St Luke's Swim School team

Katy Yardley

Swim School Co-ordinator (Maternity Leave) 

Katy is the Swimming Lesson Co-ordinator here at St Luke’s. She is an ASA qualified level 2 swimming teacher and coach, so you may see her stepping in on poolside from time to time! She enjoys teaching all stages as well as coaching the higher level swimmers.

Katy has swum competitively since she was about 8 and still competes now on behalf of Exmouth Swimming Club. Katy is also a keen triathlete and is hoping to represent her country in the sport one day!

For any swimming lesson related enquiries, please see Katy at reception or leave her a message.


Phone: 01392 722905

Angie Sydenham

Swim School Co-ordinator (Maternity Cover)

Angie is our new swimming development coordinator who will cover for Katy whilst she is on maternity leave. She will be working with us on a fixed term basis for 12 months, managing and supporting the successful swim school programme.

Angie swum competitively from the age of 10 to 19 which led to her interest in swim teaching. She has been an ASA Level 2 qualified teacher for 30 years as well as being a Birthlight qualified instructor (baby swimming). She happily teach all ages and stages but takes particular satisfaction in seeing anyone swim independently for the first time.

For any swimming lesson related enquiries, please see Angie at reception or leave her a message.

Phone: 01392 722905


Swimming Instructor

Sammy learnt to swim at a young age at Newton abbot swim club where she went on to reach Devon country standard aged 9. She then moved to Exeter City Swimming Club and achieved qualifying times for both Western County and National Championships.

She started as a volunteer assistant coach at ECSC where she was encouraged to achieve her ASA Level 1 Swimming Teaching at 16. Then she went on to get her ASA Level 2 at 17 whilst on an apprenticeship in swimming coaching and teaching.

She enjoys teaching all stages and likes to see children's confidence improve, reach their targets and feel proud of themselves. She wanted to give something back as she feels that swimming helped her confidence and self-esteem whilst in her school years. She believes swimming is very important for everyone to learn and enjoy being in the water.


Swimming Instructor

Chloe has been swimming regularly for fitness since she was 8 years old. This hobby led her to undertake her NPLQ lifeguarding qualification, which then led to her involvement with assisting swimming lessons.

After assisting with us for a while Chloe felt passionate about obtaining her teaching qualification and is now a fully qualified ASA Level 2 swimming teacher.


Swimming Instructor

Sally-Ann has swum competitively from a young age, representing Exmouth and reaching county level, and continues to train with Exmouth masters. She initially helped coach and teach younger swimmers at Exmouth where she developed her love for swim teaching, and has since completed sports leader qualifications and ASA teaching awards.

Sally-Ann works with all ages, using her enthusiasm to ensure they learn everything needed to the best standard, whilst enjoying their lessons. She also coaches the swim school's practice training squad, where she hopes to develop swimmers and prepare them for future competitive training.


Swimming Instructor

Adam has been working at St Luke's Swim School since April 2016 and qualified as an STA level 2 in June 2016. He has worked with a whole range of abilities and ages and enjoys teaching and assisting all stages.

Adam has always been interested in teaching and, like all of our teachers, it gives him a great sense of achievement to see anyone progress in their swimming!


Swimming Instructor

Bella is an ASA Level 1 Swimming Teacher who assists regularly for us here at St Luke’s. She swam competitively in the Middle East for 9 years before returning home this summer for University here at Exeter.

Bella also enjoys open water swimming and competing in triathlons. Her mum is a swimming coach and so thanks to her she’s been both teaching and assisting for 4 years. Bella’s next ambition is to complete her ASA Level 2 qualification and also her NPLQ to become a qualified lifeguard.


Swimming Instructor

Doris prides herself on being an enthusiastic and dedicated swimming teacher, with experience in teaching both children and adults since 2008.

Doris has always loved water sports and finds swimming a joy, which led to her becoming an expert in teaching swimming to children & adults. In her opinion, swimming should be compulsory teaching for children from 3 years old - or even earlier if parents are happy to! Being able to swim can not only help you to be safe in the water but also to become a confident swimmer and have lots of fun in the water in any environment - at the pool or any other outdoor water environment; sea, lakes or rivers (given conditions favourable to do so!)

Other water sport activities apart from swimming that Doris enjoys are; snorkelling, scuba diving, sailing and body boarding.

“I hope to help you become a better swimmer whenever possible”.


Swimming Instructor

Rosie joined her local swimming club back in Bristol when she was 12 and has been swimming competitively since then, representing both her county and Exeter University. Rosie became a qualified swimming teacher in 2011 and has taught a range of ages and abilities both in this country and abroad!

Rosie teaches regularly for us at St Luke’s on Mondays and Wednesdays and enjoys teaching all stages!


Swimming Instructor

Beth is a Level 2 swim teacher and has competitively swum with Alton & District Swimming Club from the age of 6 years. In this time Beth competed at a regional level and in open water swims. Beth began swim assisting at 12 years, completed her Level 1 at 16 years and Level 2 at 17 years. Beth is teaching for us here whilst she studies at the University.


Swimming Instructor

Rich is from castle Donnington in Leicestershire. He is an ex-County swimmer who used to train at Loughborough university. Rich has taught swimming alongside Olympic swimmers, water polo players and synchronised swimmers around the UK. He has been teaching swimming since 2010.


Swimming Instructor

Tristan has swum from a young age. He completed his level one teaching qualification at Malvern College and went onto teach for them. Teaching 14 hours of swimming per week, Tristan quickly realised the importance and impact he had on a child’s life. In his final year of college he decided to complete his level two teaching qualification. On arrival to university, swim teaching has given Tristan a greater understanding of the development of the swimmers and how much impact he could have on them learning to swim. Tristan likes to take a clinical but fun approach to teaching.


Swimming Instructor

Lauren is a keen water polo player and coach, which is how she got into swim teaching. Lauren is an ex-competitive swimmer, competing in County level competitions. Lauren teaches at St Luke's 2 days a week and assists with our Sunday lessons.


Swimming / Aqua Fit Instructor

Katy started working with us earlier in 2017 and teaches our weekly Aqua Fit classes. Katy has always loved the water, and has been teaching swimming for 17 years. She is also a level 1 water polo coach, and an Aqua Aerobics Instructor. Katy teaches stages 4 and 5 on Thursdays.


Swimming Instructor

Joe has been swimming since a young age and, whilst working as a lifeguard, thought his passion and enthusiasm would be better suited to teaching. He has been teaching since 2013 and has taught a wide variety of ages from babies to adults and has also taught children with additional needs. Outside of the pool you will probably find him in the gym, on the rugby pitch or eating - his favourite hobby!


Swimming Instructor

Jemma used to compete for Great Britain in Modern Pentathlon. Jemma is a qualified PE teacher, which is how she got into swim teaching. She assists us 3 days a week and teaches lessons on a Sunday morning.


Swimming Instructor

Samantha has been swimming competitively for her local home club for over 11 years, including two years of being club captain. She is now training and competing with the University of Exeter BUCS squad. She has swum regularly at county level, competing in all strokes, but mainly in the front crawl.

For 5 years, Samantha has taught at her local swim school, starting out as an assistant, before teaching her own classes, both group and 1-2-1 lessons. In 2014, she achieved her ASA Level 1 teaching qualification. Her main experience lies with teaching up to Stage 4, however, she can also teach and coach children swimming at higher stages.


Swimming Instructor

Emily is a level 1 swimming teacher and lifeguard at the University of Exeter. In the past, she has swum for Exeter City Swimming Club, Exeter Synchronised Swimming Club and Middlemoor Lifesaving Group. Emily is now studying for her A-levels at Exeter College and hopes to study Primary Education in the future.