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 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 of Babies and Toddlers
Swim Australia Teacher of Competitive Strokes
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
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 Greenbank - coming 2023
Little Snappers Swim School Collingwood Park - coming 2023
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