Meet Our Team

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MIKE ELLIOTT

Founder & Director - Responsable for teaching & swim programme

Mike is the founder of Red Whale Swim School and a swim teacher. He grew up in Australia but has lived in greater Geneva since 2003. He has three kids who keep him on his toes and teaching them to swim was the inspiration behind Red Whale.

 

He is a strong advocate of children learning to swim from a young age.

Certifications: 

BLS/AED & Base pool & Pool Plus (Switzerland)

STA International Baby and Pre-School Teacher

STA International Swimming Teacher

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ZUZANNA

Branch Manager Geneva  & Swim teacher

Zuzanna is Clio & Mike's right hand and is responsible for our pool in Geneva-Bellevue.

 

She deals with all the registrations, emails, teacher planning & training.

 

She was born and grew up in Poland. She has been a certified swimming teacher since 2014 and she specialises in working with toddlers and babies.

She loves to admire her pupils’ progress. She cannot imagine her life without teaching how to swim

Certifications:

First Aid and CPR (Poland)

STA International Baby and Pre-School Teacher

STA International Swimming Teacher

BLS/AED - SCR (Switzerland)

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CLIO ELLIOTT

Founder & Director - Responsible for client relations, planning, HR & Communication

Clio is Mike's wife and takes care of everything that is not related to teaching. She has three children, a dog and loves to swim (when she has time).

She loves to teach very young babies and to reassure moms who come for the first time in the water 

 

Certifications:

First Aid and CPR (Switzerland)

STA International Baby and Pre-School Teacher

STA International Swimming Teacher

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CLEMENT

Branch Manager Lausanne & Swim Teacher - Geneva 

Clément is Clio & Mike's right hand and is responsible for our pool in Lausanne.

 

He has a French background but grew up in the United States, where he swam competitively for 15 years reaching a university and national level. 

 

He has been teaching and coaching swimming for 8 years in the US, New Zealand and Switzerland where he has been able to lead both competitive teams and learn to swim programs. 

 

He loves to help kids progress and gain confidence in themselves to be able to enjoy the water as much as he has throughout his life.

Certifications:

BLS/AED & Base pool & Pool Plus (Switzerland)

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ADRIAN

Swim Teacher - Geneva & Lausanne

Adrian was born in Romania, and trained as a footballer in high school.

He worked as a swimming and physical education teacher in Romania and as a swimming teacher in London. 

 

He has been living in Switzerland since September 2019. Now the Swiss mountains make him feel at home.

Certifications:

BLS/AED & Base pool (Switzerland)

STA International Baby and Pre-School Teacher

STA International Swimming Teacher

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DANAE

Swim Teacher - Geneva & Lausanne

Born to be a mermaid  - As my father told me.

 

Danae was a synchronised swimmer for over a decade, starting at only 7 years old! She then started diving and was a diver for 20 years in Asia.

 

She arrived in Switzerland in 2003 arrived and became a baby swim teacher.

 

Water is her element and her patience and kindness in unbeatable!

Certifications: 

BLS/AED & Base pool & Pool Plus (Switzerland)

STA International Baby and Pre-School Teacher

STA International Swimming Teacher

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ARIANE

Swim Teacher - Geneva & Lausanne

Aquaphobic until the age of 6, Ariane later competed in the Swiss Swimming Championships with breaststroke. She has been a passionate teacher since the age of 18 and she loves to share her joy of being in the water. Ariane is a mom to 3 adult children. Her moto in life is: everything is possible!

Certifications: 

Aquagym, aquaphobia, BLS/AED & Base pool & Pool Plus (Switzerland)

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AURANE

Swim Teacher - Lausanne

Aurane is a student at the University of Neuchâtel in logopedics and educational psychology and has grown up Switzerland. She has always loved water and is a swimmer as well as a diver; she particularly enjoys that her work allows her to share her knowledge, meet people and be in her element.

 

Certifications:

BLS/AED & Base pool & Pool Plus (Switzerland)

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GIUSEPPE

Swim Teacher - Geneva & Lausanne

Giuseppe was born in South Africa to Italian parents, and discovered his passion for sports early on. 

He likes to discover other forms of fitness, such as aquagym, aquabike, pilates etc.

Certifications: 

Bpjeps AGFF & Bpjeps AAN certificates,

ENF 1, 2, 3 (French Swimming)

BLS/AED & Base pool & Pool Plus (Switzerland) & Module lac. 

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NAYA (Nayyereh)

Swim Teacher - Geneva & Lausanne

Naya was born in Iran. She bgan to swim at a very young age and reached the university swim team. She also played waterpolo at a high level. She became a swim teacher at 18 years old firstly in Iran, then in Turkey and now in Switzerland.

Sport is her passion and water is my second home.

Certificates:

swim teacher/referee/Lifeguard in Iran.

Lifeguard certificate in İstanbul. 

STA International Swimming Teacher.

BLS/AED & Base pool (Switzerland) 

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NOEMIE

Swim Teacher - Geneva

Born in France, Noémie loves sport and nature. She has been passionate about swimming since she was a child and was a competitive swimmer for over 10 years. This is why she decided to become a swimming teacher. Noémie is also a runner and has obtained the title of French Cross-Country Champion in 2010. 
She is now happy to pass on her love of swimming as a swimming  teacher. 
She has a sunny and friendly nature and has a very good feeling with children.

Certificates:

Bpjeps AAN (France)

BLS/AED &  base pool & Plus Pool (Switzerland) 

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LOUISE

Swim Teacher & Greeter - Geneva

Louise was born in France and she grew up for 10 years in the US where she has learnt to swim in a similar style as the one Red Whale uses. She is studying a master's degree in clinical psychology.

Being a swimmer for 15 years, she loves to share her love for the water. She is convinced that swimming is the best prevention for physical and mental illnesses.

Her goal is to share the love for swimming in a wellbeing environment.

Certifications: 

BLS/AED & Base pool & Pool Plus (Switzerland)

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ALIX

Swim Teacher - Geneva & Lausanne

Alix is a former high level swimmer in the club of Massy Natation, and has participated many times in the French swimming championships.
He has been a trainer for 7 years now and loves to share his passion and knowledge.

Certificates:

BNSSA/PSE1 (France)

BLS/AED &  base pool & Plus Pool (Switzerland) 

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KARL

Swim Teacher - Geneva & Lausanne

Born in France, in love with the aquatic fauna and flora and coming from a family of underwater divers, Karl was a swimmer in a swimming club during his childhood. This naturally led him to the profession of swimming teacher which he practises with passion.
In his teens, he switched to freestyle skiing at a high level for over 10 years. He spends his winters as an avalanche rescue worker and avalanche dog handler with his faithful companion Eko. 
Dynamic, patient and a good listener, he is also very comfortable with children and adults.

Certificates:

Bpjeps AAN (France)

BLS/AED &  base pool & Plus Pool (Switzerland) 

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ANNOUK

Swim Teacher & Greeter - Geneva

Annouk grew up near Zürich and is doing her Bachelors at the university of Geneva at the moment.

Her love of sport began already early in her life, when she tried many different types of sports, such as gymnastics, dance, horseback riding and of course swimming.

She has been a gymnastics coach and a swim teacher assistant in her hometown for several years and at the Red Whale swim school since summer 2021. 

Certification:

BLS/AED & Base pool & Pool Plus (Switzerland)

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CARINE

Swim Teacher - Lausanne

Carine is French and she studies at the University of Lausanne. The water has always been her element. She started swimming at a very young age, doing baby swimmers, and ended up swimming competitively for eight years, including two years in "sport-study". . She hopes to pass on her passion for swimming.

 

Certifications: BNSSA &  BLS/AED & Base pool & Pool Plus (Switzerland)

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ARLENE

Swim Teacher - Lausanne

Arlène started swimming at 3 months old because it was my mum's job. She continued swimming and even became a competition swimmer. 
Teaching is something I'm passionate about, I'm studying at the Haute Ecole Pédagogique in Lausanne.

Certification:

BLS/AED & Base pool & Pool Plus (Switzerland)

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AMANDINE

Swim Teacher & Greeter - Geneva

Amandine (or Dina) grew up in France in a very sporty family (gym, horse riding, triathlon and swimming). 

She loves children and she used to supervise the training of young children (3-6 years old) in her triathlon club, always making it a point of honour that her classes take place in a joyful and good mood. 

Recently she became a mother and her desire to pass on her love for the aquatic environment has increased. She therefore strives to make her classes fun, safe and enjoyable for both parents and children. 

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RAMZI

Swim Teacher - Geneva

Ramzi is passionate about water sports. He has been swimming since the age of 9 in a club and has chosen to make this passion his profession. He has been teaching swimming for more than 15 years in France, Switzerland and in the Middle East in recent years. He returned to the Geneva area to be with his family after several years of expatriation.

Certification:

BLS/AED & Base pool & Pool Plus (Switzerland)

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CYRIL

Swim Teacher - Geneva

Cyril is French, the father of two little girls and a sports enthusiast. He has loved swimming since he was very young. Enthusiastic and teasing, he is committed to giving you a good time during the lessons.

Certification:

BLS/AED & Base pool & Pool Plus (Switzerland)

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AMANDA

Swim Teacher & Greeter - Geneva

Amanda is Spanish and is doing her Master's degree in specialised translation in Geneva. She grew up near Madrid and her passion for water began at the age of 4, when she started taking swimming lessons until her late teens. She has also taken part in tennis, judo, dance and horse riding. Amanda enjoys working with children and has experience as a camp counsellor in the US and UK. She is delighted to be able to help children learn to swim while having fun.

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EILISH

Greeter - Geneva

Eilish has been living in Switzerland since she was 8 years old. She is currently studying for a Masters in Law at the University of Geneva, specialising in International and European law. Her interests are tennis, netball, golf and skiing. She comes from a long line of Liverpool football fans ! However, Servette FC is now also her local football team ! 

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LOUIS

Swim Teacher - Lausanne

Louis has grown up in Polynesia, where water was always part of his life. He did a lot of scuba diving but swimming always was his favorite sport. He stopped competitive training during the pandemic but he hopes to be back soon, and would love to try some open water races. In the meantime, he hopes to share my enthusiasm with the less comfortable swimmers !

BLS/AED &  base pool & Plus Pool (Switzerland) 

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TABITHA

Swim Teacher & Greeter - Geneva

Tabitha is a fun and loving mum of 2. She is Australian, but has lived in Geneva for many years. As a Swim Teacher, she hopes to help children not only learn how to swim but to enjoy it too.

Tabitha is certified in Swim Teaching and Safety award for teachers & Baby and preschool Award (STA, UK)  as well as the First Aid and CPR certificate (Switzerland).

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TANYA

Greeter - Geneva

Tanya was born and raised in wales and worked for her parents hotel business for most of her adult life. She gained her qualifications in hospitality and business studies, and additionally studied to become a holistic therapist mainly concentrating on massage and reflexology. She was able to practice this at the spa were her family business is. 

Since 8 years she has been living and working  in Switzerland in an international school as a qualified additional support assistant. Along side working at the school she has a small holistic business. 

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CARLA

Swim Teacher & Greeter - Geneva

Carla grew up in France and took swimming lessons throughout her childhood, which helped her overcome her fear of water.
She is now studying medicine in Geneva. Being confident in water from a young age is essential for children's safety and is an excellent way to stimulate and refine their psychomotor development.
Coming from a large family, it is with pleasure and naturalness that she works with the children.  
She looks forward to seeing their progress and hopes to pass on her love of water to them.

Certification:

BLS/AED & Base pool  (Switzerland)

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CHLOE

Swim Teacher & Greeter - Geneva

Chloe is an American born in France. She has been swimming since she was six years old learning in the Dutch system while she was living there. In high school Chloe also taught swimming to children in a system very similar to Red Whale's, making this the perfect environment to get back into her passion!

She is looking forward to helping children in Geneva love water as much as she does, and ultimately gain confidence and be comfortable in the water.

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EMMANUEL

Swim Teacher - Geneva

Emmanuel was born in France and has two children aged 12 and 14. 

Passionate about water sports, he was a water-polo player participating in the military world games in 1995, then coach for nearly 15 years with missions as assistant coach for the French youth teams.

In Geneva since 2016, he has animated and developed aquabike in many structures, while continuing to teach swimming for all audiences and especially children.

Convinced by the benefits of water at any age, he is concerned about the development of the child in the practice of swimming from an early age.


Certifications :

BLS/AED & Pro pool (SUI)
ESA Adult Sports (SUI)
BEES 2° Activités aquatiques (FRA)
Instructor aquabike & aquagym 

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VIKTORIA

Swim Teacher - Geneva & Lausanne

Viktoria is a student and former top level Swiss swimmer who has decided to share her passion and knowledge of the sport with youngsters as an instructor for the past 3 years. 
She is eager to get to know the children and see them progress through fun and educational lessons.

Certification:

BLS/AED & Base pool & Pool Plus (Switzerland)

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HELENE

Swim Teacher & Greeter - Geneva

Hélène is a student in Geneva. Since she was a child, she has loved nature, animals and discovering new sports. As the youngest of a large family, she had to adapt very quickly to the rhythm of her elders. At the age of 16, she spent a year in the United States as a bilingual exchange student. During this trip, she discovered the discipline of swimming and competitions. She wants to pass on the pleasure of discovering swimming to children.

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EMMA

Swim Teacher - Lausanne

Emma has been living in Switzerland for her studies at EHL since 2019. She is a former top level French artistic swimmer and has flourished in this discipline for 10 years, going from swimmer to coach at beginner and espoir levels. She enjoys teaching and passing on her passion for water to children.

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MELINA

Swim Teacher - Lausanne

Mélina arrived in Switzerland in 2018 and is doing her master's degree at EPFL. Her school taught her to swim when she was 6 years old, and she later joined a swimming club. Since then, she has been swimming as a hobby and has also tried other water sports like diving, surfing, or bodyboarding.

She looks forward to helping children become more comfortable in the water.

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ANOUAR

Swim Teacher - Geneva

Anouar has lived in France since he was 16 years old. Learning to swim at 22, he discovered the passion of the aquatic environment with all its diversity, hence his desire to teach children to swim.

Also a volunteer fireman in France for 3 years, he has been teaching swimming lessons to adults and children for more than 10 years, as well as all aquatic activities (aquagym, aqua bike, baby in the water, aqua fitness, etc). 

Certificates:

BNSSA and BPJEPS AAN AAN (France)

BLS/AED &  base pool & Plus Pool (Switzerland)