Our Team

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Joanna Kyriazakos: Joanna was given the nickname Mermaid over almost two decades ago, by locals when she came onto the scene teaching people to swim at the Icebergs Pool and in the surf at Bondi Beach. Joanna established Mermaid Swim Academy (MSA) in 2005 and over the last 15 years, Joanna has grown the swim school from one teacher (herself) to the present day team of 15 passionate and enthusiastic teachers. Joanna can be found not only at the Bondi Icebergs, but in Watsons Bay at Watsons Bay Stand Up Paddle School which she runs and owns along with her partner. “Salt water is my elixir. It maintains my physical, mental and psychological wellbeing. I love that I can combine 2 of my greatest passions; one being the ocean and the other making a difference to people’s lives.”

Flora Wilkinson: Flora is our Swim School Manager and joined us in 2017. Flora first discovered her love of teaching back in the U.K over 10 years ago assisting at her local swim school. Since then she has gone on to teach all levels from parent & baby to adults all over the world. Flora loves sharing her passion of swimming with all her students and when she is not in the pool teaching she is more than happy to chat to parents about their children’s swimming progression or even the share some tips for the parents. When Flora is not working hard in the office or supervising on pool deck you will find her out socialising with her pals or playing netball and hockey. She is our Adventurous Mermaid who will never not give anything ago.

Katie James: Katie is our Operations Manager and joined MSA in 2017. Katie has always been a keen swimmer from a young age, swimming competitively in Scotland at National level and for the University of Glasgow. Katie has taught swimming and coached since she was 16 both in Scotland and Australia. Katie can be found supervising on pool deck when she is not teaching and she loves to watch our swimmers progress from their first lesson as babies to confident, young swimmers. Katie also manages our adult swimming counterpart Salty Fit and is happy to help out any parents who also want to improve their swimming! Katie loves swimming in the ocean in her spare time, she is our Fearless Mermaid.

Mary Sestoso: Mary is our Swim School Administrator. She knows everything and anything about Mermaid Swim Academy, give it a go and ask her something now! When not replying to emails she can be found with her two furry friends.

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