With a passion for adult education, aquatics and helping others, Marcelle Renforth-Frederick established Aquatic Education in 1997. . After a few years her reputation was a no nonsense trainer who's main concern is the best experience for every student. Initially chasing her passion for training all around the Greater Brisbane Region she later established training rooms alongside the heart of Queensland Swimming at The Brisbane Aquatic Centre, Sleeman Sports Complex.
From that point, Aquatic Education and Marcelle have been recognised over and again for service and excellence in the aquatics industry and training. Earning awards from multiple facets of the aquatic industry.
Today Aquatic Education holds strongly to its origins of quality delivery and a personal touch over all else.
The team has grown and the range of services offered has expanded.
Aquatic Education offers both Accredited (as a third party provider) and Non - Accredited courses, professional development sessions, consultancy, staff resources and product/services sourcing.
Our wide network and with a growing team of highly skilled individuals ...
We believe that the quality of training and development of staff have a direct result on the quality of outcomes. So if you are wanting to get the best for your team then get in contact with us.
I grew up in Nelson Bay, a small country, beachside town. I loved training and club nights in our ocean baths. I remember the pool being emptied on Tuesdays, whitewashed, and reopened on Wednesday mornings. My first mentor in swimming was Mr Gillet, he taught me to swim and to dive on the single diving board at the pool, the lessons were not formal, he guided me through skills, and I practiced every day.
When I moved to Newcastle to complete my senior years of high school, I joined Mr McGarvey, he coached the swimming, water polo and diving teams and competed at state championships. Mr McGarvey was a fabulous coach who was able to get the most from his athletes through his coaching methods.
I studied and worked in Brisbane and began traveling around Australia. It was when I was working on South Molle Island that I joined the Outrigger Team and competed in National competitions. This is also where I met my travelling companion, now husband Chris. We travelled to Western Australia and worked in Perth, Bunbury, and Karratha before returning to the East Coast and moving back to Nelson Bay. We sailed our catamaran around Port Stephens whenever we had a day off and enjoyed all the water sports in the area.
After having our first son, I took him to Mum and Bub class, it was there the path to becoming a swim teacher was offered. The hours really suited me as a Mum. After a few years my boss, Kerre asked me to deliver a small part of an AUSTSWIM course – I really enjoyed to opportunity to share experiences and discuss best practices for teaching swimming. As a presenter, I had a fabulous mentor in Gail and I still aspire to be as engaging as she is.
This led me to complete a degree in Adult and Vocational Education and commence my small business Aquatic Education. This was in 1997. I continued teaching at Southbank TAFE with Queensland Ambulance until I decided to dedicate all my time in teaching aquatics. At Southbank TAFE, my mentor Julie gave me great teaching strategies that I still use today.
In 2005 Aquatic Education moved into permanent training rooms at Brisbane Aquatic Centre, Chandler. This enabled the expansion of training with accredited and non-accredited are available.
In 2008 I was given the opportunity to travel and teach vocational training in Hong Kong and later in mainland China.
I have been enormously proud to receive awards for my contribution to professional teaching in the aquatic industry.
The next phase is most exciting as we expand the courses we offer and collaborate with experts to deliver a premium product. I hope I leave a positive legacy of increasing professionalism in the aquatic industry.