Jo Balmer-Smith

Hello, and a warm welcome to Swim School!

I founded Swim School back in 2004 after identifying the need for small, private children’s swimming lessons in the Burnley & Pendle area. Swim School grew very quickly and we now deliver a full and comprehensive swimming lesson programme for babies, toddlers and children.

When I’m not teaching swimming and completing never-ending paperwork, I like to spend my time watching motor sport (F1 in particular!) and going off snowboarding whenever I get the chance! I live next door to Swim School with my husband Julian and my little doggy called Beryl.

Amanda Gent

Hi, my name’s Amanda and I teach the younger generation at Swim School; from babies as young as 8 weeks old to toddlers and pre-school children.
Getting children introduced to water at a young age gives them a huge advantage and greatly increases their water confidence.

When I’m not teaching swimming, I’m spending my time with my family, including my two children – Chloe and Jake and we love to walk our Husky dog – Mia around the beautiful Burnley countryside.

Martin Wall

I am a committed and ambitious BA (Hons) Sports Coaching graduate with a wealth of experience in coaching a variety of sports including swimming, football and track & field athletics.

At Swim School I teach the 4 years + swimming lessons and I aim to make each lesson both educational and fun, whilst boosting water confidence and improving swimming technique in the process.

In my spare time I enjoy playing football, cycling and spending time with my wife, Emily, our two daughters; Summer and Violet, and our three dogs.