Our Staff

The team at Little Fish Swim School are here to help you and your child achieve successful outcomes in and around the water. Our fully qualified and accredited teachers come with many years experience and have a passion for helping each and every child develop confidence and the skills to enjoy the water. 

Hayley Ryan

Manager/Instructor

I am a Qualified Swimming Instructor, teaching swimming and water safety and infant aquatics. I am also a qualified Austswim assessor and have 14 years experience teaching in the aquatic industry. I have a background in management within the Early Learning sector and am driven by helping and watching children grow and learn with confidence.

I have had the pleasure of working at LFSS since 2008 and took over ownership of the business with my sister Jodie in April 2015. I grew up around the water being a swimmer myself for many years and lived close to the beach. 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 with so much fun and enjoyment to be had in the water.  

Jodie Aczel

Owner/Director

I took over Little Fish Swim School with my sister, Hayley, in April 2015. I love the business and enjoy being able to provide such an important service to local families. I'm passionate about Little Fish and our wonderful team of Instructors. It's wonderful seeing children build a relationship with their teacher and gain confidence in the water, understand water safety and develop their swimming. 

I'm Bachelor qualified and my background is as a Marketing Manager and Consultant in the tourism industry and small business. I've got 2 children who attend school locally and have lived around the area for most of my life. My main role is to ensure our customers are happy, children are progressing and overall management of the business. I have my AUSTSWIM Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety so you might see me teaching when we have staff away.

When I’m not in the office you’ll find me: 
Driving the kids around – isn’t that what mums are for! Seriously though, I do love doing stuff with my children and when I do get a moment to myself I enjoy going to the gym, sewing or reading. 
My perfect weekend:
I love going up the coast and spending the morning at the beach with my family. Followed by a nice lunch out and maybe a glass of wine to top off the afternoon! 
My family:
My husband Steve who helps a lot around the property and my children – Cohen and Macy. 
Qualifications:

  • AUSTSWIM Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety
  • CPR and First Aid
  • Blue Card Working with Children QLD

 

Shinead Hailstone

Swimming Instructor

I have been a Learn to Swim Teacher since 2014 and am also qualified to teach babies and toddlers. I am passionate about my job and love going to work every day. I am passionate with what I teach each week to ensure the kids in my class are learning and progressing their skills. I love watching the kids grow with confidence and their skills each week as they become great little swimmers. I am a big believer in Learn to Swim for all ages and abilities.

When I’m not in the pool you’ll find me:
Going to the football or watching football, being outdoors 
My perfect weekend:
Spending the whole weekend on a cruise – I can only dream! 
My family:
I live locally with my mum, sister Kiera, who is also an Instructor, and my cat Lilly. I visit my dad in Newcastle regularly. 
Qualifications:

  • Swim Australia - Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety
  • Swim Australia - Teacher of Babies and Toddlers
  • Swim Australia - Teacher of Learners with a Disability
  • CPR
  • Blue Card Working with Children QLD

Lisa Beaven

Swimming Instructor
 

I’ve had a passion for sports and swimming since I was young and enjoyed being a Swimming Teacher years ago while my children were little. I got back into the industry in 2015 and have worked at Little Fish Swim School since April 2016. The thing I love the most about what I do is giving children the confidence to enjoy the water and learn to swim and seeing the kids try so hard. I love the big smiles and the high fives at the end of the lessons too.

When I’m not in the pool you’ll find me: playing sports – basketball, bowling and softball; just to name a few
My perfect weekend: spending time with family and friends having a few drinks and a BBQ, and most of all I love going camping, especially to Moreton Island
My family: 3 kids that are all grown up
Qualifications:
  • AUSTSWIM Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety
  • AUSTSWIM Teacher of Infant and Preschool Aquatics
  • AUSTSWIM Teacher of Aquatics - Access and Inclusion (Disabilities)
 

Taya Pirlo

Swimming Instructor

I've been a learn to swim and squad teacher since 2015 when I gained my AUSTSWIM qualification. I have always loved the water and was a competitive swimmer as a child. I have now moved on to competitive horse riding but I still like to incorporate my love of the water into my life. I enjoy teaching children how to be safe and calm around the water. I find comfort in knowing that in the event of an accident around the water, the children I have taught would know how to remain safe.     

When I’m not in the pool you’ll find me: Studying for my Bachelor of Paramedic Science degree or riding my horse
My Perfect Weekend: At the beach with my puppy, my family and some biscuits and cheese
My Family: Along with my mum, dad and horse, Muddy, I also have my own little family consisting of myself, my partner and our new puppy cattle dog, Koda
Qualifications:

  • AUSTSWIM Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety

 

Mair Skelton

Swimming Instructor

I've been in the industry for 20 years, working in South Africa, England and Australia. When I had my son I didn't want to go back into full time employment so got into the industry. Every day is different in this job and watching the children get excited when they realise they can achieve and build confidence learning new skills is so rewarding. It is rewarding being a part of a child’s life to make a difference in their swimming and water safety skills.

When I’m not in the pool you’ll find me: At the beach or walking in the forest
My perfect weekend: Being outdoors either on my bicycle, pottering in the garden, walking in forests or going to the beach, love SUP.
My family: Married with one child who is 25 yrs

Qualifications:

  • AUSTSWIM Assessor
  • AUSTSWIM Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety
  • AUSTSWIM Teacher of Infant and Preschool
  • AUSTSWIM Teacher of Aquatics Access and Inclusion
  • Training towards AUSTSWIM Presenter
  • Aqua Aerobic
  • Cert 4 in Training and Assessing
  • CPR and First Aid
  • Blue Card Working with Children QLD

Bubbles and Rocket

Chief Lawn Mowers

You'll see our two resident lawn mowers out in the paddock when you come and visit the swim school. Bubbles and Rocket are Lowline cows that are a great breed as they are friendly, dosile and don't grow too big. These guys are very friendly so go over to the fence and say hi but remember to keep behind the fence and only pat them gently. Bubbles is the shorter of the two and Rocket is the one with the tag in his ear. They are both around 1 year old and came from different farms near Dayboro. 

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