Manager and Swim Teacher
Esther is the proud new owner of Star Skills Swimming since 2020 and Swimming Teacher for over 10 years. She started as a squad swimmer at UWA Uniswim at the age of 7 and competed in Interschool Swimming Carnivals in High School. From there she found her passion in Artistic Swimming competing in Nationals and her first International Competition in 2017. She is passionate about creating a community of swimmers and parents focused on helping their children overcome the exciting challenges of learning to swim.
Star Skills Swimming only employs experienced, well qualified teachers to maintain a high standard of teaching. Our teachers need to be able to adapt to different learning styles, tailor activities to cater for individual needs and keep swimmers motivated and learning for the full lesson time. This takes expertise!
All staff have a current AUSTSWIM teaching qualification, working with children certificate and CPR training.
Ella is a 20 year old Physical Education Teaching student at ECU. Ella comes from a basketball background including playing and coaching. She chose to become a swim teacher as she loves being able to help students become the best they can be, and supporting them to challenge themselves. Ella has been teaching for a year with experience working at for both Terry Tyzack and Perth College. In her free time she enjoys singing, going to the gym and running.
Hi! I'm Hayley and I've been doing swim teaching since I was in year 12, almost 4 years ago now. I've been working with Swan Active and Perth College swim academy which both have a different aims in their swim programs. Currently I live and work in the Perth College boarding house with 108 teenage girls but I've just finished my degree in Geology and Conservation Biology and will be working as a geologist next year.
Imogen brings more than 17 years of experience in the aquatic industry, covering roles like swim school supervision, coordination, instruction, and squad coaching. She's worked with notable organizations such as State Swim, Royal Life Saving WA, Swimming WA, and the Department of Education. Imogen's passion even led her to Queenstown, New Zealand, where she spent a season teaching swimming and snowboarding on her days off. Recently, she's been dedicated to teaching infant survival aquatics with Survival Swimming WA and contributing to the cALD program with Royal Life Saving WA.
Kinta has been teaching since 2020 and swimming competitively for over a decade. He has worked with Mercy Baby Swim, UWA UniSwim and Perth Swim School with experience in all ages from babies to adults. Kinta understands the importance of ensuring everyone is able to 'have a go' in the water and has experience with people with disabilities through volunteering; as well as working with refugees in the Swim4Refugees program.
Lauren has just arrived in Perth from the UK and brings with her 8 years of teaching experience. Lauren has been involved in swimming for over 20 years and used to swim at a national level at school. She had taught across all stages and coached pre-competition teams.
Hello, my name is Melinda and I have been teaching in some capacity or other for most of my life. I began with the Education Department, teaching VacSwim lessons straight out of high school and loved every minute of it. After receiving my teaching degree, I spent many years working across a variety of Primary Schools and Day Care environments, both here in Perth and in the Pilbara. Country living was very good to me, and I enjoyed getting to know my community, camping and starting my family. Once my children were in full time school, I decided to go back to my roots as a swimming teacher. I worked for a private swim school which gave me the opportunity to interact with much younger beginners on skills and techniques to move through the water independently, and work with older children on stroke correction & development and endurance for squads. Being in the water is my happy place. Teaching and encouraging children to be safe and happy in the water is something I enjoy doing very much.
I have been swimming from a young age as a member of my local surf club, and through participation in swim sports during primary and high school, which prompted my transition into working as a swim teacher in early 2021. With experience in both private and public pools, I have taught a range of levels from young toddlers who are new to the water, to children progressing into squad-level swimming, and have developed the confidence to provide engaging and enjoyable classes for children of all ages.
Sofia is a Primary Education student specialising in Inclusive Education at the University of Notre Dame, Fremantle. Prior to becoming an instructor, Sofia was a dedicated squad swimmer throughout highschool, and participated in Floreat SLSC in primary school. She is a passionate yet professional instructor who has worked for Royal Life Saving WA, Perth College, LozSwim and Churchlands Swim School. Sofia ensures learning to swim is a safe and positive space for her students, and strives to always make learning fun.