Director of Coaching – Michelle Laidlaw

Our Director of Coaching, Michelle Laidlaw, has been associated with swimming in Victoria for thirty-three years in wide ranging capacities as a Swim School Owner, Coach, Administrator and Team Manager.

She is the owner and founder and the Director of Coaching of the Blue Fin Swim School and the Blue Fin Aquarius Amateur Swimming Club (BFAASC).  She trains and mentors swimmers in the BFAASC and the St Michael’s Grammar School (SMGS) Junior and Senior swimming squads.

Michelle’s specific expertise related to the development of swimmers and swimming squads includes designing and implementing teaching and training programs for all age groups, development and implementation of sports science programs, and planning and co-ordinating annual competition programs for BFAASC.

Qualifications, Memberships and Awards


ASCTA Silver Licence Coaching Accreditation, 2003

ASCTA Level 2 (Skills) Coaching Accreditation, 1999

ASCTA Level 1 Coaching Accreditations, 1997

Aust Swim Aqua Exercise Leaders Training Course, 1993

Arthritis Foundation – Arthritis and Water Exercise Training Course, 1987

Aust Swim Teacher of Swimming Certificate, 1977


Member, Australian Swimming Coaches & Teachers Association

Member, Swim Australia (Victorian Branch) 1989 to present

Member, Swim School Owner’s Association of Australia


Jim O’Doherty Memorial Award for Coaching Achievement at Australian Age Championships, 2009 (Victorian Age Group)