Independent Swim School wins big at AUSTSWIM State Awards

A few weeks ago AUSTSWIM Awards acknowledged Victorian’s who have made a significant contribution to aquatic education in Australia at the AUSTSWIM State Awards held at Methodist Ladies Collage, Kew.

Local JUMP! Pakenham Swim School owners James and Michelle Bradley were thrilled to pick up the award for Swim School of the Year fighting off competition from large corporate leisure centers and council swim schools. As a family run, independent business the award is especially important as it recognises their commitment to teaching vital water skills to children and babies in a safe and small class environment.

James and Michelle are parents to two young children, Dan (7) and Stella (5).

James, previously a carpenter, manages the business through the week and Michelle works in her other job as a National Account Manager three days a week.

James said,

“We wanted to have a business of our own that we could work in. We also loved the idea of being able to provide quality swimming lessons for local children in the area and making them more accessible because we feel it’s important for children to be given the opportunity to learn to swim. It makes you want to go to work.”


About the awards:

Each year, AUSTSWIM provides an opportunity to identify and honour individual AUSTSWIM Teachers™, Presenters and Recognised Swim Centres from across the country for their respective contributions to aquatic education and water safety.

The Awards operate at two levels – state/territory and national.  State and territory selection committees select finalists for each award category, with one of these finalists becoming the state/territory award recipient.  State/territory award recipients then become nominees for the National AUSTSWIM Aquatic Industry Awards.