Our swim instructors and squad coaches are all qualified and receive ongoing training including yearly CPR courses, workshops, upskilling, monthly coach and instructor evaluations. All employees hold a current Working with Children Check.

We are proud to have male and female swim instructors of all ages including Northern Beaches parents and university students, many who learned to swim at NS Swim School themselves and continue to attend squads, compete in swim races and enjoy swimming for fitness and leisure.

Some of the NS Team have been with Narelle since the conception of the school over 24 years ago.

We regard our swim school as a family, providing quality lessons developed by Narelle’s experience of over 40 years in the industry.



About Narelle

Growing up on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Narelle has always felt a deep connection to water and has been involved in the Australian swim industry since her teens.

In 2001, Narelle became the first Australian female on a major Australian swim team in an individual coaching capacity.

Since 1991 Narelle has placed swimmers on Olympic, World long and short course, Commonwealth Games, Pan-Pacs and major World Cup teams.

Narelle Simpson Swim School operated out of Manly’s ‘Andrew Boy Charlton’ outdoor pool since the winning of a tender in 1994 until the Aquatic Centre’s renovation.

Now known as NS Swim School, in 2015 the school moved to Brookvale to an indoor 18m pool where all the lessons are held. Squads continue in hired lanes at Manly Aquatic Centre.

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Brette Oberoi
Swim Instructor, Deck Supervisor

Hi I'm Brette, I love swimming! I swam competitively throughout my childhood and teenage years and have always felt it was not only an essential life skill but also a fantastic form of exercise.

I have taught at NS Swim School for 5 years. My daughter shares my love of swimming too.. It gives me great pleasure to teach my students and to see them gain confidence and improve each week. For me it's a hugely rewarding part of my life.

Cassidy Phillips
Swim Instuctor

Hi I'm Cassidy, I found my love of swimming at a young age and became a swim instructor in 2018. I am lucky to have such a rewarding job, teaching skills that last a life time. My favourite part of being a swim instructor is seeing how students improve and develop their skills over time and the excitement of meeting their goals.  

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Cherene Hand
Pool Operations, Media Manager, Squad Coach, Learn to Swim Instructor, Supervisor

Hi I'm Cherene, 

2021 will be my 19th year of teaching Learn to Swim and 16th year of Coaching with NS Swim School. 

But my swimming journey began long before that, crossing paths with Narelle as a swimmer, joining her squads as a teenager myself first at the famed "Forum-Collaroy" then Manly ABC and now NS Brookvale... Rumour has it I may be the longest "Squad Member/ Staff Member" at NS Swim School ! 

When not teaching or coaching, you will find me in a variety of other roles at NS Swim School - "Pool Operations", "Media Manager", "Deck Supervisor" or Mentoring our Teachers. 

My passion for swimming has led me to take on roles with Warringah Amateur Swim Association as well giving my time in an official capacity to various local school and regional swimming carnivals. 

"Swimming is 80% mental, 20% physical" and I look forward to sharing my passion for the art of swimming and water safety with you- Coach Cherene

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Deb Thom
Managment Team , Swim Instructor

Hi I'm Deb. I have been a Swim Instructor since 2010 specialising in Parent and Child lessons, both in Singapore and now in Australia for Narelle. I have worked at NS Swim School since 2015 and feel privileged to work at such a great school. If I’m not in the pool you can find me on the pool deck supervising or working in the office. I love to share my passion for the water with so many children and adults. I am lucy to have such a rewarding job!

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Greg Lewis

Hi I'm Greg!

You will find me in the office on Saturday morning ready to help with anything you need. Like my sister Kate, who is a coach at NS Swim School, I was part of Narelle’s learn to swim and swim squads on the Northern Beaches from a very young age.


Janet Crerar
Management Team & Squad Coach

Hi I'm Janet. I first found my love for swim teaching after the rewarding experience of watching my own 3 children learn to swim and develop into strong swimmers. I soon learnt that learning to swim is a skill for life. I then trained to be a swim teacher and squad coach through NS Swim School. I now have over 17 years experience in swim teaching and squad coaching and am now a member of the NS Swim School Administration Team.

Kai Graham
Swim Instructor & Squad Coach

Hi, I'm Kai. I started swimming from an early age as I’ve always loved being in the water. I have been swimming for 15 years and teaching for the last 2 years. Swimming has become my lifestyle, starting with formal lessons and swimming squad then eventually competing at regional and state levels. Being a swimming teacher is a rewarding experience for me. My teaching style would be best described as enthusiastic and engaging, always trying to get the best out of my students while being patient and considerate of their ability. 

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Karen Backhouse
Swim Instructor

Hi, I'm Karen. I have been swimming all my life and enjoy many water sports. In particular, synchronised swimming in which I still compete in Masters. I have been teaching for Narelle for many years, and still have great pleasure helping swimmers grow in confidence with their water skills and share in their happiness as they reach their goals.

Kelsey Crawford
Swim Instructor

Hi, I'm Kelsey. I've been in the water my whole life, swimming for 15 years and rowing competitively. I love team sports especially ones in the water. I love teaching and hope to coach one day. 

Lauren Caruana
Swim Instructor & Squad Coach

Hi, I'm Lauren. For me swimming is like walking, I don’t know when I started but I’ve always known it. I swam with Narelle when I was a school student. I graduated with a Bachelor of Communications (Journalism) in December 2017 and have since been lucky enough to travel around the world and swim in some amazing places. I love passing on my love of water to all the children I teach.  

Liz Osborne
Squad Coach & Deck Supervisor

Hi, I'm Liz. I have been working with the NS Swim School for over 12 years and have been involved with many levels of swimming from toddlers,  pre-schoolers, squads and nervous adults taking the plunge and trying to overcome their fear of the water, or simply improve their swimming technique. It’s great to see swimmers improve their technique through practice and hard work, and still be smiling at the end of the session. It is also very satisfying to know you are teaching a life skill, one that can have such a positive impact on peoples lives!

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Luke McLean
Swim Instructor

Hi, I'm Luke. I have been swimming since a baby and with NS Swim School for as long as I can remember. I swim in Narelle's Squads now and enjoy teaching younger kids to swim as part of the NS team. I am a triathlete so I swim train regularly at Manly Aquatic Centre and enjoy ocean swimming, usually with the Bold and Beautiful group in Manly. It's great to share my knowledge I have gained at NS with others and inspire them to enjoy the sport of swimming. 

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Meg Fry
Swim Instructor

Hi, I'm Meg. I was a squad swimmer at NS when I was younger. I love the water and love teaching kids to love it too!

Millie Stewart
Swim Instructor

Hi, I'm Millie. Swimming has always been part of my life and I have always have a passion for the water. Becoming a swim teacher has been extremely rewarding for me. I absolutely love teaching the kids, getting to know them and watch them grow and progress in their swimming. 

Ruth Hoekstra
Squad Coach, Deck Supervisor, Office Administrator

Hi I'm Ruth.

19years ago I was lucky enough to join a conversation about swim teaching.  My friend said 'We could do that' so we did becoming qualified Learn to Swim Instructors and began working for Narelle. Eventually expanding to include becoming a qualified coach too. 

Whether it be juniors, seniors or adults I love to see goals achieved, with pride and smiles on faces. 
When not coaching you can find me as one of the "Deck Supervisors" at NS Swim School. 

Sarah Murdoch
Swim Instructor

Hi I'm Sarah. After many years swimming myself with NS Swim School, I have followed in their footsteps and have become a Learn to Swim Instructor. 

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Sharon Kilpatrick
Management Team, Office Administrator

Hi , I'm Sharon. I have worked for NS Swim School for 7 years, firstly as an Instructor and the last 4 years in the office. My involvement with Narelle’s swim school began many years before I started working here, as my 4 children have all progressed their way through learn to swim to squad level. I really enjoy working in the office, as it allows me to meet all our families and see all those happy faces. Oh and of course, I can’t forget all the little hands I’ve stamped!

Shaun Kavanagh
Swim Instructor & Squad Coach

Hi I'm Shaun, I have been involved in swimming for a large part of my life. I started swim teaching while at high school and continued through to my early 20's. At the same time, I progressed from competitive swimming into semi-professional triathlons. While I don't race at the same level today I still enjoy training and staying fit.

I have recently returned to the learn to swim arena and look forward to being part of your children's swimming success ! 


Stella Brown
Swim Instructor

Hey, my name is Stella. Living on the beaches, swimming has always been a big part of my life! I have always been know as the water baby in my family. After swimming with NS Swim for years, it inspired me to become a teacher myself. I love working with kids and showing them if they put there mind to something they can achieve anything. 



Tash McKay
Swim Instructor

Hi , I'm Tash. I have spent pretty much my whole life either in the water or on top of it rowing. I come from a strong swimming family and have swum both competitively and for fun. I firmly believe teaching swimming is a life skill that everyone needs. I always bring a smile to my classes hoping to spread the love of water so every child can achieve their absolute best and love to swim. 

Viv Cresswell
Swim Instructor

Hi I'm Viv. My teaching expertise has been as a PDH/PE teacher. This led to me running water safety programmes for the Royal Life Saving Society. I am now a Life Saver at Dee Why SLSC,  training and assessing people for their Bronze Medallion. I like to surf my 9’ Longboard every day and I compete at the Australian Longboard Titles. Having been involved with water activities for many years, I believe it is so important that you become a competent swimmer. I love teaching little people to swim and giving them a skill for life.