Our Coaches

Sam Minster

Head Coach

Lead Squad Coach – Performance Group

Sam has been involved in competitive swimming for over 30 years and swam for  Saxon Crown SC at Nationals level in the 1990s. More recently he has been working at Greenwich Royals Swimming Club as a coach and at London Aquatics Centre delivering the Olympic Legacy  and working closely with British Swimming.
Currently Sam has the honour to sit along side some of his own mentors on the London Region Events committee for the delivery and success of the London Regional swimming.
In 2016 Sam won both British and European championships in Powerlifting and came second in the world with the WPF/BPO
He has also competed  in several semi-professional Cage fights back in the early 2000s and hold 3 martial art black belts.

Emma Savage

Assistant Head Coach

Lead Squad Coach – Competitive Group

Emma first joined Bexley Swimming Club at the age of 8 and has been involved with the club as a swimmer and a coach for the past 28 years. As a swimmer, she competed at County, Regional and National Level for over 10 years. She first qualified for the National Championships in the 100m Butterfly at the age of 13 and went on to compete in National Championships in the following 8 years in the 50m,100m and 200m Butterfly and the 50m and 100m Freestyle. One highlight of her time with Bexley was competing in the 2000 National Championships which doubled as the Olympic Swimming Trials. She moved to swim and study at the University of Bath in 2001 and was fortunate to spend 4 years training at the High Performance Centre with some inspirational swimmers and coaches. In 2003 she lived and trained with the Dresdner SC in Germany for a year, which gave her more insight into different coaching and training techniques. On her return from university, she began coaching at the club, alongside her full-time job as a secondary school teacher. She has continuously coached at the club in some capacity for the past 12 years, while raising her young family.

Dave Laurie

Assistant Head Coach

Lead Squad Coach–  Competitive Group

Dave is our Assistant Head Coach and has responsibility for overseeing Academy, Development and Progressive Groups.
Born in Southampton, Dave started swimming with Southampton, then Eastleigh before moving to Portsmouth Northsea Swimming Club as part of their elite group. He swam at National Age Group, Senior National Championships, and at two World Cup meetings in 1998. Dave has a wealth of competitive coaching experience and leading swimming programmes. He coached national and international level swimmers with Eastleigh and Winchester City Penguins before moving to London in 2003. He had been coaching with Saxon Crown (Lewisham) Swimming Club, before joining us in November 2017.

Mick Couzens

Lead Squad Coach – Progressive Group
Mick has been involved in swimming since the age of 8yrs old, and became a national age group freestyle swimmer.
He went on to play Water Polo for Great Britain and coached the Under 16/18 Club Team to become National Champions and produced several international players. After coaching in the UK for several years, he went on to be an age group development and masters coach in Australia for 3yrs and then in Kentucky, USA for a further 3 yrs. He is very much looking forward to helping move BSC forward and enjoys coaching, encouraging and developing the individual talents of our swimmers.

Marina Snelling

Lead Squad Coach – Development Group

Marina has been coaching at Bexley SC for 17 years. Before joining us she also coached at Bromley SC for 6 years and swam as a Master there for 4 years as she also swan competitively in her youth. She Coordinates the ASA Swim England Learn to Swim programme at Sidcup Leisure Centre and through this she is proud to say that they have a good rapport with Bexley SC with children passing through the Learn to Swim programme into Bexley SC. She was made an Honary Member of Bexley SC in 2014 and was very proud to accept it. Marina is very passionate about her teaching and coaching and enjoys passing this on to all her swimmers and hopes that they will enjoy swimming as much as she does and maybe Coach at the club one day themselves.

Amy Rush

Lead Squad Coach – Club Masters (25+) / Club(AA+)

Amy swam competitively for Bexley SC as a child through to her teenage years, reaching County and Regional level and has been associated with the club for 30 years.  Amy teaches the ASA ‘Learn to Swim’ programme for Bromley High School and has returned to Bexley to coach our ClubMasters Group.  Amy also provides cover for other squads when required.

Chelsey Denney

Lead Squad Coach – Academy Group

League Managers

Arena – Sam Minster
Tudor – Mick Couzens/Dave Laurie
KJL – Emma Savage

All our coaches hold DBS & Safeguarding certificates and relevant Swim England qualifications.