My love of the water has been passed down from my dad who was a great surfer and national competitor in Australia. I know that my sister and I learnt to swim by holding onto his legs as he kicked us off so we could paddle back to him.
I took to competing in the open water many years ago when the city was becoming too hectic for me. Submerging myself under water always brought me a sense of great peace. It is gentle and quiet and this is how I would like all children and adults to experience the water.
I am so grateful for all my competitive training, because I know many parents struggle with simply keeping their children safe at the beach during holidays. In my youth I was on swim teams, learnt to body surf on the Victorian Coast with my mates, and went on to coach kids when I was at university. Since then I have gained over 8 years of experience in teaching and training beginners to advanced learners and Masters swimmers. I am trained in working with a diverse range of individuals including babies and age group swimmers. I am interested in applying my knowledge of water safety and swimming skills in order to equip my students with a safe and happy aquatic experience.
I notice that children are so much happier after a day of swimming and exercise (and wiped out, so bedtime is a breeze!). I’ve been lucky enough to have taught my little nephew from the age of 3 months and his travels to pools and beaches all over the world has been a joy to witness!