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Celtic Dolphins Swimming Club
Pontardawe Swimming Pool
King George V Park, Jones Street
 Pontardawe, SA8 4JE

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Paul OSBORNE

How long have you been coaching swimming?
​I have been coaching since my eldest daughter Kate started competing at the of 8 which was 11 years ago.
How did you get into coaching?
Basically as an ex swimmer the headcoach at that time found out I was an ex swimmer and wouldnt allow me to become a swimming parent! I was persuaded onto poolside to help and that was how it all started. 

Head coach
dai thomas

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OUR COACHES

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Spearheaded by Head Coach Dai Thomas, all the coaching team, staff and volunteers alike, are qualified to coach swimming or are in the process of seeking formal accreditation and are being supervised.

What is your most memorable moment as a swim coach?
Every moment in swimming is memorable whether it is the 3 year old taking their first stroke when teaching, the winning of the medal, or most importantly the effort put in by the swimmers and their parents. I have created so many memories since 1989 it would take up the whole of the website.

How long have you been coaching swimming?
I started helping out on poolside in 2013 and then did my coaching qualifications in 2014.
How did you get into coaching?
Dai asked if I could help him at the junior dev meet, which at the time was in Penlan. The rest is history as they say.​
What is the best thing about being a swim coach?
Being able to support the children in their swimming careers, helping the children to achieve their best and seeing their confidence grow, developing their swimming techniques, and achieving PB's at swim meets. Seeing children who ENJOY, not just the swimming but the social side as well. Been a member of a swimming club teaches so much more than swimming skills, it teaches social skills and life skills and I enjoy seeing children develop these skills just as much as their swimming skills.
What is your most memorable moment as a swim coach?
I have has so many memorable moments involving so many children it would be unfair to pick one over another. 

Ceri's Qualifications
STA Level 1&2
​Teaching Swimming

Dai is joined by the highly experienced Assistant Head Coach Ian Robson who over-sees the junior swimmers.

lisa jones (Harry's mum)

MEET THE CELTIC DOLPHIns' TEAM

Dai's Qualifications
ASA Level 1&2 Teaching Swimming
ASA Level 1,2 & 3 Coaching Swimming
ASA Licensed Tutor - Teaching & Coaching Acquatic
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Assistant Head Coach ian robson

How long have you been coaching swimming? 
I've been coaching and teaching about 12 years.
Why did you get into coaching?
I got involved because I found it boring just sitting on poolside as a parent watching the swimming and have never looked back since.

getting to know OUR COACHES

​​What is the best thing about being a swim coach?
​The best part of coaching for me is seeing how pleased with themselves the swimmers are when they have had a great swim but equally the worst part is seeing how disappointed they are when a swim hasnt quite gone to plan.
What is your most memorable moment as a swim coach?
My most memorable moments have to be the many weekends spent away at Haverfordwest for West Wales Champs, the team spirit and appetite to do their from the children to do their best is amazing and socially it makes for a great weekend for swimmers and parents alike. Its great to be able to spend quality time together as a team with some free time away from the pool environment.

Paul's Qualifications
ASA Level 1 and 2 Swim ASA Coach Level 1 Water Polo
ASA  Timekeeper



What is the best thing about being a swim coach?

There is no one best thing, it is seeing the youngsters grow into confident mature adults and making their way in life achieving their full potential whatever that may be. 

Martin Butler, Ceri Owen, Jasmine Holdsworth, Lisa Jones and Paul Osborne also support Dai and Ian to run the training sessions as well as the competitions which the team are involved with.

Club potential lead

MARTIN BUTLER

How long have you been coaching swimming?
I've been a swimming coach since 2010 .
How did you get into coaching?
I've been a competitive swimmer since I was 10 years of age (still swimming) and wanted to put that experience and passion for swimming back into a club.
What is the best thing about being a swim coach?
The satisfaction of seeing children learning to swim and enjoying being in the water. If they develop into competitive swimmers, setting and achieving goals, that's an added bonus.
What is your most memorable moment as a swim coach?
​I'm sure there's plenty of those moments yet to arrive (and its a privilege to coach swimming) but certainly at this stage developing the swimming ability of the Welsh youth international water polo u16 boys, girls and senior women's squad, and helping develop the swimming strength of one senior male and two of the u.18 girls, all of whom went on to full representative GB honours.

Martin's Qualifications
ASA Level 1&2 Coaching Swimming
ASA Level 1 Teaching Aquatics
ASA Disability Swim Awareness
ASA Deaf Friendly Swimming
ASA Visually Impaired Friendly Swimming
ASA Competitive Dives – Fundamentals
ASA Qualified Timekeeper
ASA Level 1 Judge
​STA Level 1&2

How long have you been coaching swimming?

How did you get into coaching?

What is the best thing about being a swim coach?

What is your most memorable moment as a swim coach?

How long have you been coaching swimming?
I have been teaching and coaching swimming since 1989.
Why did you get into coaching?

I got involved as a parent when taking my children to learn to swim and really enjoyed it.  I have carried out many club roles over the years before becoming a head coach. My children have long gone out of the sport and if anyone had said to me in 1989 that it would become my second career I would have just laughed but who knows where life will take you.

Lisa's Qualifications
ASA Level 1 Coaching & Teaching Swimming

CERI OWEN
​(LEAH'S MUM & CLUB TREASURER)

Jasmine's Qualifications
ASA Level 1 Coaching Swimming & ASA  Timekeeper

Jasmine holdsworth

Ian's Qualifications
ASA Level 1&2 Coaching Swimming 
ASA Level 1&2 Teaching Aquatics
ASA Level 1 Coaching Diving 
Sports Coach Uk Certificate (How to coach disabled people in sport)  
CPDs: Teaching starts and turns, Teaching swimming to disabled swimmers, Integrating autistic children into mainstream swimming, Working with disabled young people with severe physical impairment & Working with children with educational difficulties.

All our coaches have also been subject to the appropriate DBS vetting required for working with children and young people. 

How long have you been coaching swimming? 
I started as a parent volunteer with the club in 2012, gained my first coaching qualifications in 2014 and in 2016 started the Club Potential/Advanced groups. 
Why did you get into coaching?
My boys were in swimming club, and as an ex-Swansea Valley Club swimmer I was keen to help out. I thoroughly enjoyed being on poolside and decided to take it further and gain coaching and teaching qualifications.
What is the best thing about being a swim coach?

Helping swimmers to achieve their potential, it can be challenging at times but incredibly rewarding. Acquiring new skills and learning something new every swim session. Being part of a team who really enjoy what they do, and making new friends in the world of swimming.
What is your most memorable moment as a swim coach?
Organising a Swimathon, and seeing swimmers, parents, coaches and pool staff come together to help raise money for a local good-cause. It was an amazing few hours of swimming and something I will never forget. .