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
Returning, as I am, to Jersey in the next few days for both a RJ solo and a RJ Relay, I’ve been putting finishing touches to the mental aspect of my challenges. I first met Sally in September 2014 on St. Aubin’s beach in Jersey after a 5km open water race, not long after my father told me he never wanted to see or speak to me again and, more hurtfully, that he wanted nothing to do with our two boys (now young men). I knew of the Jersey legend of EC swimming, saw her on the beach, walked up to Sal and asked her, ‘can you get me round Jersey?’ She said, ‘sure’ so I decided to turn a powerful negative emotion into a positive one by deciding, there and then, that I would swim around my father (who still lives on Jersey).
I attended the first of four successive swim camps the next May (2015) and so began a series of life-affirming experiences centred on swimming in the stunning waters that surround Jersey. Sal’s motto, ‘a bay a day’ rings true as the programme endeavours (within the limitations of the massive tides) to give swimmers a varied experience from glorious sandy beaches around the south and west, through picturesque harbours along the north coast that provide access to cliffs and hidden coves and caves and the deep water of St Catherine’s in the east where most qualifier swims of up to 6 hours are done (for those wishing so to do).
The camps are about much more than just swimming and, over the years, I have had the privilege to swim with inspirational people, whether it be Help for Heroes amputees training for an ‘Arch to Arc’, EC swimmers or those new to open water swimming. The camps never feel too large, the atmosphere is always conducive to sharing stories and experiences, and I know that I have gained a lot of knowledge in the process. I think, too, that everybody departs having gained in some way, whether it be open water technique, confidence in the water or just happy memories.
Lastly, Sal’s camps always include a healthy dose of socialising centered on charming, sometimes quirky, cafes (such as the Hungry Man and Mad Mary’s) visited after swims, evening dining at memorable locations (such as El Tico’s, watching the sun go down over St. Ouen’s bay) and special trips (e.g. to France for dinner or to the Minquiers by rib when, more often than not, you will see dolphins right up close).
Sally and fellow campers, I’d like to thank you all for those shared experiences as they will stand me in good stead when I swim around my father.
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 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!
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
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.
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!
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.
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
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