About Jacquie D

I have been teaching group fitness classes since 2005 and specialise in senior/rehab fitness (Cardiac rehab, mental health, Falls Prevention) as well as teaching Zumba (I love dancing) and strength classes.

I’m particularly interested in how our bodies change as we age and what types of exercise help us to maintain a healthy body as we get older. I personally practise yoga,  walk a lot and of course swim!

I was a competitive swimmer as a child and worked as a swimming teacher and lifeguard throughout university.

I came back to swimming in 2014 when my husband took up triathlon. Being a good runner and cyclist he really struggled to understand why he couldn’t swim faster despite putting in the training hours and going to the local tri club swim sessions.

He realised he needed to improve his technique so he bought the Total Immersion book. When I read it I was so impressed by the TI approach to swimming and the decades of research behind the technique that I joined my husband in trying out the drills.

We attended a workshop a few months later and then found our coach (the only active TI coach in Scotland) Emma in Edinburgh. We go down for sessions with her every 2-3 months and she has been invaluable in helping us improve our on our TI technique.

A year after working with Emma, she encouraged me to go and train to be a coach which I did in Spain in October 2018. The course was fantastic, was taught exceptionally well and  I met coaches from all around the world.

In March 2019 I returned to Spain to continue my training with Different Strokes (breaststroke, backstroke and butterfly) plus Expert Skills (advanced freestyle technique).

I really enjoy coaching people and love the challenge of helping them to swim better no matter what their ability, swimming background and goals. I have been so encouraged with the results I’ve seen with my clients, I truly believe Total Immersion is the best way to learn the most efficient way to swim.