We had the greatest pleasure in welcoming two new Aquatic Educators to the WAI team this week, Toa-Ariki Clausen and Alan Chow.
Alan (right) has an extensive background in swim teaching, during which he has taught, written and coordinated learn-to-swim programmes throughout Auckland. He is of Chinese descent, fluent in Cantonese and conversational in Mandarin, and will be working with our refugee and new migrant communities, international students, and swim schools. In his spare time you’ll catch Alan out in the open water, windsurfing, kayaking and snorkelling.
Toa (left) is currently completing the Diploma of Health Promotion, Sports and Exercise at Te Wananga o Raukawa, and is a fluent speaker of Te Reo Maori. He is fortunate to have had the guidance of his grandmother who gave him the opportunity to become an educator at Te puna reo o Manawanui, which led him to WaterSafe Auckland where he will be working closely with Maori. In his spare time Toa loves free-diving, surfing, swimming and being around waters.
We look forward to the opportunities this increased capacity gives us in being able to help more Aucklanders think and operate differently in, on and around our beautiful waters. Alan and Toa are currently spending time with fellow Aquatic Educators, observing and participating in aquatic education delivery, and getting to know those we are working with across schools, community and workplaces. If you get the chance please introduce yourself to them.