ACE Swim School Manager - Melinda Buisson

Mel is our wonderful Swim School Manager. 

Mel started with us 11 years ago as a Swimming Teacher with a passion for teaching Babies which grew to include pre-school and school age, she soon become the Manager and helped build our Swim School into the wonderful school it is today.

Mel then moved to Perth, Australia 4 1/2 years ago and gained a world of knowledge in the Swimming industry, we have been very lucky to have Mel back as our Manager in order to pass on her knowledge to our staff.

Previously Mel worked 10 years in Admin and Accounts and found that Teaching children in an active, caring environment is where she wanted to be and has not looked back since.

Mel is also a qualified Personal Trainer and holds qualification's with Swimming Australia, Aust Swim and Swimming New Zealand

Please pop in and say hello at anytime as Mel loves getting to know all of our ACE families.



ACE Head School Age Swim Instructor - Patrick Gallagher

Pat is our Head School Age Instructor.  He joined our ACE team in 2010.  Pat is extremely passionate about Learn to Swim and ensuring your child is progressing through our levels. Pat is also a competitive open water swimmer and fantastic role model for his swimmers.  Pat's favorite stroke is Butterfly and his favorite Sea Creature a Starfish.


ACE Swim Instructor - Sandi Dinnington

You can find me: refereeing Wheelchair Rugby and Sailing with friends when I am not instructing here.

My favourite stroke is: Freestyle

My favourite sea creature is: an Octopus because they have five hearts and can get in and out of anything.



ACE Swim Instructor - Anna Coster

Hi my name is Anna and I have been coming to ACE Swim School since my oldest child started baby lessons, over 10 years ago.

As a child I attended lessons and Swam at Moana pools in Dunedin.

I am excited to be back in the water at ACE with a new generation of little people starting their swimming journey.






ACE Swim Instructor - James Atherton

Hi Guys, my name is James

When I’m not in the pool, you’ll find me in class studying electrical engineering.

My favourite Swimming Stroke is Freestyle because it is the fastest.

My favourite Sea Creature is a Manta Ray because they are Majestic




ACE Swim Instructor - Jaimee Carlson

You can find Jaimee: Reading, spending time with family and travelling.

I am from: Hamilton 

My favourite stroke is: Freestyle

My favourite sea creature is: a Turtle




ACE Swim Instructor - Gina McCarthy

Hey Guys!

My name is Gina and I have been in and around water for before I can even remember. I started my swimming journey right here at Ace Learn to Swim about 17 years ago and have been swimming ever since. I am currently a competitive swimmer and I’ve been racing since I was 6 years old. I hold 4 New Zealand Age Group records and over 80 Age group and Open Waikato records. Last year I competed at the 14th World Short Course Swimming Championships which was an amazing experience and next year I am hoping to qualify for the Olympics.

I am excited to be an instructor here at Ace Learn to Swim and help develop skills and spread my love for the water with everyone





ACE Swim Instructors - Profiles coming soon