About Us


Laura Sevenus Swimming Tuition (Lsst Ltd) is a family-run business who are supported by a wonderful team.

laura_sevenus01Laura Sevenus was a South African national competitive swimmer in the 60's. She was one of five South Africans chosen to tour with the American Water Follies as a synchronized swimmer, thus changing her amateur status.

In 1964, her professional career began when she assisted the South African team coach training beginners, and later established her first private swim school. Her understanding of parent and children's needs led to the creation of a purpose-designed facility for teaching swimming in Cape Town, this is where she developed what is now the Sevenus Swimming Method®.

She has contributed her evolving insight and expertise to various working groups in South Africa, Sweden, Germany and the UK and has been instrumental in defining swim teaching standards in South Africa. She is also a certified aquarobics instructor and Watsu® practitioner.

our staff

Lizzie Adey
Lizzie Adey - click to read more
Marketing & Social Media
Dejan Angelov
Dejan Angelov - click to read more
Tracey Bohan
Tracey Bohan - click to read more
Reception (Bucks)

Mirela Cojocaru
Mirela Cojocaru - click to read more
Accounts Administrator
Annika Ekstrom
Annika Ekstrom - click to read more
Manager / Senior Instructor / Trainer
Christele Elkhoury
Christele Elkhoury - click to read more
Office & HR Manager
Daniela Frederico
Daniela Frederico - click to read more
Facilities Manager / Bookings Co-ordinator
Maria Luisa Hidalgo
Maria Luisa Hidalgo
Bucks Cleaner / Helper
Victoria Lasvergnas
Victoria Lasvergnas
Reception (Saturday)
Holly Searle
Holly Searle - click to read more
Cheryl Selby
Cheryl Selby - click to read more
Bucks Manager & Bookings / Instructor
Claudiane Santos
Claudiane Santos - click to read more
Head of Cleaning / Instructor


Gulcan Akbulut
Gulcan Akbulut
Zoi Bazouka
Zoi Bazouka (Zoi is on maternity leave until January 2019 - click to read more
Mo Buraleh
Mo Buraleh - click to read more
Cesar Castilho
Cesar Castilho
Lara Clarkson
Lara Clarkson - click to read more
Martha Dean
Martha Dean - click to read more
Leo Kirby
Leo Kirby - click to read more
Ray Murphy
Ray Murphy - click to read more
Chiara Pedelli
Chiara Pedelli - click to read more
Kristy Robinson
Kristy Robinson
Rafael Pinheiro Santana
Rafael Pinheiro Santana - click to read more
Ines Zdelar - click to read more
  • Q: What is the Sevenus Swimming Method?

    A: In brief, the difference with our way of teaching is that we observe our students individually and then facilitate in helping them to develop their own natural swimming ability.

    By not leading or forcing the pace in any obvious way, our pupils do not feel limited or constrained and results can be achieved faster.

    They intuitively release their skills and abilities without too much interference, only with guidance.

    The confidence derived from knowing that “I did it” builds and supports the learning process. Self confidence acquired in this way is immeasurable.

  • Lizzie Adey

    Hi I’m Lizzie. I have been with LSST in an administrative role since the beginning of September 2016. My past work experience has mainly been around children and young people. Amongst other things I have worked in educational settings supporting children with Statements of Special Educational Needs and 1:1 with children with challenging behaviour. I have also worked with homeless teenagers and Traveller and Gypsy Roma families and children on site and in school. I have four grown up daughters and several grandchildren whose company I love. I am very interested in alternative therapies and experimenting with food and enjoy cooking. I am enthused by new places, markets, tucked away coffee shops, creative people and beginning a new book.

  • Dejan Angelov

    Hi Im Deo. I graduated in Drama and Theatre and my intention originally was to work in that area. I worked as a choreographer for eight years and also as a performer and Director.

    I have directed seven performances and acted in over twenty. Experiencing different countries and their cultures is really important to me and that is why I have travelled all around Europe living and working in some really beautiful places. I also have experience working with children and teenagers and young people with social problems. Moving to London however, was one of the greatest decisions that I have made in my life and gave me the opportunity to work for the successful, progressive Company that is Laura Sevenus and I can see myself after ten years at this same Company just in a different country!! In my leisure time I enjoy drawing and painting, travelling and of course swimming!

  • Tracey Bohan

    Hello, my name is Tracey. I have been working for Lsst for almost 12 months at reception.  I love meeting and greeting all the parents and children that attend for their swimming lessons and helping in any way possible.

    I have two grown up sons, one off which is at university and the other has started work. Most of my previous jobs have been working with children in schools and in nursery settings. I enjoy the markets, reading and spending time with my family.

  • Mirela Cojocaru

    My name is Mirela and I really love my job. I started working with Baby Spa in 2014 as a receptionist. After the Baby’s Spa location was closed I joined the wonderful team at LSST in September 2017, as Finance Administrator.

    I studied Tourism Economy and finance in Roumania. Previous to this, I worked successfully as an accountant for 15 years and I attribute this success to my ability to plan, organise, schedule and handle many different tasks at once.

    When I am not working I love to cook for my family and friends and spend quality time with them. I love to laugh, and try to see the good in every situation.

  • Annika Ekström

    I have been working as a Teacher and Manager at Laura Sevenus for 14 years. I started training with Kirsten Sevenus at our Kensington pool in September 2002 when I emigrated from Sweden to England. My ASA Level 1 and Level 2 qualifications followed shortly after and I was part of starting up the Chiswick pool a few years later.

    In Sweden I studied for a Degree in Social Care, which allowed me to work within a range of different settings from early years through to adulthood. I have worked as a Personal Assistant for an adult with physical disabilities. I have also supported children with physical challenges and children who have been diagnosed with conditions that meant they were unable to function in a normal classroom environment and the difficult social situations that environment could expose them to.

    During my time in Sweden I was involved in the Swedish Home Group, which is the equivalent to the English Territorial Army. As a youngster I also trained in Judo for nine years and was an eager member at various gyms. My interests now are reading whenever I can, cycling, baking and going to the gym as often as possible. I have a gorgeous dog that loves his long walks in Richmond Park and dog sitter allowing, I try to go abroad as much as possible to somewhere with a sunny beach where I can enjoy the sea and local cuisine. I also enjoy the theatre – in particular musicals.

  • Christele Elkhoury

    I began my work with LSST in 2010 as a Receptionist. I love working around children and absolutely support the unique method of teaching that is used here at LSST.

    I originally studied in a French School in London and then followed this by studying Psychology at University. I have a Masters Degree in Media and Communication and also a Diploma in Counselling skills.

    Most of my previous jobs have involved children and have been mainly in Schools (I taught French in Latymer Upper School) and Nursery settings. I have been volunteering as a Moderator for about ten years for a Charitable Organisation, The Mix, who are dedicated to supporting young people whilst also giving them guidance, advice and support.

  • Daniela Frederico

    Hello, I was born in Brazil and moved to London in 2007 with the dream of building a better life. After five years of working as an Area Manager for a Cleaning company I was given the opportunity to work with LSST. Initially my sole job was as Facilities Manager, working closely with the Health and Safety Team and being responsible for keeping the facilities to a high standard.

    I was then given the opportunity to complete and pass the training to allow me to also become a Swimming Instructor. I particularly love this part of my work – watching the children progress with learning to swim in their own way and each one is so special.

  • Holly Searle

    Hello I am Holly Searle. I joined the LSST Team as their Friday Receptionist in Autumn 2016, and I can honestly say that I am blessed to have joined such a wonderful little family. Although I am only here for a short spell on Friday afternoons, I love being on the reception desk meeting and greeting all of those that attend for their swimming lessons.

    I have had many different roles in my life, the biggest being that of a mother and now grandmother. I was born in the heart of London, and regularly explore its history. It’s a pretty amazing place to live as there is always something new to discover. My biggest passion is writing. I have one published children’s story, maintain a regular blog, which includes poems, short stories and observational pieces, whilst attempting to finish several unfinished books. As most writers are, I am a gifted procrastinator. I love helping, so if you have any queries or questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

    I have a degree and several A Levels. I have worked in the film industry, for the National Archives, as an Online Customer Relations Manager for Jigsaw, as a Book Seller for Waterstones and as a Manager of a team supporting families needing emergency childcare. My last role was as a Wellbeing Associate where I contacted companies to ascertain if they had an Employee Assistance Benefit.

  • Cheryl Selby

    I have been working at LSST since September 2010 and my role has evolved throughout my time here; starting with teaching and gradually moving to spending more time in the office. My favourite part of the job is being in the pool with the children and hearing their stories (we try and fit a little swimming in too!)

    I grew up in Dorset and try to go ‘home’ every so often to catch up with family and enjoy the wide open spaces away from the bustle of London. I originally moved away from home to go to university at St Mary’s College in Twickenham where I studied Sports Rehabilitation. This included the assessment and treatment of injuries and rehabilitation/training from injury to full match fitness and beyond, with placements in various sports teams and private practice.

    After Uni I worked at a Leisure Centre attached to a private school in Snaresbrook and it was here that I completed my ASA Level 1 teaching course and started teaching swimming before taking a short break to travel in New Zealand.

    In my spare time I enjoy swimming and occasionally go to the gym in an attempt to keep vaguely fit! I also enjoy knitting for friends and family (especially when friends have new babies). I love to read and I try to make good use of my daily commute by reading as much as I possibly can!

  • Claudiane Santos

    Hi I’m Claudiane. I am originally from Brazil and have previous experience of working in a Nursery and in Clothing Production. I came to England eight years ago with a dream of a better life and am so grateful to be doing a job that I love. My initial position with LSST was not as a teacher but two years ago I was given the opportunity to complete my Swimming Teaching Course and have now been part of the Team for about seven years.

  • Zoi Bazouka

    Hello my name is Zoi. I joined LSST in September 2016 and I can say without any doubt that I work in the most friendly working environment. To be honest I feel as if most of my life has been connected to swimming in one way or another. There was a time when I spent more hours in the swimming pool than at home. I loved the sport – its values and its ideals and it was the reason that I then later became a swimming teacher. I wanted to inspire other people to learn and participate in the sport. I enjoy being with children, and believe strongly that there is nothing more rewarding than working with them.

  • Mo Buraleh

    Hi I’m Mo, I started my career in water sports at Surrey Docks Water Sports Centre. This is where I did my school ‘work experience’, learning how to teach sailing, canoeing and windsurfing. After school I applied to volunteer and this is where I gained my instructors qualification. I then moved on to work in local leisure centres, starting as a Lifeguard and Assistant Swimming Teacher.

    After learning how a leisure centre operates, I decided to go into Leisure Management and so started at Harrow Leisure Centre as a Senior Duty Manager. During my 4 years in management my passion for swimming teaching grew so much that I changed career and began teaching swimming full time. I have now been teaching for over 15 years working within the private and public and sectors and I really enjoy it.

    Having worked at LSST for over 3 years now I can really say I love their method of teaching swimming, it emphasises the importance of personalisation of lessons for individuals in a inclusive environment.

  • Lara Clarkson

    I work full time as a Project Manager for American Express and I lead the reporting and analytics team in Global Talent Acquisition. I have been with Amex for almost eight years now and previously worked in Tourism, Market Research and Advertising – all within the data analytics space.

    I am originally from South Africa but have been in London for fourteen years and this is home for now. I used to swim competitively and still love swimming, although now at a more sedate pace. I decided to learn how to be a swimming teacher a few years ago and after qualifying was trained up by LSST and now teach private lessons once a week, which gives me a good balance between the corporate world and doing something more rewarding.

  • Martha Dean

    I am passionate about the sport of swimming, believing it to be a skill as essential to life as reading and writing.I believe swimming lessons should be enjoyed by all and have a “fun” element at all times for both adults and children alike and that the water can provide a sense of freedom and relaxation which is unique to the sport, yet it can provide a very competitive and enjoyable environment if so desired by the swimmer. 

    Swimming has been a life-changing and enhancing experience for me personally and I very much enjoy sharing that with others.

  • Leo Kirby

    I have been a teacher with Laura Sevenus since November 2014 but have been a swimmer for as long as I can remember. From an early age I was having swimming lessons and followed that as a teenager by travelling around the country to compete. In more recent years I have taught across London. I studied Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Gloucestershire and I am passionate about using sport as a positive force in all walks of life.

  • Ray Murphy

    I am from Sydney, Australia and have lived in London for 11 years. I have been a swimming teacher for the same time and part of the team since September 2015. I was previously a Lifeguard and also front of house for various Fitness Centres. In Australia, I worked as a Steward and front of house for the Sydney Cricket Ground, as well as Guest Relations for Bridge Climb on the Sydney Harbour Bridge. I have a degree in Sport and Exercise Science from the University of East London.

    I have been a vegetarian for 9 years and a vegan for a year and a half and this has prompted me to follow a plant based healthy lifestyle. Another interest is to set up a vegan baking business with my wife called Cheeky Vegan Baker. I love to snowboard in the winter, wakeboard in the summer and I cycle everywhere around London all year round come rain or shine!

  • Chiara Padelli

    I am a qualified lifeguard and swimming teacher with both the Italian National Swimming Federation (FIN) and STA England. I have been working as swimming teacher for almost 8 years now.

    I am amazed and motivated by how small children make huge progress each week, and I find that this is what drives me in my role now. It’s rewarding and satisfying to know I am helping my pupils achieve this most important life skill. There is nothing better than observing a non swimmer become a confident one, and even more encouraging, is to hear them say that they love and enjoy swimming because it’s fun, this makes me really proud of them.

    I love teaching swimming as much as love swimming and I am thrilled to transfer my passion to new swimmers. From a very young age I always wanted to be a swimmer and have enjoyed the hours in the pool that club swimming involves and even now I enjoy going down to the pool every chance I get.

  • Rafael Pinheiro Santana

    I’m from Brazil, I came to London in 2007. I have been a swimmer for as long as I can remember. I started swimming at the early age of three and loved it so much that I took it more seriously, swimming competitively as a teenager.

    Over the years I have developed as a teacher, gaining a lot of experience and knowledge from a number of great professionals coaches with whom I have worked, as well as my ASA level 1 and 2 qualifications and previous teaching experience. I also hold a degree in BA(Hons) Business Creation and Management from Northumbria University.

  • Ines Zdelar

    Hi I’m Ines. I have sixteen years experience of working as a Nanny and I have also worked as a Learning Support Assistant for a Downs Syndrome child at Elmwood Montessori Nursery and a Teaching Assistant at Meadows Montessori Nursery. My work experience also includes working as an On board Manager of sailing boats for Sail Croatia and a waitress and cocktail master on Carnival Cruise Line. I have completed Courses in various areas including Tourism and Hospitality, Web Design, Makaton Signing, Face painting and STA Swimming Course. I am currently developing a business, which I founded, called MyKiddyCare.com as well as a jewellery stand, which I have on the Portobello Road.

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