Meet the Instructors

Aquatots Lead Team

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    Alena Sarri

    Managing Director

    Alena is the co-founder of Aquatots swim school and has been teaching since 1998. She specialises in babies and toddlers and has developed an aquatic development program for infants from 6 weeks of age called Aqua Bubbas. She has presented the Aqua Bubbas.

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    Alena has been with Aqautots from the beginning and previously taught at the AIS. She teaches all levels from infants through to squad level swimmers. She loves seeing the children who start in her infant classes progress throguh to squad level swimmers.

    Her qualifications include:SAT teacher of swimming and water safety, SAT teacher of infant and toddlers, SAT teacher of adults and adolesence, SAT competitive strokes, AUSTSWIM teacher of babies and toddlers, AUSTSWIM teacher of swimmign and water safety, SAT course presenter for teacher of swimming and water safety and infant and toddlers, Cert 3 in Fitness, Aqua instructor, Cert 4 in pool and plant room operations, Cert 4 in training and assessing, Assessor for AUSTSWIM teacher of swimmign and water safety 

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    Daniel Sarri

    Managing Director

    Daniel has been teaching since 1998 and he teaches everything from babies to squad level swimming. He specialises in stroke development in preparation for competitive racing and challenging children

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    Daniel holds his Swim Australia qualification and the teacher of babies and toddlers. He also has his Bronze level coaching and is a combat fitness leader for the army. He is a qualified Aqua Aerobic instructor and pool and plant room operator. His passion for coaching children and getting them excited and motivated to try and do their best is second to none. Kids love his classes and training sessions and this is shown throguh the awesome number of attendance he has each week

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    Debbie Sarri

    Director

    Started instructing swimming in 1975 and has continuously taught swimming since then. Supervised RLSS summer programs in 1977 and 1978. Set up and operated Belconnen Swim School at Macquarie pool up to 1986 and then at AIS till 1990. Wrote and set up the

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    Debbie has been involved in the intial development of Austswim and attended the first Austswim Course in the ACT. Featured in the early Austswim advertisements with Suzie Landells. Debbie consulted on the initial development of the Austswim Teacher of Infants Qualifications.

    Debbie holds not only swim teacher, babies and preschoolers, competitive strokes and adolescents and adults swim teaching qualifications but also a Bachelor of Education specialising in Early Childhood and Physical Education and a Graduate Diploma of Business Administration. 

    Coaching experience was there too, with the development of the Belconnen Swim Club and she held a Bronze Coaching Licence and had attended the Silver Qualifications but then decided that the learn to swim was her focus.

    Debbie has spent years sharing her skills as a swim teacher presenter for both Austswim and Swim Australia and lectured at the ASCTA Conference.

    ACT representative for Austswim Teacher of the Year in 2013 at Queenstown in New Zealand.

    Attended World Aquatic Babies Congresses and conferences since 1996 in Melbourne, Mexico, France, Canada and USA.

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    Rhiannon Kocmar

    Senior Manager

    Rhiannon has been teaching since October 1996 with all ages of learn to swim as well as coaching squad children. Her passion is teaching the pre school age children because of how excited they get for swimming lessons each week.

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    Rhiannon has been with the Aquatots family for 6 years and loves teaching all ages and abilities how to swim. Her passion out of the water is training all of the Aquatots staff to be the best swim teachers or coaches they can be. 

    Rhiannon's qualifications include:Swim Australia teachers, Swim Australia babies and toddlers, Swim Australia Competitive strokes, Swim Australia adults swimming, Swim Austalia teaching people with disabilites, ASCTA bronze coaching licence, Certificate 4 in training and assessing, Royal life saving society's bronze medallion examiner.

Aquatots Instructors & Support Team

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    Adam Giatras

    Swim Instructor

    Adam has been teaching since October 2016. He loves helping the children learn a skill that will save their life and that he is passionate about.

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    Adriana Gioffre

    Swim Instructor

    Adriana started teaching swimming in September 2018 she loves seeing the kids make progress and how much she can help them enjoy the aquatic environment

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    Ainsley Harben

    Swim Instructor

    Ainsley started teaching in October 2018. She really enjoys watching the kids become more confident int he water as they learn new skills. Ainsley and her siblings have all learnt to swim at Aquatots and she feels honoured to now become one of the teaching team and teach valuable life skills to children

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    Alicia Alarcon

    Swim Instructor

    Alicia has been teaching since October 2018. Alicia is finishing her college studies and enjoys seeing the kids become comfortable in the water. She feels the best thing about being a swim instructor is watching the children get into the water and master new skills

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    Alyssa Zanardo

    Swim Instructor

    Alyssa started teaching swimming September 2018. She really loves the kids and teaching them to swim in an environment like Aquatots. The best part about teaching is seeing their faces light up once they have correctly completed a skill, it is a very fulfilling thing to be a part of

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    Amy Screen

    Swim Instructor

    Amy has been teaching for 1 year and love's the job. She enjoy's the process of building trust with the students, which in turn enables the student to learn and have fun once that trust has been built.

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    Ana Martinez

    Swim Instructor

    Ana has been teaching swimming since June 2012 Ana loves teaching the children technical strokes and helping them put it all together. Winner of Aquatots school age teacher of the year 2016

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    Annie Jenkins

    Swim Instructor

    Annie began teaching swimming in May 2018. She is a senior student who loves exploring new ways for kids to enjoy swimming lessons. Her favourite part about being a swim instructor is seeing her students improve while incorporating their favourite things into their lessons

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    Arjun Mahrishi

    Swim Instructor

    Arjun started teaching swimming from September 2018. He loves to teach kids how to swim as this is a skill which might end up saving their lives. Additionally, watching the kids learn and have fun at the same time is very fulfilling

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    Artur Vasconsellos

    Team Leader, Coach

    Artur has been teaching since September 2016, and joined the Aquatots team in January 2018. He teaches from babies to squads level. Teaching such an important skill and having the ability to make the difference in their lives, always will be the most rewarding part of this job.

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    Aseel Sahib

    Reception

    Aseel started working at Aquatots in February 2016> She loves working in an environment that involves children and physical activity. Both of her siblings learnt to swim at Aquatots and she feels learning to swim is extremely important. Aseel also studies psychology at university

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    Asha Poole

    Swim Instructor

    Asha has been teaching since June 2017. She loves teaching children how to move through the water once they have gained the confidence with their buoyancy

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    Brooke Loveday

    Swim Instructor

    Brooke started teaching in April 2017. She has a very gentle nature with the children and kids and parents really enjoy being in her classes. She loves teaching children a skill that may one day save their life but also loves to be a part of them gaining the actual strokes for technical swimming.

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    Caitlin Hancock

    Swim Instructor

    Caitlin has been teaching since April 2017. She loves teaching propulsion to children and seeing them start to move effectively through the water

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    Cameron Bathgate

    Swim Instructor

    Cameron has been teaching for three months and he loves teaching the children how to develop and learn new skills

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    Celia Hunt

    Team Leader

    Celia has been teaching since 1998, 12 years of which have been with Aquatots. Celia enjoys watching children gain new skills and being pleased with themselves when they achieve this. She also loves knowing that she is teaching them a life saving skill. Winner Aquatots baby teacher of the year 2015

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    Clare Daines

    Swim Instructor

    Clare is a mother of 3 and became a swimming instructor February 2018 and loving it! Being able to teach children such an important skill is amazing, and so rewarding to watch them have fun and progress.

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    Clare Donovan

    Swim Instructor

    Clare has been teaching since June 2017. She loves teaching beginner pre school children and being a part of them gaining their water confidence.

  • Claudia Beer

    Swim Instructor

    Claudia started teaching in July 2018 she started swimming with Aquatots when she was 6 months old and has since gone on to become a very strong swimmer and a talented Water polo player. She loves teaching a skill for life to the children in her classes and gets a lot of joy watching them achieve new skills, skills that may one day save their life

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    Cody Londt

    Swim Instructor

    Cody has been teaching since October 2013 and the best thing about teaching for him is seeing their progress and enjoyment, as well as having the privilege of watching all the proud faces on the parents and grandparents as they watch their children learn

  • Danai Chanakira

    Swim Instructor

    Danai has been working at Aquatots once October 2017 and she loves the excitement and smiles on the kids faces when they finally achieve the required skills to move up to the next level. It is extremely rewarding

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    Danielle Carney

    Swim Instructor

    Danielle started teaching in April 2018 and loves working with young kids n the water teaching them how to swim and survive. She finds it extremely rewarding to see the kids confidence and ability increase while having fun!

  • Declan O'Neale

    Swim Instructor

    Declan has been teaching swimming since September 2018 he is a physical and energetic person and love playing Soccer. He is involved in representative soccer teams and also coaches a junior team in his spare time. Declan is an amazing teacher and loves the fact that he is helping to reduce the children's risk of drowning by teaching them a skill that may one day save their life

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    Eirian Reardon

    Swim Instructor

    Eirian started teaching in July 2018. She loves to swim herself and enjoys watching the children gain confidence in her classes. She says that teaching kids to swim is extremely rewarding and knowing that you are teaching them something that may one day help them out of trouble is a wonderful feeling

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    Elaine Searle

    Team Leader

    Elaine has been working at Aquatots for 5 years and is a massive part of our front desk and behind the scenes team. She absolutely loves the face to face interaction she gets to have with the parents and children involved in the program Winner Aquatots receptionist of the year 2015

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    Emily Noad

    Swim Instructor

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    Felicity Robson

    Swim Instructor

    Felicity has been teaching since June 2017. She loves teaching advanced pre school children as they are very confident and very cute.

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    Georgia Graham

    Swim Instructor, Coach

    Georgia has been teaching since January 2015 and is great at building a rapport and gaining trust quickly with the children. Her favourite part of teaching is seeing the moment when a child realises they have achieved something new Winner Aquatots schools program teacher of the year 2016

  • Georgia Norris

    Swim Instructor

    Georgia started teaching in July 2018 and she absolutely loves watching the kids develop new skills every week. She loves seeing the kids laugh, smile and put their best effort in every time they attend. She loves being a part of helping children achieve the skills required to move up and the excitement this creates for them. Georgia learnt how to swim at Aquatots and we are proud to have her now as part of the teaching team

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    Heidi Prislan

    Swim Instructor

    Heidi has been teaching swimming on and off since 1998. She loves working with adults and seeing how as an adult people can over come fears, become a skilled swimmer and build confidence in aquatic environments. She also loves instilling that learning this important skill also comes with many other health and lifestyle benefits. Swimming is a family activity that can open the door to lasting memories, Heidi says

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    Holly Hayes

    Swim Instructor, Coach

    Holly has been teaching since July 2015

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    Iandra Bueno Serafini

    Team Leader, Reception, Coach

    Iandra has been teaching with Aquatots since October 2017. She loves helping children gain stroke development. it is awesome watching the children start to actually swim with strokes

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    Imogen Rayner

    Swim Instructor

    Imogen has been teaching since April 2018, I love the job, both the teaching and learning aspects. The kids are a pleasure to teach (seeing their smiles is the best) we learn from each other. I love the opportunities and working environment of Aquatots. I'm still in school and enjoy lots of hobbies

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    Irene Whiting

    Team Leader

    Irene has been teaching for 3 years. She love's teaching as she is able to share her love of the water with the children. Being a part of the kid's discovery in the water from floating to gaining the skills of a stroke is her favourite part of teaching. Winner Aquatots instructor of the year 2016 Winner Aquatots encouragement award 2015

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    James Blackburn

    Swim Instructor, Flipper Ball Coach

    James has been teaching with Aquatots since October 2015. He loves to make the kids laugh and have a good time whilst teaching them how to swim and perfect their strokes

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    Jan Hennessy

    Reception

    Jan started working at Aquatots in November 2016. Although Jan does not teach she is extremely proud of what we do at Aquatots, the family vibe we strive to create at our school. Any time she is able to help customers resolve issues and concerns is a good time for Jan, she loves customer service. She loves seeing all the happy faces of the children and parents that come to Aquatots and being a part of making them happy

  • Jane Curtis

    Swim Instructor

    Jane started teaching in September 2018. She loves the water and loves swimming with her kids. She wants to share this love with other children and loves seeing the smile on their face when they are excited to join her class for the week

  • Jared Hanson

    Swim Instructor

    Jared started teaching in February 2018. He became a swim teacher because swimming and children are his thing and swimming instructors are amazing people who do amazing things. He also loves AFL and is part of the GWS Giants academy

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    Jenna Roberts

    Swim Instructor

    Jenna has been teaching swimming since 2010 and loves to use the kids imagination to engage them in learning this life saving skill.

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    Jessica Sifri

    Swim Instructor

    Jessica started teaching swimming in February 2018 and loves working at aquatots. She enjoys helping children to gain more confidence in the water as well as seeing the excitement on their faces when coming to swimming lessons

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    Jordan Sarri

    Teacher Assistant, Reception

  • Joseph Mosaad

    Swim Instructor

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    Kallara Bryant

    Swim Instructor

    Killara has been teaching since October 2017. She loves teaching beginner pre schoolers and school age children as they make a quick progression and are a to of fun.

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    Kathia Loaiza

    Swim Instructor

    Kathia has been teaching since July 2015 and has a daughter of her own. The thing she loves most about teaching is watching the kids fears disappear and turn into trust and excitement especially when you tell them how awesome they did

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    Kathryn Jarvis

    Swim Instructor & Aqua instructor

    Kathryn has been teaching swimming since October 2016. She loves using her enthusiasm to gain the kids trust quickly and seeing them make a quick progression form being scared to mastering their own buoyancy and trusting the water

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    Kayla Watson

    Swim Instructor

    Kayla started teaching in October 2018. She loves being able to form a bond with the children in her classes and watching them achieve new skills with her help. The constant excitement of the children, their determination and the smiles that are always there make this a great job to have

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    Kelsy Maher

    Swim Instructor

    Kelsy has been teaching since June 2017 and loves having the children follow her instructions to learn the skills required to make them safer in and around water

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    Kincaid Jenkins

    Swim Instructor

    Kincaid has been teaching since October 2017. He loves teaching basic strokes to children as they are a bit more confident at this stage and tend to get a lot done in the lesson.

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    Kreetika Ittoo

    Swim Instructor

    Kreetika has been teaching since May 2016. She loves everything about her introduction into teaching children to swim. She loves the excitement it brings for the children

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    Kyla Noakes

    Swim Instructor

    Kyla started teaching swimming in October 2018. Being a past student of Aquatots Kyla is very familiar with the Aquatots program. She loves the outdoors and going on many exciting adventures. She loves to see how the kids are so excited to get in the water each week and learn new skills.

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    Lachlan Myers

    Swim Instructor

    Lachlan has been teaching swimming since February 2017 and it's the best job I've ever had. Lachlan says 'My favourite part about this job is being there for the moment when something finally clicks for a child and seeing them progress. I'm a student at ANU and I love basketball and the beach'

  • Lillian Liefting

    Swim Instructor

    Lili started teaching in September 2018 and was a former student at Aquatots. She loves working with the children and swimming has always been a passion of hers. She really enjoys helping the children grow their confidence and the look on their faces once they achieve a new skill

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    Lisa Dawson

    Swim Instructor

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    Lou-Ann Hall

    Manager

    Lou-Ann has been teaching swimming since June 1996 with 10 of those years running her own swim school in South Africa. She has two wonderful children of her own. When Lou-Ann teaches she feels like each of her student is her baby and she is passionate about impart Winner Aquatots new team member of the year 2016 Winner Aquatots instructor of the year 2017

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    Maddie Thomas

    Swim Instructor

    Maddie started teaching in October 2018. She loves helping children discover new swimming skills and also the fact that the skills they do learn may save their life. Swimming is an important part of Maddie's life and having the opportunity to influence others is amazing

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    McCawley Jordan

    Swim Instructor

    McCawley started swim teaching in September 2018 and has been swimming all her life. She is grateful she is a strong swimmer and wants to pass on her passion for swimming, water and water safety to the children she teaches. She has joined Aquatots mission to reduce the drowning statistics wholeheartedly and loves that she is making a difference

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    Monique Robinson

    Swim Instructor

    Monique has been teaching since October 2017. She loves teaching the children how to propel and be independent in the water.

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    Montana Borjeson

    Swim Instructor

    Montana has been teaching swimming since October 2018. She has a huge passion for arts and drawing, plays soccer and also partakes in kickboxing. Montana loves the fact that she can teach the children new skills and have fun while doing so. She has always wanted to make a difference and by teaching children how to swim and survive is doing this

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    Natasha Foster

    Swim Instructor

    Natasha became a swimming instructor February 2018. Natasha says 'I started with Aquatots after having my children go through their program and just loved the whole family environment that is Aquatots. I love being a swimming instructor, every day is different and not only do I get to have fun with the children every week I am also teaching them a lifesaving skill couldn’t think of a better career'

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    Nav Ittoo

    Swim Instructor

    Nav began working at Aquatots in March 2018 and has been swimming since the age of five. For her, it is important to encourage a child to learn a crucial life skill, that is, swimming. She loves seeing how children develop their confidence in being in the water, which is a hugely rewarding feeling

  • Nicholas Wallace

    Swim Instructor

    Nick started teaching July 2018. He is a child inside and loves cartoons like loony tunes and scooby doo. He is a huge lego and pokémon fan which makes kid conversations fun. Even though he is a big kid he is quite mature for his age and is extremely energetic. He teaches swimming to learn more about the water and seeing the kids with their smiles really makes it unlike work and more like fun.

  • Niharika (Nikki) Chittineni

    Swim Instructor

  • Peter Innes

    Swim Instructor

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    Phoebe Harwood

    Team Leader

    Phoebe has been teaching since July 2015. Preschoolers are Phoebe's favorite age group to teach.She loves seeing the faces on the kids when they learn a new skill and build up their confidence in the water.

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    Pia Evans

    Manager

    Pia has been teaching since January 2012 and loves teaching the babies and pre schoolers. She enjoys watching their confidence grow and helping them learn new skills

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    Pip Atyeo

    Swim Instructor

    Pip has been teaching since June 2017 and loves teaching children basic strokes. She loves seeing the children start to 'get it' and look like they are swimming strokes

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    Rachel Russell

    Team Leader

    Rachel has been teaching since July 2015. She has three wonderful children of her own. Rachel loves being able to have fun with the children while teaching them strokes and a life saving skill. Winner Aquatots encouragement award 2016

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    Rebecca Craig

    Swim Instructor

    Rebecca has been teaching since October 2017. She loves helping the children gain the confidence to roll from their front to their back to gain a breath and the confidence that come with this

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    Sam Hudson

    Swim Instructor

    Sam has been teaching since October 2015. He loves this job as swimming has always been his passion, and being able to share that with so many smiling kids is an amazing feeling!

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    Sam Wallis

    Swim Instructor

    Sam.W started teaching at Aquatots in April 2018, Sam says 'I have loved water since a very young age and I love sharing my passion for swimming with others. I love the opportunity to assist kids in the development of their strokes and ability to have fun in the water'

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    Samantha Glenie

    Swim Instructor, Coach

    Sam has been teaching since August 2013 and is brilliant at teaching a wide range of ability. The thing Sam loves about teaching is the way she is able to build the kids confidence in and around the water and watching them accomplish tasks they never thought th

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    Samantha Maddern

    Swim Instructor

    Sam started teaching in October 2016 and loves teaching children the skills they need to swim and survive. She loves kids and loves water so both things together is a bonus. She feels Aquatots is an amazing swim school and she is very proud to be a part of the team. Sam's daughter learns at Aquatots and she adores her time in the pool with mum

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    Sarah Alger

    Swim Instructor

    Sarah has been teaching since July 2015. She has 3 beautiful boys of her own. The thing Sarah loves about teaching is watching them develop their independence and confidence in the water. It is an amazing feeling to facilitate that and develop the

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    Sarah Gordon

    Swim Instructor, Coach

    Sarah has been teaching since October 2015. The thing Sarah likes about teaching is the relationships she builds with the kids in her classes. She loves to see the kids progress with the instructions that she gives them, being a part of that accomplis

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    Shannon Waters

    Swim Instructor

    Shannon has been teaching since 2017 and enjoys getting to know the children. She loves seeing the enjoyment and progression and knowing that she is having an impact on their learning journey.

  • Sinead Ahern

    Swim Instructor

    Sinead has been teaching swimming since September 2018. She has lived and swam all around the world including at Aquatots when she was younger. She enjoys teaching the Sea Horse levels as they are fun and you can see their confidence grow each session. She loves watching the kids gain new skills and teaching them how to be safe in and around water

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    Slade Londt

    Swim Instructor

    Slade has been teaching since April 2016. He enjoys teaching because he gets to pass on life skills to kids of all ages and have fun with them at the same time.

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    Sonja Londt

    Team Leader

    Sonja has been teaching since 2008. She loves seeing the babies grow into confident happy swimmers. Helping children of every level reach their potential as a swimmer gives her a sense of attainment. Winner Aquatots baby instructor of the year 2016 Winner team member of the year 2015

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    Suvi Laajoki

    Swim Instructor

    Suvi has been working at Aquatots since February of 2018 and have been swimming with Aquatots since the age of 3. I love working with children consistently through the term and continuing to learn and surprise ourselves every lesson with how much we have learnt and achieved. I enjoy encouraging new swimmers to be comfortable and let water be their friend and continue all the way through to learning and further developing their strokes.

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    Tai Simsons

    Manager

    Taila has been a swim teaching since February 2012. She loves watching the children grow not only in swimming but as a person. Being a swim instructor is her passion and she loves seeing how proud children are of themselves when they have achieved new skills. Her speciality is Micro squads and teaching under 7's advanced racing strokes

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    Taylor Apps

    Swim Instructor, Coach

    Taylor has been teaching since October 2017. He loves making a connection with the advanced school age kids and encouraging them to want to perfect their swimming skills

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    Tenille Maher

    Swim Instructor

    Tenille started working at Aquatots in October 2016 and she has loves every minute of it. She enjoys working with children especially on a skill that they can be proud of and use i life

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    Yasemin Culha

    Swim Instructor

    Yasemin has been teaching babies and pre schoolers since 2012 and started her own swim school Swimbaby in Istanbul. She loves teaching and watching the children imporve in her classes. She has a passion for teaching children and babies new things and just really enjoys what she does

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    Zac McDermott

    Swim Instructor

    Zac is a year 12 student and started teaching swimming in October 2018. He plays basketball and loves all sports. He wanted to become a swim instructor because he loves working with kids and it sounded like a great opportunity

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