​​​​Meet Our Volunteers

We have a very experienced team of volunteer swim teachers all are AUSTSWIM qualified and keep up to date with teaching skills.  Many work in the swimming industry at local swim schools.

  • Mary Houten  

  • Allie Barry       

  • Joanne Ritchie    

  • Maria c Porter  

  • Karin Connors  


  • Marie Taylor   




  • Michele Quinn 

  • Tenzin K. Kyishi

  • Nicki Mclachlan

  • Kerry Armstrong

Mary Houten

Life goal to become an affective, compassionate swimming teacher. Not only teaching water safety and swimming, but the enjoyment of swimming.

I became involved in WSFL when I went to Vietnam in May 2012 where I assisted Tanya Carmont in teaching and training within the Swim Vietnam program.  That was the start of my commitment to WSFL. My role is teaching, training and involvement with the Development Program.

I am also on the committee as Assistant Secretary. What attracted me to the organisation was the Volunteering and offering your skills in the best feeling ever.  Knowing that you are helping someone to be safe in the water and enjoy the benefits of swimming. What motivates me to continue is Seeing the progression of a non-swimmer becoming a competent swimmer and being able to enjoy our environment safely. The gratitude from our students is overwhelming – it makes it all worthwhile and very rewarding.

To be a volunteer and help someone, in any way, is very rewarding.  My favorite part in teaching swimming is when your student achieves something that they thought they could never do, for example, floating.  The excitement of each progression of swimming and then finally swimming is so rewarding. The most rewarding for me is teaching the Tibetans to swim and having some of them progress to be swimming teachers. What I have learnt from volunteering is how rewarding it is.

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