Our Board Members

Swim Australia the original (from 1997) peak body for Swim School operators has elected its inaugural Swim Australia Board.

The key aims of the Swim Australia Board will be to

  • The development of strategies to represent the best interests for the Swim School members
  • To have input into Swim Australia Education courses and opportunities to build the swim teacher skills and management skills throughout Australia.
  • Mentor and provide advice and advocacy for Swim School Members.
  • Provide leadership and representation to Swim Schools regarding industry best practice for Swim School development pathways and initiatives.
  • Provide Expert recommendations to the industry and Swim Australia staff.
  • Provide input into other areas of expertise that will provide added value to the Swim Schools Membership of Swim Australia
  • Collectively the board brings a wealth of knowledge and experience as representatives of Swim Schools and the aquatic industry.

    Gary Toner Chief Executive, Swim Australia expressed " this is an exciting time for Swim Australia, being part of the process of the first board for Swim Australia with such outstanding individuals. We all look forward to ensuring the highest quality of representation for Swim Schools around Australia and the World. With many topics on the table for Learn to Swim and Water Safety, the next 12 months will be a great opportunity for member input into the industry."

    To support the board are the newly formed ACE's groups (Aquatic Community Experts) with over 25 industry and Swim Schools who will provide input in their specialty areas such as disability, inclusion, business, tots, small swim schools and others.

    The Swim Australia board held its inaugural meeting September 21st 2015 to outline its strategic plan for its 600 plus Swim School members.

    Debby Tattoli

    5 Star Swim Schools

    An accomplished and driven professional, Debby has a passion for all things swimming. As a business owner, head coach, active teacher and course presenter Debby has expertise across a broad range of Aquatic Industry issues.


    Jonathon Russell

    CFO, Paul Sadler Swimland, VIC.

    John has 24 years experience in banking and financial services, sales, accounting, taxation, management, mentoring, compliance and practice management. The past 7 years, Management of Swim Schools and experience in all facets of the 'learn to swim' industry has been added, and was appointed CFO at Sadler in 2012.


    Narelle Simpson

    NS Swim School, NSW

    Narelle has been involved in the Aquatic Industry for over 37 years. Narelle has been a NSW Institute Coach for 7 years and over the past 6 years coached Olympic swimmers and major Australian teams. She is passionate about teaching swimming and water safety education.


    Simon Watkins

    Director of Swimming, MLC School, NSW.

    Simon comes from Wales where he had managed Swim Schools and was Swimming Development Office for wales before moving to Australia. Simon writes a regular journal article on Swimming for the ASCTA journal.


    Nancy Shaw

    Owner Holsworthy Aquatic Swim School, NSW.

    Nancy has been a member of Swim Australia since 1997, presented at numerous conferences and part of many special interest groups. Nancy has been heavily involved with the Fitness Industry Award input for Swim Schools and an advocate for the industry.