Meet Our Team

Kathy

Swim Teacher

Fitness and sport are Kathy's passion and have become a big part of her life since moving to Switzerland. She is originally from Australia, but fell in love with Switzerland and a like-minded German, whom she met on a local mountain top. Growing up with parents involved in Surf lifesaving, she has always been on and in the water. Kathy is a mother herself and has been enjoying teaching her 3 yr old swimming and many other sports since he was a few weeks old. When not in the water, Kathy can be seen out on a Stand-up-Paddle board, or on cross-country skis in the winter.

 

 

Swim Teaching: 

  •  Award in Swim Teaching (STA, UK) 

  • Baby and preschool Award (STA, UK) 

                                 

Safety:

  • Safety award for teachers (STA, UK)

  • First Aid and CPR certificate 

Benoit

Swim Teacher

Benoit is a lively and enrergetic 28 year old from Tasmania, Australia. Benoit's father is a Geneva native, and he has decided to try the European lifestyle, moving to Geneva at the start of 2018.

Benoit has a nursing background,  working in emergency paediatrics.  He is a big advocate for child preventative health, and water safety. 

Despite the very French name and the Swiss heritage, Benoit's French language skills still need some fine tuning. So please feel to laugh and help correct his pronunciation! 

  

Qualifications:

  

Swim Teaching: 

  • Award in Swim Teaching (STA, UK)

  • Baby and Preschool Award (STA, UK)​

 

 Safety:

  •  Advanced life support level 2 (AUS)

  •  Resuscitation for kids certificate (AUS)

  •  Safeguarding Children

  •  Safety award for teacher 

 

 Additional: 

  • Bachelor of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Tasmania. Graduated 2012

Georgina

Swim Teacher

Georgina is a caring and enthusiastic 26 year old Australian who has recently moved to Geneva. She loves the water and uses any excuse she can to get in and play. She is an avid SCUBA diver and has had the opportunity to dive in many different amazing dive sites around the world. She has lived by the water as long as she can remember and was swimming before she could walk. In Australia she is a Registered Paediatric Emergency Nurse. She loves  working alongside children and their families, to make a sometimes  scary experience a fun and positive one. 

 

Qualifications:

Teaching:

  • Award in Swim Teaching (STA, UK)

  •  Baby and preschool Award (STA, UK)​

 

Safety:

  • Advanced Life Support (ALS) Level 2 certification

  • Resuscitation for Kids Certification

  • Resuscitation Procedure Nurse Package

  • Basic Life Support Certification

  • Oxygen Provider Certification

  • First Aid Certificate

Additional:

  • Bachelor of Nursing and Midwifery

Laura

Swim Teacher

Laura is a sweet and funny 23 years old Spanish teacher. She has been swimming since she was a little, always going  under the water as soon as she could.

She is also a Paedriatic nutritionist focused on teaching  children  the importance of a balanced diet.  She loves working with children as she says “they are our future!”.

Qualifications:

  • Baby and preschool Award (STA, UK)

  • Award in Swim Teaching (STA, UK)

 

Safety:

  • STA Level 2 Award in Safety Award for Teachers

  • Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults

 

Additional:

  • Master Degree in Paediatric Nutrition

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics

  • Diploma in Nutritional Coaching

  • Diploma in Mindfulness

Tabitha

Swim Teacher

Tabitha is a fun, loving Mum of 2 children, aged 7 and 4. She is originally from Australia, but fell in love with a Swiss man and has lived in Geneva for many years. She has always loved being in the water but since having children, has realized more, the importance of learning to swim, hence her passion for being a Swim Teacher. She hopes to influence and educate many children so they too can learn to not only Swim but to love it too.

Qualifications:

 

Swim Teaching: 

  •  Award in Swim Teaching (STA, UK) 

  • Baby and preschool Award (STA, UK) 

                                 

Safety:

  • Safety award for teachers (STA, UK)

  • First Aid and CPR  certificate (Health first, Switzerland)

Michael Elliott

 Director & Swim Teacher 

Mike is the director and  founder of Red Whale Swim School, but most importantly, he is also a  teacher. He grew up in Brisbane, Australia and has lived in the Geneva area for many years. He is married with  3 young children (8,4 and 2)  He is a strong advocate of children learning to swim at a  young age in an environment that children  are comfortable in. While many learn to swim teachers move up to coaching competitive swimming, Mike went the other direction and specialised in the teaching of babies and toddlers.  He is a terrible singer, so relies on the parents to bring the many children's songs into tune. 

 

 Qualifications:

Swim Teaching: 

  •  Award in Swim Teaching (STA, UK) 

  • Learn to Swim teaching certificate  (Austswim, Australia

  • Baby and preschool Award (STA, UK) 

  • Babies and Infants certificate (Austswim, Australia) 

                                 

Safety:

  • Safety award for teachers (STA, UK)

  • First Aid and CPR  certificate (Health first, Switzerland) 

  • Safeguarding children certificate (UK) 

Elise

Administrative Officer

Elise is currently working on all things Admin at Red Whale. She is on the other end of your emails and bookings with Red Whale, and is working to make sure everything runs smoothly while our swimming teachers focus on your lessons!

Swim instructors!

The Red Whale Team is looking forward to welcoming you in the pool! 

To contact us please use the email corresponding to the school your would like to attend: 

geneva@redwhale.ch

lausanne@redwhale.ch

montreux@redwhale.ch