My three boys over the past 24 years have been very lucky to have had Sally Minty-Gravett teaching them to swim from the age of four months through parent & babes, toddler and children’s swimming lessons and even Jersey Long Distance Swimming Club – as a result they are happy, strong confident swimmers.
I first met Sally when I had to improve my swimming strokes for my GCSE in PE, this then soon went to coaching support for a round Jersey swim and I regularly swam with Sally in the sea and in the pool. Sally spent time with me correcting and tweaking my stroke so that I could be more efficient, I got to know drills and a pullbuoy very well!
Sally is a font of knowledge with all things swimming and felt very safe in her hands with any swimming goal I was aiming for.
Over 24 years ago I was introduced to Aquanatal and Post Aquanatal through Sally Minty-Gravett. This then lead me to doing Aquafit which I still enjoy today – being my favourite sport to keep fit.
My son, was taught by Sal, from age 6-7, approximately! He has various neurological conditions including autism and developmental coordination disorder and he is hearing impaired. Sal had a wonderful attitude towards Keir and always geared her teaching techniques to accommodate his needs. She would work both in the water and poolside with him depending on the lesson and always ensured that he understood what she wanted him to do by speaking directly to him. Thanks Sal for being a truly understanding and adaptable swim coach.
Angela and Keir
Sally taught both of my children from 4 months old.
She has a brilliant manner in the way that she engages with babies, toddlers and young children, as well as the parents.
Sally’s confidence in the water is superb, and both of our children responded very well to her and continue to thoroughly enjoy swimming. George was even encouraged to take part in a Halloween day sea swim aged 3 which is still one of his proudest memories!
Sally has such a passion for swimming and for enabling all abilities to share her love.
Both my children flew under her guidance. She sets clear boundaries, knows what the children’s individual needs are and helps them to quickly make progress and achieve their best.
I was thrilled with how quickly my children moved forward with their swimming and living on an island the skill of swimming is a vital one.
Sally has a real gift for teaching swimming and I have no hesitations in recommending her to anyone in need of an excellent teacher.
Sally taught me to swim at swim right when I was very young. For me learning to swim properly from a young age has enabled me to have the most priviliaged youth growing up on the beaches and in the Sea of Jersey. She installed in me such confidence in the Sea both underwater and swimming that I would look at other children, who were scared and unable to swim at think how on earth this was possible and how much less fun they could have playing in the waves and even just in a swimming pool. I thank my lucky stars she taught me to swim and love the water as I now make my living on it and under it !
Thank you so much Sally
I never remember not being able to swim and always loved the water; however after major back surgery all my confidence vanished. Sal literally breathed new life into my world!
She got me into the pool for the first lessons I had in my life at the ripe age of 43!
She gently persuaded me that I wasn’t going to break or drown!
Sal has literally changed my life and given me the inner strength to reconnect with my body, with water and feeling that I can do it!
She is a massive supportive inspiration in all areas of my life!
Thanks Sal, you really are my mermaid queen!
Sally first taught my son from the age of 2.and half. Although he was confident in water, at that stage didn’t have any idea of how to swim. 9 months later he was swimming without armbands. He went from strength to strength until age 10 decided 2000 meters was enough.
These 8 years had given him the strength, technique and a passion for the water in particular lifesaving, which enabled him to compete nationally and internationally.
14 years after his first lesson with Sally, he is now a lifeguard at the same place he started his lessons.
I believe without the Sally’s enthusiasm, he would not have found a hobby he still enjoys and which hopefully will lead him to a lifelong love of swimming
Linda Le Geyt
I first met Sally at Swimrite 22 years ago, when I was expecting my first daughter and attended aqua natal classes. After the birth I then continued with post natal classes and as soon as my daughter was old enough we attended fun classes. I then went onto have another daughter. Both girls were taught by Sally and enjoyed various classes including a fun club type class on a Friday when they were around 11. I felt confident, that Sally had got them to a good level of swimming, that they would be safe swimming in the sea. Both girls then went on to join the long distance swimming club. I myself attended great aqua aerobic classes run by Sally and eventually at the age of 40, Sally taught me to swim front crawl, with my face in the water, something I never thought would happen. I now swim nearly every day, mainly crawl, thanks to her. Without her support and reassurance, myself and my family wouldn’t be the strong swimmers we are today.