Joy Symons – Company Director/Shut the Gate ManagerJoy has over 20 years experience in the industry as an athlete, coach, and swimming teacher. Her athletic skills have taken her across the globe swimming for Australia at World Championships, World Cups, Oceania Championships and NCAA’s (National Collegiate Athletic Assosciation – American College Nationals).
Joy is a driving force at Shut the Gate as she manages, teaches, instructs aerobics and Aqua Zumba, as well as takes on administrative duties. She is the AUSTSWIM Champion for the Central QLD Region and 2015 AUSTSWIM QLD presenter of the year.
Joy’s qualifications are:
· Austswim Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety,
· Austswim Teacher of Infants and Preschool Aquatics
·  Austswim Teacher of Competitive Strokes
· Austswim Teacher of Access and Inclusion
· Austswim Presenter of Infant and Preschool Aquatics
· Austswim Presenter of Swimming and Water Safety
· Bronze Coach
· Bronze Medallion
· Certificate III – Fitness
· Aqua Zumba Instructor
· Pool Operators Licence
· Master of Arts – Public Administration, Communications, Special Education
· Bachelor of Applied Science – BiologyJoy and Val are no strangers to parenthood as they balance work and family life with their two amazing children aged 8 and 6.
You can find Joy on Facebook where she focuses on motivation and inspiration for Teachers of Swimming and Water Safety.

Val Kalmikovs –   Director of Facility Management
Val has over 30 years of experience in the Aquatic Industry, as an athlete, coach and swimming teacher.  As an athlete he has competed in two Olympics (2000, 2004), numerous world cups, world championships, and NCAA’s (National Collegiate Athletic Assosciation – American College Nationals).  He has coached swimmers to Australian and US National Championships, Junior Olympics and been voted Central Californian Coach of the year.  He has coached in many countries across the globe.  His teaching skills see him connect with much smaller swimmers.  His methods lead to great results and the parents of his swimmers are happy to see their progress. As Val’s experiences give him an edge in the aquatic industry, Val’s skills are also continuing to expand with RLSSA and Austswim Certificates.  His qualifications are:Austswim Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety
·        Austswim Teacher of Competitive Strokes
·        Austswim Teacher of Preschool and Infant Aquatics
·        Aqua Zumba Instructor
·        Bronze Coach
·        Bronze Medallion
·        CPR
·        Pool Operators Licence
.        Master of Arts – Sports Management and Athletic Administration
.        Bachelor of Arts – International Affairs

Trainees:  Shut the Gate is an educational facility.  Regularly, trainees will be placed in classes to learn to how to teach swimming or instruct fitness classes.