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, has been Swim Manager of the Paralympic Team to the FESPIC games, 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 Monday preschool; weekdays after school except Thursday; and Sunday morning.
Besides being an extremely able swim teacher, Martina is also a waterpolo coach and mum.
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. As one mum said recently, "I was really impressed with her ability to keep the students relaxed and confident".
Martina teaches weekday preschool (Monday morning 9am - 1pm); Thursday after school; and Saturday between 9am and 1pm.
Lisa is thoroughly experienced and competent in all aspects of swim teaching, having trained in the UK. She has particular strength in teaching breaststroke, which is emphasised in the UK more than in New Zealand. There are also other aspects of UK swimming that Lisa brings to her teaching that enrich Hamish's methodology and have won Hamish's respect.
Lisa teaches Saturday and Sunday afternoons.