Chris Dutfield, 29 teaches at Chalfont Leisure Centre  and has been teaching there for 8 months. Chris teaches all stages from pre-school up to  stage 9 with children aged four and upwards. Chris became a swim teacher by completing his ASA Level 1 and Level 2 swim qualification to give him the opportunity to teach kids to swim in a safe environment. He was nominated by a combination of pupils, parents and work colleagues all of whom were impressed by his dedication, enthusiasm and commitment to his  job.

More than 700 nominations were made nationwide and Chris will now go through to a regional semi-final. If he is successful he will then go forward to a national judging day to take place at former Olympic venue, the London Aquatics Centre in Stratford.

The initiative is the brainchild of leisure operator and charitable social enterprise Better, which operates Chalfont Leisure Centre in Chiltern and a total of more than 140 swimming pools across the UK. Better is the biggest provider of swimming lessons in the UK, employing over 1.400 swimming teachers and running more than 18,100 swimming lessons each week.

The Swimming Teacher of the Year Award is also being supported by the Swimming Teacher’s Association (STA) and Speedo, representatives of whom will make up part of the final judging panel.

Commenting on his win, Chris said: “I would also like to thank you for giving me the opportunity to teach and supporting me in the last 8 months as I wouldn’t have achieved this award without you giving me the job.”.  He was very happy.  “A well deserved award” says Julia Mills Sports Officer / Swim Lead.  Life guard and Swim teacher colleague Peter Dalzell said “he deserves the award as he puts a lot of effort into his lessons”, and was very happy for him.

Daniel Oriot, Leisure Centre Manager at Chalfont Leisure Centre added: “We are very proud of Chris receiving this award, He is very enthusiastic about teaching swimming and this shows in his lessons with the positive feedback we receive from parents and those he teaches.”