​​​​Our Committee

Our Committee Members

Members of the Water Skills for Life Committee bring a range of skills from varied backgrounds – all driven by the one mission, to reduce the number of deaths by drowning, both here in Australia and overseas.

  • Tanya Carmont  

  • Mandy Mckay    

  • Maria C Porter 

  • Mary Houten   

  • Joanne Ritchie

  • Nicki McLachlan

  • Sandi Edwards  

  • Laura Purvis  

Tanya Carmont - President and Treasurer

I have been a swim instructor for over 20 years and started with volunteering to teach swimming and water safety at Narrabeen rock pool in their learn to swim program. In 2010 I created a program at Collaroy rock pool now known as Collaroy Turtles. I have a passion to empower people no matter what age or ability to be safe around the aquatic environment helping them to enjoy the water experience.

I feel that giving back to my local community as well as helping developing countries in water safety techniques and swimming is an important role I have to play.

After my first volunteer experience in Vietnam with Swim Vietnam, I had an urge to be able to help others and so Water Skills for Life was born in March of 2011. I have a very dedicated Committee and volunteers who share the same passion as I do. In 2016 and 2019 I travelled again to Vietnam to assist Swim Vietnam under the Australian Governments AVI program.  As WSFL already had a working relationship with Swim Vietnam and now as a partner organisation of AVI it was a good fit.  We have achieved so much from our humble beginnings.

We are always happy to hear from you - so please contact us at any time