Meet our instructors

Meet our instructors

Tanya’s Tadpoles instructors are enthusiastic and committed to improving children’s swimming strokes and water safety skills.

All instructors are qualified with Austswim or Swim Australia, all hold current CPR certification, and Working with Children checks. They have also been training in “Tadpole Tuition” for teaching private lessons to small groups in the home environment.

Our staff tailors each lesson to the child or children in the class, ensuring the activities and drills taught will assist in the particular areas of development that each child needs.

As each lesson is taught in a unique environment, TTTT staff enjoys the challenge of creating a class to suit the child and the environment, and the success is rewarding and fulfilling – our instructors love their job!

Hear what our instructors have to say

I loved swimming (and all things water sports) and liked the idea of encouraging other people to love the water.

Amy

 

After working in Hospitality for 35yrs as a chef I was in need of a change in career and lifestyle. While I was enjoying my free time I was taking my 2 youngest nephews to their swimming lessons. Watching how much they enjoyed learning and participating in their lessons and I enjoyed spending time swimming and playing with them after the lessons.

I have always enjoyed swimming as a way of keeping fit and also competing in Triathlons. It was during this time that I realised that swimming was perhaps the weakest leg for some of the people I was competing with. They all said that they were not really taught to swim. I truly believe that being taught to swim is an important skill that everyone needs to learn at any age.

Allison

 

I have always loved swimming and I was the type of kid who was always teaching the younger ones to swim at our home pool. When I had my children and attended my first mums and bubs class, I realised this was going to be my new career.

I loved doing those classes and teaching my own children to swim. I literally spent hours and hours in the water with my kids. I still love teaching young children to swim and to love the water 25 years later.

Susan

 

Watching my son during his swimming lessons thinking “I could do that” as I have always enjoyed swimming and the water. Also, I was in between project management jobs and swimming was a great part-time fall-back skill. It is a skill you can undertake throughout your adult life. There is always a need in this country for instructors from babies to adults, so the risk of unemployment is low – Australia is a swimming nation and I find it heart-breaking when I see people who cannot swim. Helping people also lead me to swim instruction.

Margie

 

I have always loved the water, whether it be in the surf or in the pool. Water is calming and when I felt upset, I knew jumping and swimming in the water would make me feel better. I became a swimming instructor at 17 and have been teaching for over 10 years.
I want to pass my love of the water on to others, I believe every person should have the ability to swim, if not for passion but in order to save themselves if it was ever needed.

Amy-Leigh

 

Swimming has brought me great joy and is a major part of my life, whether it’s doing laps in a pool or going to the beach. I was a competitive swimmer for 8 years, I love the sport and love the water. Wanting other people to experience being comfortable in water was what inspired me to choose working as a learn to swim teacher. Given the experience I had gained about swimming numerous times a week from coaches, I thought it would be perfect for me to pass that on to the younger generation.

Maya

 

Working closely with the kids really allows you to get to know the students much better and to tailor the lessons to each child – so you can really see a lot of improvement, which is very rewarding!

Amy

 

I have been teaching with TTTT for 6yrs. Teaching in a home pool can give you the opportunity to help those children that need a gentle and slow progression in gaining water confidence.  Swimming is a big part of lifestyle for many children so you can spend lesson time teaching the different swimming strokes according to their ability and helping them to improve and giving them the confidence to participate in a school swimming carnival.

Allison

 

Working at Tanya’s gives me a lot of flexibility to pick and choose my days and hours. I love getting to know the families which often involves getting to know grandparents, uncles, aunties and cousins too!! It’s truly a lovely job.

Susan

 

Flexibility regarding work conditions and more importantly lesson planning – you can really concentrate of technically improving the students ability to swim especially as there is more time to concentrate of a students ability and need – I find group lessons are very limiting with a large range of ability; Experiencing growth and development with any baby, child or adult is very rewarding. I love travelling around meeting people from different walks of life and constantly teaching in different environments. I believe the students are more attentive and love being in familiar environments, resulting in fast skill improvements; TTTT always encourages their instructors to build and develop their skills and more importantly Tanya is always available for a chat, to lend a hand, and/or assist with difficult situations – she is not just the namesake of the business. Her passion becomes your passion.

Margie

 

I enjoy working with Tanya’s Tadpoles, because I can work 1:1 supporting kids in the pool. Being able to work in the privacy of clients houses, where kids are comfortable, allows them to relax and further their swimming. I like how Tanya is flexible with my hours and will cater for what I can do.

Amy-Leigh

 

I love working at Tanya’s Tadpoles as I can personalise my teaching approach without necessarily sticking to a routine of exercises for every level like conventional swim schools. I can customise different lessons for each child to reflect their abilities to make sure they can see the greatest improvements. This is greatly rewarding as seeing the improvement in the kids and the milestones they hit so exciting.

Maya

Once I taught a fairly nervous child who started learning to swim quite late and wanted to be able to dive for his swimming carnival. When he finally did a dive he and his family were so happy – and I a very proud instructor.

Amy

 

I have always enjoyed teaching my lessons. I always remember one 6yr old boy that spent most of his time diving under the water and couldn’t swim in a streamline position for very long. He began to understand that if he wanted to learn to swim freestyle he had to keep his body in a strong streamlined position kicking and moving his arms.  I encouraged him to enter the school swimming carnival and was rewarded with him showing me a green ribbon at our next lesson.

Allison

 

It is always so special when a child struggles with fear about going under the water or going to deeper water and they overcome that fear. That could take months of trying and patience. It’s a special moment if we are out in the pool alone and they achieve it and then even more exciting and fun when we call out Mum and Dad to witness it. I love the way the child’s face lights up when they have achieved something really special.

Susan

 

There is no one favourite teaching moment – progression and that final understanding of the swim technique and/or knowing they can do it, are the moments I treasure. The excitement and the smile on the face, knowing they have finally got, to me, says it all.

Margie

 

The look on a child’s face/ their parents, when a child swims for the time without a flotation aid. I worked with a young boy who was petrified of the water, he screamed everytime we got in and for the first couple weeks, he held on to me as we walked around the pool singing and talking about trucks. After lots of practice, one day, when I let go he kept going. The smile on his face, the shock and love on his mothers face, these will always be embedded in my head.

Amy-Leigh

 

Every milestone of the children that I teach is exciting, so I don’t necessarily have a favourite one. Whether it is a child submerging the face for the first time to their first time, doing their big arms or swimming a whole lap or more on their own. Seeing someone achieve what they have been working on every week is so rewarding.

Maya

The list has no end! “My head is too big to fit in the (25m) pool!”

Amy

 

The funniest thing that a child has said to me while teaching was about going under the water. She had a fear of putting her face in and finally jumped in. She went came up, looked at me with a big smile and then asked are we going under today!

Allison

 

I always love it when they invite me to their birthday parties but once one little boy asked Mum if he could take me to Spain with them on their holiday. Yes Please !!

Susan

 

There have been many funny statements but nothing that stands out.
It is the kids that meet you for the first time, look at you and then burst out crying and screaming and you think what did I do or am I an alien !!!!

Margie

 

Can I teach you how to swim? A little girl I have taught was adamant she could teach me how to swim instead of me teaching her.

Amy-Leigh

 

I don’t think anything can beat it when you get kids practicing their ‘monkey arms’ while doing all sorts of funny monkey noises as they climb along the pool.

Maya

Work with us

Are you looking for a rewarding and fun work environment? If you love a challenge and the rewards that come with this, then teaching at Tanya’s Tadpoles could be the answer! If you have your Austswim or Swim Australia certification, or if you’d like help in navigating the journey to becoming qualified then get in touch!

Rewarding Work

Seeing kids progress and learn to love the water makes swimming teaching worthwhile, and what could be more rewarding than equipping children with skills that could save their life?

Flexible work hours

Work around your schedule – if you have uni or other commitments we can schedule classes at times you are free.

Rewarding Work

Seeing kids progress and learn to love the water makes swimming teaching worthwhile, and what could be more rewarding than equipping children with skills that could save their life?

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