The Team

Mainstream and Adult Instructors

We have a number of instructors that deliver lessons all year round, and we are pleased to have Abi, Martina, Anton, Ellie, Carolyn and Ashleigh teaching Mainstream lessons. We also have Sean working with us in a support teacher role for certain classes. Adult classes are taken by Martina, Anton, Ellie, and Abi.

Baby and PreSchool Instructors 

Abi and Caroline teach classes, and just adore those first splashes and swims in the pool! Carolyn is new to the Baby and PreSchool team and will be taking on lessons in 2021. Anton also takes a range of PreSchool lessons for little ones without a parent/guardian in the water, for ages 2 years upwards.

About Us

As a small team, we have over 40 years swim teaching experience, and are passionate about teaching and building confidence in the water. We work with flexibility and determination to use our experience to achieve positive outcomes for everyone. We set up Oxford Swimming Academy in 2016 and have quickly grown since starting out, but we continue our dedication to excellent tuition, supporting and encouraging all individuals, and providing fun, enjoyable classes!


Abigail Parkin

Operational Director/Instructor

I began teaching back in 2006 after an ex olympic swimmer, the manager of the swim scheme I was lifeguarding for, suggested I get teaching, and I haven't looked back! I hold the Level 1 and 2 Swim England (Previously ASA) teaching qualifications along with the STA Baby and PreSchool Teaching Award and STA Level 3 Baby and PreSchool Diploma. I have most recently completed my Level 3 Award in Education and Training, and am now a Probationary STA Aquatic Tutor. I am also a fully qualified NPLQ lifeguard, Pool Plant Level 3 Operator, and an NPLQ trainer assessor 

It is fantastic to now be back in the pool and running lessons at many venues. We hope to continue this progress into 2022 with new venues opening and our new badges now available!


Nigel Parkin

Managing Director

Sadly I will not have the opportunity to meet all our clients at the pool as my role in our business is more behind the scenes. I have always spent my life close to the water and swam at a high level as a junior, as well as enjoying a surf when back home in South Africa. 

I take our daughter to her weekly swimming lessons, and am really enjoying getting to experience all the first achievements she makes and to be a part of the classes.
I hope you all really enjoy our lessons!