Samford Aquatics - Who are We?
We are a young, but educated group of instructors and support people who love swimming and children. Our aim is to have every child in the Samford Valley swimming confidently as soon as possible. We also want every adult to enjoy aqua fun and fitness - it's genuinely the most fun you can have getting wet in public!
Our team are fully qualified and trained to the highest level. Every instructor holds an Aust Swim Teacher of Aquatics Certificate as well as the Aust Swim Access & Inclusion certificate ensuring they are fully versed with the knowledge and information required to deliver programs and services that meet the needs of a diverse range of people who use the aquatic environment with needs including: :
- chronic conditions
- age, and
- cultural and linguistically diverse backgrounds
Each instructor has also achieved the AUSTSWIM extension certificate in teaching for Infant and Preschool Aquatics along with their Bronze Medallions.
Finally, each instructor is also Teacher Water Safety (TWS), First Aid and CPR qualified. Genuinely as qualified as they can be- you need never have a worry with regard to safety and safe working standards.
From our admin team, to our highly trained swimming instructors and the personal trainers, all our team love what they do. They all want you to enjoy their expertise and customer service every time you visit. Our core AUSTSWIM qualified instructors are friendly, experienced and caring who manage small classes in and a warm environment. A successful formula which ensures everyone can learn to swim with ease and confidence.
Emma W - Director and Chief Instructor
Emma took over managing the Samford Community Pool as well as creating Samford Aquatics- the perfect organisation to ensure all swim teaching is operated at the highest standard. Also, Emma was determined the whole pool precinct would embody the joy of fun and fitness in the water.
Emma actually started learning to swim in this very pool with Don McDonald when she was only in Kindy, when the pool was only 3 lanes wide and there was little or no other infrastructure. However, Emma appreciated the way she was being taught and really enjoyed the whole process so much, she has been an avid swimmer her whole life.
Her mum, Jill says that Emma never had to be encouraged to get in the water, as soon as she could, swimming laps and using the water as a fitness hub was all she wanted to do.
Emma was a student at the Samford State School and well remembers what it was like coming in for her swimming lessons during PE. She was also a star swimmer at The Gap High School where she was given the opportunity to be a part of their water polo team - this was proven to be the catalyst for her future, a bit like handing Leighton Hewitt a tennis racquet.
Emma went on to to be accepted into the Australian under 16s squad and Queensland Academy of Sport under 20s water polo squad. She was also in their player development program and played in the National League with the Brisbane Barracudas.
Samford Aquatics has become her focus since an injury in Europe kept her out of water polo in the last few year. Emma thoroughly enjoys spending time teaching the children and hopes her love of the water is passed on to all who learn with her.
Shania - Instructor
A resident of Cedar Creek, Shania was a Mt Samson State School and Ferny Grove High School student. Shania is now also a childcare assistant at the Mother Duck Childcare are Enoggera where her Cert III in Childcare is a work in progress.
Shania loves working with children and throughout her schooling and study she always felt drawn to the idea of teaching children to swim.
Her interests include art, the Gym, music and movies. She learnt to swim here in Samford and very much enjoys the company of children and make them happy and excited, especially about swimming.
Shania's professional interest in children gives her a wonderful insight into how to connect with them and help them to learn in the best way for them.
Emma W2 (because with have two Emma W's) is also a Samford State School Alumnae as well as being a previous school captain of St Paul's Anglican High School. Emma is currently studying Occupational Therapy at ACU.
Coaching indoor volley ball is Emma's passion and helping her team achieve their best is reflected in this as well as her swim teaching methods. Emma loves working with children and her study is also aimed at paediatric occupational therapy in the future.
Swimming for Emma has always been a relaxing and enjoyable pass time which she tries to pass onto the children she feels privileged to teach.
Her 'free' time also includes participating in squad training in the mornings and netball in the afternoon. As a long time (and current) Samford resident, Emma feels a very real connection to her students and the community.
Zoe has lived her entire life in the beautiful Samford Valley, attending Samford State School and Brisbane Girls Grammar.
Currently Zoe is also studying through QUT completing a Bachelor of Creative Industries in Media & Communications.
Being 'horse-mad' allows Zoe to be empathetic with all the children she works with. Zoe also is committed to soccer and trains up to 3 nights a week. She also enjoys the gym and mountain biking.
Like Emma W, she has a history in water polo at the club nationals level.
When Zoe was looking to begin her initial career steps, her mum gave her some great advice. ' Find something you love to do'. So, Zoe chose swimming and water polo, so, As Emma W was taking over the pool contract, this provided the perfect opportunity for Zoe to become formally involved in helping children learn to swim. As a big sister to two little brothers, her patience is endless and her love of teaching is boundless.
Aqua Aerobics Instructor
A teacher in every sense of the word, Alana helps to make every Aqua Aerobics class an event.
Alana also is a high school year co-ordinator relatively locally and this experience gives her the ability to engage and encourage all those who are fortunate enough to be in one of her classes.
We have class members travel from long distances to take Alana's classes and they are from every age and fitness level imaginable.
I moved to Australia from UK 3 years ago, and I love it here.
I have been a swim teacher for 6 years and I love it. You may recognise me from Snap Fitness Samford where I am a personal trainer. I am really looking forward to teaching here, and look forward to meeting you all!
Administration, Kiosk Team Leader and Aqua Aerobics Instructor
Jill is the embodiment of local hero. Having been in and out of running her own business for over 18 years and working in the Samford State School community until fairly recently, Jill is always there to help in this wonderful community.
Living in the Samford Valley since 1998 Jill's 3 children all attended Samford State School, with her twin boys now at Ferny Grove H.S.
Jill loves Aqua Aerobics and sometimes leads a class on Wednesdays and Fridays. Whilst not being a lap swimmer, Jill is a perfect example of where you can really enjoy the water and use it to improve your fitness whilst having fun.
Jill is still a netball tragic, coaching and running the Ferny Grove based Phoenix Netball Club.
Away from the pool and netball, Jill loves socialising, enjoys a great meal out, a delightful beverage and any music at all except for rap!
Managing the administration for Emma W, Jill is often the first contact you have with Samford Aquatics. Feel free to chat with her and ask her any questions you may have. Jill is delighted to make customer service her main priority.