About Stacey

Stacey Smith

Licence Holder at Blackwater, Truro

Stacey and her son Mylo started swimming with Swim Academy for Babies with Sarah Burnett at GwelanMor in Portreath in 2012 when Mylo was just 4 weeks old.  Mylo is now a super little swimmer and shares his mothers passion for the water.

Stacey grew up in Redruth/Portreath and according to her mum was an instant fan of the water, learning to swim as a toddler under the water not on top! She received swimmer of the year whislt at Redruth school and still holds some of the school records for the outdoor pool!

She was a member of Carn Brea Swim Club until as a teenager she transferred over to Surf Life Saving at Portreath Surf club, she won several medals nationally for her swimming, board rescue and diamond girl.  She would spend many a summer volunteer lifeguarding on Portreath beach.

Stacey has battled knee injuries since her early teens, so had to retire from competitive sport much earlier than she would have liked, but a love for the water has always remained. Career and home life took over and lead Stacey from Admin in the NHS to Book keeping for friends in her spare time which lead her to her role in helping set up ‘The Track’ (home to Kernow Hydro).

This lead Stacey onto studying for her Fd Health & Fitness Management at Cornwall College with Hayley, and is where she gained a passion for sports coaching and health promotion, she then went on to volunteer for the NHS Health Promotion Service until she went on maternity leave.

When the opportunity arose to become a qualified tutor Stacey jumped at the chance to do a job she knew she would love. After completing her training and shadowing several members of the Swim Academy for Babies team, Stacey started up some new Swim Academy for Babies classes under Fiona Myers at Kernow Hydro expanding the Portreath timetable to 7 days a week.  Stacey is now running her own branch of Swim Academy for Babies under Licence at our beautiful Blackwater venue.

“Wow, 3 years into teaching for Swim Academy for Babies (and 6 years into mine and Mylo’s swim journey with Swim Academy for Babies) and I have been lucky enough to find my own venue (with Hayley and Stacey F). We are looking forward to welcoming our swimmers to Blackwater to continue our swim journeys together, and of course we cannot wait to meet our new little swimmers! I’m so grateful that I get to share my love of the water with so many lovely families, teaching little ones how to be safe and confident in the water really is my dream job..”

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