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 Northern Arena Swim Teacher Anna McCaughan  Northern Arena Swim Teacher Ashley Farrell Brigitta Swim Instructor

Amy

Preschool
School Age

Anna

Preschool
School Age 30 mins

Ashley

Preschool 
School Age 30 mins

Brigitta

Babies | Preschool

Northern Arena Swim Teacher Carl Northern Arena Swim Teacher David

Carl

School age, Squads

Dana

Preschool,
school age squads

David

School age to coast squad  

Emile

Pre-school age,
school age

Northern Arena Swim Teacher Erin Bluck Northern Arena Swim Teacher Flor

Erin

School Age 30 & 45
minutes

 Flor

Babies, preschool,
squads, adult, disability

Francesca

Preschool, /30 min age group 

Henry

School age/preschool

Northern Arena Swim Teacher Jessica Keating John Swim Teacher Deck Supervisor Judy

Jessica K

Preschool
School Age 30 mins

Jessie-Lee

School age/preschool

John G

Hour Squads | SwimFit

Judy

Deck Supervisor

Northern Arena Swim Teacher Kim Bayes Swim Teacher Levon Northern Arena Swim Teacher Nicanor

Kim

Preschool

Levon

Preschool / school age

Loukas

Preschool & schools age

Nicanor

Pre-school, School-age,
Squads   


Northern Arena Swim Teacher Ruby

Pamela

Parent and Child
Preschool, School Age

Rachael

Preschool and school age

Ruby

Babies, pre-school,
school age

Ruth

Babies, Pre-school,
School-age  

Northern Arena Swim Teacher Sam E
Swim Teacher  Steven Kent

Sam E

Preschool, School-age,
Squads, Adult, SwimFit

Sam H

Pre-school, School-age

Sarah

Pre-school, School-age


Steven

Preschool | School Age 30 minutes

Swim Teacher Sylvie Northern Arena Swim Teacher Troy Bluck

Sylvie

School Age 45 minutes

Troy

School Age 30 & 45 minutes

   

Kim

Teaching Level: Preschool

Kim

Teaching Level: Preschool

Pamela 

Teaching level: Parent & child/ preschool/school age

Pamela 

Teaching level: Parent & child/ preschool/school age

Pamela 

Teaching level: Parent & child/ preschool/school age

Sarah

Teaching level: Pre-school, School-age

Sarah

Teaching level: Pre-school, School-age