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
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.
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.
My daughter has been swimming with Sal now for 4 years, she has gone from strength to strength, she has always loved the water, but never to the extent she does now! She was introduced to sea swimming by Sal a year later and since then is determined to swim the Island, the Channel and Jersey to France following in her idols footsteps!!! She has been nurtured, loved and supported 100% by Sal and for that I will always be very grateful! Thank you
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.
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 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!
Wow what a lady… I first had the great pleasure of meeting Sally almost 30 years ago!
Sally actually taught me to swim freestyle so that I could enter my first Triathlon (in my mid 20s), working with me tirelessly & encouraging me that I could do it.
With Sally’s drive, vast knowledge and amazing teaching skills, I went on to represent Jersey in the Island Games.
Five years later I was still attending her early morning swim sessions and also Aqua aerobics, with ‘bump number one’ under her watchful eye and providing great advice on what to do and not to do, trusting Sally implicitly, so much so that I think baby number one felt so comfortable he nearly arrived in the pool ☺
Sally then went on to teach both my children to swim and she certainly had a task on her hands with one stubborn child that wanted to do their own thing, but with understanding, gentle persuasion and guided rules, they were both swimming like fish in a safe manner in no time at all.
I can comfortably and highly recommend Sally as a swimming and aqua aerobics Instructor for persons of ALL ages, she is definitely the ‘go to’ person!
Sally runs a fantastic swim camp. The structure is clear and the focus is strong but there’s also a fun element. Sally uses the different bays around Jersey so there’s always a different view and each bay offers different challenges. Whether you’re training for the Channel, a triathlon or just enjoy open water swimming, Sal’s swim camp should be on your list, you’ll learn so much and have a fab time!
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.