“Being in the water and connecting with people has been my passion and medicine since I remember myself, hence, my life is forever entwined with water and people”.
Read Anat's story here: "How my parenting journey shaped my approach to work in the water"...
During 15 years as a leading swimming coach in Israel, and over 20 years of managing her own aquatic centres and boutique swim schools, Anat Juran, owner and founder of Aquanat, developed a few specialised swimming programs for babies, toddlers, children, young adults, adults, and people with swimming challenges.
In addition to her extensive experience in the aquatic industry, specialising in teaching swimming to babies and toddlers, Anat is an internationally qualified Watsu® and Healing Dance® aquatic therapist and trainer, and a Waterdance® practitioner. These are forms of Aquatic Therapy which she often combines in her sessions.
Over the years Anat explored many forms of therapy including Swedish, sports, aromatherapy and shiatsu massage, ultimately bringing these skills together with her passion for Aquatic Therapy.
She has both an Israeli and Australian qualification as a pool manager and holds the Australian accreditation to teach swimming to people with disabilities.
Anat is the founder of The Australian Institute of Aquatic Bodywork, established in order to provide world-class aquatic therapy training and support the growth of the professional community.
~ The Australian representative member of the Ethical Committee of the international Aquatic Bodywork organisation (WABR)
~ Australian and International Qualifications and Professional Certificates of Swim Coaching and Teaching of different populations
~ AUSTSWIM executive member and qualified instructor specialising in teaching swimming to infants as well as people with disabilities
~ Watsu and Healing Dance Instructor
~ Watsu, Healing Dance, and Waterdance Practitioner
~ Halliwick WST (Water Specific Therapy) Certification
~ International Senior Trainer in Aquatic Therapeutic Intervention
~ SE (Somatic Experiencing) for Trauma Resolution Practitioner
~ Hakomi (Somatic Psychotherapy) Graduate
~ TAE cert IV in Training and Assessment
~ RLSS Certificate of Pool Operation
"Growing up in a country that is below sea level, the Netherlands, made it so I could swim before I could walk. I have always loved swimming. I began practicing swimming as a sport when I was 5 and was hooked ever since. The freedom and sensation of the water carrying me gives me so much enjoyment, so much so that I used to spend a few days a week at the local pool in my hometown growing up.
As a Bachelor of Social Work I have had over 7 years of experience in childcare, afterschool care and working with kids with special needs such as autism, ADHD as well as speech and language impairment. My work background with children, which is my life’s passion, has contributed to developing an approach and gaining understandings that enable me to give kids that extra bit of support in their swimming journey."
Not just a swim teacher!
Sharon also volunteers at Darling Range Wildlife Shelter looking after our native fauna. She is also an artists, and her paintings can be viewed on her Instagram page, purchased online on her RedBubble store, or in person at Creative Crafts, Rockingham Arts Centre's gift shop.
Along with a few awards for her photographic work, Adaya has successfully achieved a Certificate in Design and an Advanced Diploma in Photography. An exhibition of her artwork has been featured at a few venues in Perth.
Her flare for visual and media communications, arts, and design led Adaya to dab in many different areas and industries, gaining a wide range of skills and a flexible aesthetic consciousness.
Following in the foot steps of her mother Anat, Adaya, whose interest in people and therapy, finds expression in the water, to which she has had a connection to from a young age.
~ BA in Psychology
~ Member of Golden Key International Honour Society
~ Advanced Diploma of Photography
~ Certificate III in Design
~ Certificate of Therapeutic Crisis Intervention, CPFS WA
~ Watsu ® I & II Graduate
~ Intro to Healing Dance ® Graduate