Waves Swim School was launched in September 2018 by Cath Watson and Lauren Candler. Both Cath and Lauren are fully qualified swimming teachers, full insured and DBS checked.
I have been teaching swimming for 17 years and most people will recognise me from Littlehampton Swimming Centre. Over the years I have taught all ages and abilities from pre-school through to adults, beginners through to squads. I absolutely love teaching and find it such a rewarding and fun job!
My interest in swimming began when I was 5 years old and I joined Littlehampton Swimming Club. During my competitive swimming career I swam for Havant and Waterlooville Swimming Club and in 1997 I set a British Junior Record in the 50m Breaststroke. At 15 years old I joined Portsmouth Northsea and got selected to swim in the European Junior Championships in Russia in 1999.
On completion of my A-levels it seemed like a natural progression to become a qualified swimming instructor and share my love of swimming with others. That is exactly what I did and I have been teaching ever since!
I have always dreamt of owning my own swim school and creating a relaxed and personal environment for people to learn to swim in. As both of my children are now at school I am fortunate enough to be able to pursue this dream with my business partner Cath.
Thank you for taking the time to look at our website, and for giving us a chance to tell you a little bit about who we are at Waves Swim School.
My name is Cath, and my husband and I live with our three daughters and our son, in the local area. Our Children all attended Summerlea School over the years, and our youngest two have only a few years left.
Having already trained to be a primary school teacher at King Alfreds College in Winchester,
it was when our youngest child first started school that I decided to train to be a swimming teacher and began teaching swimming at Littlehampton Swimming Centre. I was able to combine the love of teaching and the love of swimming together.
I have a long history at Littlehampton Swimming Centre, starting from being one of the first in the Swim squad when I was primary age; to training to be a lifeguard; to becoming a lifeguard and working there for around 6 years, and then in the holidays while I was at university.
As well as teaching school aged children, and adults, I am also qualified to teach babies and toddlers. This, to me, is a vital stage in ensuring the love and respect of the water at a very young age. Too many children go through life not enjoying the many benefits that learning to swim and be safe in and around water has to offer.
Lauren and I look forward to welcoming you to our Swim School, where we will endeavour to provide a calm and relaxed atmosphere for babies, children and adults to learn to swim.