment to learn. I have achieved my Level 1 qualification and enjoy being an Assistant Teacher, where I can support and encourage the younger ones to learn to swim. It’s really rewarding knowing that you are helping others progress and I also have a skill for life that may come in very handy to help support myself at University. On a personal level, swimming has not only helped with my fitness and wellbeing, it has helped me with my confidence and social skills”.
Diversity is celebrated at Dymond too, ages range from 3 to 70+ and abilities – from complete non-swimmer to competition level. Some swim for pleasure, whilst others perfect their technique and build their stamina for everything from club swimming to triathlons. No matter what level all are aided by modern coaching programmes that include skills and land-training as well as underwater filming/video analysis. Everyone always receives a warm welcome and dedicated support!
Sessions for both adults and children are provided at various times throughout the week at West Heath and Walthamstow Hall Schools. To find out more about Dymond Swimmers visit dymondswimmers.co.uk.