Meet our wonderful team of swimming teachers and trainers

 

 

ELIZABETH 

Qualifications:

  • Aquatic Coordinator and LTS teacher
  • Holiday Intensive Coordinator
  • Austswim qualified of Swimming and Water Safety
  • First aid and CPR qualified
  • Working with Children’s Check
  • Member of ASCTA
  • Teacher of Competitive Stroke
  • Teacher of Babies and Toddlers

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 build on their confidence in themselves is so rewarding.

Swimming does not come naturally to all children; many are crippled by fear. Working along side these children is such an honour. I often say, 'It’s a bonus I get paid for what I do'.

Stepping behind the scenes to be part of where the magic happens in being a coordinator is amazing, to know that you are responsible for leading a great and passionate team and encouraging the greater community to join the Swimsations family is a reward in itself. Bridging the gap between teacher, student and parent is a huge part of my role and to provide this ongoing communication continues to provide an A class service for our families."

 

LINDIE 

Qualifications:

  • Swim Australia qualified
  • Swim Australia Bronze Coach
  • First Aid and CPR qualified
  • Working with Children’s Check
  • Member of Australia Swimming Teachers and Coaches Association
  • Member of NSW Swimming
  • Teachers of Babies and Toddlers
  • Teachers of Competitive Strokes
  • Bachelor of Education, Secondary

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, so made the perfect career change. I have now been teaching Learn to Swim for seven + years and Coaching for 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, 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 become stronger/faster with the right support."


FABIEN 

Qualifications:

  • Swim Australia qualified
  • First Aid and CPR qualified
  • Working with Children’s check
  • Accredited Lifeguard
  • Teacher of Competitive Strokes
  • Cert III and IV in Fitness
  • Bachelor of Mathematics-Physics
  • Master of Ecology


What do you love about being a LTS teacher?

"My swimming journey started when I was six years old, at school swimming in France. It wasn’t the best experience because back then we had only one teacher for 15 + children. For this reason, I never learnt to swim with my swimming lessons and was even scared to go to the pool. Eventually, I learnt to swim in the ocean with my Grandfather when I was eight. It’s only years later that I started more regularly and enjoyed it.

I promised to myself to do my best to give each child I teach the best experience possible. I enjoy seeing their satisfaction when they overcome challenges that they thought impossible. I feel proud when I see their swimming ability week after week, all while having a big smile on their face.

I have been teaching Learn to Swim for nearly four years and still enjoy it as if it was the first day. Previously, I was working in Marine Biology research in Tahiti and prior to that I was part time firefighter in France while studying. I loved these jobs and managed to find a perfect combination in teaching swimming. I took my love for the water and fitness, added my compassion and desire to help others together and became a swim teacher."
 

 

PATRICIA (TRISH)

Qualifications:
 
  • Austswim qualified of Swimming and Water Safety
  • First Aid and CPR qualified
  • Working with Children’s Check
  • Teacher of Competitive Stroke
  • Teacher of Learner’s with Disability
  • Teacher of Babies and Toddlers
  • Diploma of early Childhood Education and Care
What do you love about being a 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 an award-winning program and I’ve enjoyed watching the achievements of our children from babies’ level through to Junior Fitness."

KELLI 

Qualifications:

  • Austswim qualified of Swimming and Water Safety
  • First Aid and CPR qualified
  • Working with Children’s Check
  • Teacher of Babies and Toddlers
  • Teacher of Competitive Stroke
  • Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science
  • Studying Master of Teaching PDHPE

What do you love about being an LTS teacher?

“As a learn to swim teacher instructor, I love being able to see the kids enjoying their swimming lesson, as well as watching them improve each week and knowing that I’m part of that is rewarding.
I have the opportunity of teaching from Babies right up to Junior Fitness level and love applying different teaching skills and techniques according to their level."

 

 

BRONWYN 

Qualifications:

  • Swim Australia qualified
  • First Aid and CPR qualified
  • Working with Children’s check
  • Member of Australian swim Teachers and Coaches Association
  • Teacher of Babies and Toddlers
  • Teacher of Learners with Disability
  • Teacher of Competitive Stroke
  • Surf Lifesaving Australian Bronze Medallion
  • Martial Arts Australia qualified Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Instructor
  • Studying Master of Teaching Secondary

What do you love about being an LTS teacher?

“I grew up by the Murray River, and have always believed that swimming is an essential life skill that everyone should learn. When we moved to the Northern Rivers, I joined our local surf lifesaving club as a continuation and expansion of my families love of swimming. I am an active surf lifesaver and help out with Nippers. I also coach Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, so becoming a Learn to Swim Teacher was a natural progression. Teaching people to swim is very rewarding, and it’s wonderful to see their skills and confidence grow."

 

JAKIRA 

Qualifications:

  • Austswim qualified Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety
  • First Aid + CPR
  • Working with Children Check
  • Teachers of Learners with Disability
  • Teacher of Competitive Stroke
  • Teacher of Babies and Toddlers
  • Studying Bachelor of Education Primary 

What do you love about being an LTS teacher?

"Sport has always been a huge part of my life, actually it’s my entire life. From a young age I was always told I would be a great teacher. So, I combined my love of sport and my passion for teaching, allowing me to now to do both which I love."

 

PATRICIA 

Qualifications:

  • Austswim qualified of Swimming and Water Safety
  • First Aid and CPR qualified
  • Working with Children’s Check
  • Member of ASCTA
  • Teacher of Learners with Disability
  • Teachers of Babies and Toddlers
  • Diploma of teaching Early Childhood

What do I love about being a LTS teacher?

"I have always enjoyed swimming and as an early Childhood Educator this was an easy transition to combine both the love of swimming and teaching young children water safety and how to swim.

I want to share my passion for swimming with the future generation. I believe it is imperative for children to learn water safety and swimming. Swimming saves lives! It is a fun healthy activity that the whole family can participate in and enjoy.

I enjoy watching the children learn their new skills and grow in their confidence while having fun and learning a skill for life."


CARMEN

Qualifications:

  • Austswim qualified Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety
  • First Aid + CPR
  • Working with Children Check
  • Teacher of Babies and Toddlers
  •  Studying Diploma of early Childhood Education and care
What do you love about being a LTS teacher?

"What I love about teaching swimming and water safety is sharing the joy and fun of swimming and being in the water.

I love to support children to feel confident and safe in the water and help them learn to enjoy themselves in the water, and to develop relationships and teamwork with other children in their classes."


BRIAN

Qualifications:
 
  • Austswim qualified of swimming and Water Safety
  • First Aid and CPR qualified
  • Working with Children’s Check
  • Member of ASCTA
  • Teacher of Competitive Stroke
  • Teacher of Babies and toddlers
What do you love about being a 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 15km’s every week. I’m lucky to have some great coaches and mentors over the years and I am now 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."

ELLY

Qualifications:
  • Austswim qualified
  • First Aid and CPR qualified
  • Working with Children’s Check
  • Studying Bachelor of Teaching, Primary 
What do you love about being a LTS teacher?

“I have been swimming and loving the water for as long as I can remember, and I have always felt grateful that I have had the confidence and the skills to enjoy many activities that involve the water. I love that being a Learn to Swim instructor allows me to teach children skills that could potentially save their lives, which is something they will never forget. The Children and staff at GSAC create a fun work environment that makes teaching thoroughly enjoyable”


JESS

Qualifications:
 
  • Swim Australia qualified
  • First Aid and Advanced CPR qualified
  • Working with Children’s Check
  • Accredited lifeguard
  • Teacher of Babies and Toddlers
  • Diploma of Sport Development
  • Studying a Batchelor of Sport and Exercise Science
What do you love about being a LTS teacher?

“Swimming has been my passion since I was young. I grew up swimming both competitive and for fitness so becoming a swim instructor felt like a natural progression. I enjoy teaching children of all ages and abilities and helping them grow in confidence and skill. I love the dynamic nature of lessons and being able to incorporate the many different personalities into each class to make learning to swim fun and engaging for everyone."


ABBEY

Qualifications:
 
  • Swim Australia qualified
  • First Aid and CPR qualifications
  • Working with Children Check
  • Member of Australian Swim Teachers Association
  • Official Time Keeping Certificate
What do you love about being a LTS teacher?

"My passion and love for swimming began at an early age. I have continually progressed through my swimming and enjoyed competing with local clubs at meets along the Queensland and New South Wales coast.

I want to share my love for swimming with others as it is not only an incredible sport but an important skill to have. As a learn to swim teacher I look forward to developing these experiences and achievements with my students."


DIANE

Qualifications:
  • Swim Australia qualified
  • First Aid and CPR qualified
  • Working with Children’s Check
  • Teacher of Competitive Strokes
  • Mandatory Child Protection Trained & Certified
  • Bachelor of Education (Primary)

What do you love about being a LTS teacher?

"During my childhood I lived at a beach for three years and participated in learn to swim classes as an essential life skill. I taught my four children how to swim all strokes and how to dive with confidence. My eldest daughter received an accolade for achieving Senior Girl Swimming Champion for Casino West School and recently my second eldest grandson achieved Senior Boy Swimming Champion for Casino Public School.

It has brought me great pleasure to teach swimming. I believe every child should have the opportunity to learn to swim and gain a skill that encourages confidence in themselves, their abilities and making new friendships through play, fun and enjoyment."