Meet Team SwimTayka

Learn all about some of the incredible people working behind the scenes for our charity.

Bryan Avery

A man who has swum not only the English Channel, but also around the island of Manhattan, New York; across the Catalina Channel, off the coast of California, and around the island of Koh Tao, Thailand, decided it was time to give back to swimming and help the children from deprived areas of the world to swim, he did so in a big way.

From the long swims and travelling around the world, Bryan discovered that many children living in poorer communities by the water didn’t know how to swim. The ultra-marathon swimmer decided he’d better figure out how to teach them and whilst he was at it, he decided to incorporate local conservation efforts into the agenda too.

Lauren Cambridge

I have been fortunate enough to go to school and have free-swimming lessons, however, not the same that can be said for millions of children or young adults. Something needs to change and I’m humbled that I can be involved with SwimTayka’s mission.

Being passionate about the environment and water conservation for several years, during which I would join campaigns and spread public awareness. 

Growing up around fundraising and having a very giving family, which would always help those in need. Charity has always been at the forefront of my mind. Over the years I have always encouraged volunteering and fundraising initiatives. I couldn’t be more excited to work with SwimTayka and see what the future holds!

In my free time, I love to read, watch live music and travel around the globe trying all sorts of vegan food.


Laura Bracey

I believe we are only on earth for a small amount of time and so it is important to me that I make a difference to benefit others and future generations. Swim Tayka is such a fantastic charity and being able to help prospective volunteers travel to some of the world’s most disadvantaged locations and make a difference that could ultimately save a young person’s life or just give them the skills they need to be offered work is something very close to my heart. I also volunteer with an animal charity saving needy dogs for the UK and Overseas.




Ben Freeman

As a qualified swim teacher, triathlon coach and triathlete I have a love of swimming. You can normally find me poolside coaching or swimming in a pool
or lake somewhere! I’m passionate about helping people achieve their impossible and improve their performance in the water!

I’ve been fortunate to travel to many countries in the world and always found it difficult to understand the lack of basic swim skills demonstrated by locals in
developing countries who live next to breath-taking beaches.

I feel that swimming is a basic life skill and that everyone should behave the fundamental skills to be able to be safe and confident in-and-around water, for
their own safety, well-being and enjoyment.

I feel privileged to be able to work alongside Bryan and fellow trustees at SwimTayka and to be able to contribute to Charity’s mission to promote water safety and swim skills in developing nations.


Millie Dorgan

Having worked for similar swimming projects around the world SwimTayka stands out to me as they have such a strong passion for what they do and the people that they want to help!

I have been raised around water and have swum for Northampton Swimming Club. My love for swimming took me to Port Elizabeth, where I taught swimming as a life-saving skill in local swimming pools. I enjoyed the experience so much that I came home and become a qualified swimming instructor. I further went on to teach swimming in St Lucia where I taught in the sea to local school children!

I currently work in Dubai as a swim instructor, and I am hoping to embark on a SwimTayka adventure soon to help more children and adults learn the life-saving skill of learning how to swim. Swim Tayka’s values are very similar to mine, and I am excited about the work that we plan to do together in the future



We hope you enjoyed learning about some of the people at SwimTayka!