About us


We are a small and passionate team who are dedicated to helping you discover the pleasure of being confident in the water and able to swim.


Maria Timperley gets a real buzz from seeing people of all ages develop and achieve more than they thought they could. She especially gets a thrill from working with adults who thought they never could swim and then achieve wonders – often to swim with the grandchildren having missed out on swimming with their own little ones.

She has two grown up children of whom she is very proud – Alex and Jack. When not teaching swimming, training or examining other swimming teachers, leading aquacise and Synchrofit sessions or coaching competitive swim squads Maria likes to run or ride her bike working hard to increase her distance and speed.  She has successfully completed running races at half marathon and ultra marathon distances.

She is an avid reader and devours books whenever she can. Maria is the Founder of the Swim Teachers Network- an online group of 5000 aquatic professionals from all over the world who share together to deliver good practice.  She is also a member of STA Aquatics Working group initiated to assist in the review of the STA aquatic education process. STA Aquatics Education Review    Maria was recently a business panel host at the STA Conference.

Adrian Goodhand is an Environmental Education Tutor and Forest School Leader for Coast and Forest Education by day and a swim teacher at The Abbey and lifeguard trainer by night (and any other spare time he has!).  You can find out what he does here Coast and Forest Education Facebook page

Adrian is also a keen runner and bike rider and has competed in a number of duathlons, marathons, ultra marathons and triathlons. He enjoys open water swimming and teaching snorkelling to his Under Sea Explorers

Maria and Adrian have recently been joined by the lovely Cate Read, a GB triathlon athlete, triathlon coach, openwater swimmer, sea kayaker, Ironman and mum to a grown up son at university; Jo Ball – a super swimming teacher, Water Fitness instructor, netball player and coach, Netball Fitness leader and mum to two lovely little people – one in the junior lifeguard academy and another in our Improver classes; Grace Ritchie who had been a fantastic assistant teacher for a number of years for both Just Add Water and Bere Regis Orcas now joins us as a level 2 qualified teacher whilst studying for her A levels;  Jack Campbell an enthusiastic assistant for some years and now fully fledged level 2 teacher combining teaching with his apprenticeship with Wessex Water; Dudley Dodd a level 2 teacher combining this with his college course in Poole, Sara Strange who combines being a wonderful teacher to our little beginners at Woolland with another professional career and is a mother to two amazing boys; and Tanya Traves who is not only a talented artist and mother to the wonderful Beau but also a fantastic and creative teacher. Lucy Campbell, Ollie Cleal, Will Ritchie and Freddie Dodd – as our amazing assistants without whom we could not achieve so much in our lessons.  They help us keep our class sizes small and happy.

All of the teaching team are minimum Level 2 swim teacher qualified with either the ASA, the STA or both and are qualified lifesavers or lifeguards.

Maria and Adrian are STA and RLSS qualified lifeguard trainers / lifesaving instructors / Lifeguard Academy Instructor and are RLSS and STA Tutors and Examiners as well as Speedo qualified Aquacise instructors. Adrian is a BSAC snorkel instructor. Maria additionally holds qualifications for Baby and PreSchool, Baby Aqua Sensory and People with Disabilities.  Jo is a qualified Water Fitness instructor and Cate is a Junior Lifeguard Academy instructor

Everyone has completed Safeguarding training and holds an Enhanced Record Check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

And finally…..not only do the Just Add Water Swim School teaching team work wonders for the swimmers of Just Add Water Swim School but they also volunteer their time each week to provide fabulous swimming lessons or lifeguarding duties for a community swim school for Abbey Swimming Club.

We all just love teaching swimming!

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