Nizels Golf and Country Club

Swimming Pool

Swim School

Swim School Information

The Swim School provides lessons for all ages, following the Swim England Teaching Plan, from babies 6 months old to great grandparents. Learn in the comfort of your own club in a safe, warm and clean environment. Our excellent teaching staff are all qualified and experienced in instructing and encouraging all levels of swimming abilities. The earlier someone is introduced into the water the better, as it enhances confidence, trust, balance and co-ordination.

Swimming allows participants to work their muscles and natural reflexes and therefore create a stronger, more co-ordinated body.

Find out more about our Swim School Trainers

Phil Cluff                      


Phil has been a ASA qualified Swimming Teacher for almost 30 years now and has taught at Nizels since the club opened in 2001. Phil is qualified to take swim classes including Parent/Baby, Junior classes and also adult stroke improvement.

Phil’s interests include travel, motorcycles and music. He recently visited Peru to trek the Lares Valley and Machu Picchu with his wife. Phil and his wife also enjoy scaling the peaks in the Lake District and Snowdonia.

Teacher Level:
ASA Level 2 Swimming Teacher
ASA Adult/Child Water Activities
First Aid at Work Certificate
Pool Safety/Emergency First Aid

Teaching Experience:
28 years as a Swimming Teacher, including 16 years at Nizels

Other Sporting Experience:
Previously Fitness Manager and Personal Trainer
Have enjoyed taking part in Triathlons
Recent challenges: Snowdonia, Lake District, and trecking Lares Valley and Machu Picchu in Peru

Lesley James


I have been teaching swimming since 1999 and Aquarobics since 2003. I teach a variety of classes at Nizels as well as swimming, Swimfit, Aquarobics, Pilates, Barre Pilates...... Since qualifying I have taught from babies up to adults at several different leisure centres and clubs, including Sevenoaks. Some of the adults I have trained (apart from those attending Swimfit) include those training for triathlons and a channel swim as well as just learning to swim or improve their stroke.

Hobbies and interests: Swimming, Pilates and a healthy active lifestyle are my passion and I take a keen interest in women's wellbeing.

Swimming Qualifications (1999 - to date):
- ASA Level swimming Instructor
- ASA Adult and Child instructor
- ASA Swimfit Instructor
- NRASTC rescue test for swimming teachers.

Fitness and wellbeing Qualifications:
- Pilates Instructor (including Barre Pilates)
- Fitness Trainer
- Aquarobics
- Womans 'Wellness Specialist'
- Kettlebell
- HIIT / circuits

I instruct the above both as group classes and as 1:1s.

Sophie Mills


+ Advanced DBS check

+ Safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults.

+ STA Level 2 Award in Swimming teaching(QCF)

+ STA Level 2 Award in Safety for teachers.

+ STA individual members Liability Insurance

+ STA Associate Membership

Currently teaching for TM active, Alison Marks Swim School, Aqualife and Nizels.

Kenny Hickey


Teacher Level:
ASA Level 2 Swimming Teacher
ASA Level 2 Coach
Pool Safety/Emergency First Aid

Teaching Experience:
8 years teaching and coaching at various top swim establishments in and around Kent Certificate of excellence from 3 day intense course from the famous Swim Smooth Academy.

Other Sporting Experience:
For many years I raced as a sprinter & middle distance track athlete with Thames Valley Harriers alongside Olympic 100m Champion Lynford Christie. I focused on the 400/800 and 400 hurdles and I trained 2-3 times a year in Lanzarote with my world acclaimed athletics coach Frank Horwill. I retired from racing after representing Great Britain in the 200M & 400M Vet European indoor Athletics Championships in Birmingham in 1997 after suffering a serious recurring Achilles injury. I was later coached by Robin Brew (former Olympic record holder of the 200M individual medlay) and took up Triathlons with a varying degree of success focusing on the sprint Tri distance and run-bike-run challenges.

Charlotte Boughton


Swimming qualification Teacher Level:

ASA Level 2

STA Pool Rescuer

I have worked at Nizels for 15 years, teaching group lesssons and 1-2-1.

I also volunteered swimming teaching at Chevening School and Sevenoaks Swimming Club when my children were in attendance.

I have been a member of 7Oaks Tri Club and Sevenoaks Master Swimming Club and have competed in a sprint triathlon.

My interests are Health and Fitness, nutrition, ski-ing and golf.

Mandy Turner


Aquatic Qualifications:

ASA Level 2 Licensed Swimming Teacher

ASA Kent Swimming Official - Licensed Judge

ASA Kent Swimming Offical - Licensed Timekeeper

STA NaRS Pool responder - Lifesaving Qualification


Aquatic Eperience:

20+ years Swimming Instructor - including School Swimming

20+ years Coaching - Sevenoaks Swimming Club


Professional Memberships:

Fellow of the Institute of Swimming Teachers

Member of the Royal Life Saving Society


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