Meet the LDI team..


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 Amateur Swimming Association Full Teachers Award, is fully licensed and RLSS Swim Teachers Rescue Test. Karen is insured through the Institute of Swimming Teachers.


Ed Churn has been an ASA qualified teacher for over 7 years and previously assisting a variety of swimming teachers at different swim schools. Ed has his RLSS Rescue Test for swimming teachers qualification.

Ed is a very enthusiastic, fun and approachable teacher and delivers improvers through to our swim squad sessions as well as Adult improvers or water fitness sessions.



Julie Parkinson helped her own children to swim and has a great ability to inspire children of all levels to be the best they can be.

She is ASA qualified swimming teacher and holds her RLSS Swim Teachers Rescue Test and insurance.

Julie has an inspiring approach especially with those who are not water confident to enjoy their surroundings and become a great swimmer.

Julie has helped a number of adult non-swimmers become comfortable in the water.

Julie delivers fun based learning sessions on speed swimming, water polo, diving and water safety at our Claires Court Holiday Club swim sessions.


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.


Michelle Cracknell, ASA 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.


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!

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Left to right; Karen, Julie and Michelle



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Let's Dive In has adopted the

'Wavepower' Safeguarding Policies

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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

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