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Consult. Educate. Teach.

Chris was coached in the early 70's in Mt. Isa by former Olympic Coach Bill Sweetenham. She opened her first swim school in 1980 in North Queensland and began a lifelong journey in teaching children & educating teachers on how to learn to swim.

After 40 years of experience in the Learn To Swim industry as a swim school owner, manager, teacher, teacher trainer, program developer, facility designer and industry consultant, she now travels the world sharing her knowledge through consulting, training & educating.

As an award winning industry expert, her program has produced Olympians & World Record Holders. Through her "no tears" policy she is passionate about educating babies, children, parents & educators on the safe, gentle & proven methods of learning to swim.

Today she spends her time between North Queensland & the Gold Coast visiting her sons & grandchildren.

As the Founder & Program Director of Little Snappers Swim Schools, together with her son Mark and his wife Mai, she continues to educate her team and expand access to gentle Learn To Swim lessons across Queensland. She is an active member of Swim Australia & ASSA. When she is not teaching she enjoys travel, real estate & spending time with her grandchildren.



  • SwimAustralia Teacher

  • SwimAustralia Teacher of Babies and Toddlers

  • Swim Australia Teacher of Foundation Coach

  • Swim Australia Teacher of Disabilities

  • Swim Australia Teacher of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse

  • AustSwim Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety - 35 years 

  • AustSwim Teacher of Infant Aquatics - 35 years 

AustSwim Assessor

  • SwimAustralia Course Trainer


  • ASCTA Conference Presenter

  • ASCTA Outstanding Teacher of Swimming Award

  • ASCTA 'Swimming in Australia' magazine article writer

  • ASCTA 2012, 2013 and 2015 Teacher Course Presenter of Excellence Award 

  • ASCTA 2020 National Meritorious Service to Teaching of Swimming Award


Director, Little Snappers Holdings Pty Ltd 

Little Snappers Swim School Berrinba - est. 2022

Little Snappers Swim School Yarrabilba - est. 2018

Little Snappers Swim School Moorooka - est. 2023

Little Snappers Highland Park - est. 2023

Little Snappers Swim School Greenbank - coming 2024

Little Snappers Swim School Collingwood Park - coming 2024


Developer - Little Snappers Swim School Riverway

2017 - 2021


Developer - Little Snappers Swim School Northside

2016 - 2022

Co-owner, Program Developer and Teacher Trainer - Little Snappers Swim School Cairns

2011 - 2018 


Director - Swimco Pty Ltd

1980 - Present 

Director & Co Owner - Paul Sadler Swimland Townsville

March 2007 - January 2010 

Owner - Robina Aquatic Centre

1993 - 2007 

Owner - B-Safe Swim School

2004 - 2005 

Owner - Heeb Street Swim School

1994 - 1995 

Owner - Ayr Aquatic and Squash Centre

1990 - 1993

Owner - Chris Dalle Cort Swim School

1980 - 1990 

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