Meet Samara

Founder Samara Bruce has over 18 years experience. She has taught and managed swimming in the private sector, in large leisure centres and also school swimming for both Primary and Secondary education, including GCSE and A Level.

Her love of swimming and people has developed into a passion for teaching. Her mission to provide quality lessons to all has driven her to create Best Stroke Leisure.

Meet Our Teachers

Prior to Best Stroke Leisure, Kirsty has taught swimming in a large leisure centre for 9 years. Kirsty has two young children of her own and loves teaching.

Tanya runs her own travel agency business as well as enjoying swimming teaching. She is particularly talented with the younger swimmers and enjoys singing nursery rhymes.

Natalie has 9 years teaching experience in the private swimming sector. She has taught parent & child, children’s lessons, adult learn to swim and one to one lessons.

Laura is an experienced swimming teacher who also coaches at her local swimming club. Laura is currently completing a Sports Qualification and is a Sports Ambassador.

Ruby is a competitive swimmer who dedicates 4 days a week to her swim training. Naturally she became a swimming teacher to pass on her technique knowledge.

Matt has 11 years experience in leisure, he has taught in both large leisure centres and small swim schools. He has moved here from London to marry and live with his partner.

Harvey is an experienced swimming teacher who has worked in swim schools and large leisure centres. Samara taught him to swim! Harvey also enjoys working as a football coach.

Kerry-Jo is an experienced teacher who has worked in both swim schools and large leisure centres. Her full time role is in Physio and Hydro therapy at Pinderfields hospital.

Kirsty has previously worked in sales and finance. After being a swimmer herself, she decided to train for a change in career, she is a natural!

Join Our Team

We’re always on the lookout for new swimming teachers. Whether you already have a teaching qualification or training as a swimming teacher sounds like something you’d like to explore please get in touch!


I would recommend Samara Jayne and the Best Stroke Leisure team to anyone and everyone! Welcoming, friendly, professional, the list of superlatives goes on! My little girls confidence in the water is such a joy to see. Thank you


Highly recommended! My daughter started classes at Mirfield as a non-swimmer, with very little water confidence. She is now swimming all strokes with confidence and with great technique, thanks to the wonderful tuition from Samara and Becky. She thoroughly enjoyed her classes and progressed amazingly, huge thanks to Best Stroke for boosting her self belief and helping her become a strong, accomplished swimmer!


Couldn’t recommend Best stroke enough, my little boy loves his lessons, in the four months he has been going he has gone from two arm bands to swimming independently with no floats thanks to the caring, calming but fun sessions provided by Jamie.


Daniel absolutely loves his swimming lessons with Jamie and I cannot believe how much his confidence in the water has improved. The classes are a lovely pace for the children and the attention that they get with the small class sizes are brilliant.


Samara is a fantastic teacher. Her bubbly personality adds to the fun of the sessions and has helped Donny’s confidence with water has flourished. I highly recommend anyone with a baby/toddler to attend these classes. The facilities are well kept too.


Highly recommend Best Stroke Leisure. Both of my children have become much more confident in the water and look forward to their classes each week.