Our People At Patumahoe

Ria Langit

NZSCTA Rookie Swim Coach of the Year 2015

Hi! I’ve been teaching swimming for more than ten years now from babies to adults. I used to be a competitive swimmer back in the Philippines for 8 years. I love teaching children to be safe and watching them having fun in the water is very fulfilling. I have one son, Ethan and my brother also used to teach at Fulton Swim School. I love the outdoors and spending time with my son. 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. I am the Head Coach for FAST (Fulton Amateur Swim Team) which is our competitive swim team.

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Abbey Austin

Hello All, my name is Abbey and I have been working at Fulton for over a year now. I find providing children with the confidence and support they need to swim so rewarding and enjoyable, which is why I love my job!

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Carly Clarke

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

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Claire Fellows

Hi my name is Claire. I have grown up around the water doing a lot of swimming and water sports over the years. I'm currently in my second year of uni studying Primary teaching. In my spare time I love travelling with family and friends and shopping!

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Jacob Suckling

Hi my name is Jacob, I have been swimming my entire life. I was in the pool with Mum and Dad before I could even walk and went through swimming lessons during my early childhood. I grew up around the water, spending summers camping at lakes and beaches. I have played Water Polo and Underwater Hockey competitively and really enjoying wakeboarding and surfing even though I’m not too good at the latter.

I know the importance of learning to swim and how being in the water is an integral part of growing up In New Zealand, because of this I am excited to share what I know with the kids of today.

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Jess Hawke

Hi my name is Jess and I have been a swim teacher for about a year now. I attended swimming lessons at Fulton Swim School when I was younger, progressing through all the levels and then I went on to swim competitively for the swim club. Swimming has always been a big part of my life. Being a swim teacher is a very rewarding job as you get to teach children how to swim which is a skill they will use for the rest of there life, it is also rewarding seeing children achieve their goals. I am currently at University of Auckland studying Physical Education which is a sport /teaching degree.

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Joshua Cox

Hi my name is Josh, I have always had a passion for being in and around the water from a young age. I have had previous coaching experience in a wide range of sporting backgrounds. Outside of work you will fins me doing a wide range of action sports, from long boarding to wake boarding and everything in between.

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Katie McGregor

Hi, my name is Katie. I love swimming and have been in the water since I can remember. I am an original Fulton Swim School student and thoroughly enjoyed swimming here. I was a Surf Lifeguard at Kariotahi for 5 seasons now and helped run the rookie program. I believe that all kids should learn the life skill of swimming and water safety. I love working with kids and passing on my knowledge to them. See you around!

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Lauren Simons

Hi everyone, my name is Lauren! Water Safety and knowing how to swim is super important to me. I swam with Fulton Swim School for 8 years as a child and have now come back to teach. I love working with children and find it very rewarding. In my spare time I like to stay active by walking and playing hockey. I am so excited to be able to pass my swimming knowledge on to the children in our community.

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Rachel Cochran

NZSCTA Rookie Swim Teacher of the Year 2011

Hi my name is Rachel and I am married with a primary school aged daughter. Swimming has always been a passion, having competed as a child. I believe that all children from an early age should learn the life skill of swimming. I was awarded NZ Rookie Swim Teacher of the Year in 2011. Other interests of mine include horses, childrens soccer, being out- doors and most other sports!

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Rebecca Petty

My bio is coming soon!

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Rhys Jones

I grew up at the beach surfing and boogie boarding and love playing around in the water. After studying psychology at Otago University I have traveled through Europe.

Fulton Swim school started with curiosity about working with kids to now being hooked. Building young children's confidence and showing them how fun the water is fantastic.

Working with more advanced swim levels to improve technique and speed has been tremendously rewarding and each time I see improvement in a swimmer it reminds me how much fun this job is.

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Tavarnya Howe

Hi everyone, I’m Tavarnya at a young age my parents put me in swimming lessons, 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 represented New Zealand 4 times at international youth meets.


I can't wait to pass on my knowledge of swimming to younger children and watch them grow and improve in the water whilst also teaching them the basics of water safety as this is an important skill to have in New Zealand.

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