"He completely revolutionised the way that swimming was taught at the school, and transformed us into an award winning team that competed nationally, winning medals at a number of events."
"He is technically brilliant as a swimming coach, and delivers this with unique energy, precision and always (always) a LOT of fun! Martin really invests in each of his students, and it was a privilege to have been taught by him."
"School of fish gave me more than just the ability to swim, it gave me a love for the sport and a family of friends."
"Throughout my school years Martin Hamilton was my swimming coach, and the best one at that. His immense training techniques, solid support and jokey character lead me to achieve medals in multiple Biathlons. I look back merrily on the days of competitive swimming, thanks to Martin."
Pari & Dev Jevant
"Mr Hamilton was an incredible teacher who managed to inspire and motivate his swimmers, he made swimming not a sport but a lifestyle that gained a lot of commitment and awareness around the school and internationally. We were able to go to our first ever international swim trip in 2011 where every single swimmer gained one or more medals and this was the biggest achievement our school had ever experienced."
OLYMPIC Swimmer 2009-2011
"Always swimmer specific and took all of our different capabilities into consideration. Not only were your programs pretty challenging which is what we needed, we also had fun doing them. It was truly a pleasure having you as a coach Martin!"
Parent of Rebecca, Richard & Chloe 2003
"He demonstrates that by developing great technique, moving through the water efficiently feels effortless. He encouraged every swimmer to achieve to their full individual ability and to look at swimming as a lifelong activity"
"His attitude about swimming was always optimistic whatever the potential/ experience the swimmer had, whether they had just started or been swimming for years, he treated everyone equally and always made people laugh during lessons. Swimming competitions were always scary however Martin was able to put me and others swimmers at ease ; lifting our confidence with skill , positivity and kind words. I am grateful and am lucky to have had the opportunity training and to have been taught by him."
"Mr. Hamilton is very funny! You can always laugh with him, but you have to keep swimming and don't give up even if the water is cold. Mr. Hamilton gives individual attention how to improve your technique and your stroke, so you become a faster swimmer."
Parent of Cheyene, Talya & Ben 2009-2011
"Martin's kaleidoscope of colour, quirky sense of humour bely a steely resolve in competition, technical excellence and years of experience."
Parent of Skye, Greta & Lily 2011-2016
"Firstly, he is technically brilliant as a coach. Martin’s passion, drive, good humour and determination for endless improvement made him a popular all-round figure and most importantly he made swimming an absolute pleasure for my girls."
Parent of Rebecca 1998-2005
"Martin taught my daughter to swim from the age of 5 and inspired a love of swimming as both a recreation and a sport. He taught her excellent skills and technique, and also made it fun. She won medals at the UK national championships and represented her University at the national water-polo finals, and at 23 she still swims most days. All thanks to you Martin!"
"Martin Hamilton's unique approach to swimming training and technique and tireless commitment to every one of his swimmers is awe inspiring. He helped me strive towards and reach every goal I set in the pool and built my confidence out of it."
"His passion and dedication for swimming is inspiring, he motivated every one of us to never give up and to try our best. His coaching is incredible, he always brings out the best in us and supports us in every way. He is serious when it comes to training but he also know how to make it fun. He was and will continue to be my favourite coach."
National Swimmer 2009-2011
"Martin Hamilton provided me with a unique coaching experience. Not because he was always accurate in his training methods, but because he was personally invested in everyone's development. I made most of my personal shifts in mentality after he picked my mind and applied his full experience to my goals. #coachofmylife #brutallyunique."
Parent of Keira & Ewan 2012-2014
"Martin didn't teach them to be faster. He taught then to pay attention to technique and develop their skills. He taught them the value of dedication. Speed and confidence was the by-product of these powerful life lessons."