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.

Alex Hunter

Development Squad Coach


Alex and Dean just call us The Dream Team!

We both have children swimming in the club, Dean has two children both is Competitive Level 1 Squad who compete at Championship level both in swimming and Triathlon and I have a daughter who trains in Competitive Level 1 Squad and a son in Development so we both know and understand the commitment required for child to take part in sport both as a parent and a swimmer.

Our role is to make sure the swimmers are learning the correct technique on all four competitive strokes, we want to see our swimmers work hard and achieve great results as this will increase their confidence and self belief and see them flourish not only as young sports people but hopefully into well rounded young adults. We also want to see our swimmers have fun and we like to think we are a good team where all our members support one another, we work hard together and we play hard together:)

Happy healthly children who take joy in their sport make new friends and increase their skill level that's the aim of the Dream Team! We will be there to support them all the way.

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