Kia Ora, my name is Matthew Strange and I am the BaySwim Manager.
I have worked in the recreation industry since 2001, including teaching Learn to Swim, squad coaching, beach and outdoor education before more recently managing the Arataki Community Centre and Mount Hot Pools. I grew up through Learn to Swim from the age of 4, before moving onto club swimming until the age of 21, competing at national championship events in swimming, surf lifesaving and Water Polo.
Being in and around water has been my life and love. With NZ being surrounded by beaches, rivers, lakes and pools, it is my passion for everyone in NZ (young and old) to be able to have at least basic swimming ability. Therefore, I am very excited about the multi award-winning Northern Arena Learn to Swim programme that we offer here at BaySwim. This programme ensures our customers get the best swimming development opportunity possible. If you see me around pool-side please don’t hesitant to say hello.
Hi, my name is Matthew and I am the Baywave: BaySwim Co-ordinator. I began working with BaySwim in 2011 at the Greerton Aquatic & Lesiure Centre. There I progressed to Reception Team Leader / Aquatic Coordinator position and also had stints as ‘Acting Manager’ of the Greerton venue.
In 2016 I was awarded the Bay Venues employee of the year accolade and was also identified as an emerging leader. This led to me being invited to join the Bay Venues Management Development Training Programme. I have a passion for seeing people improve and grow, which is a key asset for our staff and customers to experience.
I am originally from the UK and moved to New Zealand with my family in 2000. I live on a lifestyle block, and enjoy travelling, seeing new places, meeting new people and staying fit by swimming.
Hi, My name is Jeanne and I am the Greerton: BaySwim Co-ordinator.
I have been working with BaySwim in a Learn to Swim instructor and Coordinator role since 2016, gaining an understanding of the needs and requirements of both our BaySwim team and customers at operational level.
I originate from South Africa where I was with the police force working with communities. I have a friendly nature and show respect and honesty in my dealings with others. My passion in life is to grow and develop children and communities to better equip them in life.
“Come get lost with me in my super fun development focussed classes”
“I want to see people of all ages grow in their swimming ability and be proud of their accomplishments”
“My passion is to watch kids growing and developing a skill that is important, which they will keep for life. Sharing the moment when they achieve something is just a priceless joy”
“I love to see children’s confidence in the water grow and feel privileged to be a part of their early learning experiences”
“I teach because I find it rewarding to teach a skill that can save people’s lives”
“I like to help prevent loss of Life and promote survival in the water, along with having fun while teaching skills”
“I aim to develop a life-long love of water, making it a safe place to play, compete or relax”
“I feel so lucky to be doing a job I love! As a diver, waterskier and triathelte I am passionate about the importance of learning to swim, and about teaching a life skill so children can have fun, yet be safe in and around water. Working with children is so rewarding, their honesty and enthusiasm is contagious and is what makes my job so special and rewarding.”
“To ensure everybody can learn a vital life skill”
“I am proud to teach a life-long skill and watch my students’ progress”
“My purpose is to see children love the water, and helping them to feel success through progressing through levels.
“I love to see all of the kids improving each week”
“I enjoy seeing students improve their swimming ability and enjoy doing it”
“Helping children achieve ‘Gold Nugget’ moments in swimming”
“I want to ensure children feel safe in the water as well as having a wonderful experience. It is amazing to be part of their accomplishments and change children’s perspectives about the water. I would like everyone to be able to experience the wonders of being able to swim”
“My purpose is to not only help children grow as swimers, but to grow as people”
“I want to help improve the future of our next generation”
“I love to build kids’ confidence, not only with swimming but within themselves”
“I love teaching a life skill that they will have forever”
“I want to enable every child to be confident in the water, while having fun”
“My purpose is to teach children a new skill that they can have with them for life”