Starting Blocks Swim School

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Jodi has been a swim teacher for almost 20 years. She previously operated a swim school in Wollongong with her Mother. Jodi and her family have been swimmers their whole lives. She has competed in more swim meets and nipper carnivals than she can remember! One of her favourite swimmers of all time is a young girls with cerebral palsy, who became a competitive swimmer. Jodi says that swimming is so much more than just exercise.

Favourite stroke: Breaststroke

Favourite Class: Squads

Favourite thing outside of swimming: Netball, family and friends time.



Kathleen has been teaching swimming for the past 7 years. After years of taking her own children to Swimming Lessons and watching not only their progress but the relationships and trust they developed in their own Swim Instructors she decided that she wanted to be able to help other children develop a positive, safe and fun attitude to water. Kathleen loves watching the progress and confidence her students get when they master a task they have been working on but more importantly the smiles and excitement her students have when they come to classes and participate in their favourite activities or show off their newly mastered skills to their Parents, Grandparents or anyone special who has come to watch them Swim.

Favourite Stroke:Freestyle

Favourite Mums and Bubs Activity:Running on the Mat

Favourite Activity Outside of Swimming:Weekends away with Family and Friends



Melanie has been teaching swimming for over 10 years. Her passion for fitness and keeping children safe in and around water drew her to become a swim teacher. After teaching at other centers she decided to put together a program that focussed on achieving goals through a positive and motivating environment with passionate and dedicated teaching staff. She then opened Starting Blocks at Kirrawee in 2005.

Favourite stroke: Breaststroke

Favourite thing outside of swimming: Spending time as a family, holidays and new experiences.



Paul has been teaching swimming for over 10 years. Initially becoming a swim teacher from his background with Royal lifesaving and wanting to help people learn an important life skill, he has also developed a passion for the competitive side of swimming as well. Paul’s goals for his classes are to keep them fun, add high energy, and push his students to keep striving for their best. He is always excited when one of his students perfects or achieves something that they have been working on.

Favourite stroke: Breaststroke.

Favourite mums and bubs activity: Motorboats.

Favourite activity outside of swimming: Performing in Musicals with my kids.