Our Coaches

Laura Ansell

Head Swimming Coach

Master teacher and coach, Laura, has been a swimming teacher and coach for 17 years.

Laura went on to coordinate her own swim school alongside Cannons Health and Fitness and Swimming Nature at the age of 19, and combined the manual manipulation techniques of Shaw, with elite stroke techniques from ex-Olympic swimmers with whom Laura swam and studied with, to the forefront of her coaching style.

Laura co-wrote the First Choice Swim Abroad programme and implemented it’s curriculum through Europe from 2006-2007.

Laura spent her youth competing at County and National championships for Hertfordshire and GB, and held the 100M Butterfly and IM record for her age group for Hertfordshire. Laura is currently the KC ASA Open Water Manager and her passion to drive the sport forwards has meant she is the head of the ASA Open Water Committee.

Laura was hand selected by Swim Smooth to become Swim Smooth Certified in 2016, and certified in May 2017. Laura specialises in nervous and new swimmers of all ages and abilities, and supports their learning in a supportive, nurturing and empathetic manner which has seen her athletes continue to Triathlon AG placing, and World Series qualifying, as well as producing pool and open water County and National level swimmers.

Laura qualifications include:


  • Certified Swim Smooth Coach May 2017
  • ASA Level 3 in Aquatic teaching
  • ASA Level 2 in Coaching swimming
  • ASA Level 2 in coaching open water
  • NOWCA Level 2 coaching open water
  • STA Level 2 teaching swimming
  • STA Parent and Baby specialist
  • Shaw Method Level 1
  • Msc Sports Science

Joanne Heron

Swimming Teacher

Fun, bright and friendly teacher at TriSwim Stars.

I am a newly qualified ASA Level 2 Swimming Teacher, having recently chosen to make a career change.

I became a Swimming Assistant at my local leisure centre after passing my ASA Level 1 and now look forward to an exciting career as a fully qualified swimming teacher with Laura and the team at TriSwim Stars supporting my new role.

My passion for swimming stems from a young age, when I competed regularly for East Grinstead Swimming Club.

I have worked with pre-school children for over 10 years and enjoy the influence I can have on a child’s personal development. I am very excited about combining my love for swimming and developing children.

Looking towards the future; I aim to expand my knowledge of teaching by becoming certified in various other specialist areas.

Jo Wilson (Jo-Commotion)

Lead Teacher and Open Water Coach

Lead teacher at TriSwim Stars & open water coach.

Joanne is a well known local swimming teacher with many years’ experience teaching and coaching at all levels from tots to triathletes.

A wild swimming enthusiast and open water assistant coach she’s also a third generation swimming teacher in her family! Jo specialises in teaching the unteachable!

Lauren Dawber

Open Water Coach

STA Level 2 Cert, STA Open Water Level 2 and British Triathlon Level 1 Coach

South African with a love for water! A keen swimmer at school and a love for the ocean, I can’t remember not swimming! If I’m not coaching or teaching I can be found in my kayak. I have been teaching and coaching swimming for +5 years and I love it. I work mainly with children and non-swimmers or those new to Open Water and want to give it a go.