Alison Tam - Head Coach/ Founder

Alison rediscovered her passion for the water during a break from corporate life when a friend asked her to teach him how to swim in 2014. Since then she retrained as a Learn to Swim Teacher and Swim Coach and  set up Alison Tam Swimming and quickly established a loyal following of students of all ages from four months old to adults – her Baby & Toddler and Domestic Helper swimming classes are particularly popular. She is a part of the Fitness and Wellness team at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental Spa and coaches her Master’s swim team at Fastlane Swimming.

Meanwhile, Alison is also a competitive master swimmer and currently holds a number of Hong Kong records for her age group in various events for backstroke, butterfly and freestyle. Recently at the World Masters Swimming Championship in 2019 she placed third in 50m backstroke and 6th in 100m backstroke in her age group; and was part of the ladies 4 x 50m freestyle relay team to have the 10th all time fastest time in the world for her age category. 

Alison holds the following qualifications:

  • Swimming Australia accredited Development Coach 

  • Hong Kong Swimming Coaches Associated Level 1 Certificate

  • AustSwim Assessor and Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety

  • AustSwim Assessor and Teacher of Infant and Preschool Aquatics

  • AustSwim Assessor and Teacher of Towards Competitive Strokes


Ashley Ooi - Senior Coach

Ashley grew up in Harrow, London and is a former UK counties swimmer that specialised in 100 butterfly - one of the hardest events!

He holds the UKASA Level 1 and 2 Award in Teaching Aquatics and has taught at numerous international schools in Hong Kong. Kids love him!

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Varun MP - Senior Coach

Varun grew up in Kerela, India and is a former swimmer and water polo player, specialising in 200 IM, 100 and 200 Breaststroke. 

Varun has over 12 years of teaching experience and is currently teaching at Hong Kong International School. He is an American Red Cross Professional Lifeguard and holds an American Swimming Coaches Association Level 1  qualification.


I’ve just completed a course of private lessons with Coach Varun and I just wanted to email to say how worthwhile they were.


I’ve been terrified of swimming for the past 29 years of my life and I felt like crying on the very first session but Varun was so positive, calm and encouraging. He really conquered my fear and over the past few weeks my confidence in the water has grown massively. I felt completely comfortable with him every lesson and I’ve learnt so much that I can apply moving forward. It’s been a fantastic experience that I will definitely recommend to others who are interested in private lessons. 


Thank you to Alison Swim Team and Coach Varun for all of the support!