Hi, my name is Irene
I learned to swim from a young age and joined the local swim club when I was 5. I fell in love with the sport and made it to the Dutch Championships in the 100 & 50 Backstroke. I also started coaching the younger squad kids when I was a teenager and realised it's my passion to share my love for swimming!
I started Swimfit back in 2015 after I got asked a few times if I could teach others to swim like I do. I became a Certified Swim Coach and started running Group & Private Swim Sessions in Port Douglas, Palm Cove and Online. Over the years I've coached hundreds of swimmers of all levels and ages and I can't wait to help you!
If your goal is to get fit, enjoy swimming and having fun while achieving your goals, you’ve come to the right place! It doesn't matter if you’re dreaming of being able to swim 4 laps in the pool without stopping or swimming 10km in the ocean, I am here to help you.
I am an AUSTSWM Accredited Swim Teacher for adults & Kids and a Surf Life Saving Development Coach with over 6 years of coaching experience and a hell of a lot of enthusiasm to help you along your fitness journey.
Swim your way to happiness!
My love for swimming started when I joined my local swimming club when I was 5 years old. The competitive side of the sport but also the strong camaraderie within the club kept me swimming for the next 15 years.
When I was one of the little ones I loved watching the older kids swim and I remember wanting to be as good, or even better! Training went from a couple of times per week to every day with meets on the weekend.
Saying that I loved every minute of it would be a lie, but I do remember trying to sneak out of the house to make Monday morning training even though I wasn’t allowed to go (of course I can't remember why!). Most kids would’ve taken this opportunity to enjoy a nice sleep-in, but I was determined to get to training to get stronger and faster.
By the time I was one of the older kids I started coaching the younger squad kids and this made me realise that I love sharing and passing on my knowledge and love for swimming and helping others achieve their goals.
But then life happened… I started studying and swimming got put on the back burner, or should I say swimming became non-existent? I loved student life and unfortunately this left no time for swimming. Every now and then I used to jump in the pool, but of course this never felt great after months of no swimming or other training. You can only imagine how I felt after 15 years of swimming to now all of a sudden not swimming at all.
Years later I decided it was time to get fit, take control of my life and feel amazing again!
So I started off with signing up to the gym and having a close look at my eating habits. Dragging myself to the gym a few times per week to workout by myself was definitely not my definition of fun.
I signed up for a local ocean swim as a goal to get myself back in the pool. From the moment I jumped back in the pool with this goal in mind, I felt back in place and exercising became my happy place.
I now know that swimming is my way of getting fit and feeling awesome. It always has and it will always be!
That amazing feeling after a good swim session is what keeps me coming back to the pool. If you're a swimmer, you know exactly what I mean.
I started Swimfit back in 2015 and have helped hundreds of swimmers to reach their personal swim and fitness goals. Little ones learning to blow bubbles, do their froggy kicks and swim with big arms, adults who are new to swimming learning from the basics and returning swimmers getting back into the pool, I simply love helping everyone swim their way to happiness!
I would love to help you reach your personal goals. Get in contact with me and we'll have a chat about how we can work together.