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Katrina van Eyk is a Australian Swim Coaches and Teachers Association (ASCTA) qualified Swim Teacher, Bronze/Development level coach and presenter with experience in running rural swim schools, school swimming programs, a competitive swimming club and presenting ASCTA courses. In 2020 Katrina was announced as one of four Victorian finalists of the AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award.
Katrina believes mentoring holds a key role in not only developing us as Swim Teachers and Coaches but also enhancing our industry,
The Aquatic Mentor podcast will bring aquatic professionals together to learn from the experiences of others while developing a united industry through support and education.

Aquatic Mentors Katrina van Eyk

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Katrina van Eyk is a Australian Swim Coaches and Teachers Association (ASCTA) qualified Swim Teacher, Bronze/Development level coach and presenter with experience in running rural swim schools, school swimming programs, a competitive swimming club and presenting ASCTA courses. In 2020 Katrina was announced as one of four Victorian finalists of the AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award.
Katrina believes mentoring holds a key role in not only developing us as Swim Teachers and Coaches but also enhancing our industry,
The Aquatic Mentor podcast will bring aquatic professionals together to learn from the experiences of others while developing a united industry through support and education.

    The Aquatic Journey of Jacqueline Cole

    The Aquatic Journey of Jacqueline Cole

    Jacqueline Cole Welcome to another episode of the Aquatic Mentors podcast. I am your host, Katrina van Eyk.In this episode I interview an industry...

    • 19 min
    The Aquatic Journey of Sarah Podesta

    The Aquatic Journey of Sarah Podesta

    Sarah Podesta Welcome to another episode of the Aquatic Mentors podcast. I am your host, Katrina van Eyk. In this episode I interview an industry professional who has been involved in the aquatic industry from a young age when her parents sparked her interest in swimming giving her the goal to complete the levels at her local swim school before being able to swim in their home pool by herself. She continues to make a big impact on the industry. So, please extend a big welcome to the podcast for Sarah Podesta.Sarah started out her Aquatics and Leisure career in local government venues where she worked at Mornington Peninsula Shire Council for 9 years followed by 4 years at the City of Monash, in Aquatic Program Co-ordinator roles before moving to Belgravia Leisure as the Aquatics Services Manager, at WaterMarc. Her current role is the State Aquatics Manager VIC/TAS, providing leadership and support to Belgravia Leisure’s 18 year-round Aquatic Venues and programs of which there is over 18,000 students in Learn to Swim.She is also as an active member of Belgravia’s National Aquatics Leadership Group, the Victorian Aquatic Industry Alliance and Play it Safe by the Water Committee. Contributing towards the effort to reduce fatal and non-fatal drownings, along with wanting everyone to enjoy Australia’s beaches and swimming culture drives her passion for the industry.Sarah believes our industry should work towards enhancing the industry profile to be further recognised and prioritised by Government and Community, through promoting careers as well as the linking what we do (swimming lessons) in effort to reduce drowning statistics. Through today’s episode Sarah shares some insights into her work as well as her thoughts on swimming and where she see’s swimming moving to in the future.Please share the hidden gems you find in Sarah’s interview on our Facebook page, Aquatic Mentors and you will find all her contact details listed at the end of the show notes. If you want to share your aquatic story, please contact me via my email: regionalswimclinics@outlook.com (mailto:regionalswimclinics@outlook.com)I have launched a selection of master classes which cover a variety of topics relating to swim teaching and coaching at Regional Swim Clinics Training Academy.These courses can be found on my website: www.regionalswimclinics.com.au and by clicking on courses.All the courses are designed to be easy on your wallet and time while giving you a wealth of knowledge to take and implement in your next lesson or squad session.So, lets dive in and find out about Sarah’s journey in swimming. Sarah Podesta’s Contact Information:Email: spodesta@belgravialeisure.com.auLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarah-podesta-329b367a/ Katrina van Eyk's Contact Information:Aquatic Mentors - https://www.aquaticmentors.com.au/Facebook - Aquatic MentorsRegional Swim Clinics - www.regionalswimclinics.com.auEmail – regionalswimclinics@outlook.comFacebook - Regional Swim ClinicsAquatic Mentors Ebook Link: https://www.regionalswimclinics.com.au/top-10-tips-for-aquatic-professionals/ (https://www.regionalswimclinics.com.au/top-10-tips-for-aquatic-professionals/) 

    • 58 min
    The Aquatic Journey of Karen Baildon

    The Aquatic Journey of Karen Baildon

    Karen Baildon Welcome to another episode of the Aquatic Mentors podcast. I am your host, Katrina van Eyk. In this episode I interview an industry professional who has spent her whole life in the aquatic industry and has been sounded by swimming greats since birth. My guest is the daughter of an Olympic champion and a lifetime swim coach, she was named after an Australian distance swimmer, and she is married to another swimming legend. So, please extend a big welcome to the podcast for Karen Baildon.Karen grew up at the Palm Beach Olympic pool walking the deck with her mother who coached the squad kids and her father Sprint Champion and Gold medalist at the Mexico Olympic games for the 100 and 200m freestyle. She helped her mother coach teaching butterfly to the other swimmers when she was 8 years old.She won state medals as an age group swimmer while also training in ballet. The pool eventually won, drawing her back into the water where she has built an amazing career and legacy. Karen married Commonwealth champion Andrew Baildon and when Andrew retired from competing on Australian Teams for 10 years in 1996, they opened their first swim school at 24 years old. They now run 5 privately owned indoor facilities in South East Queensland and this year celebrate 25 years of the Superfish swim schools.The husband-and-wife team are very hands on with their facilities and love to be involved with everything from construction, marketing, building, and training their team to the front desk and even scrubbing the change rooms.After a big health scare in 2011 Karen has had to rebuild her strength and fitness and prides herself on what she has been able to achieve. Through today’s episode Karen shares some insights into her work as well as her thoughts on swimming and where she see’s swimming moving to in the future.Please share the hidden gems you find in Karen’s interview on our Facebook page, Aquatic Mentors and you will find all her contact details listed at the end of the show notes. If you want to share your aquatic story, please contact me via my email: regionalswimclinics@outlook.com (mailto:regionalswimclinics@outlook.com)I have launched a selection of master classes which cover a variety of topics relating to swim teaching and coaching at Regional Swim Clinics Training Academy.These courses can be found on my website: www.regionalswimclinics.com.au and by clicking on courses.All the courses are designed to be easy on your wallet and time while giving you a wealth of knowledge to take and implement in your next lesson or squad session.So, lets dive in and find out about Karen’s journey in swimming. Karen Baildon’s Contact Information:Email: karen@baildongroup.com.auLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/karenbaildon/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/karenbaildon/)Website: www.superfish.com.au Katrina van Eyk's Contact Information:Aquatic Mentors - https://www.aquaticmentors.com.au/Facebook - Aquatic MentorsRegional Swim Clinics - www.regionalswimclinics.com.auEmail – regionalswimclinics@outlook.comFacebook - Regional Swim ClinicsAquatic Mentors Ebook Link: https://www.regionalswimclinics.com.au/top-10-tips-for-aquatic-professionals/ (https://www.regionalswimclinics.com.au/top-10-tips-for-aquatic-professionals/) 

    • 38 min
    The Aquatic Journey of Karen Baildon

    The Aquatic Journey of Karen Baildon

    Karen Baildon Welcome to another episode of the Aquatic Mentors podcast. I am your host, Katrina van Eyk. In this episode I interview an industry professional who has spent her whole life in the aquatic industry and has been sounded by swimming greats since birth. My guest is the daughter of an Olympic champion and a lifetime swim coach, she was named after an Australian distance swimmer, and she is married to another swimming legend. So, please extend a big welcome to the podcast for Karen Baildon.Karen grew up at the Palm Beach Olympic pool walking the deck with her mother who coached the squad kids and her father Sprint Champion and Gold medalist at the Mexico Olympic games for the 100 and 200m freestyle. She helped her mother coach teaching butterfly to the other swimmers when she was 8 years old.She won state medals as an age group swimmer while also training in ballet. The pool eventually won, drawing her back into the water where she has built an amazing career and legacy. Karen married Commonwealth champion Andrew Baildon and when Andrew retired from competing on Australian Teams for 10 years in 1996, they opened their first swim school at 24 years old. They now run 5 privately owned indoor facilities in South East Queensland and this year celebrate 25 years of the Superfish swim schools.The husband-and-wife team are very hands on with their facilities and love to be involved with everything from construction, marketing, building, and training their team to the front desk and even scrubbing the change rooms.After a big health scare in 2011 Karen has had to rebuild her strength and fitness and prides herself on what she has been able to achieve. Through today’s episode Karen shares some insights into her work as well as her thoughts on swimming and where she see’s swimming moving to in the future.Please share the hidden gems you find in Karen’s interview on our Facebook page, Aquatic Mentors and you will find all her contact details listed at the end of the show notes. If you want to share your aquatic story, please contact me via my email: regionalswimclinics@outlook.com (mailto:regionalswimclinics@outlook.com)I have launched a selection of master classes which cover a variety of topics relating to swim teaching and coaching at Regional Swim Clinics Training Academy.These courses can be found on my website: www.regionalswimclinics.com.au and by clicking on courses.All the courses are designed to be easy on your wallet and time while giving you a wealth of knowledge to take and implement in your next lesson or squad session.So, lets dive in and find out about Karen’s journey in swimming. Karen Baildon’s Contact Information:Email: karen@baildongroup.com.auLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/karenbaildon/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/karenbaildon/)Website: www.superfish.com.au Katrina van Eyk's Contact Information:Aquatic Mentors - https://www.aquaticmentors.com.au/Facebook - Aquatic MentorsRegional Swim Clinics - www.regionalswimclinics.com.auEmail – regionalswimclinics@outlook.comFacebook - Regional Swim ClinicsAquatic Mentors Ebook Link: https://www.regionalswimclinics.com.au/top-10-tips-for-aquatic-professionals/ (https://www.regionalswimclinics.com.au/top-10-tips-for-aquatic-professionals/)

    • 38 min
    The Aquatic Journey of Angela Wild Part 2

    The Aquatic Journey of Angela Wild Part 2

    Angela Wild Part 2 Welcome to another episode of the Aquatic Mentors podcast. I am your host, Katrina van Eyk. In this episode I continue my interview with the swim teacher, fitness instructor and Tiktok star, Angela Wild.Angela talks about the influences and mentors who have helped her along her journey and the way she targets audiences through her Tiktok videos.She also shares her dream for the aquatic industry to come together and work towards the goal of water safety and drowning prevention in a more unified way.I am excited to announce that my passion project, Regional Swim Clinics Training Academy is ready to launch.At Regional Swim Clinics Training Academy I offer masterclasses which complement your development into the great swim teacher or coach you know you are.All of the courses are designed to be easy on your wallet and time while giving you a wealth of knowledge to take and implement in your next lesson or squad session.Each course covers a new specialised topic that enhances your teaching and coaching skills, inspiring you and your swimmers to achieve your best.Every quarter I will be adding new courses so keep popping back to find out what specialised topics you can learn more about.Please share the hidden gems you find in Angela’s interview on our Facebook page, Aquatic Mentors and you will find all her contact details listed at the end of the show notes. If you want to share your aquatic story, please contact me via my email: regionalswimclinics@outlook.com (mailto:regionalswimclinics@outlook.com)Check out our website aquaticmentors.com.au for our Season 1 Ebook.So, let’s dive in and find out more about Angela’s journey in swimming.   Angela Wild’s Contact Information:Tiktok: elemental_aquaticsEmail: elementalswimsd@gmail.com (mailto:elementalswimsd@gmail.com)LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/angela-wild-3ba24640/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ElementalAquatics (https://www.facebook.com/ElementalAquatics), https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100017146245612 (https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100017146245612)Website: http://www.elementalsd.com/ (http://www.elementalsd.com/?fbclid=IwAR2o6Gv33cgcnGmdaAMLbo1o79PMh4TukfCUakcfeBKGiNYErMhVkp_0pXo) Katrina van Eyk's Contact Information:Aquatic Mentors - https://www.aquaticmentors.com.au/Facebook - Aquatic MentorsRegional Swim Clinics - www.regionalswimclinics.com.auEmail – regionalswimclinics@outlook.comFacebook - Regional Swim ClinicsAquatic Mentors Ebook Link: https://www.regionalswimclinics.com.au/top-10-tips-for-aquatic-professionals/ (https://www.regionalswimclinics.com.au/top-10-tips-for-aquatic-professionals/)

    • 59 min
    The Aquatic Journey of Angela Wild

    The Aquatic Journey of Angela Wild

    Angela Wild - Part 1 Welcome to another episode of the Aquatic Mentors podcast. I am your host, Katrina van Eyk. In this episode I interview an industry professional who started in the fitness industry covering personal training and water aerobics and then found her passion in aquatics where she has now reached over 20 years of swim teaching. So, please extend a big welcome to the podcast for Angela Wild.Angela started her career in the fitness industry working with clients as a personal trainer and a water aerobics instructor. Clients saw her skills working with people in the water and began to ask her to teach their children. The seed of interest grew, and Angela investigated her options and became a swim teacher.During her time managing swim schools and working as a swim teacher Angela completed a Bachelor and Master of Arts in Kinesiology, Fitness, and other connected qualifications. In 2017 Angela took the skills she had developed working in and around the industry and opened her own swim school called Elemental Aquatics and over 4 years later is still going strong.Angela advocates for drowning prevention and active lifestyles for children and took the plunge onto Tiktok videos sharing her aquatic knowledge and drowning prevention to a new audience and in a very creative way. She uses her Tiktok videos to connect with other aquatic professionals, parents of swimmers, and hopes to use her videos to inspire and mentor the younger generation into the aquatics industry.As Angela has such a wealth of knowledge, we couldn’t contain the interview into one episode, so it has been expanded into a two week feature so remember to look out for next week’s episode where I continue the conversation with Angela Wild.Through today’s episode Angela shares some insights into her work as well as her thoughts on swimming and where she see’s swimming moving to in the future.Please share the hidden gems you find in Angela’s interview on our Facebook page, Aquatic Mentors and you will find all her contact details listed at the end of the show notes. If you want to share your aquatic story, please contact me via my email: regionalswimclinics@outlook.com (mailto:regionalswimclinics@outlook.com)Check out our website aquaticmentors.com.au for our Season 1 Ebook.So, let’s dive in and find out more about Angela’s journey in swimming.   Angela Wild’s Contact Information:Tiktok: elemental_aquaticsEmail: elementalswimsd@gmail.com (mailto:elementalswimsd@gmail.com)LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/angela-wild-3ba24640/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ElementalAquatics (https://www.facebook.com/ElementalAquatics), https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100017146245612 (https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100017146245612)Website: http://www.elementalsd.com/ (http://www.elementalsd.com/?fbclid=IwAR2o6Gv33cgcnGmdaAMLbo1o79PMh4TukfCUakcfeBKGiNYErMhVkp_0pXo) Katrina van Eyk's Contact Information:Aquatic Mentors - https://www.aquaticmentors.com.au/Facebook - Aquatic MentorsRegional Swim Clinics - www.regionalswimclinics.com.auEmail – regionalswimclinics@outlook.comFacebook - Regional Swim ClinicsAquatic Mentors Ebook Link: https://www.regionalswimclinics.com.au/top-10-tips-for-aquatic-professionals/ (https://www.regionalswimclinics.com.au/top-10-tips-for-aquatic-professionals/) 

    • 43 min

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