Coaching Staff

Meet The Team:

All the Coaching Staff are voluntary and what a team!!!!

Alison Middleton:Qualified Level 3 Coach and Head Coach of Aqua Force.

I’m Alison Middleton, Head Coach and Director for Aqua Force Swimming Academy. I have a level 3 Coaching qualification and a Lifeguarding qualification as well Disability level 1 swimming and water polo along with rounder’s qualification. I am a full time Swimming Teacher for Dyke House Sport and Technology College teaching over 10 primary’s in the town and have been for over 15 yrs and hold a certificate for Pool Plant Operators for pool work and general running of the pool. I Also teach at Mill House on a week day with adults. Swimming is a passion for me . I have been involved with swimming for over 25 years. Both my children swam at competitive level going on to represent Manor school at the school Nationals. My ambition is to build up this positive new venture in Hartlepools community and show you how swimming can give young people confidence, determination, skills and enjoyment along with a life skill with a journey into adult hood. I have a large team of enthusiastic Teacher/Coaches working along side me.

I have coached more than 7 national and 20 N&D NER . I have had the privilege to have coached Jemma Lowe and Chris Alderton, Lauren Sinden, Sophie Dixon, Danielle Berry, Mark Pearce, Emily Crosby, and numbers of other very talented young people of Hartlepool WOW !!! What talents . So with your help and support let your children come and have a good time with Aqua Force Swimming Academys team and let’s give the young people of Hartlepool the skills and knowledge they need to perform to their very best ability.

Bruce Ridley: Qualified as a Club Coach

I started my swimming career as an 11 yr old when I was selected to swim for Hartlepool (West Hartlepool, really) after 1 session with the swimming club. I swam ‘fly and continued doing so for a number of years. Highlight finishing 2nd in N&D Champs. When I was 15, the winner was a David Finnegan of Darlington who went on to become captain of the Great Britain Swim Squad. My competitive career finished shortly after when I started playing rugby.
Became involved with teaching when I started helping at Rossmere learn to swim scheme, decided get qualifications so took courses over a number of years culminating with Advanced Teacher and Club Coach. Whilst doing this I worked my way through the classes and squads finishing up as Chief Coach in the late 80s early 90s. We had success with swimmers reaching Nationals over a number of years. I spent a few years at Redcar Swimming Club as coach.
After finishing my full time employment as an engineer at RHM Foods at Greatham I was employed as primary schools swim teacher at Brinkburn and Brierton. Started my own lessons at Brierton and now continue these at Manor.
I have helped Alison out at times in the past and hope to continue to do so in the future.

Lauren Sinden: Qualified as a Level 2 Coach and Teacher

I started out swimming at the age of 6, one of my first teachers was Alison. I went on to train with BOSSS at Stockton and compete at Nationals in distance freestlye events. I still help out there with the Development Squad and as a Team Manager, most recently in Calella at their overseas training camp.

I feel it is necessary to give something back to the brilliant clubs and coaches who helped me. I found that I enjoyed teaching children and adults the skills that were passed on to me. I am dedicated to making the academy the best it can be with my fellow volunteers.

I am ASA qualified as a Level 1 and 2 Teacher and Level 1 and 2 Coach, Poolside Helper and Timekeeper. In my job as with Tees Active I have become a qualified NPLQ Lifeguard, Beach Lifeguard and gained the qualification First Aid at Work. I am committed to attending more courses in the future to help the academy and the swimmers.

At the moment I teach and coach children from the age of 4 upward. This experience has given me the confidence and motivation to do a degree in Primary Education. I know this enthusiasm will continue with Aqua Force, the children and adults involved in the running of the academy inspire me to do my very best at all times and I hope I can do the same for them.

Carol Boagey: Level 2 Teacher / Level 2 coach

Carol Boagey is part of the original team that set up the Academy in 2011. Carol teaches and coaches at all levels with the Academy and also conducts school swimming lessons in addition to her role at Aquaforce. Carol is a masters swimmer who regularly achieves podium finishes when she competes throughout the region. When not taching swimming, Carol enjoys open water swimming when on holiday.

Lucy Baldam : Level 2 Teacher

I’m Lucy Baldam, one of Aqua Force’s coaches. I have a level 2 teaching qualification and a National Pool Lifeguarding qualification as well as hoping to achieve my level 1 coaching in the months to come. I am currently studying at Teesside University where I hope to further my education with a PGCE teaching course. I swam competitively from the young age of 10 with Alison and loved it . Getting numbers of medals and gaining lots of knowledge and life skills I have continued to develop my skills both in and out of the pool. i currently work for Mill House and work for the Academy which i loved.


Eve Mason: Level 2 Teacher

Eve Mason joined the team in 2011. Eve is predominantly a learn to swim teacher, working with young children from the age of three years. Eve also mentors some of the young Aquaforce helpers who assist in the water during lessons. Eve’s sons regularly swim with the Academy

Bryan Littler: Level 2 Teacher, Level 1 coach

Im Bryan Littler. I have started teaching swimming in 2011 and joined Aquaforce when the Academy was formed. I am qualified as a level 2 teacher and also a level 1 coach. I am currently undergoing training to achieve an officials J2 certification ahving qualified as a British Swimming J1 judge in July 2015. I have achieved a level one team manager and first aid at work qualification. I like to put the emphasis on making swimming fun for our members and allowing them time to develop into competition swimmers. My son regularly swims and competes for the Academy.

I feel a great deal of pride, and a sense of achievement in what the academy has done since it began, no more so than seeing our swimmers at all level progressing steadily, and really having a great time along the way. To see the effort, commitment and determination at all levels is inspirational. I only hope the kids enjoy the swimming as much as I do teaching it.

Tom Maddison :Level 2 Teacher / Level 2 coach

Tom Maddison joined Aquaforce in 2013 and brings a very animated style of coaching to the poolside. Tom loves to get the swimmers thinking for themselves and continually asks them to push themselves to the limit. Tom works with swimmers of all abilities.

Mark Mayes Level 2 Teacher/ Level 1 coach

Mark Mayes has been involved in teaching and coaching since 2013. Mark is himself a masters competitive swimmer who still competes at meetings when time allows.


Ian Baldam:Athletics Coach

Hi I’m Ian a very proud Chairman of the Swimming academy. Its a very magical place. I started out doing sport at Golden Flatts school . Alison and I both moved on to Dyke House School.


Paige Baldam:Aqua Force Leader

I’m Paige Baldam, an Academy Leader for Aqua Force Swimming Academy. I have my National Pool Lifeguarding Qualification and I am hoping to achieve my level 1 teaching as soon as possible. After achieving this I will hopefully be able to complete many others such as level 1 coaching. I have swam competitively with Alison for over 6 year going into numbers of gala and team events. But have always continued to spend time around the pool; including volunteering for a few years with a learn to swim program. I designed the logo for Aqua Force and I am very proud to see my design across the academy.

Ashley Boagey: Level 2 Teacher, RLSS Lifeguard

Hey, I’m Ashley Boagey. I attended Dyke House School and was taught to swim by Alison Middleton (Head Coach). I’m currently studying a BTEC in sport at Hartlepool Sixth Form College.

I’m a Aqua Force Leader within the Academy. In the next few months I am hoping to complete a National Pool Lifeguarding Qualification and my level one in swimming. At the moment I help out by assisting with training sessions and advertise the Academy all across the town. I get on well with everyone and try to think of new ideas to help the Academy grow, its great and so positive.

I have made myself well known at the Academy since I started and I see myself as a fine role model. I am someone the swimmer can talk to if they don’t want to talk to an adult. I also have referring qualifications in football and work with a few football clubs referring match’s for them.


Andrew Watling : Level 2 teacher

Andrew joined the teaching and coaching staff in 2012 after getting involved when his children joined the Academy. Since then, Andrew has gained level 1 and 2 qualifications and takes swimmers at all levels for training.

Josie Grieves : Level 2 teacher

Josie joined the Academy in 2014 and is a regular at Mill House Leisure Centre training sessions, wher Josie also works as a swimming teacher and lifeguard. Josie enjoys working with swimmers who have made the move into Mill House after progressing through the ranks at Dyke House.

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