Meet our wonderful team of swimming teachers and trainers

HEIDI CRAIG

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor Sports Tourism Management
  • Bronze Swim Coach
  • Teacher of Competitive Strokes
  • Austswim Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety
  • Teacher of Babies and Toddlers
  • Austswim Assessor
  • Pool Lifeguard
  • CPR qualified
  • Working with Children Check

What do you love about being an LTS teacher?

“I enjoy working with children of all different ages and abilities. I love seeing results and the enjoyment on the children’s faces when they learn a new skill for the first time, or move up to the next level. I also enjoy working with a great team of staff.”

 

ELIZABETH WATTS

Qualifications:

  • Deck Supervisor and LTS teacher
  • Austswim qualified
  • CPR qualified
  • Teacher of Competitive Strokes
  • Teacher of Babies and Toddlers
  • School Swimming Supervisor
  • Holiday Intensive Supervisor
  • Working with Children Check

What do you love about being an LTS teacher?

“Teaching children has always been a huge passion in my life. To watch a child grow and become more confident in themselves is so rewarding. Swimming does not come naturally to all children; many are crippled by fear. Working with these children through their fears is such an honour, while am also teaching them a skill for life.

From my youngest student to my eldest it’s an absolute joy to come to work and encourage, guide and teach each and every one of them.

I often say, ‘It is a bonus I get paid for what I do’.

Supervising and leading a great team brings opportunity for me, and it also allows me to know the parents on a more personal level. Bridging this gap between teacher and parent is an important role. It’s vital to keep communication flowing and it helps GSAC to provide better services for families.”

 

LINDIE SHRESTHA

Qualifications:

  • LTS Teacher
  • Teacher of Competitive Strokes
  • Teacher of Babies and Toddlers
  • Swim Australia Bronze Coach
  • Bachelor of Education (Secondary)
  • First Aid and CPR qualified
  • Member of Australian Swimming Teachers and Coaches Association
  • Member of NSW Swimming
  • Expertise in Learn to Swim 0-6, stroke development and coaching
  • Working with Children Check

What do you love about being an LTS teacher?

“I began teaching Learn to Swim after the birth of my first child. Previously, I had been working as a high school teacher. I wanted to combine my love of teaching with my love of swimming, and so made the perfect career change. I have now been teaching Learn to Swim for seven years, and coaching for nearly three years. As a teacher I have always been passionate about helping young people learn and develop their potential to achieve success. Learning to swim is an essential skill, and saves lives. It's also an amazing and fun way to keep fit and healthy.

I love competing in triathlons and running events. Training with a squad is a great way to learn new skills and drills, and stay motivated and focused on the goal/event ahead. After all, it doesn't matter how old or young, tall or short, big or small you are, swimming is something anyone can master (and get faster) if they get the right support.”
 


BROOKE DARRAGH

Qualifications:

  • Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety
  • Teacher of Babies and Toddlers
  • CPR qualified
  • Working with Children Check

What do you love about being an LTS teacher?

“Over the past five years I have been studying a Bachelor of Primary Education. My passion is working with kids and seeing them grow. Learn to Swim is such a rewarding field of work; seeing the kids smile when they get to move up a level. Learn to Swim is such an important skill for children to gain and I love being a part of helping achieve that skill. I have been working as a Learn to Swim teacher for six months now and the journey has been incredible. The relationships and bonds you develop with the children you teach is in invaluable."

 

KIRBY EDWARDS

Qualifications:

  • Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety
  • Teacher of Babies and Toddlers
  • CPR qualified
  • Working with Children Check

What do you love about being an LTS teacher?

"I have always considered myself incredibly lucky to be exposed to the water at such a young age. After working on the ocean for a few years, I was reminded how important it was to be competent and comfortable with the water. This led me to become a swim teacher. In Australia, with water sports being a way of life, we have the opportunity to teach people to not only be comfortable and safe in the water but also to enjoy it! I thoroughly enjoy watching children and adults grow to love the water and feel comfortable and confident developing a skill that will stay with them for life. I have had the privilege to teach various ages from babies through to adults and I enjoy the challenge that each personality presents and look forward to many more."
 

O'HARA WATTS

Qualifications:

  • Austswim Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety
  • Teacher of Babies and Toddlers
  • CPR qualified
  • Working with Children Check

What do you love about being a LTS teacher?

"My love for helping children spans beyond the water and started through the multiple mission trips I have been on. Blessing and encouraging children to face their fears and concur their goals is so rewarding and to now watch as my students build on their confidence and become safe and strong swimmers is a blessing.

I love a challenge and I love the bond and trust I have now built with my students.

Swimming is a skill for life whether you want to become a competitive swimmer or a recreational swimmer, and I’m so proud to be part of this journey with each child."
 

JAYDEN GOOLEY

Qualifications:

  • Teacher of swimming and water safety.
  • CPR qualified
  • Working with Children Check

What do you love about being an LTS teacher?

"I love the satisfaction that comes when a child finally learns something I've been trying to teach them, especially if it took a long long time, and I love how to children look up to you."

 


 

 


BRIAN DEAS

Qualifications:

  • Austswim Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety
  • Teacher of Babies and Toddlers
  • CPR qualified
  • Working with Children Check

What do you love about being an LTS teacher?

“Swimming is a huge part of my life and I have now been swimming competitively for over 30 years. I swim at least 15 kilometres every week. I have had some great coaches and mentors over the years and I am loving being able to pass on my knowledge and experience to the kids that do Learn to Swim at GSAC Swimsations. Teaching swimming is such a rewarding and important job and no two shifts are ever the same. Seeing the kids progress through the program and gain their confidence and independence in the water is a great feeling.”

 

ASHLEIGH LUTZE

Qualifications:

  • Austswim Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety
  • CPR and First Aid qualified
  • Working with Children Check

What do you love about being an LTS teacher?

“I love seeing the smiles on the kids’ faces every time they come in for their lesson. Knowing I am teaching them valuable life skills while having a great time in the water is so rewarding!”

 

 

 

MIKAYLA GRAY

Qualifications:

  • Exercise scientist
  • Gold medallion surf lifesaver (lifeguard)
  • Austswim accredited swim teacher
  • CPR qualified
  • Areas of expertise include Learn to Swim Instructor, working with athletes (program analysis and structure), rehab consultation and support, surf safety and fitness
  • Working with Children Check

What do you love about being an LTS teacher?

“Interacting with a diverse range of people and developing water confidence and skills in individuals and seeing progression and improvements.”


 

RUBY DARDENGO

  • Austswim Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety
  • Teacher of Babies and Toddlers
  • CPR qualified
  • Working with Children Check

What do you love about being an LTS teacher?

“I believe my area of expertise is with preschool aged children or younger. Communication, positive attitude and enthusiasm are all important aspects, which I tend to excel at. I enjoy teaching the children a very important and valuable lesson in life and as a young person myself, I know how much I treasure the importance of knowing how to swim. I love passing on that knowledge to the younger children and making it a fun activity that the kids enjoy participating in. I love the achievement of moving a child up a level and the excitement they gain from this. The relationships that grow with the children are also a positive aspect and makes me love my job all the more.”


 

KELLI WICKHAM

Qualifications:

  • Studying a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science at SCU
  • Austswim qualified
  • Teacher of Babies and Toddlers
  • CPR and First Aid qualified
  • Working with Children Check

What do you love about being an LTS teacher?

“As a Learn to Swim Instructor, I love being able to see the kids enjoying their swimming lesson, as well as watching them improve!”

 

 

 

APRIL PRATT

Qualifications:

  • Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety
  •  First Aid and CPR Qualified
  • Working with Children Check

What do you love about being an LTS teacher?

"As a instructor I see kids grow and develop every lesson, especially their confidence. Being a swimming teacher is not only rewarding for the students but myself also and I’m excited to watch myself grow as an instructor and help develop kids into strong and confident swimmers."

 

 

DAVID GALLPEN

Qualifications;

  • Swim Australia Teacher
  • Teacher of Competitive Strokes
  • Pool Lifeguard
  • CPR and First Aid qualified
  • Working with Children Check

What do you love about being a LTS teacher?

"I love teaching kids to be safe and have fun in the water. Swimming is a skill for life and to be able to be part of the journey is so rewarding. Seeing kids grow in confidence and improve their abilities in the water is amazing to watch. I’m lucky enough to be able to teach from babies right through to squad, so watching this early age grow and build a love for the water is something I love the most."
 

KELLIE GUEST

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of sport and exercise science
  • Bachelor of secondary education
  • Graduate certificate in Careers Development
  • Austswim Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety
  • Teacher of Babies and Toddlers
  • Royal Lifesaving Australia
  • Bronze Medallion accredited first aid
  • Expertise include providing an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
  • CPR qualified
  • Working with Children Check

What do you love about being an LTS teacher?

“I love empowering students to discover their own gifts and talents. It is so rewarding to help young swimmers overcome their fears and challenge what they thought they were capable of. The times where a child is completely enthralled in a moment of joy – that is why I teach."
 

PATRICIA BAILEY (TRISH)

  • Austswim Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety
  • Teacher of Competitive Strokes
  • Teacher of Babies and Toddlers
  • Teacher of Learners with Disability
  • CPR and First Aid qualified
  • Working with Children Check

What do you love about being an LTS teacher?

“I see myself as a dedicated swimming instructor and I love teaching children to build confidence within a caring and friendly environment. Over the years of teaching I have developed great strategies in keeping a child’s attention to achieve at an appropriate rate. I am a proud team member of our award-winning program and I’ve enjoyed watching the achievements of our children.”