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Our biggest asset is our Staff! We know what it takes to deliver a program with purpose, providing swimmers with one of the most important skills for life. We have committed staff who are trained, knowledgeable and passionate in teaching the skill of swimming and personal aquatic survival education to people of all ages and swimming abilities. At ELSC, our staff are qualified to industry standards, dedicated and motivated to increase their professional skillset through continually professional development both in-house, external, and via online training courses.

ELSC staff are trained to deliver quality lessons in all levels of our swimming school, holding ‘specialised’ qualifications in Infants and Pre-school Aquatics, Competitive Strokes, Access and Inclusion & Adults. We are a registered swim school with Swim Australia and hold a Bronze membership with Austswim. We have strong working partnerships with the Newcastle Branch of the Royal Life Saving Society of Australia Surf Lifesaving and various sporting school groups. Our swimming teachers and coaches hold either Austwim, Royal Life Saving Society of Australia or Swim Australia Teaching qualification.

Our teachers and coaches hold a current CPR qualification (updated annually) and attend scheduled in-house CPR and emergency response training (ERT) sessions to ensure all staff are educated and equipped to effectively respond to any emergency. In accordance with the NSW Government Office of the Children’s Guardian, all swim school staff over the age of 18 years are required to have their working with children clearance as a condition of employment with ELSC.

Collectively ELSC staff have worked in the aquatic and fitness industry over many decades and list an impressive resume of aquatic venue management, program creation and delivery. The program team are qualified swimming instructors and junior squad coaches and have strong partnerships with local aquatic sporting groups such as still and open water swimming, competitive swimming, triathlon, water polo, surfboard riding and surf lifesaving.

East Lakes Swim Centre is managed by local couple Vanessa & Daniel Marsden, former Australian Swimming and Water Polo representatives with extensive experience in aquatic programming and facility management. 

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the importance of our Water Safety Program

Here’s an email we recently received highlighting the importance of our Water Safety Program.

Hi East Lakes Swim Centre,

I just want to say a huge thank you for everything you do. But in particular I want to praise your Water Safety Program.

On the Easter weekend, myself and my girls were staying at a hotel in Sydney. The hotel had a pool. Both my girls are students at your swimming school. Miss 3 is not yet confident in the pool.

Miss 7 was in the pool. Miss 3 entered the pool when my back was turned and had a drowning incident.

On entering the water, Miss 3 sunk straight to the bottom of the pool. I turned around to see just the very top inch of her head above the water. She was standing vertically on the floor of the pool, nearly completely submerged. Miss 7 realised quickly that her sister could not breathe and swam and lifted her up. She held her above the water and brought her to the side of the pool, where I lifted Miss 3 out of the pool. Miss 3 was frightened and I was very concerned. I monitored her in the coming weeks. I will never be able to erase the image of Miss 3 standing under the water from my mind. 

Miss 7 knew what to do and acted calmly and quickly.  I believe that this is a credit to your Water Safety programmes at East Lakes. Thank you so much. You really are making a difference to the lives of our children. Please always keep doing what you are doing.