Swim City: Swimming school in the North East

Swim City is designed to teach all abilities. Our unique swim program is aimed at giving confidence whilst educating, developing skills and making your in water experience as enjoyable as possible.

We teach a range of skills to all of our pupils in and out of the pool. We keep our group lessons to a maximum of 4 to make sure each pupil gets the attention they need to progress and improve their water skills.

Meet The Team

Meet the dedicated and experienced team behind Swim City:

  • Jonathan Carlisle

    Director / Level 2 Teacher and Coach 

    Jonathan has swam at the highest level in swimming representing his country mutliple times. Jonathan has also been part of the British swimming National Centre in Bath, where he learnt a lot about swimming from Olympic Coaches. He is Level 2 trained in swimming, triathlon and Disability Swim Teaching. He has helped Coach Olympic medallists at Bath National Centre, Paralympic gold medalist at Bath Aqua Sulis and National swimmers at a range of clubs. He has also worked with the regions best swimmers, , Presenting to North East coaches on coaching and leading N&D swimming camps. Jonathan is also a qualified level 2 STA disability teacher, level 2 triathlon coach and level 2 swim coach.

  • Stacy Carlisle

    Director / Level 2 Teacher

    My name is Stacy Carlisle and I am the joint owner of Swim City Swim School limited. I have over 13 years of swimming teaching experience in all levels of swim teaching including baby swimming and disability swimming. I was previously a swimmer for City of Sunderland Swim club and a graduate of Sports Development at Sunderland University, but my passion for swim teaching took over and I was lucky enough to set up Swim City with my brother in 2016 after years of working with some of the leading swim schools/club in my teaching career. I believe everyone should have the opportunity to learn to swim and here at Swim City our aim is to make that a reality, no matter how old or young, big or small my passion is to help people achieve a life skill and help you take that to the next level.

  • Lucy Walton

    Level 2 Teacher / Nutrition and Psychology (Bsc)

    Before coaching at Swim City, I swam at the City of Sunderland swimming club for 7 years. During this time, I swam at a national level, became national champion at the age of 13, collected several North East regional and national medals and swam at Olympic Trials in 2012. I attended several England swimming camps and swam for the North East in English School Championships. I now have Bsc in Nutrition and Psychology from Newcastle University.

  • Liam Whiting

    Manager / Level 2 Teacher 

    My name is Liam Whiting and I am manager and teacher of Swim City. I started swimming at Sunderland Swim Club at the age of 9 and it has played a big part in my life ever since. At the age of 16 I stopped swimming competitively and took the natural step in to completing my coaching and teaching badges. Since then I have gained experience teaching all ages and abilities from babies all the way to adults and competitive swimmers. After spells away from swimming and teaching to focus on developing my career in other areas, I was given the opportunity to combine both my passion for teaching and skills I gained in management to work at Swim City in 2019 and it was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down! Watching our swimmers develop and gain confidence in water is very rewarding and I’m proud to be a part of that.

  • Caitlin Poulson

    Level 2 Teacher

    My names Caitlin,I have swam competitively since I was 10 years old. I went to many different swim clubs and moved up through the county and regional level. I moved on to open water swimming, where I won medals at multiple national events, like Scottish and Gb age group nationals. I still compete in open water swimming and Im in my 3rd year studying sports and exercise science at uni of Sunderland, I moved here from Cumbria . I love swim teaching, it’s a fun job and I like being able to teach a life skill in the sport to everyone in such a fun safe environment and watch them develop and improve.

  • Lucy Ellis

    Level 2 Teacher / Speech and Language therapist (Bsc Hons)

    I have more than 10 years experience as an national and international swimmer. Within those ten years i have taken on a number of roles including volunteer coach and member of the regional beacon programme.
    I am qualified as a level 2 swim teacher. I am also a fully qualified speech and language therapist (Bsc Hons). I have training and experience working with a range of adults and children with speech, language and communication needs including learning disabilities, autism, aphasia and developmental difficulties.
    I love working with Swim City as I see their passion to help people of all ages and abilities to learn to swim in a safe and inclusive environment. It’s wonderful to see both children and adults enjoying the water, developing new skills and thriving under Swim City’s innovative vision.

  • Abigail Carlisle

    Level 2 Teacher

Skills you can learn with us

  • Respect – Learn to respect one another and accept one another to help and support each other.
  • Team Work – Develop communication and deliberation skills with one another.
  • Confidence – Build your confidence in a supportive, friendly training atmosphere.
  • Knowledge of Swimming – Our team of teachers take the time to make sure you understand all aspects of swimming
  • Equality – Understand and appreciate the differences between everyone.
  • Friendship – Most importantly, understand that the most important thing is having fun with your friends.

Our Mission

Our Mission is for every child in the North East to have quality, enjoyable lessons. We want our children to progress through swimming and go to swimming clubs and hopefully Olympic Games. We are really passionate about getting as many children as possible involved in swimming and showing that swimming is a fun sport for everyone. Swim City hopes to keep children in the sport of swimming from baby’s to adults and for them to enjoy swimming for a lifetime.

Get in touch

For more information about our classes or our teachers, please feel free to contact us using the link below.

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