Dave Sankey

Dave Sankey

Founder and Manager of DS Swim

Dave started DS Swim in 2006 after working with US Olympic coach David Salo on his swim camp in Los Angeles, and realising that swim clinics in the UK were not doing enough to offer swimmers individualised help with their technique, and were failing to use video analysis effectively.

Dave has been involved with swimming as a swimmer and coach for over 20 years, and during that time has worked with swimmers at every level, from absolute beginners up to international athletes.

Dave was a Senior National Finalist on several occasions, who finished his swimming career ranked top 100 in the world rankings on 50m Breaststroke, and held a number of county records. He has trained alongside swimmers including double Olympic Champion Rebecca Adlington, and was coached and mentored by GB Head Coach Bill Furniss. Dave still competes, and has recently won 3 medals in the British Masters Championships in the Breaststroke events.

An ASA Senior Coach (Level 4), Dave has worked as Head Coach of several clubs, coaching swimmers to National medals of all colours in multiple programmes. Swimmers who have worked with Dave on a one to one basis have gone on to win National Championships, gain international selection and even qualify to represent GB at the Olympic Games.

As well as running technique clinics and one to one coaching sessions through the DS Swim Performance Coaching programme, Dave also runs the DS Swim Learn to Swim Academy, and in late 2021 was the driving force behind the formation of the Dolphins of Spinkhill Swim Club, where he is the Club’s Chairperson.

Dave is also a qualified secondary school teacher, having previously worked as a Head of Mathematics. He is father to 2 young children and lives with his family just outside Chesterfield in North Derbyshire, England.

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