The multi award-winning swim school based in Walsall

Swimfast Aquatic School

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Another great achievement. Thank you to all our swimming teachers, parents children and our ladies on a Thursday night for helping us achieve our awards at The Best of Business of the Year Awards for 2018.

The award-winning Swimfast Aquatic School's programmes are governed by the Swim England's Swimming Pathway. This is a national syllabus used to help teachers deliver swimming lessons. It ensures swimming lessons for all ages are delivered to a high and consistent standard from babies to adults, to ensure that Swimfast lesson programmes follow a nationally recognised quality standard. All of the Swimfast teachers are Level 2 Qualified and have access to a continuing professional development programme to ensure their skills are regularly updated.

All four Swim England Learn to Swim Pathway Frameworks are very closely linked with the Swim England Awards and Badges scheme.

These are used to reward children and adults all over the world when they are learning to swim. Each Framework has stages and each stage successfully completed in a Framework comes with a certificate and/or badge as a reward.

There are also supplementary badges and certificates to be earned with each Framework. Go to the relevant Framework page linked above to discover more about them.

Swimfast owners and directors, Karen and Brian have worked within the swimming pool industry for over 70 years combined, and have worked at every swimming pool and leisure centre throughout the Walsall area. They have both managed major sites and external sites such as Reedswood Golf Club and the Grange Golf Club, as well as outdoor pools in King Georges and Willenhall Park Lido.

Swimfast Aquatic School have achieved thebestofwalsall Gold Standard Award in 2016 and Gold Standard Award in 2017.

This is awarded for receiving a minimum of 12 validated reviews during the year on thebestofwalsall website and recognises their continued outstanding customer feedback.

Sarah and I are delighted to honour you with this Gold Standard award which recognises your ongoing quality of service.

Swimfast Aquatic School has also been officially recognised as one of the best businesses in Walsall because of the experienced and qualified staff who are helping pupils of all ages to learn to swim and gain confidence in the water by thebestofwalsall website.

They have also now received the accolade of being in the top 100 business in the country through the Best of Website.


Karen Jinks

07702 311 707


Karen started in the swimming industry as a lifeguard at Walsall Gala Baths, and performed various duties in that capacity.  From there she progressed to Supervisor at Bloxwich Leisure Centre, and finally was promoted to Manager.


She worked at all the sites within the Walsall Borough and managed Willenhall Leisure Centre for 17 years. Karen developed the site to be a venue for all aspects of leisure from Asian Weddings to American Wrestling Competitions!


She was the first person in the area to develop Boxercise Classes, many years ahead of other councils.


Karen was the first manager to be awarded the ASA Floaties Award for developing babies swimming abilities.

Over the years she has developed all kinds of classes to suit her customer needs, and she is an Amateur Swimming Association fully qualified Swim Teacher.


Between her and Brian, they have set up hundreds of children’s swimming classes in the past, and they can customise all of their new classes to suit customers at Swim Fast Aquatic School.

Brian Pugh

Brian Pugh

07515 636 944


Brian had managed Walsall Gala Baths for over 20 years, and worked tirelessly with external partners such as: The English Schools Association; British Water Polo League (formerly the National Water Polo League), British Universities, Great Britain Water Polo and the Amateur Swimming Association.


He has swimming teachers qualifications with both the ASA and the Swimming Teachers Association (STA). He is also fully qualified within all aspects of the Health & Safety within the pool and leisure industry.


Brian has been coach for Walsall Boys & Ladies Water Polo. The ladies water polo club went from a brand new club and was quickly promoted into Division 1 of the National Water Polo League, where they stayed for two years. He has also coached Midland Water Polo Junior Teams, as well as being a member of the former ASA Technical Water Polo Committee and secretary of the Midland District Water Polo selection committee.


At present he is treasurer of the Midlands water polo committee as well as being a life member of Walsall Swimming Club, for whom he swam competitive at all levels from the age of eight.