Karen has a wealth of swimming teaching experience from aqua babies, pre-school age, low confidence swimmers of all ages through to pre-club level swimmers. Karen takes pride in her swimming lessons and offers interactive, fun and progressive lessons.
Karen has taught swimming at a number of private and public leisure clubs across Middlesex, Surrey and Berkshire as well as curricular lessons for local primary schools and GCSE assessment for secondary schools.
Karen has her Swim England Full Teachers Award, is fully licensed and RLSS Swim Teachers Rescue Test. Karen is insured through the Institute of Swimming Teachers.
Abbie is a very experienced swimming teacher having worked for a couple of swim schools around Berkshire. She is also a qualified nursery staff member and uses her EYS experience to help young people learn to swim in a fun way. Abbie believes that swimming is a very important life skill and everybody can learn to be a fantastic swimmer through fun and safe lessons.
Darcey has swum for Newlands Girls School Swim Squad and is studying PE as well as other subjects for A Levels at Newlands. Darcey has a love of dance and regularly performs for her dance club. Darcey joined LDI this summer and has become a very engaging and fun swimming teacher. Darcey has already instilled water confidence in many swimmers over the summer holidays and is now delivering LDI sessions at Claire’s Court Junior Boys through our learn to Swim Programme.
Ed Churn has been a Swim England qualified teacher for over 8 years and has delivered at a number of different swim schools. Ed recently completed his level 1 Swim England Assistant Coach qualification to enhance his delivery of our swim squads.
Ed has his RLSS Rescue Test for swimming teachers qualification and IOS insurance and also delivers curriculum swimming and water polo for a Private School in Middlesex.
Ed also delivers fun swim sessions for us to Claire’s Court Holiday camps in the school holidays.
Hayley joined the LDI team in 2018 and is a pre-school specialist. Hayley has a very welcoming manner, delivering fun sessions to develop water confidence at the earliest opportunity. Hayley has STA full teacher and Baby and Pre-school qualifications. Hayley has successfully supported a number of her non-swimmers into confident ducklings in her first term with us. Hayley also supports our swim squads and adult beginner and improver lessons.
Claire is an experienced exercise instructor with a particular focus in senior fitness having been an instructor for SMILE charity for many years. Claire is our Water Fit instructor providing fun but challenging exercise in the pool to music for LDI. Claire is also a learn to swim teacher for LDI providing fun and engaging activities to all ages to build water confidence and develop all the swimming techniques.
Michelle Cracknell, Swim England Qualified swimming teacher with over 10 years' experience with all ability swimmers.
Michelle has taught at a number of venues across Maidenhead.
Michelle holds her RLSS Swim Teachers Rescue Test and insurance.
She uses her experience from teaching Parent and Child, school swimming and AquaZone sessions to enable swimmers to achieve their full potential.
Michelle delivers a number of pre-school and parent and child sessions engaging babies upwards in water confidence at an early age.
Hayley is an enthusiastic and caring swimming teacher who has been mentored by the LDI team through her qualifications over the last 18months.
Hayley has used her experience in childminding and helping her own siblings to develop a great relationship early on with all her swimmers, making her lessons fun and rewarding.
Katie is a former synchronised swimmer and competed at the London 2012 Olympics, moving on to coach the GB team at Rio 2016.
Katie brings her experience of elite sport to the delivery of the Let's Dive In! synchro programme for Stage 4+ swimmers aged 7 upwards along with our 'learn to swim' programme and School Swimming sessions
Just wanted to drop you a quick email to say how thrilled i am with the boys progress so far. It was the best decision i ever made to swap swim schools. You have some amazing teachers that I'm sure your very proud of with good reason. They have learned so much a such a short space of time thanks to the brilliant teaching.
I just wanted to thank you and Michelle for a fantastic first lesson. As I said in the pool, my son honestly came on more in those 30 mins than a whole term at Magnet - so lovely to see. He's very excited about his next lesson and would like to come every day apparently!!
I also wanted to say that my daughter has had a fantastic week swimming and that she has exceeded my expectations in what could be achieved in a week and so I would like to say a massive thank you. Aside from her physical ability in the water, it has been lovely to see her confidence in being in the water grow so much!
Ed is a brilliant teacher for adults. He explains stroke techniques very clearly. The pace of Ed’s sessions are always well matched to ability and the sessions Ed runs are always great fun to take part in.
Karen has been teaching our children to swim for 3 years now and we are delighted to see the progress that they make each week, becoming strong, confident, happy swimmers. Karen has a wonderful ability to get the best out of the children and help them to achieve their goals, and above all they love swimming with her! She has incredible patience and a kind, gentle approach with her swimmers, we really can't thank her enough!
Julie at 'Let's dive In' is an absolute miracle worker. Having tried other swimming lesson providers I was at my wits end. My son wouldn't even get in the pool! However, not only did Julie get him into the pool within five minutes, he had such fun during the lesson that that he wanted signing up for another session straight away. Julie's calm, enthusiastic manner was just perfect. I am so grateful. Thank you 'Let's dive in.'
Just want to say how brilliant Ed is. I’ve really enjoyed the term and he’s been working with us all individually to improve our technique and listened to what we are working towards and tailored the sessions accordingly. While I am still the slowest in our group, I feel I have improved massively - evidenced by only being able to swim 1.5 lengths In January and fast forward to June when I did an open water triathlon!. (And I am getting quicker in the lessons too!) All thanks to Ed
My Daughter has been loving her new classes at Lets Dive In with Hayley. She’s on count down every week waiting for her lesson. Highly recommend!
We took the girls to Coral Reef yesterday and I was so impressed with them both in the water I wanted to write an email to you. They loved whizzing round the lazy river unsupported and lying on their backs the whole time! H has never enjoyed slides or jumping in and yesterday she was doing it all. She was even holding her breath and going under the water to count how many fingers I was holding up and getting me to time how long she could hold her breath. Honestly I couldn't believe this was the same child who wouldn’t jump in without holding our hands just a few months ago. I've been so impressed with how the girls have progressed with swimming...especially H who has totally transformed. They both really enjoy swimming now and want to do it for fun. Karen and her team at Let's Dive In have been a regular part of our lives for the last few years. They have given our girls such confidence in the water. They are both strong, confident swimmers now and it's been such a great experience for them. Thank you all at Let's Dive In for everything you've done for our girls! Highly recommended.
As a Swim England Affiliated Club,
Let's Dive In has adopted the
'Wavepower' Safeguarding Policies
and Procedures. To learn more, click here
If you have any concerns about
a child or an adult with responsibility
you can contact our Welfare Officer
Steve Woolland on 07587 176599 or
contact the ASA directly using the link above.
Steve is a former NSPCC Consultant and safeguarding trainer