Coaches & Directors


Coaching Staff

William Murden

Head Coach


I have been in and around the water since before my first birthday and joined my first swimming club at the age of ten.

My passion for swimming grew in leaps and bounds, reaching the top of the British rankings for my age by the time I was eleven.

Over the years I have travelled all over Europe to take part in training camps and watch world championship competitions. I have also competed across the country and internationally in county, regional and national level competitions.

At 18 I went to Stirling University in Scotland where I got the opportunity to train with multiple Commonwealth, World and Olympic swimmers. At age twenty three my passion for swimming remains and I am considering competing at Olympic Trials in 2020 depending on my degree commitments ( I study Sport Science at Newcastle University and will graduate in 2020).

My main event is 200m butterfly and I presently hold the British Masters title for the event.

I hope to be able to pass on my passion for swimming to other swimmers in the club and to see them achieve their dreams in the future - A Life Worth Swimming!


Julia Murden

Assistant Coach Competitive Level 1


I established the club in April 2009, with a couple of clear goals in mind.

I wanted a club that would service the desire my child has for swimming, would be ambitous, open minded and prepared to try new things but I also wanted a club that would support my child's education and not impact in a negative way on his studies.

Nearly twelve years later here we are. I have seen many children through their swimming journey from age three right through to senior athletes in their twenties. I still love to see the little ones take their first steps into the pool and learn to swim, to see the same children take their first steps onto a racing block and compete and see athletes I have coached train at perform at the highest level - to see potentail achieved is a priviledge and a joy.

To be part of a young person's journey in sport and in life is a precious thing and something that I truely value - thank you to all the young athletes that have given themselves to the sport with commitment and enthusiasm - we are always learning - always moving foward and always aiming to enjoy the journey.

Dean Swanston

Development Squad Coach


I joined the club three years ago with my two children who are both tri athletes and compete at both regional and national level. 

As a family we are heavily involved in tri (running Ryton Tri Club) and we had struggled to find a swimming club for the children that would be inclusive and accepting of their main sport.

Since my children have swam with the club I have seen them go from strength to strength as swimmers and I enjoy being able to give back to the club in some way and that is why I volunteer my time on a Tuesday and Friday evenings to coach the development group of swimmers. I work along side Will and Julia in a supporting coach role with a squad that trains three times a week. the main focus of the squad is learning correct stroke but it is always a thrill when we get to see the junior swimmers go out to race for the first time.

We have a strong squad of development athletes aged eight to twelve years old in this squad and we know how to have fun and train hard.

Paul Callender

Coach Future Stars Stroke Masters


I have been with Aquajets for several years now and I originally became involved as a parent. After helping out with several sessions I soon developed a passion for coaching and teaching. After gaining a coaching qualification, I have been developing the young swimmers of the Development and Junior squads for the past few years. Technique and enjoying the learning process plays a big role in my sessions and my aim is to develop their skills in order to advance them to the next squad and to prepare them for competitive swimming. 

Lucas Lowery

Assistant Coach Stroke Squad


I joined Aquajets when I was twelve years old and I am still enjoying my swimming no as much as ever.

Over the years I have made some great friends and had the opportunity to compete all over the country and travel abroad to train.

I wasn't amazing when I started with my swimming but with a lot of hardwork and dedication I have managed to reach the top levels at my sport. I now compete mainly in the sprint events and specialize in 50m backstroke.

I presently study at Sunderland University (Mechanical Engineering) and I am a qualified level two teacher and life guard

It's great to be teaching the young swimmers and I hope the get a much from the sport as it has given me - Just Keep Swimming !

Joel Dormenyo

Entry Level Swim Coach