Head Coach

Heather Burke

Heather became an Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) Level 2 teacher at 17 to assist special needs children at a school in the Midlands. After 10 years in the RAF as an Air Traffic Control Officer, she retired to North Devon and rediscovered her passion for swimming and teaching.

After teaching at Ilfracombe Swimming Club for a number of years, she attained her ASA Club Coach qualification and shadowed Olympic and Commonwealth swimmers and coaches to enhance her knowledge.

Heather competed in open water events earning the title of Surf Lifesaving GB Devon champion and runner up National champion in open water swimming. She can often be found exploring the caves and secluded beaches of North Devon, often swimming for 2 or 3 hours to reach an exciting new find.

assistant Coach

Greg Burke

With a swimming teacher for a mum, it was inevitable that Greg became a competitive swimmer and Surf Lifesaver. He became an ASA Level 2 teacher at 18 and taught at local swim schools. He has attended swim camps at Kelly College and with Olympic and Commonwealth swimmers at the Steve Parry Swim Scheme.

Greg has a knack of engaging with nervous and special needs children, his supportive and reassuring manner give them confidence. His swimming knowledge is vast and he is intending to qualify as a Level 3 Swimming Coach as soon as possible.

Greg is currently a pool lifeguard, open water lifeguard and swimming teacher.

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