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Coralie Scott-Mackie


Swimming Teacher

Mrs. Scott-Mackie has been teaching swimming since 2008, and is qualified to teach many levels including competitive swimming, stroke development, and teaching people of determination.

Born and raised in New Zealand until I was 9 when we moved to South Africa in the early 70’s, I consider myself a True Southern Hemisperian. I have travelled and lived around the world most of my adult life, working with children in various fields, until I landed in Abu Dhabi 13 years ago with a 1 year old son and my husband.    

In 2008 I was looking for a Swimming Teacher for my 3 year old son and one day while watching his lesson I was asked if I would be interested in training to be a swimming teacher. That is how my career as a Swimming Teacher began and I now view swimming as a life skill and not just a fun activity.

In 2011 I was asked to become business partners in a small swimming school where I specialised in offering lessons from parents and toddlers level through to stroke development. That is when I realised that I have a gift for working with children and adults that have a fear of water, and began to look at swimming in a different light. I got my training in Teaching Swimming to “People of Determination” and added that to my personal skills agenda. I also got my qualifications in Competitive Coaching at that time but never really got to use it.  I had the pleasure of being in a fantastic business venture for 5 years. This allowed me to build a solid reputation in Abu Dhabi as a strong, reliable & passionate swimming teacher at many levels of teaching.  In 2016 my business partner left to return to New Zealand, and I was once again at a crossroad in my life. 

BIS Abu Dhabi had just opened their new 25m pool and being a parent in the school I volunteered to come assist with the swimming program. This led to a fulltime position in the school where I coached from Nursery through to the Swim Squad. I established & ran a program called “Swimfit” which allowed the Secondary children to develop their swimming skills and their water fitness

I then had an opportunity to work within another swim company. This gave me the opportunity to expand and enhance my coaching skills in competitive swimming and I had the pleasure of managing & running the Secondary swim squad program for the school. I was also involved in the Water Polo Team and assisted with the coaching of that.

I believe in BIS Abu Dhabi, having been a parent in this school since 2009, and I have watched the school grow and flourish. I love the Ethos of BIS Abu Dhabi so once again I have the absolute pleasure of joining the PE department. I am excited about being a part of developing and taking the swimming department to the next level.