We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches.

For all questions related to administrative, such as fee, safety, or policy issues, please contact Linda Chambers (Club Treasurer) or Duncan Vẻrel / Sarah Sillars (Welfare Officers).


Coaching Team

Miles Denyer

Head Coach (Level 2 Coach)





Karsten Temple

Juniors Coach (Level 2 Teacher)

I've always been around water and joined my local club when I was 10.  Although I didn't continue with the sport I did continue getting my bronze medallion and other lifesaving skills.  At 16 I came back onto poolside to teach the younger children in their Learn to Swim programmes.  My mum was head coach and I took my coaching awards over the next few years.  25 years later and I have been teaching and coaching for almost all of those years.  I love watching children and adults perfect the strokes and gain a bigger understanding of the sport.  As the junior coach I use my teaching skills to perfect the strokes while increasing the stamina that the children have in the water.


Anthony Rackstraw

Coach (Level 2 Teacher)


Sarah Purdie

Coach (Level 2 Teacher, Assistant (Level 1) Coach)

I grew up in Plymouth and was a Devon county level swimmer as a young person. I qualified as a Swimming (Level 2) Teacher in 1991, and taught at Dinnaton Swimming Club in Ivybridge, Devon for a few years. I let swimming and teaching/coaching lapse for a fair few years, but when my son joined Wells SC, it gave me the opportunity to get back on poolside (and in the pool on occasion with the Masters). I am now also qualified as an Assistant (Level 1) Coach.



Andy Bond

Coach (Assistant (Level 1) Coach)


Marisa Taylor

Coach (Assistant (Level 1) Coach)

I swam from an early age until my teens for Richmond-upon-Thames Swimming Club including at both Middlesex and Surrey Counties.  When my son started swimming for Wells SC in 2014 it was also a great opportunity for me to join Masters.  I have since qualified as an Assistant (Level 1) Coach and a Team Manager and I was a skills coach on the Somerset ASA County Development Programme for 11 year old in 2019.  I love seeing the progression within the squads and sharing the swimmers excitement when they compete.

Duncan Vẻrel

Coach (Level 2 Teacher, Assistant (Level 1) Coach)





David Clark

Poolside Helper



Vicki Coxon

Poolside Helper



Richard Thatcher

Poolside Helper