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Our Staff


Damon Rodd – Swim School Director.

Damon has over 30 years experience in the aquatic industry with over 15 years as a national level swimmer and surf lifesaver. Following this, he started his first swim school that grew very quickly and was renowned for providing high quality lessons in a fun happy environment. He has also worked for YMCA of Sydney where he was the NSW Aquatics Manager along with managing 5 swim centre’s. Now, after a 5 year absence Damon is returning to his passion. Damon is a qualified Learn to Swim instructor and Silver License Swim coach.


Kirrily – Swim School Teacher.

Kirrily is an AUSTSWIM qualified teacher who has been with us since October 2013. Kirrily teaches exclusively in the morning and loves teaching our preschoolers.

Having never taught before but making sure that her own children were in lessons from a young age she made the decision that she wanted to make a difference and could do so teaching swimming.


Kylie – Swim School Teacher.

Kylie is only a recent acquisition to the Just Like Fish team. Having taught for several years she decided to take a break and worked for Woolworths. However whilst still possessing a burning desire to teach swimming again.

Kylie bit the bullet and has started officially teaching with us in March and has settled in beautifully.

Kylie is an AUSTSWIM qualified teacher.


Kate Millett – Assistant Manager Customer Care

Kate started with us in January 2015. A former State level competitive swimmer Kate has a passion for making sure your time with Just Like Fish is an exceptional one. Kate had been out of the workforce raising her 2 daughters after careers in administration and beauty.

Kate began her relationship with Just Like Fish as a mum bringing both her daughters to Just Like Fish as 4 month old babies and they both continue in our program to this day.

Kate is also a qualified AUSTSWIM Teacher.


Heidi – Swim School Teacher/Reception.

Heidi has been with Just Like Fish since September 2011. Looking for a career where she could make a difference Heidi to take the “plunge” into teaching swimming. Heidi is an AUSTSWIM qualified teacher who teaches most levels across our program.

Heidi took a break from teaching in 2013 to have a new baby and has since taken a more active role in our reception and administration area and has recently started to get back in and teach lessons.


Elaine – Swim School Teacher.

Elaine is our resident “kiwi” and we don’t hold that against her. Elaine started with Just Like Fish in January 2013 as she was looking to return to the workforce and liked our teaching philosophy and how we treated our customers.

Elaine is AUSTSWIM qualified teacher and has recently completed her Infant qualification also. Elaine teaches right across our program but her passion is infants and pre schoolers.


Mel Vadas – Assistant Manager Swim School

Mel started with us in January 2015. A former State Level competitive swimmer Mel wants to make sure that your children are getting the results in the pool that you are looking for. Mel has taught prior to working at Just Like Fish but after bringing her boys to JLF to be taught after less than successful stints elsewhere wanted to be a part of the JLF team.

Mel has previously also worked in administration but after realising that swimming and working with kids was where her passion was took the opportunity to work for Just Like Fish.

Mel is an AUSTSWIM qualified teacher who teaches and coaches right across our program.


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31 Hinkler Avenue,
Rutherford NSW 2320

02 4915 7100

Open Times

Monday: 6:00am to 7:40pm
Tuesday: 8:00am to 7:40pm
Wednesday: 6:00am to 7:40pm
Thursday: 8:30am to 7:40pm
Friday: 6:00am to 6:45pm
Saturday: 6:00am to 5:30pm
Sunday: Closed


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