About Us

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Tom aka Tank!

Tank is our Lake Manager! He first started paddling at the age of 4 and hasn't stopped since. He is currently a British Canoeing White water Coach, Foundation Safety Rescue Trainer, Senior Sailing instructor and Powerboat instructor. He was an instrumental part of the west reservoirs open water swimming set up and holds his Swim Event Safety Award. He has run water safety across Europe and the UK for paddlers and swimmers alike.

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Pia

I am the HR Manager for our Beckenham Place Park Operations. I am a British Canoeing Touring Coach,Foundation Safety Rescue Trainer,  Dinghy Instructor, Climbing Instructor and level 2 Dragon Boat Coach. I currently sit on the British Canoeing Touring technical team to advise on safety and award content. I have held my Swim event safety award for the past 4 years, I was previously a NPLQ lifeguard before starting my Watersports career. I also was water safety team leader for the recent Slalom World Cup held at Lee Valley White Water Centre.

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Natalia

Hello my names Natalia Valencia and the youngest member of the PTP team.
Born in Lewisham and an active member of the community,  
I was a candidate for young mayor of Lewisham in 2017. Although I didn’t win the position it open many doors for me to work with youth of my own age. I have been awarded 2 Jack Petchey awards for my active voluntary work with Youth First via my local youth club. I am looking forward to continuing my work within the community support PTP Coaching with its new venture. Currently Swim Event Safety Award Trained.

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Abdoul

My name is Abdoul! I am originally from Tunisia where my passion for the water began. Growing up with the Mediterranean sea on my doorstep has meant that my first hobby was all things watersports. My favourite sport is Windsurfing, as a child until my early adult life, i took part in many competitions and was even sponsored by RedBull when I played in the African Olympic. I have lived in the UK now for 7 years with my wife and daughter and am really excited to be able to work back in the water with PTP Coaching. I am Currently Swim Event Safety Award Trained.

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Max

I’m Max and I’m sixteen years old. Alongside my academic studies, I am an avid surfer. I have nine years surfing experience in places such as the south of France and Lanzarote and I have taught people to surf as well. I’ve been paddling and stand-up paddle boarding for a year. Alongside my water sports, I have a love and passion for motorsport. I am looking forward to seeing everyone and working at the lake. I am Currently Swim Event Safety Award Trained

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Finn

 I’m Finn and I’m eighteen years old, you’ll often find me working the desk. I have been coming to Beckenham Place Park for many years and I’m happy to have the opportunity to work at it’s lake. I have enjoyed my own personal experiences with boating and swimming in lakes and look forward to helping you all enjoy the lake.