Owner and head teacher. With certificates in swim teaching; coaching; water treatment; and a Diploma of Sport and Recreation. He's also a KiwiSport children's multi-sport coach, was Swim Manager of the Paralympic Team to the FESPIC games in 1999, and managed Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre's learn to swim programme for many years, including training its instructors. He's been an assessor for the New Zealand Swim Teacher's Certificate and has managed maintenance of several pools.
"I simply want to teach each individual child to swim the best they possibly can", he says. "I set high standards – but through experience I know children are capable of much more than they're often given credit for. Children work hard in my classes, but they always seem to have energy for the game at the end."
Hamish teaches weekday preschool; after school Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday; and Sunday afternoons.
Besides being an extremely able swim teacher, Martina is also a waterpolo coach and mum. She seems to know everybody already. Up in Korokoro they think of her as a fun, kind person to know as a human being, and a scary opponent in waterpolo.
Having taught with Martina at Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre for several years, Hamish already knew Martina's wonderful qualities. He had a deep respect for her skill with children and knowledge of swimming. He speaks about the trust she builds with children, at the same time establishing a brisk pace in the lesson.
Martina teaches Saturday and Sunday between 9am and 1pm.
We've welcomed Lucy this year and had immediate feedback from parents about Lucy's remarkable results with children. Lucy started swimming here in the Hutt Valley and continued on to be head teacher and coach at some of the best swim schools in Auckland and Australia. She has a degree in physical education from Otago. Like the rest of the team, she has children herself.
Lucy teaches Wednesday after school and Saturday afternoon from 1pm.