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 weekday preschool (Monday morning 9am - 1pm); after school Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday; and weekend 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 to meet 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 weekday preschool (Monday morning 9am - 1pm); Saturday and Sunday between 9am and 1pm.
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.
Lucy is on maternity leave for the first part of 2020.
Helping Lucy in Term 4, Jack has already demonstrated his empathy, care, and energy. He has extensive knowledge of the programme - he learnt to swim with Hamish. Jack's an accomplished competitive runner and has been studying in the US. Hamish's trust in him is based on Jack's ability to quickly engage his swimmers and his commitment to keeping them on task.
Jack teaches Monday and Friday after school.