Instructors

FloatPlus Instructors

Meet The Team!

We endeavour to foster a company environment in which our teachers are respected, valued, listened to, and are part of the FloatPlus Swimming family.

Professional development is an essential aspect of the company, and we offer in-house training and external courses in order to further staff knowledge and to encourage continuous learning.

We have coaches fluent in English, Cantonese, Mandarin, and German.

We are extremely proud of our young, talented, personable, and multi-lingual team!

OUR TEAM

COACH ROBIN

Director

A multi-talented coach, in and out of the water.

Having spent over 20 years coaching sport in Hong Kong and honing his skills, Robin is a highly popular coach with a passion for swimming, and for helping others.

One of the three founding owners of FloatPlus Swimming, Robin is an accomplished sportsman with many to his bow. One of which is winning the FloatPlus Coach of The Year since the company started!

COACH ROBIN

Qualifications
  • Sports and Recreational Management | Victoria University Melbourne
  • ASA Level II Coach Certification | American Swim Coaches Association
  • Bronze Medallion Life Saving
  • English Football Association coach
  • IRB Level II rugby coach
  • NZ Level III rugby coach
Experience
  • Hong Kong Schools Sports Boy of the Year
  • First Division Football, Hockey and Rugby player
  • Junior World Cup Under 21 HK Hockey team
  • Hong Kong Rugby 7’s and 15’s team
  • Hong Kong Rugby 7's World Cup 1997 team

COACH KAREN

Director

Karen grew up in Hong Kong and has been in, and around water, since a baby.

She has always enjoyed swimming as it seemed to be her natural environment, and her efforts in the pool culminated in representing Hong Kong at the 1976 Olympic Games and 1978 Commonwealth Games.

Now much older and wiser, Karen brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to every class, and truly believes that learning (and having fun!) is a life-long journey, both in the pool, and out.

COACH KAREN

Qualifications
  • Swimming Teacher Certificate | ASA
  • Total Immersion Coach | Level 3
  • Bronze Medallion | HKLSA
  • Advanced Scuba Diver | PADI
Experience
  • 1976 Olympic Games | Hong Kong Swimming team
  • 1978 Commonwealth Games | Hong Kong Swimming team
  • Hong Kong Women's Hockey International team
  • Hong Kong Women's 7's and 15's International team
  • SPLASH - Head Coach at HKIS since 2015

COACH SANDRA

Director

Sandra is our Water Polo player and Open Water challenger!

Representing New Zealand in her youth and sharpening her skills as a professional water polo player in Holland, Sandra brings many different qualities to the FloatPlus Team.

As the third founding Director, Sandra has taught and has spent many years teaching and honing her coaching skills. With over 20 years of experience. Sandra is an avid open water swimmer and water polo player.

COACH SANDRA

Qualifications
  • Swimming Coach Certification | ASCA
  • Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety | KiwiSwim
  • Total Immersion Coach | Level 3
  • Bronze Medallion | HKLSA
Experience
  • New Zealand Badminton team
  • New Zealand Water Polo | Junior and Senior team
  • Valley Women's Rugby team
  • 2017 World Master's Games | 3rd place
  • 2018 Clean Half 15km | Swim/kayak team
  • 2019 Cold Half 15km | Duo-Swim team

COACH ALISON

Team Coach

We are very lucky to have Alison as our resident Waterbabies expert.

With many years of teaching a variety of ages, Alison joined our team four years ago from London and found her niche working with the younger classes.

Alison brings a no-nonsense approach to her classes, and combines that with warmth and passion.

COACH ALISON

Qualifications
  • Amateur Swimming Association | Swim England (ASA) | Level 1
  • Swimming Teacher Association Parent and Baby | Level 2
  • Bronze Medallion
  • Total Immersion Coach | Level 1
Experience
  • Virgin Active (London) | Swimming Teacher Children and Adults
  • Tooting Leisure Centre | Swimming Teacher Parent and Baby
  • Floatplus Swimming | Swimming Teacher

COACH CLAYTON

Team Coach

Our resident HK Age-Group Triathlete, Clayton spends his spare time on his bike or running in the hills of Hong Kong.

He loves working with kids because it’s so rewarding to watch them learn new skills and grow into safe, confident, and capable swimmers.

Clayton teaches all levels from Beginners through to the senior Orcas level and will shares his skills working with the Splash Foundation

COACH CLAYTON

Qualifications
  • Swimming Teacher Certificate | HKASA
  • Total Immersion Coach | Level 1
  • Bronze Medallion | HKLSA
  • Red Cross Assistant Water Safety Instructor | AWSI
  • Red Cross Water Safety Instructor | WSI
  • English
  • Cantonese
  • Mandarin
Experience
  • Hong Kong National Youth Water Polo Team
  • University of Toronto Varsity Men’s Water Polo Team

COACH ROBIN2

Team Coach

Our New-Coach-On-The-Block!

Robin is an enthusiastic, self-motivated, hardworking individual who strives to achieve high standards at all times. Just spend some time in one of his classes and you will see how he connects to all around.

Don’t be fooled by his mild manner, as in the water, Robin has some impressive achievements.

COACH ROBIN2

Qualifications
  • Hong Kong Life Saving Bronze Medallion
  • Level 1 ASA Certificate for Teaching Swimming
  • Swim England SEQ Level 2 Teaching Swimming
Experience
  • Current World Record holder Jersey to France (2017)
  • Current World Record holder Circumnavigation of Herm, Channel Islands (2018)
  • Channel Islands Open Water Swim of the Year winner (2018)
  • Channel Islands Masters Open Water 5k Champion (2016, 2017, 2018)
  • Hong Kong 2019 Cold Half 15km swim 2nd in category

COACH RIA

Team Coach

An experienced Total Immersion Level 2 Coach, Ria enjoys providing a safe and enjoyable learning experience to build water confidence, and to keep the swimmers wanting to come back for more.

Ria has worked with all age groups and shines with the older swimmers developing technique and the most challenging and rewarding experience. I always look forward to moving on teaching them new advance swim skills and techniques to keep improving their abilities.

COACH RIA

Qualifications
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COACH SHANE

Team Coach Open water

Shane is not just an Open Water Swimmer and Coach but has a passion for Water Polo. Representing New Zealand Junior Water Polo and an active member in the Hong Kong Water Polo Scene. Shane is a force in the pool or open water. Looking at Shane's extensive life saving qualifications you would feel very safe with him swimming along side.

COACH SHANE

Qualifications

NZ Surf Lifeguard Award (bronze medallion)
Advanced First Aid
Marine VHF Radio Operators Certificate
NZ Senior Lifeguard Award - IRB Driver
NZ Senior Lifeguard Award - Patrol Captain
INZ Instructors Award - Surf Lifeguard
NZ Advanced Lifeguard Award

NZ Pool lifeguard qualification
SNZ level 1 Coach

Experience

Hong Kong Cold Half Open Water Team 15 K swim
Surf Lifesaving National Champion - 2011,2012
New Zealand University Games - Rowing 8’s Champion, 4’s Second.
New Zealand Water Polo Squad

2 time champion, Cold Half 15km Relay.
3rd Place Maui Channel Relay
Bosphorus cross continental swim
Lake Tahoe relay.