SWIM Schools Australia Advisory Committee

SWIM Schools Australia the original (from 1997) peak body for Swim School operators has an elected SWIM Schools Australia Advisory Committee.

The key aims of the SWIM Schools Australia Advisory Committee will be to

  • The development of strategies to represent the best interests for the Swim School members
  • To have input into SWIM Schools Australia Education courses and opportunities to build the swim teacher skills and management skills throughout Australia.
  • Mentor and provide advice and advocacy for Swim School Members.
  • Provide leadership and representation to Swim Schools regarding industry best practice for Swim School development pathways and initiatives.
  • Provide Expert recommendations to the industry and SWIM Schools Australia staff.
  • Provide input into other areas of expertise that will provide added value to the Swim Schools Membership of SWIM Schools Australia
  • Collectively the committee brings a wealth of knowledge and experience as representatives of Swim Schools and the aquatic industry.

    Gary Toner Chief Executive, SWIM Schools Australia expressed " this is an exciting time for SWIM Schools Australia, being part of the process of the first advisory committee for SWIM Schools Australia with such outstanding individuals. We all look forward to ensuring the highest quality of representation for Swim Schools around Australia and the World. With many topics on the table for Learn to Swim and Water Safety, the next 12 months will be a great opportunity for member input into the industry."

    To support the committee are the newly formed ACE's groups (Aquatic Community Experts) with over 25 industry and Swim Schools who will provide input in their specialty areas such as disability, inclusion, business, tots, small swim schools and others.

    The SWIM Schools Australia Advisory Committee held its inaugural meeting September 21st 2015 to outline its strategic plan for its 600 plus Swim School members.


    Gary Toner Executive Officer
    Gary Toner returned to Australia in 2016 to take up the leadership role of Executive Officer, SWIM Schools Australia after a successful career in aquatics in both Australia and the USA. Gary has been involved in swimming at all levels for over 35 years and was certified by Austswim in 1980 as a Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety. Gary went on to manage Swim Schools in Australia and the USA. Gary during his tenure in the USA managed various facilities of all sizes, providing services that included swim lessons, coaches, lifeguards, facility maintenance, construction and repair, and chemical delivery. Gary sat on the Cincinnati Red Cross Water Safety Committee for 10 years and was Chairman for 3 years. Also during his time in the USA Gary was on the board of directors for Kentucky / Ohio American Pool and Spa Association. Gary is a member of SWIM Coaches and Teachers Australia

    Debby Tattoli

    5 Star Swim Schools

    An accomplished and driven professional, Debby has a passion for all things swimming. As a business owner, head coach, active teacher and course presenter Debby has expertise across a broad range of Aquatic Industry issues.


    Narelle Simpson

    NS Swim School, NSW

    Narelle has been involved in the Aquatic Industry for over 37 years. Narelle has been a NSW Institute Coach for 7 years and over the past 6 years coached Olympic swimmers and major Australian teams. She is passionate about teaching swimming and water safety education.


    Simon Watkins

    Director of Swimming, MLC School, NSW.

    Simon comes from Wales where he had managed Swim Schools and was Swimming Development Office for wales before moving to Australia. Simon writes a regular journal article on Swimming for the SWIM Coaches and Teachers Australia Journal.


    Nancy Shaw

    Owner Holsworthy Aquatic Swim School, NSW.

    Nancy has been a member of SWIM Schools Australia since 1997, presented at numerous conferences and part of many special interest groups. Nancy has been heavily involved with the Fitness Industry Award input for Swim Schools and an advocate for the industry.