Operating a swim school can be very challenging. You need safe, clean and warm water, specifically designed teaching spaces, swimming equipment, qualified staff, operation guidelines, business support and staff training the list goes on and on.
Laurie started his first swim school in 1966, in Townsville, tropical north Queensland. He started off as a Physical Education Teacher but an illness saw him return to Townsville where his father managed the famous Trobruk pool. From here he started teaching swimming and after a short while his swimmers were getting great results at State Championships. This saw not only his coaching career take off but also his learn to swim business thrive. Many teachers and coaches start off just like Laurie, with very little business skills but mostly teaching knowledge and find themselves owning or operating a swim school business which need lots of knowledge and support.
Laurie realised early on that he needed to surround himself with an expert team of people if he was to live up to his mission statement. His mission, “to be the best provider of swimming services by promoting water awareness and water safety in a clean, friendly and safe teaching environment with highly qualified staff”. Over the years Laurie has teamed up with other experts within the aquatic industry to help him manage his business and we thought we’d share with you his go to people so you can manage your business better.
Over the ensuing years, AUSTSWIM developed a core AUSTSWIM Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety™ Course and registration process. The AUSTSWIM training and accreditation is recognised by industry as the core to the development of personal aquatic survival skills and as the minimum standard to teach swimming and water safety. AUSTSWIM accreditation requires teachers to maintain their skills through regular professional development, teaching and minimum CPR standards by renewing every 3 years with AUSTSWIM.
- AUSTSWIM trains and accredits 10,000 Teachers of Swimming and Water Safety per year, has trained over 170,000 Teachers since inception and has currently over 29,000 active, accredited teachers on its records.
- AUSTSWIM, The Australian Council for the Teaching of Swimming and Water Safety, was formed in 1979 with the objective of developing a consistent and better quality training of Teachers of Swimming and Water Safety across Australia. AUSTSWIM consists of a National Council which has members from The Royal Life Saving Australia, Surf Life Saving Australia, Swimming Australia Ltd, YMCA, ALFA and from AUSTSWIM State Advisory Committees from each state and territory of Australia.
Swim Australia’s mission is to help all Australians become safer, smarter and stronger through swimming. This is primarily achieved by developing and empowering our swim school network through the delivery of world’s best practice guidelines, professional development programs, growth opportunities and business support. It’s also about fun, and knowing Aussies are safer in and around water, as a result of their Swim Australia Registered Swim School experience, and their resulting knowledge. Swim Australia registers Swim Schools teaching swimming & water safety that meet the following criteria:
- Consent by Government Authority to operate
- Program is supervised by an ASCTA accredited teacher or equivalent
- Agree to abide by National guidelines as determined by ASCTA
Poolwerx founded in 1990 is Australasia’s largest pool and spa maintenance network. With over 300 territories made up of retail stores and mobile vans, Poolwerx have the best people and latest technology available to take care of commercial swimming pools. Poolwerx are on hand to advise and support you to ensure you have a healthy pool that your staff and clients can enjoy. Their services also include chemical sales, safety and fencing inspections, pool services, and pool and equipment maintenance. They are ready to advise you on any specific needs your swim school may have.
Kirby Swim Equip
The Kirby swim equip vision is ‘to make high quality and affordable swim teaching aids that raise the performance of swimming coaches, teachers and their swimmers.’
In response to the lack of user-friendly products in the swim teaching aids market, Kirby Swim Equip proudly developed, produce and promotes Turnmaster Pro and Swim Teaching Platform (STP) – the swimming products and aquatic teaching and training aids that are high quality, affordable, effective and durable.
Kirby Swim Equip is an independent family business operating from Perth, Western Australia, offering unparalleled service coordinated by Bill Kirby OAM, Australian Olympic Gold Medallist and Bill’s father Bob Kirby who has international manufacturing and distribution experience.
Designed by Bill Kirby, swimmer, teacher, coach and swim school operator and Bob Kirby with expertise in materials and manufacturing, Kirby Swim Equip products improve the performance and profitability of your swim school, club squads and individual swimmers.
Kirby Swim Equip products are used throughout Australia, America and China and by Bill in his own swim schools. Thier products dramatically enhance and improve swim teaching and training programs. The Swimming Teacher’s Association has been successfully using the Kirby Swim Equip Swim Teaching Platform (STP) whilst the Kirby Swim Equip Turnmaster Pro is promoted at regional and national events by the British Swimming Coaches & Teachers Association (BSCTA).
Vorgee, an Australian owned and managed company, was established in 2005 to fill a gap in the aquatics market – the need for a ‘holistic’ aquatics company, one which offered products for those getting into a pool for the first time through to the competitive swimmer.
Made up of an experienced team, Vorgee set out to do just that – create a product for everyone, regardless of whether they purchase for style, performance or price. The passion and desire of the Vorgee team to make high quality swimming products and swim gear accessible and easy to understand for all, has led to Vorgee becoming one of Australia’s leading and most preferred aquatic brands. Their products include accessories and bags, caps, goggles, training equipment.
D&D Technologies, makers of the MagnaLatch magnetic, self-latching gate latch and TruClose, self-closing hinges, is committed to supporting efforts to prevent drowning world-wide. The company has been awarded the “Kidsafe Product Award” for Australia from the Child Injury Prevention Foundation, for our award winning pool safety products and drowning prevention efforts. D&D’s products can be purchased through fencing contractors, and in most popular Hardware outlets throughout Australia.