Swim Teachers

Who better to teach your children the best practices than those who have been there and done it themselves?

NZL Swim staff are made up of former, and current, national and international swimmers, experienced and qualified teachers and passionate, highly motivated coaches.

All classes are taught to the highest standards and follow the curriculum of the Internationally renowned English A.S.A. Awards scheme. Parents and swimmers can track their progress through the clearly defined Duckling and Stages 1-8 awards. Certificates may be purchased to celebrate these major achievements in a young swimmers’ development

Abbie Johnston


I grew up in Papua New Guniea and the Solomon Islands so I have been surrounded by water my whole life. I began my competitive swimming career at age 8 in Timaru where I then moved to Christchurch and begin swimming for Aquagym Swim Club. I hold 2 NZ Age group records for breaststroke and have competed for NZ at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival and Oceania Championships.

I went to Christchurch Girls High School before moving to Auckland in 2014 to study Business Accounting at Massey University while swimming for North Shore. Retiring from swimming last year opened an opportunity for me to become a learn to swim instructor which I am now NZ Qualified and can teach all ages and abilities.

Alana Hay


Alana has been teaching and coaching at Northcote since 2010 and became a Junior Coach for Northcote SC in 2012. In 2014, she was promoted to Senior Coach and worked across a range of ages and abilities.

She was formerly a student at Northcote College and was a Prefect in her final year. Alana also played netball for Northcote College and swam for Northcote Swimming Club.

She endorsed Level 3 NCEA overall with Excellence, and is starting at Auckland University, studying a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in History & minoring in Sociology.

Andrew Trembath


Originally from Dunedin, Andrew is currently a member of the Swimming New Zealand High Performance centre at the Millennium Institute.

He has competed for New Zealand in both Swimming and Surf life Saving, racing in Germany, France and Hawaii.

Andrew is currently studying Quantity Surveying at Massey University but the majority of his time is spent in the water, either swimming or surfing!

Bridget Maher


Bridget has been involved in swimming for most of her life as both a competitor, coach and teacher. She has excelled in distance races, having made finals at the New Zealand Senior Championships every year from 2008-2015 and has won medals at National level both in the pool and on the Open Water circuit.

Her domestic prowess has lead her to represent New Zealand at the Hong Kong Open Water World Cup and the Oceania Championships in 2014.

In 2006, Bridgett completed her Certificate in International Sports Studies and more recently, she completed a Bachelor’s degree in Sport & Exercise – Coaching.

Bridget has been teaching and coaching for several years in the West Auckland area and bring a wealth of experience, passion and knowledge to her lessons.

Charlotte Marino


Charlotte is a former Northcote swimmer and started teaching when she was around 15 years old at Helens school of swimming teaching 3-11 year olds.

She then moved to Northcote Swim Club and taught all ages from beginner to squad swimming. She also taught for the Skillz4Life mobile swim school around Auckland schools. In 2014 She spent time in America life guarding & teaching swimming at summer camp.

A keen fitness swimmer, Charlotte has a background in both Water Polo and Ocean swimming.

George Schroder


George Schroder is one of New Zealand’s top Breaststroke swimmers, holding several New Zealand Age group records and has represented New Zealand at a number of International competitions.

He is studying Business at Massey University, Albany and trains at the Swimming New Zealand High Performance Centre at AUT Millennium.

George is originally from Hokitika - a small town on the West Coast of the South Island. Here he grew a passion for swimming at the local pool and at aged 15, began teaching youngsters to swim.

Having outgrown the limited opportunities on the West Coast, George relocated to Christchurch and attended Christchurch Boys High School to finish school, swimming for the Aquagym Club before moving to Auckland in 2014.

Julia Forde


Julia is a 3rd year student at Auckland University of Technology studying a Bachelor of Sport & Recreation, majoring in Exercise Science, and a Bachelor of Business, majoring in Finance.

She was previously the Head Coach at Northcote S.C. where she taught & coached children from ages 5-15 for 6 years. Prior to this, she swam with the club for 6 years.

Julia has worked with children for a long time as a current part-time nanny and a previous sports coach for primary schools working in sports such as basketball, AFL & swimming.

Outside of coaching, Julia is very involved with other sports; she played club basketball for 6 years, has been rowing for 3 years and represents New Zealand in Ultimate Frisbee. In 2014 she competed in the u20 Ultimate Frisbee World Championships in Italy and in 2015, travelled to London to compete in the u24 World Championships.

Katrina Chatfield


Katrina has been involved in swimming from a very young age having been involved in competitive club swimming as a child & teenager. After having her own children, she decided to get back in the pool and teach with the belief that learning to swim at a young age is of vital importance to children.

12 years have passed, and during that time, Katrina has taught in New Zealand before setting up her own swim school in Singapore. Since returning to NZ she became involved with both the coaching & running of the Northcote Swimming Club and found it incredibly rewarding watching children’s’ confidence and ability grow in the water. She has a strong belief that swimming is not just about performing well, but also being safe at the pool & beach.

Luke Hadfield


Luke is a former North Shore swimmer, and has a real passion for working with young children and helping them develop to the best of their ability.

He completed an Early Childhood Education course at University and is heavily involved in childhood and youth work having worked across a range of areas supporting young children/youths.

Luke has been a swim coach and teacher since 2013, working in both Learn to swim & development squads for Northcote Swimming Club, and brings a wealth and range of experiences to the job holding qualifications in Basic first aid, Child protection, pool safety & supervision and OSCAR behaviour guidance.

Matthew Phillips


Matt has been involved in swimming from a young age, beginning to train & compete at 8 years old. He loves to compete & challenge himself and has gone on to compete at national level with his best achievement to date being a second place finish at the Queensland Championships. A strong believer that swimming is an integral part of Kiwi culture Matt also says it is an essential life skill that every child in New Zealand must learn. He has been teaching and coaching since 2012 and whilst in his home city of Christchurch, gained his assistant swim teacher award and has attended a technique coaching course. In addition to his qualifications, Matt has coached a variety of levels, from infants in the water with parents, up to competitive squad swimmers.

Currently, Matt is studying a Bachelor of Teaching & Learning (Primary) at the University of Canterbury but currently combining this via long distance with training with the Swimming New Zealand High Performance squad at the Millennium Institute.

In addition to his swimming skills and knowledge, Matt is an experienced and qualified lifeguard and trained in first aid.

Michael Mincham


Michael has been a swimmer since before he could walk and has had a range of experiences from studying at the renowned TSS school on Australia’s Gold Coast, to representing New Zealand at World Junior Championships, Commonwealth Youth Games (Finalist), Junior Pan Pacific Championships (Finalist & Medalist) and Youth Olympic Games (Finalist) as well as the World University Games.

Michael has been a member of the Swimming New Zealand High Performance training centre at the Millennium Institute and is studying Sport and Recreation at AUT. He has taught swimming at both TSS and locally at Swim2Win swim school on the North Shore.

A passionate sports fan, Michael loves to pass on his knowledge and enthusiasm for swimming and hopes to pursue a career in sport upon graduating from University.

Michelle Kinney


Michell has been teaching & coaching swimming to people of all ages & abilities for 5 years. She is a qualified New Zealand Swimming Teacher and has previously taught at the Helen Coulam Swim School.

As a former member of North Shore S.C. for over 12 years, Michelle trained upwards of 20 hours/week and as an age group swimmer, was a national medallist in both individual & relay events, making NZ National training camps & Tri-Series Tours.

As an Open swimmer, she made National finals & won several relay medals and went on to compete in Europe winning medals in the renowned Darmstadt International meet.

For the past 4 years, Michelle has been both teacher & coach at the RNZAF Swim Club & Swim School and is currently studying a B.Sc. majoring in Psychology & Human Nutrition at Massey University. She now swims for fun & fitness and enjoys passing on what she learnt, knows and love about swimming and hope to continue doing so well in the future.

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