Hamble Aquatics – Coaching Team
Head Coach - Amy Rodger
Hamble Aquatics Swim Team are supported by 3 coaches with Amy Rodger Head Coach of the swimming club.
Amy graduated with first class honours in BSc Sports Coaching. She joined Hamble Aquatics in 2015 after having previously worked at Portsmouth Northsea Swimming Club where she had been a squad coach for two years.
Our Head Coach has been swimming all her life, competitively since the age of 10, specialising as a distance swimmer with her main event being the 1500m freestyle. After shadowing her Head Coach and achieving Level 1 in Teaching Aquatics, she decided this was the direction she would like to take her career and applied for a degree in Sports Coaching.
Amy worked in diving, alongside Lindsey Fraser (GB Coach) during her time at university shadowing Portsmouth’s Head Coach, Paul Hogg and his squad, in her final year. She qualified as a Level 2 Coach in February 2013.
Coach - Rich Farrance
Rich has been involved as a parent with the Club since his children Georgia and Tom, then 9 and 11, joined in 2006. He completed his Coach Level 2 qualification in 2010 and he continues to coach although Georgia and Tom are now abroad and University. Rich gains most satisfaction from seeing the younger swimmers taking to the blocks at their first galas and progressing on to master their strokes and become highly competent, confident and competitive swimmers.
However Rich is clear that it is not just about winning medals, but more about the smaller gains with PBs (personal bests). The right attitude is without a doubt key and is more important than a poor attitude and talent. As for the best drills, Rich’s 3 top favourites are 1. sculling 2. thumb brushing your tummy and 3. breaststroke on your back.
He believes it is important to train hard and learn that “you can’t win until you’ve lost!”
To join one of our competitive squads your child will need to attend an assessment session where we assess their swimming ability. It also gives you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about joining a squad.