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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Narelle Simpson



Amy Foodey
Swim Instructor

Hi I'm Amy, I have been a Swim Instructor at NS Swim School over the last few years. I left to pursue travel interests, having always had an keen interest in the beach, swimming and teaching. I returned in 2020 to continue my love of teaching. 

Angie Currie
Swim Instructor

Hi I'm Angie, having previously been a Swim Instructor at NS Swim School over the last few years, I left to pursue other interests. I have always had an keen interest in the beach, swimming and teaching so I am back in 2020. 

Brette Oberoi
Swim Instructor

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 now have a 9 year old daughter who shares my love of swimming in all of its forms. 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
Squad Coach, Swimming Instructor, Pool Operations, Media Manager

Hi I'm Cherene, Whether it is the pool or the ocean, I can always be found a stones throw front it. (Rumour has it i was baptized off the back of a surfboat at DY Point) 
My swim journey first began as a "Rockpool" swimmer age 6, which eventually led me to competitive pool and ocean swimming as i got older, joining Narelle's squad's, and i've never left haha.
Somewhere along the way, i combined my two loves.. swimming and being outdoors and became a Learn to Swim Instructor and eventually gaining my Coaching Licence as well.
2020 will mark my 18th year of teaching all ages from toddlers to masters. 
When i am not passing on my wisdom as i refine your swimming stroke and pushing you to be the best you can be or helping you discover you're own love for the art of swimming, you will find in admin or pool op's or poolside capturing that photo snap to post to our social media. 

"Swimming is 80% mental, 20% physical" and I look forward to sharing my passion 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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Kyra Thomas
Swim Instructor

Hi, I'm Kyra. I did swim lessons with NS Swim when I was younger. I am now lucky enough to be able to teach kids to swim which is a skill for life! Seeing them improve and their faces when they can do a new skill is so rewarding. 

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.

Kate Lewis
Swim Instructor & Squad Coach

Hi I'm Kate. My older brothers and I were part of Narelle’s learn to swim and swim squads on the Northern Beaches from a very young age. When I became a teenager, I wanted to teach younger children how much fun swimming can be, and 15 years later I still have a love for teaching and coaching all ages and abilities and working for Narelle.

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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. When returning to work post kids I was lucky enough to join a conversation about swim teaching.  My friend said 'We could do that' so we did. A couple of years later we decided to add Swim Coach to our qualifications. Whether it be juniors, seniors or adults I love to see goals achieved, with pride and smiles on faces. I will forever be sneaking down to the beach, pool or the TV to watch someone somewhere. Besides Narelle tells me getting up early keeps me young!

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. 

Tayla Walsh
Swim Instructor

Hi I'm Tayla

I was a water baby. I always wanted to be in the pool or the bath! If any of my friends had a pool party I was always the first one there and the last one to leave.

I might be a little older now but I still have the same passion for the water which is why I became a swim teacher so I could help others love and feel confident in the water.


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.

Trish Lewis

Trish's journey with NS Swim School began back in 1995, when her own 3 children began swimming lessons with Narelle at the Manly Swim Centre before moving into an office role that would take her from Manly onto our new home at Brookvale as the Manager. She was the friendly face at reception that greeted you all for the last 24 years at NS Swim School. We wish her all the best in her new found retirement in 2020. She will be visiting us in a poolside grandparent capacity now, make sure you say Hi. 

Sarah Elbert
Swim Instuctor (Relief)

Hi I'm Sarah. Since I started swimming lessons as a kid I have always loved water. The passion for water and particularly swimming made me become a competitive swimmer and later on a swim teacher and surf lifesaver. I think it is very rewarding to share my passion for water and see students progress and enjoy the water in a safe way. 
I will be working at NS Swim School in a Relief Capacity in 2020.

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Greg Tye
Swim Instructor (Relief)

Hi, I'm Greg. I am a keen swimmer, an ex-competition swimmer and water polo player, and I still compete with the Manly Masters Swim Club. I like to get the best out of the children no matter their swim level. I make my classes fun and I like to stretch the children to be the best they can be. I also teach adults to swim, as well as boys and girls with special needs. 

Erika Slaby
Swim Instructor (Relief)

Hi, I'm Erika. I am a qualified Early Years and Childhood teacher and have been involved in childcare for 20 years. My swim instructor qualifications include infant aquatics and teaching people with disabilities. I find teaching swimming very satisfying and rewarding. I love to watch the children grow in their confidence in the water.