BISP’s scholarships enable qualifying candidates to access high-quality swim training alongside world-class education. Our scholars contribute to the atmosphere of attainment and dedication at the school, providing mentorship and guidance to students throughout the program.
The BISP swim program is delivered at an expert, international standard. Our coaching staff led by the Director include a learn to swim coordinator, high-performance coaches, including one with Olympic experience and swim coaches who teach across the sport and also who also have experience in national swimming teams.
Australian Coaches and Teachers Association Performance Coach
Queensland Academy of Sport target Squad Coach 2011-2015
Coach to 2011 World Championship silver medallist
Australian team coach London 2012 Olympic Games
Australian Team Coach World University Games 2013
Australian Team Coach Fina Asian World Cup 2014
Current job title: Introduction into competitive swimming, Blue squad
Hometown: East London, South Africa
Professional Goal: Developing a love for swimming for all age groups, and creating a hunger to be the best person they can be, in and out of the water.
Hobbies: Swimming, cycling, beach and living an active life.
Skills and expertise: 12 years swim coaching experience ranging from Learn-to-swim to competitive swimming, as well as masters swimming.
Coach Luke hails from the seaside county of Cornwall, UK, where he has been a sports enthusiast all of his life! He took part in multiple sports as a youngster, before focusing on his main love of swimming and surf life-saving in his Secondary school years. He competed for numerous years at the regional and national level and was a member of European surf life-saving champions Portreath for almost a decade.
When his competitive swimming career ended he went straight into swim teaching and his speciality of ‘Learn to Swim’, where he worked for 7 years in the UK before moving to BISP in 2013. In this time he has taught thousands of children how to be safe in the water, guided them to develop a love of the water and set them up for a lifelong passion for sport.
Coach Luke studied Sport, Health & Fitness at the University of Plymouth, as well as being on the medical teams at the London 2012 Olympic Games and Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. He is a keen traveller, with the aim of every holiday being spent in a different country, and is also a big fan of football and regularly visits his local team, Plymouth Argyle, when back in the UK.
Education: National University of Singapore (NUS), Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS)
Qualification: Australian Swimming Coaching and Teaching Association (ASCTA) Course Presenter, Swim Australian Teacher (SAT), Babies and Toddlers, Learner’s with Disability, Competitive Strokes, Singapore Life Saving Society (SLSS) Bronze Medallion, ILS International Pool Lifeguard certified
Experience: 12 years of coaching experience (8 years Learn-to-swim and 4 years competitive strokes)
Grace has a rich experience in Learn to swim which enables her to efficiently transform a swimmer’s stroke techniques for competitive swimming when the swimmer is ready.
She believes in a strong foundation built on proper stroke techniques, achieving efficiency in the water and having fun is the key in Age-group competitive swimming; and maintaining longevity and passion for competitive swimming.
Over the years, many of her swimmers have progressed from Learn to swim, to age group competitive to High-performance swimming.
Coach Charlie comes from the USA and has over 25 years of head coaching experience.
After a successful swimming career receiving both high school all-American-Honors and 3 collegiate all-American-Honors, he turned his passion for swimming into a coaching career.
Charlie’s coaching experience covers every level of swimming from age group to collegiate swimming. As a USA swim club coach he has had several top10 nationally ranked swimmers, Jr. & Sr. national participants and 6 Olympic trial qualifiers. In 2010 Charlie received the USA swimming age group coach of the year award.
While coaching at Bakersfield College over 30 swimmers obtained All-America status and had over 36 school records broken. In 2012, he was awarded Western State Conference coach of the year honours.
His coaching tenure at Thanyapura sports was also very fruitful with their swimmers breaking over 100 national records for their respective countries, and several swimmers representing their countries in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
His current role as Aquatic Director at British international school Phuket has seen the program take a turn towards becoming one of the premier swim programs in South east Asia
Charlie’s coaching philosophy emphasizes proper technique and being as efficient as possible in the water. Charlie has been able to build programs in a fun creative atmosphere. Sharing his knowledge and passion for swimming with athletes is what he enjoys doing.
From Learn to Swim to High Performance, BISP swimmers benefit from a carefully constructed progression pathway to facilitate optimal development. The program ensures all development stages are catered for, meaning each swimmer has the opportunity to reach the next level of attainment with the maximum opportunity for accomplishment.
Participation in swimming competitions aids student motivation, provides a benchmark of progress and develops team spirit. Every student at BISP is given the opportunity to take part in swim competitions and BISP swim teams regularly take part in regional, national and international competitions, with trips including meets in Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan.
The global reputation of the BISP swim program and the program’s connections with international associations and global Universities helps promote BISP swimmers throughout the world. This eases the progression of BISP swimmers onto the NCAA, elite University swim program and international swim teams.
Students wishing to pursue high performance swimming benefit from the presence of a High Performance Swim Academy on the same campus as their academic classes. The collaboration between the academic teams and the swim coaches maximises the opportunity for High Performance swimmers to balance the considerable demands of an aspirational education with sport at an elite level.
BISP is home to both a 25-metre and a 50-metre swimming pool, providing unlimited access for training and benefitting from Phuket’s fine weather year-round. Access to two separate pools enables coaches to vary training, with short speed work often taking place in the 25-metre pool while swimmers practice longer form swimming in the 50-metre pool. Our 25-metre pool has a section dedicated to our youngest Learn to Swim students.
Swimmers who board at BISP enjoy the convenience of being able to walk from their boarding homes to the school’s swimming pools, positioned conveniently alongside the BISP boarding area. BISP boarders also benefit from the structure and lifestyle management that boarding provides, with nutritionists, physiotherapist, nurses and of course, BISP swim coaches, on site to help swimmers develop the ideal student-athlete lifestyle.