Hayley Ryan


I am a Qualified Swimming Instructor – teaching swimming and water safety, infant aquatics and access and inclusion. I am also a qualified Austswim assessor and have been teaching in the aquatic industry since 2001. My background is in Early Learning management and have an Advanced Diploma in Early Childhood. I am driven by helping and watching children grow and learn with confidence.

I have worked at Little Fish Swim School since 2008 with the previous owners and took over ownership with my sister Jodie in April 2015.  I grew up around the water, living close to the beach, and was a swimmer myself. I have always had a passion for teaching children to enjoy the water and to learn to be safe and confident swimmers. I truly believe it is one of the most precious gifts you can teach your child.

What I love most about what I do: I thoroughly enjoy watching children of all ages develop confidence and enjoyment in the water. I love seeing the older children develop their strokes but really love seeing parents and babies bond during our infant classes and see young children grow their skills and become confident and safe in the water at such a young age. 

When I’m not in the pool you’ll find me: Enjoying spending time with my two young children, running around after them and doing motherly duties. If I have spare time you will find me somewhere close to the water with a nice coffee or catching up with friends.

My perfect weekend: Definitely an early morning trip to the beach with the kids – exploring the rock pools, collecting shells and of course swimming; followed by fish and chips for lunch before a relaxing arvo at home with a beer or two!


  • AUSTSWIM Assessor
  • AUSTSWIM Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety
  • AUSTSWIM Teacher of Infant and Preschool
  • AUSTSWIM Teacher of Aquatics Access and Inclusion
  • Advanced Diploma Early Childhood
  • First Aid and CPR
  • Blue Card