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.
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.
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.
Mark Anderson : Level 1 teacher/Level 1 Coach
Mark joined the teaching and coaching staff in 2019 after getting involved when his son joined the Academy. Since then, Mark has gained level 1 teaching and level 1coaching qualifications and takes swimmers at all levels for training.
Barbara Wood : Level 2 teacher
Barbara is a valued teacher and has been helping Lucy taking the Learn to Swim sessions for a number of years.