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62 Waratah St

Kirrawee, Sutherland Shire, NSW

0499 857 946

Call us anytime


7:00 am to 11:30 am
2:00 pm to 6:00 pm


7:30 am to 2:00 pm

About tj's swim school

Who we are

We are the proud owners and operators of our very own small and friendly, family-oriented Sutherland Shire swim school! The owners, TJ and Tracey, have a long family history in The Shire, being third and fourth generation Sylvanians! We are thrilled to be joining a prestigious group of local swim school providers that already offer a great service. We hope to positively contribute to this field but add a bit of a different flavour to the mix.

We pride ourselves on the ability to encourage even the most reluctant child to participate and enjoy their lessons – and are truly passionate about teaching children how to swim and how to be safe in and around the water.

How we can help

We understand the pressure that families face with a multitude of options available when it comes to your children and their activities. We hope to assist by offering the following:

  • Year round access to swimming lessons so your child can continue to improve their skills during the winter months in readiness for spring and summer.
  • Active Kids and First Lap Voucher Providers.
  • Qualified Access & Inclusion instructors to assist self and plan-managed NDIS participants.
  • Family and multiple class discounts.

What we do

Our goals are simple: to provide a fun, comfortable and non-intimidating environment for your child to learn to swim and be safe in and around the water, no matter what age or skill level. We understand that some children don’t cope with large, busy environments and our team of experienced and dedicated teachers work to put the “fun” into swimming fundamentals. We want to ensure your child looks forward to their swim experience at TJ’s each week whilst learning the importance of water safety and improving their skills.

We are also a Royal Life Saving Swim & Survive partner and run our safety and rescue focussed Water Safety program every 8 to 10 weeks.

How we do it

Small class sizes (4:1 for Learn to Swim & Survive and 6:1 for Bigs & Littles) ensure that we are able to focus and give more individual, personalised attention to your child during each lesson, which is imperative in the early stages of learning to swim and beyond. 1:1 and 2:1 lessons are also available. 

We have a strong core team of teachers, each one with their own individual teaching style so you’re sure to find the right one to get the best out of your child. We endeavour to make sure your child is kept happy and engaged throughout the lesson using techniques TJ, our owner, has developed over the years. We also specialise in Access and Inclusion instruction assisting families and individuals with special needs.


Meet our professional, highly motivated and dedicated team members.



Karen JAmes


Susan bell

2IC / Deck Supervisor

caitlin barnes

Deck Supervisor
Learn to Swim & Survive +
Access & Inclusion Instructor

Alicia Stockwell

Deck Supervisor
Learn to Swim & Survive

Nicola Johnson

Learn to Swim & Survive +
Access & Inclusion Instructor


Learn to Swim & Survive +
Access & Inclusion Instructor

Hannah Joseph

Learn to Swim & Survive

Caroline Mcintyre

Learn to Swim & Survive +
Bigs & Littles Instructor

janis santiago

Learn to Swim & Survive

leticia Ramos de macedo

Learn to Swim & Survive

Holly edmunds

Learn to Swim & Survive

Hayley Stockwell

Learn to Swim & Survive Instructor

Bojana Gulabovska

Reception and Admin

Cassidy Rowan

Reception and Admin

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our facilities

We’ve put our hearts and souls into what we’ve created and we hope that will be obvious as soon as you walk through the door and feel the cool and welcoming vibe, from our hand painted original artwork out of the amazing minds of our friends Josh and Esa to the little touches we’ve incorporated to make your and your child/children’s time at TJ’s an experience while learning this vital life skill.

Our pool is a custom built 14m x 5m above ground configuration with easy access to the pool deck via either stairs or a platform lift. We have plenty of room and seating on the pool deck to accommodate those watching lessons. All bathrooms are single use to give you plenty of space and privacy and include a separate accessible facility.

Water temperature and quality is a priority as we want everyone to be swimming in a warm, comfortable environment without concerns about exposure to excessive chemicals or contaminants.

We have a downstairs play area where you can keep your other children entertained while you watch lessons live streamed to a monitor.

We understand that running a pool can be a huge drain on power resources so we will be constantly working towards effective management of our facility and systems and looking for ways to keep our pool at a steady 32-33 degrees year-round as well as controlling the internal environment as naturally as possible to keep everyone comfortable and happy. This includes our recent conversion to solar power to run our heating, cooling and filtration systems. This will be an evolving exercise with our goal being to lessen our carbon footprint and eliminate the need for reliance on large amounts of chemicals to be used or stored on site. Who says it’s not easy being green! 

TJ’s Swim School uses Ozone Swim technology for filtration and sanitisation created by Brauer Industries, a leader in water purification using ozone-based technologies to reduce chlorine levels and effectively eliminate chlorine resistant parasites like cryptosporidium resulting in healthy, odour free, crystal clear water. TJ’s water purification system enhances water quality second to none to ensure you experience the healthiest pool water possible and a wonderfully odour free environment.

The Brauer Purification System reduces chlorine demands by up to 80% and effectively destroys chlorine by-products that are known to cause eye, skin or respiratory irritations. This is especially helpful for swimmers with eczema, asthma or allergies so you can watch on comfortably knowing that your children are swimming in the healthiest water possible, hence the Healthyswim Certification. If you’d like more information on Brauer or Healthyswim, click on the logos.

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CURRENT COVID-19 Management

After the easing of restrictions on Wednesday, 15 December 2021, we made the decision that, whilst still following the advice of NSW Health and current Public Health Orders, we will be operating under the following guidelines: 

• We are aware that there is an extremely small percentage of our families where parents have not been vaccinated. As we work with children all day, who cannot currently be vaccinated, we do not see any further risk by allowing unvaccinated adults in small numbers to attend.

• If you or any member of your family are unwell or showing even minor symptoms, please DO NOT attend lessons, we have a generous make-up lesson policy and will be happy to sort things out. Please stay home, rest up and consider getting testing.

• If you are advised that you, a family member, or close contact has tested positive for COVID-19, you are considered at risk and have attended TJ’s in the two weeks before, please advise us immediately so that we are able to take appropriate action.

• When attending TJ’s, depending upon the weather, we will leave the front doors open between classes to help with coming and going.

  Face masks are encouraged, however, not required.

  Even though capacity limits have been lifted, as an indoor facility, we are still trying to limit excess numbers in the school at a time. Please keep the numbers in your group to a minimum, i.e.:

    1. Learn to Swim – One parent/carer and one other visitor to supervise and watch lessons.
    2. Bigs & Littles – One parent/carer participating with the little one in the lesson and one other visitor to supervise and watch lessons.
    3. Only children or adults who are having lessons, no siblings (of course this is only if your situation allows), bearing in mind that additional children are included in our deck count and could prevent another parent or carer from watching the lesson.
  • Please make sure you use hand sanitiser (either the ones provided or your own) or wash your hands when you enter the school prior to going up to the pool deck.
  • If using the bathrooms, please practice good hand hygiene. We will be regularly cleaning all touch points throughout the day.
  • Please do not go up onto the pool deck until indicated by a staff member or one of the teachers and socially distance from other people on the lower level (there is plenty of space to spread out in reception and play area).
  • Please do not go up onto the deck if the maximum capacity of 18 persons watching lessons (including adults and children) has been reached.  You will need to wait until someone leaves the area before proceeding up to the deck and taking a seat. You will be able to watch lessons on the TV located in the downstairs area until space becomes available on the pool deck.
  • If you are waiting in the play area, please ensure that you socially distance from others.
  • Once on the pool deck, if you are watching lessons, please socially distance from others and sit on the benches, where indicated or on the chairs provided.
  • Showering for the purposes of a quick rinse off is permitted only if absolutely necessary (e.g. where a skin condition exists). To ensure that toilets remain free, please use the showers in the two cubicles attached to the accessible bathroom.
  • Please leave as quickly as possible after your lesson to avoid congestion inside the school and parking area.

These measures will be reviewed regularly, and we will continue to monitor and follow Government and industry body guidelines and advice.