About Janine

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Hi, I’m Janine

I’m passionate about the water and all things aquatic.  I’m deeply moved by the beauty of water in all its forms; liquid, solid, gas… and love to share this passion by gently guiding others to become more comfortable and competent in water (liquid!).

I’m also a traveller and avid snorkeling fan. I love to spend time connecting with the most stunning natural environments on earth, especially the richest marine environments.

On this website, you can find information about services in trauma-informed best practice for the aquatics industry worldwide, and for adults and adolescents experiencing water fear.

You can also learn a little more about me, what I stand for, and my professional background. This may help you decide if I might be someone you could feel comfortable having swim alongside you on your aquatic journey.

Professional Qualifications and Experience
  • Certified Trauma Professional – (Evergreen Certifications)
  • Registered Professional Counsellor – Aquatic trauma therapy (Australian Counselling Association – L1)
  • Diploma of Counselling – (Australian Institute Professional Counsellors)
  • Member Premium Level, ASCTA  – (Australian Swim Coaches and Teachers Association)
  • Swim Australia Teacher Swimming & Water Safety, Babies & Toddlers, Adults & Adolescents, Competitive Strokes, Learners with a Disability – (L7)
  • Bachelor of Science (Victoria University of Wellington, NZ)
  • Cert IV TAE (Training and Assessment)
  • PROSCI Change Management Methodology Certification (Being Human)
  • Over 30 years experience in the aquatics industry in roles including swim teacher, swim school owner, swim teacher trainer (e.g.), and conference presenter
  • Experience in corporate training and change management outside the aquatics industry
  • Advocate for swim lessons free of forced participation and other abuses, at all ages and levels in swimming, including infancy
  • Past member Australian Swim Schools Association (ASSA) Pedagogy Committee and founding member ASSA Trauma-Free Swim Lessons Task Force
  • Former national-level competitive swimmer and member NZ synchronised swimming team
  • Volunteer telephone crisis support worker with Lifeline
 
Testimonials

“Janine’s knowledge of how the concept of toxic stress and trauma applies to swimming and/or survival practices is second to none in the world.”  (2019)                 Ross Gage: Former CEO, Australian Swim Schools Assn (ASSA) and Australian Swim Coaches and Teachers Assn (ASCTA)

“Janine Ramsey has demonstrated an extraordinary knowledge of what toxic stress and trauma is with infants in the aquatics industry and has moved the industry worldwide to be more conscientious in advocating for safe and enjoyable practices for infants.”  (2019)  Frances S. Waters: International trainer and consultant in trauma and dissociation of children; author of Healing the Fractured Child: Diagnosis and Treatment of Youth with Dissociation; clinical therapist; and past president of  the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD)