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Program

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Delegate Registration

Duration: 30 mins
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
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Opening Address

Duration: 30 mins
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Theatre

KEYNOTE: Rob Hewitt

HE TOA TAKITNI TAKU TOA, EHARA I TE TOA TAKITAHI
My bravery was the bravery of many, just one warrior

When Rob Hewitt joined his friends on a recreational scuba dive, he never imagined that the boat would leave without him. Stuck miles off the coast of Wellington, the experienced New Zealand Navy diver found himself at the mercy of Tangaroa – the Maori god of the Sea, waiting for help to arrive. It wasn’t until the sun set on the horizon hours later that he knew he was in serious trouble and facing a battle for his life. He spent the next four days at sea treading water.

Rob will share his courageous personal experience of reclaiming his life by literally looking over the abyss and coming back from the edge.  This inspiring presentation will help you discover how you can respond with resilience and optimism to both major challenges and the everyday struggles in your work environment and life.

Rob Hewitt

Robert Joined the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) in 1986 as an ordinary Seaman from Te Aute... More

Duration: 337 hours
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Theatre

Trauma Free Lessons

In July 2018, AUSTSWIM published a clear directive regarding trauma free swimming lessons. The first 1000 days of human development shape the foundations of physical, cognitive and psychosocial domains.

Research shows these ‘blue prints’ of human development commence before birth and rapidly develop before the age of three. Bonding, integration of reflexes, spatial awareness, smells and sounds are all integral in the long-term development of the brain.  All teachers across the world will at some stage, experience a situation where a child is showing signs of distress.

How do we know when a child is unhappy or experiencing stress prior to language development? Facial expression, crying and body language are indicators of a child in either stress, discomfort or resistance. Can you tell the difference?

Sue Mayo

Sue Mayo is the General Manager of Australian Crawl Fitness and Leisure Centres. She has spoken... More

Duration: 1 hour
11:40 AM - 12:30 PM

Session 1: It's a Small World

Drowning statistics are one area which we have in common with every other country. Join Katrina on a trip around the world to check out how other countries are teaching water safety and survival… and if it’s possible to adapt to our needs?

Katrina Scarpin

Katrina Scarpin’s passion for the aquatic industry started in 1997. Katrina’s... More

Duration: 50 mins
11:40 AM - 12:30 PM
Program Pool

Session 1: Breaststoke & Butterfly

Correction drills must be specific and designed for individual needs when correcting faults. Alina will show you how to correct the most common faults with these two strokes. Have your swimmers slicing through the water in no time.
Bring swimwear and participate in the pool to gain the most benefit.

Alina Graham

Alina has been working the aquatic industry for over 20 years. Her experience has crossed all... More

Duration: 50 mins
11:40 AM - 12:30 PM
50m Pool

Session 1: Noodlicious

The simple pool noodle might be the most versatile and inexpensive piece of equipment available for an aqua fitness class. Join Debi and Dom as they share innovative, effective and suspended cardio and stability workouts using noodles of different shapes and sizes. Leave this workshop feeling inspired and equipped with new ideas for noodle exercises that work in both shallow and deep class formats.
Bring swimwear and participate in the pool to gain the most benefit.

Debi Godfrey

The past 21 years has been a journey of enjoyment, education and teaching in the wonderful world... More

Dom Gili

Dom’s passion for the aquatic industry is contagious. Since 1993 he has delivered... More

Duration: 50 mins
11:40 AM - 12:30 PM

Session 1: Keeping Swim Parents Happy

Keeping swim parents happy…it’s a big job. Julia has tried it all, from winter promos to little blue ducks. Are you ready to learn how to receive amazing customer engagement survey results? Come to this session and find out how!

Julia Wood

Julia is the Swim Manager at PARC in Frankston on the Mornington Peninsula. She has been... More

Duration: 50 mins
1:20 PM - 2:10 PM

Session 2: Back to Babies

Is it okay to teach back floating? Of course it is! However, it must be done with respect and care of our little students in mind. Julie will show you how!

Julie Zancanaro

Julie Zancanaro is a Swim Teacher and Swim School owner with a background in Occupational... More

Duration: 50 mins
1:20 PM - 2:10 PM

Session 2: The Fitness Industry Award 101

The Fitness Industry Award causes more confusion in a business than anything else for employers and employees with its convoluted language and conditions. Diane will share her expertise as a HR professional to help you navigate the sea of uncertainty so you can better meet your responsibilities according to the Award while still creating a flexible and skilled workforce.

Di Gray

Diane is one of only two executive directors at Changing Change International. She has had over... More

Duration: 50 mins
1:20 PM - 2:10 PM
Program Pool

Session 2: Survival Swimming - Is it the Same for Everyone?

What affects the way we teach survival swimming? It will change throughout the journey of a person’s life. To find out how, bring your swimmers to get in the pool for this highly interactive session.

Bring swimwear and participate in the pool to gain the most benefit.

Nina Nyitrai

Nina Nyitrai has had the opportunity to live in Australia for the last 33 years. Although she... More

Duration: 50 mins
1:20 PM - 2:10 PM
50m Pool

Session 2: Dig Deep

The deep end of the pool is perfect for cross training. Using the principles of movement in water, deep water aqua science and fitness programming, Lianne will give you a full body deep water master class that will make every muscle work.

Bring swimwear and participate in the pool to gain the most benefit.

Lianne Tiemens

Lianne is an ambitious and creative Presenter, PT and Group Fitness Instructor. She has more... More

Duration: 50 mins
2:20 PM - 3:10 PM
Classroom

Session 3: The Older Adults Aqua Checklist

Are you offering your aqua seniors what they really need and want? Analyse survey responses and feedback from the nation’s senior participants to discover the key elements for success. Explore aqua activities that can provide a lasting impact, an enjoyable experience, brain training and a sense of community. Understand how to program to maintain range of movement, flexibility and functional mobility, whilst having fun!

Stacey Aldous

Recently awarded the 2016 recipient of the AUSTSWIM National Aqua Instructor of the Year, Stacey... More

Duration: 50 mins
2:20 PM - 3:10 PM

Session 3: Personality Plus

How do people perceive you? And how do you perceive the different personalities that you work with? Nicola will help you recognise different personality styles and how to make them work effectively in a team environment.

Nicola Davies-Cooke

Duration: 50 mins
2:20 PM - 3:10 PM
Program Pool

Session 3: Freestyle & Backstroke

Are you using the correct drill for the needs of your swimmer? A drill is a means to an end…an efficient swimming stroke. Join Jenny to ensure you are tailoring your drills to the individual needs of your swimmers.   

Bring swimwear and participate in the pool to gain the most benefit.

Jennifer Demont

Jenny has been in the aquatics industry since 1995 in the United Kingdom and now we are lucky to... More

Duration: 50 mins
2:20 PM - 3:10 PM
50m Pool

Session 3: It's a Water World

Swimmers are needed for this session!  You will be in the water putting into practice survival strategies from all over the world and learning how to adapt them to our water environments.

Bring swimwear and participate in the pool to gain the most benefit.

Katrina Scarpin

Katrina Scarpin’s passion for the aquatic industry started in 1997. Katrina’s... More

Duration: 216.83 hours
3:30 PM - 4:20 PM

Session 4: The Late Beginner - From Pre-schooler to Adult

The late starter, possibly one of most difficult areas to teach. Join Mel for strategies to break down ages, stages, skills and drills along with how to manage the expectations and emotional baggage that comes with being a late starter.

Melissa Rickwood

Mel Rickwood is the owner of Aquatics Down Under Swim School situated in North West Sydney. With... More

Duration: 50 mins
3:30 PM - 4:20 PM

Session 4: The Business of Swim School

Swimming and water safety…it’s a business.  We have staffing issues, budgets, targets, programs and pool operations to look after.  How do we do all this and keep on top of ensuring the business is doing well? Join Tammy and Tania to learn some great idea to take away. 

Tammy Weatherby

Tammy has been in the Aquatic Industry for 13 years, after teaching herself how to swim. With... More

Belinda Nowland

Belinda has been in the aquatic industry for over 6 years and has been part of 2 successful swim... More

Duration: 50 mins
3:30 PM - 4:20 PM
Program Pool

Session 4: ZUMBA®: Let's Turn Up the Heat!

You may be familiar with Aqua Zumba classes, but this session is going to be hot! Experience a warm water master class with modified choreography and flowing movements, but still sizzling with Aqua Zumba® passion and fire!

Bring swimwear and participate in the pool to gain the most benefit.

Marlee King

Marlee King has a PhD in Health Psychology. She is a licenced Zumba® instructor and a... More

Duration: 336.83 hours
3:30 PM - 4:20 PM
50m Pool

Session 4: Keeping Adults Engaged and Challenged

Adults like a challenge and are focused in their learning. So how does our approach vary when it comes to teaching and training adults? Join Anne and discover the secret to keeping adults engaged and challenged.

Bring swimwear and participate in the pool to gain the most benefit.

Anne Smyth

Anne has been an AUSTSWIM Teacher since 1981 and has taught in holiday programs, swim schools... More

Duration: 50 mins
4:30 PM - 5:20 PM

Session 5: Autism Swim

Join us for a taste of Autism Swim. Autism Swim’s Founder Erika Gleeson will guide you on some foundational knowledge, skills and insight into achieving better outcomes to those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other abilities in your classes.

Erika Gleeson

Erika Gleeson (GC Autism, BA Behaviour Science) is an Autism and Behaviour Specialist, and the... More

Duration: 168.83 hours
4:30 PM - 5:20 PM

Session 5: Behaviour Management

Behaviour management is a struggle for many teachers. If you are a little wary of disciplining someone else’s child, this session is for you. Come and explore ideas and strategies to manage behaviour and ensure parents and students understand the importance of safe behaviour in the pool.

Joy Symons

Joy has over 25 years experience in the aquatic industry as an athlete, coach, and swimming and... More

Duration: 50 mins
4:30 PM - 5:20 PM
Program Pool

Session 5: Activating the Posterior Chain

Join Dom he highlights the importance of building strength in the posterior chain. The resistance that the water offers makes it the perfect environment for building strength in the often underutilised muscles (back, gluteus maximus, hamstrings and calves). When engaged these muscles can improve posture, increase stability, reduce the chance of falls and reduce lower back pain. These shallow water workouts are perfect for clients of all ages.

Bring swimwear and participate in the pool to gain the most benefit.

Dom Gili

Dom’s passion for the aquatic industry is contagious. Since 1993 he has delivered... More

Duration: 50 mins
4:30 PM - 5:20 PM
50m Pool

Session 5: Diving, Starts & Turns

If you’re not teaching these skills, it’s time to start! Get your students understanding and practicing these skills and they’ll be one step ahead when they progress to squads.

Bring swimwear and participate in the pool to gain the most benefit.

Tom McPhie

Tom has been the Swim School Supervisor at Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre for the previous 8... More

Duration: 50 mins
5:20 PM - 5:30 PM
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Closing Address

Duration: 10 mins