Our people at Patumahoe

Emma - Fulton Swim School Teacher



My name is Emma. I started teaching in 2019. I’ve been travelling to America, UK and Europe working at Camp America as an American Red Cross Lifeguard. Which was one amazing adventure. Growing up, I attended Patumahoe Primary School and learn to swim here at Fulton Swim School for a few years as well.

I believe that it’s super important for all Kiwi kids to learn to love the water and swim competently. In my spare time I love to dance and have been dancing for 15 years and have taught for 4 years. Working with children is so rewarding and something I’ve always thoroughly enjoyed. I can’t wait to meet you all this year so feel free to come say hi!

Ria  - Fulton Swim School Teacher


NZSCTA Rookie Swim Coach of the Year 2015

Hi! 😊

I started teaching swimming in 1999 from babies through to adults. I used to be a competitive swimmer back in the Philippines for 8 years. I have been with Fulton Swim School since 2012 and I just love it.

I am a qualified AUSTSWIM Teacher for Swimming and Water Safety, for Infant and Preschool Aquatics, and also an AUSTSWIM Assessor for Swimming and Water Safety.

Teaching swimming is my passion, I believe that swimming is a life skill everyone needs to learn, to be safe and have fun in the water. Outside of work, I love spending time with my son, family and friends.

Adrienne - Fulton Swim School Teacher


Hey there,

I’m Adrienne. I believe swimming is a vital skill that everyone living in New Zealand should learn. As a child, I was put in swimming lessons from a young age here at this very swim school and flourished in this close knit environment. I progressed through all the levels and then moved onto swimming for both Pukekohe Swim Club and Onewhero Swim Club where my love for the sport grew even more.

Outside of swimming, I am entering my last year at Onewhero Area School and hope to study medical imaging at Auckland University in the near future. My hobbies include water skiing, netball and hiking. I look forward to meeting everyone and passing on my knowledge of swimming to the next generation of young swimmers.

Anna - Fulton Swim School Teacher


Hiya! My name is Anna and I started training to become a swim teacher at the end of November 2020 and teaching at the beginning of February 2021. As a child I loved to swim whenever I got the chance and never passed it up.

Outside of teaching I have a passion for music, I played the saxophone in my schools bands for 5 years and even did a music tour to Argentina. I love to spend as much time as possible with my friends and family.

I’m excited to help kids learn to swim as it’s a vital life skill that they will need and being the person to help them achieve it will feel so rewarding. So hopefully I will see you in the pool!

Alix - Fulton Swim School Teacher


Hi my name is Alix, I have been in and around water for many years and think swimming is a life skill everyone should learn. I have been swimming since a very young age including with Fulton swim school. I look forward to seeing you at the pool.

Amber - Fulton Swim School Teacher


Hi Guys!

My name is Amber. Growing up having most of my family living in the Coromandel swimming was a pretty essential skill, so I started swimming lessons at a young age, including swimming with Fulton Swim School for a few years as well.

Teaching children is something I have come to love. In the last several years I have taught Karate in the same dojo which I have trained in since I was seven and I enjoy passing on the knowledge that was passed on to me.

I look forward to seeing you guys in the pool and helping you with your swimming journey!

Amberleigh - Fulton Swim School Teacher


Hi there!! I’m Amberleigh and I’ve been swimming since before I could walk. I have a passion for surfing and the ocean and I believe that swimming should be a skill that everybody in New Zealand has. Currently I am at university for a bachelors in education with the goal of becoming a primary school teacher. I can’t wait to see you and your little ones in the water.

Brianna - Fulton Swim School Teacher


Hi all!

My name is Brianna. I grew up swimming every summer right from the age of 5 until I was 17 and love everything about it, making it into my clubs senior swim squad. Living in a small island country, such as New Zealand, where water is only ever a few steps away, I understand the importance of educating our children about safety in and around the water.

In my spare time I love to dance, draw or paint, and act, having a strong involvement in theatre groups and my dance studio. I am also part of a charity dance crew that performs at fundraisers and retirement villages in the Franklin area. This crew has a wide age range, meaning I get to work with children of all ages, which is something I find super rewarding. Feel free to come over and say hello to me anytime.

Carly - Fulton Swim School Teacher


Hello, my name is Carly. I grew up around the water with boating, scuba diving and a home pool.

In my spare time I love to go camping, kayaking and other outdoor activities with my two young daughters in tow!

I believe that swimming is a vital skill for all New Zealanders to learn so they can be confident and safe in, on and around the water.

Having previous coaching experience in other sports I hope to provide the best tuition I can to your kids in this new endeavour

Erica - Fulton Swim School Teacher


Hey everyone!!

My name is Erica, I started swimming before I could walk and I took
lessons at Fulton Swim School. I have completed all the levels, all
through squads and continue to swim for fun in my own time.

I currently attend Waiuku College and have been a dance teacher for
3 years. In my spare time I love spending time with my family and
friends, as well as competitively dancing and of course the beach!

I love to swim, and am really passionate about teaching children,
watching them grow and learn new things. Swimming is such an important
life skill and I am so excited to be helping others enjoy it just as
much as I do. I can’t wait to see what 2021 brings as I start another
chapter as a swim teacher!

See you at the pool :)

Erin - Fulton Swim School Teacher



My name is Erin and I'm super excited to be teaching at the place I learnt to swim. I first started lessons at Fulton back when it was just starting out and grew up with the swim school. My parents put me in the water from a young age and I've always loved it. I also was an original FAST swimmer and saw the club grow. I swam competitively for 10 years with FAST and Pukekohe swim club. The water is a massive part of my life and is my home. I'm also a surf lifeguard so my life revolves around swimming and water. It's also shown me just how important it is to learn the skills and be safe around the water.
I think it's super important to be able to swim and a massive part of NZ is in and around the water. I love working with kids and giving back to the place that sparked my passion for swimming and gave me so much. I'm really passionate about giving back and helping children achieve goals and spark a love for a sport I love myself. I have lived in Africa teaching English and am a volunteer as a swim teacher at IHC Special Olympics teaching disabled children and adults how to swim. My biggest motto comes from my mum and it's that I was given a gift and it's my job in life to give that gift back and I believe swimming is part of my gift. Can't wait to meet you all in the pool, feel free to come over and say hi :))

LC - Fulton Swim School Teacher



I'm LC, I was born and grew up in Manila, Philippines. I started swimming at the age of 9 and the following year I went on to represent the Philippine Swim Team competing in various local and international competitions.

By the age of 17, I was a member of the Philippine National Triathlon Team participating in International Triathlon Union (ITU) circuits and several 70.3 races in Asia and Europe. In the nine-year period that I was a member of the team, I had gathered several continental championships and made my way to the Top 10 in Asia.

Realizing how far sports has fueled my passion it has encouraged me to give back. In 2012, I started coaching students of all ages from different backgrounds. My experience ranges from teaching young children to learn how to swim, to adults who want a lifestyle change, and also competitive athletes (both swimmers and triathletes). I am excited to pass on my skills, knowledge, and experience to those who share the same passion.

Leon - Fulton Swim School Teacher


Hello my name is Leon, I have been swimming with Fulton Swim School since I was four years old, and now compete at a national level, competing at both indoor and open water events.

I too started off swimming in our Rugrats level at the shallow end of the Patumahoe pool, and now consider myself both honored and privileged to call myself a part time coach here. I am always open for a chat, and I look forward to seeing you all poolside!

Mary - Fulton Swim School Teacher



My name is Mary. I have been swimming since I can remember and this is a skill I believe is vital for children here in Aotearoa. Since having children myself, I have seen first hand the difference of having confidence in the water and knowledge around water safety makes. That is why I am excited to be working here at Fulton Swim School where we help the kids excel at both.

In my spare time I enjoy anything outdoors or time with various animals on our property. I am very much looking forward to meeting you and your child around the pool.

Tavarnya - Fulton Swim School Teacher


Hey guys ☺️

I’m Tavarnya! At a young age my parents put me into swimming lessons and from there my love for the sport grew. I’ve swam competitively for Pukekohe Swimming Club for 9 years and throughout that time I have won National age group titles and managed to represent New Zealand four times at youth international meets. I can’t wait to pass on my knowledge of the sport to younger children and watch them grow and improve, whilst also teaching them the basics of water safety as it is an important skill to have living in New Zealand. If you see me around the pool feel free to say hi and ask any questions that you may have about swimming! 
Can’t wait to see you all poolside! 😊

Mikaela - Fulton Swim School Teacher


Hi everyone!😊

My names Mikaela, I began swimming here at Fulton Swim School when I was 18 months old and have been here even since! I went through all the levels including development squads, then I competitively swam with Fulton Amateur Swim Team at a national level, (my favourite stroke is butterfly!). I am now a FAST assistant coach and am super passionate about growing and giving back to this sport.
Outside of swimming, I love doing sports like football, surfing and touch. I currently attend King’s College and love getting involved in school life there.

In NZ we are super lucky to be surrounded by lakes, pools and beaches, so I believe it’s really important for all Kiwis to be confident and happy in and around the water. If you are in my class, I can’t wait to meet you, we’re going to have a lot of fun learning and improving your swimming skills! And if you see me around the pool feel free to come say hi!

Janaye - Fulton Swim School Teacher


Hey guys!  My name is Janaye and I started teaching in 2021. I learnt to swim at the Patumahoe branch, and my love for the sport grew from there. I competed for 6 years for Pukekohe Swimming Club and still swim in my leisure time. I love spending time in the water and taking on the role of a swim teacher has given me the opportunity to pursue that passion.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. Because I am currently at boarding school, I make the most of the time I have with my family on the weekends.

I think it is so important that we teach and educate our youth on water safety, ensuring they know how to look after themselves when they are swimming. I can’t wait to pass my knowledge of swimming onto the kids. I’m looking forward to seeing all of you around pool deck soon!

Maria - Fulton Swim School Teacher


My name is Maria. From a very young age I loved the water, especially the ocean! Because of this, when I turned 5 I began to learn at Fulton in Patumahoe. I feel so lucky that I have the opportunity to teach here and pass on all the skills that were taught to me over 10 years ago! Swimming is such an important skill to have especially as we are surrounded by water.
In my spare time I like to listen to music, draw, paint and be around nature. I love working with kids and for this reason I am currently studying in University to be a speech therapist. Please feel free to come up and say hi as I can’t wait to meet you all!!

Jessica - Fulton Swim School Teacher


Hi! I’m Jess I started swimming when I was baby doing classes with my mum! I started swim classes on my own with Fulton when I was 5 at the Puni pools and then worked my way up to Development Squad. Outside of work I have experience as a Surf lifeguard having volunteered out at Karioitahi beach. In my spare time I enjoy being outdoors doing lots of tramping.  I am looking forward to meeting you at the pool!

Jessica - Fulton Swim School Teacher


Hi I’m Amy!

Since I was a kid I have always loved being in and around water. Because of this, my parents signed me up for swimming lessons here at Fulton Swim School Patumahoe.

For the past few years, I have been living overseas in Italy and have just recently returned back home to NZ to study primary education at the University of Auckland.

Looking forward to meeting you all! :)

Jasmine - Fulton Swim School Teacher


I started teaching at Fulton Swim School in 2022. Swimming was my favorite sport when I was younger and I am really excited to continue it now in a different way teaching children. My favorite stroke is backstroke. Outside of swimming, I enjoy hiking with my dog and going to the beach. 

Alena - Fulton Swim School Teacher


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