Kari Baynes has had an impressive career in the media industry with roles including Head of Business Development, Group Advertising Director, and Project Lead for News Corp Australia. Throughout her 25 year career holding senior strategic leadership roles, balancing health, well being and fun has been critical to her success. In 2010 Kari took up swimming to improve her fitness and reduce stress. Recognising a gap in the fitness and well being market in areas such as learn to swim, continuous stroke correction and structured recreational pool and open water swimming, Kari established Different Strokes Swimming. By setting up a swim school for adults she also identified the opportunity for social and corporate networking opportunities for busy executives, mothers’ groups and retired athletes. Kari’s vision utilising her strong commercial and strategic acumen, is to assist everyone, no matter what age or skill, to find their own zen with swimming. Kari holds an AUSTSWIM Teacher Licence.

Being passionate about swimming, Ebrahim Alaei has spent 15 years in semi-professional competitive swimming. This made him achieve a swimming gold medal in 50m breaststroke among students in Iran, 2010.

Ebrahim also has experience in teaching swimming and working as a lifeguard in Salman Aquatic Centre, Tehran, Iran.

Michelle Cowans is terribly passionate about helping people achieve their swimming goals. She has been a swimmer all her life competing in open water events, such as the 9km Sri Chinmoy National Capital Swim. Michelle is also a volunteer surf lifesaver and a keen hiker. When she’s not swimming or hiking she works in adult education, in the Adult Migrant English Program, which she just loves. Michelle is a qualified AUSTSWIM Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety. She is thrilled to be part of the DSS team.

Mel Alderton has been a qualified swimming instructor since 2000. As an adult learner herself, she really understands the process an adult swimmer goes through in learning to swim. As a triathlete, she has a particular interest in stroke correction, and assisting swimmers in getting the best they can out of themselves.

Mel’s qualifications include AUSTSWIM Towards Competitive Strokes and she is currently working towards my Bronze Coaching qualification.

“If you told me as a teenager that the swim would be my favourite part of the triathlon, I would have said you were crazy! Everyone can learn to swim.” – Mel.

Lee Buckley has over 20 years experience instructing young children through to adults in swimming. Progressing to a supervising instructor she has overseen swimming classes for large, multi location swim schools. In 1999 Lee became an AUSTSWIM presenter of The Teacher of Swimming & Water Safety Licence. This led her to presenting at both, NSW and National Austswim Conferences. Lee is the daughter of Don Talbot, former National Head Coach and Olympic Coach for Australia, Canada, USA and England. Having grown up in a swimming family, water has been part of Lee’s life from very young.  Lee says “I am passionate about resolving peoples’ individual needs when it comes to swimming and I’m also passionate about instructors providing the best possible experience for the client.

Jenny Davidson has been teaching Learn to Swim classes for over five years. She is passionate about helping adults become water safe and develop a love for swimming. Jenny feels the most important part of learning to swim is to become comfortable in the water, to enjoy moving through it rather than resisting it. Jenny is a holder of an AUSTWIM licence, Teacher of Water Safety and Swimming. When she’s not near the water, Jenny is sewing tutus and making tiaras.

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