Private swimming lessons at Northern Arena Learn to Swim School

Meet Your Swim Teachers

Northern Arena swim instructors are highly trained, accomplished and passionate about swimming and providing life skills.  Your swim teachers have swimming in their blood, are unrivaled in their expertise and regularly up-skilled enabling them to deliver the most up to date techniques and a high level of teaching for your child.

Check out who your swim teachers are below.

Mark Saunders Master Swim TeacherMark Saunders Master Swim TeacherMark Suanders Outstanding Service to the Swimming Industry

Mark Saunders

Director of Swimming and Swim Teacher

Mark Saunders Director of Swimming at Northern Arena is unrivaled in swim teaching in New Zealand with over 40 years experience of teaching swimming. Mark’s knowledge and experience was recognised in 2013 when he was presented The Oustanding Service to the Swimming Industry Award by New Zealand Swim Coaches and Teachers Association [NZSCTA].  His played a pivital role in helping Northern Arena win Swim School of The Year 2012 and 2013 aso awarded by NZSCTA.  He previously won this award in 2008 and 2009 where he was Co-Owner/ Director of Swimtastic.

Mark, a graduate of Otago University School of Physical Education was a New Zealand Swimming Representative before going on to be the manager of the New Zealand Swim Team from 1999 to 2008.  This included managing the NZ team through World Champs, Manchester & Melbourne Commonwealth Games and 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

Mark’s love of swimming, commitment and belief that everyone should have the opportunity to learn to swim is reflected in his achievements outside of competitive swimming.  Mark, former National Education Manager for Swimming NZ introduced “Teaching swimmers with a disability” course for Swimming NZ.  He is currently a board member NZ Swim Coaches and Teachers Association and has been awarded New Zealand’s highest swim teacher award: Master Swim Teacher.

Mark strives to break new ground in swim teaching as he continues to develop and expand the Northern Arena Swim School program, with staff development and teaching techniques. You will also see Mark enjoying the water himself as a swim instructor and regularly swimming in our Swim Fit sessions.

Dean Kent 3 x Olympian

Dean Kent

Head of Swimming and Swim Teacher

Born in Palmerston North, New Zealand, Dean’s passion with the water began in Levin competitive swimming and surf lifesaving aged 8 before moving to North Shore swimming club and Mirangi Bay Surf Lifesaving Club.

Dean Kent, 3-time Olympic swimmer for New Zealand represented New Zealand at the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympic games. Dean competed for New Zealand at the 2006 at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games where he won a Silver medal in the 200m Individual Medley [IM] and the 2007 World Championship.

During Dean Kent’s competitive swimming career he was New Zealand Champion for 400 IM for 11 years in a row and New Zealand Champion for 200 IM for 10 years in a row and still holds the New Zealand swimming records in the 200 and 400 Individual Medleys as of September 2012.  At this time Dean Kent continued his surf lifesaving commitments and twice represented New Zealand at Surf Lifesaving World Championships.

Dean Kent is now the Head of Swimming at Northern Arena Learn to Swim and Fitness Facility, Silverdale, Auckland, New Zealand. Dean’s role both in and out of the water involves managing and teaching the learn to swim school. Dean is passionate and dedicated to teaching kids the skills to swim, survive and enjoy any activity in the water.  His passion, talent and ability to do this was recognised when he was awarded with Swim Teacher of the Year 2012 awarded by New Zealand Swim Coaches and Teachers Association [NZSCTA].

 Michael Weston Swim Teacher of the Year 2013

Michael Weston

Swim School Manager

Auckland born and bred, Michael Weston has been around water since he began his own swimming lessons at 4 years old, before moving into the competitive swimming scene at 7, representing both North Shore Swimming and West Auckland Aquatics over an 11 years.

Michael began swim teaching when he was 15 years old, and has carried over his passion, knowledge and experience from his competitive swimming into his teaching.

Michael is known for his strict teaching style, but projects his passion and dedication for both swimming and the need for children to learn to swim as he teaches.  Michael Weston’s skill and capacity to teach swimming was recognised by NZSCTA in 2013 when he was awarded with Swim Teacher of the Year 2013.

Northern Arena Swim Teacher Amy McTeigue

Amy

Teaching Level: Preschool | School Age 30 & 45 minutes

Teaching Style: Enthusiastic, descriptive

Experience:

  • Competitive swimmer
  • Swim teaching at Northern Arena since 2012
  • PE and Outdoor education NCEA level 1,2 & 3
Northern Arena Swim Teacher Anna McCaughan

Anna

Teaching Level: Preschool | School Age 30 minutes

Teaching Style: Enthusiastic/loud, motivating

Experience:

  • Awarded NZSCTA Rookie Swim Teacher of the Year 2016
  • ASTA qualification
  • Swim Teaching since 2012
Northern Arena Swim Teacher Ashley Farrell

Ashley

Teaching Level: Preschool | School Age 30 minutes

Teaching Style: Disciplined, motivating, descriptive

Experience:

  • Awarded NZSCTA Rookie Swim Teacher of the Year 2016
  • Completing BSR
  • Competitive swimmer

Billie

Teaching style: Pre-school, school age 

Teaching style: Fun, positive, fair

Experience: 

  • Competitive swimmer 
Brigitta Swim Instructor

Brigitta

Teaching Level: Babies | Preschool

Teaching Style: Good communication, reliable, fun, creative

Experience:

  • Awarded Rookie Swim Teacher of the Year 2014 by NZSTCA
  • Swim teaching at Northern Arena since 2011
  • BPhEd  (Holland)

Byron

Teaching level: Preschool, school age, squads

Teaching style: Funny, confident  

Experience: 

  • UK ASA level 1 in aquatics. 
  • HBC Olympics coach. 
  • Multiple schools 
Northern Arena Swim Teacher Carl

Carl

Teaching level: School age, squads   

Teaching style: Motivational, firm, fun  

Experience: 

  • Teaching since 2001
  • Over 3 different schools     

Dana

Teaching level: preschool, school age squads

Teaching style: motivational, enthusiastic, fun, positive

Experience: 

  • Swim teaching at Northern Arena since 2014. 
  • Competitive swimmer for coast – 3yrs
Northern Arena Swim Teacher David

David

Teaching level: School age to coast squad  

Teaching style: Fast pace, loud  

Experience:

  • NZ competitive swimmer, 
  • Swim Teaching at Northern Arena since 2015  
Northern Arena Swim Teacher Elena Williams

Elena

Teaching Level: Babies | Preschool | School Age 30 minutes

Teaching Style: Disciplined, gentle/quiet, enthusiastic/loud, motivating, descriptive

Experience:

  • Swim teaching since 2011 at Northern Arena
  • Halberg disabilities course

Emile

Teaching level: Pre-school age, school gge

Teaching style: fun, fair energetic 

Experience: 

  • Studying primary school teaching at AUT 
  • Competitive swimmer
  • Teacher training at Northern Arena  
Northern Arena Swim Teacher Erin Bluck

Erin

Teaching Level: School Age 30 & 45 minutes

Teaching Style: Disciplined, enthusiastic/loud, motivating

Experience:

  • ASTA
  • Halberg disability
  • Surf Lifesaving First Aid
  • Competitive swimming since 2005
  • Coast Swim Club Coach since 2011
Northern Arena Swim Teacher Flor

Flor

Teaching level: Babies, preschool, squads, adult, disability

Teaching style: Loud, firm, positive, fun, strict

Experience: 

  • 8 years, Physical Education teacher 

Francesca

Teaching level: Preschool, /30 min age group 

Teaching style: Positive, friendly, caring   

Experience:

  • Swim teaching at Northern Arena since 2016

Henry

Teaching level: School age/preschool

Teaching style: Keeping kids moving, caring, positive, nurturing 

Experience: 

  • Swimming since young
  • Swim Teaching at Northern Arena since 2015 

Northern Arena Swim Teacher Jessica Keating

Jessica K

Teaching Level: Preschool | School Age 30 minutes

Teaching Style: Enthusiastic, motivating

Experience:

  • Swim teaching at Northern Arena since 2013

Jessie-Lee

Teaching level: School age/preschool

Teaching style: Fun motivating, friendly

Experience: 

  • Competitive swimmer 
John Swim Teacher

John G

Teaching Level: Hour Squads | SwimFit

Teaching Style: Energetic, Descriptive, Visual, Feedback Orientated

Experience:

  • Awarded NZSCTA Rookie Coach of the Year 2016
  • Competitive swimmer since 1999
  • NZ Representative in Swimming, Surf Life Saving and Water Polo
  • Fina Swimming World Cup Medalist
  • Youngest New Zealander to Swim the Cook Strait
  • Diploma in Exercise Science
Deck Supervisor Judy

Judy

Deck Supervisor

Northern Arena Swim Teacher Katie Hunt

Katie

Teaching Level: Preschool, School Age 30 minute, Disability

Teaching Style: Gentle, quiet, encouraging, patient 

Experience:

  • CPR
  • Swim teaching at Northern Arena since 2012
  • Halberg Disability Certificate
  • Swimming New Zealand Swim Teacher Award
  • Northern Arena Swim Teacher Certification
  • Early childhood teaching background
Northern Arena Swim Teacher Keela

Keela

Teaching style: Pre-school,school age 

Teaching style: Firm consistent, happy

Experience: 

  • NCEA Health
  • Surf Life Saver 
  • Swimmer at Northern Arena  
Northern Arena Swim Teacher Kim Bayes

Kim

Teaching Level: Preschool

Teaching Style: Enthusiastic/loud, decriptive

Experience:

  • Swim teaching since 2011 at Northern Arena
  • First Aid
Swim Teacher Kristie

Kristie

Teaching Level: Babies | Preschool | School Age 30 minutes

Teaching Style: Enthusiastic and encouraging, gentle and quiet

Experience:

  • Awarded NZSCTA Rookie Swim Teacher of the Year 2016
  • Swim teaching at Northern Arena since March 2013
  • PE and Health NCEA level 1, 2, and 3
Swim Teacher Levon

Levon

Teaching level: preschool / school age

Teaching style: Enthusiatc, Desciptive

Experience: 

  • Surf Life Saver
  • Competitive Swimmer 

Loukas

Teaching level: Preschool & schools age

Teaching style: Enthusiastic, fun, motivating 

Experience:

  • Competitive Swimmer
Northern Arena Swim Teacher Nicanor

Nicanor

Teaching level: Pre-school, School-age, Squads      

Teaching style: Fun, connective, motivating and positive 

Experience:

  • 3 years under NZ qualification foundation swimming nz    

Pamela 

Teaching level: Parent & child/ preschool/school age

Teaching style: Positive, determined, passionate and up building   

Experience: 

  • Swim teaching since 2001 
  • Ocean Series competitor 
  • Ex-competitive swimmer 

Rachael

Teaching Level: Preschool and school age

Teaching Style: Disciplined, motivating and encouraging

Experience:

  • Ex competitive swimmer
  • Swim teaching at northern arena since Jan 2014 with several years of previous teaching experience
Northern Arena Swim Teacher Ruby

Ruby

Teaching level: Babies, pre-school, school age   

Teaching style: Enthusiastic , bubbly, motivation, funny, fun

Experience: 

  • Awarded NZSCTA Rookie Swim Teacher of the Year 2016
  • Swim teaching at Northern Arena since 2014
  • ASTA Swim Teaching Award
  • Surf Lifesaving Bronze Award, 
  • First Aid Level 1 & 2  

Ruth

Teaching level: Babies (training), Pre-school, School-age  

Teaching style: Enthusiastic , positive

Experience: 

  • Swim teaching at Northern Arena since 2016
  • Training as primary school teacher
Northern Arena Swim Teacher Sam E

Sam E

Teaching level: Preschool, School-age, Squads, Adult, SwimFit

Teaching style: Loud, enthusiastic, fun

Experience: 

  • Swim teaching since 2011 

Sam H

Teaching level: Pre-school, School-age

Teaching style: Enthusiastic, focused, fun    

Experience: 

  • Competitive swimmer
  • Life guard 

Sarah

Teaching level: Pre-school, School-age

Teaching style: Compassionate, positive

Experience: 

  • Swim teaching at Northern Arena 
  • 6 years competitive swimming 
  • Babysitting  
Swim Teacher  Steven Kent

Steven

Teaching Level: Preschool | School Age 30 minutes

Teaching Style: Challenging, knowledgeable

Experience:

  • Awarded NZSCTA Rookie Coach of the Year 2016
  • Swim teaching at Northern Arena since February 2011
  • Olympic Games Swimmer 2012
  • World Life Saving Champion
  • PE and Outdoor Education NCEA Levels 1 and 2
Swim Teacher Sylvie

Sylvie

Teaching Level: School Age 45 minutes

Teaching Style: Enthusiastic, caring, creative

Experience:

  • Teaching at Northern Arena since April 2011

  • Competitive swimmer since 2005 years

  • Surf Life Guard

Northern Arena Swim Teacher Troy Bluck

Troy

Teaching Level: School Age 30 & 45 minutes

Teaching Style: Gentle, enthusiastic, descriptive

Experience:

  • Swim teaching at Northern Arena since 2013