Swimming in a public pool is a funny thing, you are both exposed and cocooned.

You may simply jump in your lane, swim your laps and leave; but chances are you will have a chat with one of your fellow swimmers each time you swim.

Quite often you may find yourself talking to an absolute stranger wearing a very skimpy swimsuit, yet you probably don't know much at all about your lane mate.

This podcast aims to get below the surface and jump into the deep end with Pool swimmers to reveal their varied and fascinating lives, and some of the history of your local swimmers.


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Like an 8 year old on a 34 degree day.... you just can't wait to dive in.

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Jane Mills

I am naturally curious and love a good chat. I'm a people person,who enjoys community and learning and sharing stories.

I have been swimming at Prahran Pool for over 20years (not consistently, but more on than off). I also have enjoyed quite a few open water swims - having swum the Pier To Pub in Lorne 5 times and the low key Mt Martha 1.2km bay swim twice.

I have lived and worked in the Prahran/South Yarra area since I was a teenager and it's great seeing familiar faces at the pool, some of whom I haven't seen since the 80s!

This podcast is a great way for me to connect with those I already know as well as meet new people. Hopefully I am able to bring some of the hidden tales and talents of our swimming community to the surface.



Who are you listening to ?

The guests on my Podcast are people I have encountered at the pool over the years.

I have tried to find a variety of swimmers to chat with so you can hear a broad range of stories.


Episode one: Adriene Greenhough

 Adie, as we know her, rides her bike every morning to swim her 40+ laps... remarkable for her age.. as they say.

Adie talks about her incredible life in Melbourne.

From the artist communities of the 60s and fitness fun in the 80s. What an interesting and varied life Adie has had.

Episode two: Paul Whitehead takes us through his journey in the Pool from open water swims to Masters competitions.

Paul talks about the fun of the 70s and 80s as a hairdresser in Chapel Street. His interest in fitness and how is staff enjoyed smoking at the Gym rather than exercising!

We chat about his amazing career and his passion for cars and guitars.

Episode Three: Aaron Tenabel was part of the Australian National Swim Team in his youth.. being a professional athlete set him on a course to a life involved in his passion of Sport.

Episode Four: Kate McKevitt became a qualified Lawyer before deciding that corporate law was not going to make her life happy. Katie now leads a very active life working as a personal trainer, life guard and yoga instructor.

This bubbly New Zealander has a passion to connect with people and help them with fitness and happiness.

Episode Five: Susan Berg ...after swimming and struggling for 3 and half hours in the cold dark waters of Western Port Bay, Susan finally found help 3 km from where she landed on French Island. .... This tragic story has turned around to become the challenge of lifetime as Susan prepares to swim as part of four person relay team across the English channel.

Episode Six: Scott Denison - I met Scott at Prahran Pool where he works as a lifeguard. He became the catalyst for this podcast when I discovered he was actually a maker of Shirts. Scott chats about his pool life, working with the elderly and  his life in the Rag-trade and his new custom shirt business.

Episode Seven: Tim Martelli - If Tim looks familiar that's most likely because you've eaten in the Chapel St restaurant La Lucciola established by his parents in 1984 and where he and his mum Rosa still work today.

When Tim puts down his apron, you'll find him training for Triathlons or Iron Man competitions.

Tim has a great positive outlook and thought at 50 ... why the hell not start these marathon sporting challenges!

Episode Eight: Jennie Bucknell - A well known swimming coach at Prahran Pool and Harold Holt pool, Jennie speaks of her career in the pool including a highlight of 2012. At age 45 Jennie qualified to line up against Australia's elite swimmers and swim to qualify for a place in the London Olympic team. Although she didn't make the team, it's such an outstanding achievement to even get into the pool and compete at this level. Especially since some of the other swimmers were as young as 15!

Episode Nine: Diane Panjari

Diane swims each morning at Prahran Pool before heading off to work for Stonnington Libraries.

In this episode Diane talks about what lead her to swimming and we also discuss her career as a Librarian. Don't believe the stereotypes of libraries being boring!

Episode Ten: Grant Siedle

Grant talks about his swimming coach career - which spans junior students, teenagers and adult swimmers. We also discuss his passion for open water swimming and the Events he set up - including a night time, Winter Solstice swim in the Bay! Surprisingly popular!

Tune in to hear about marathon swim training and a little bit of musical relief.

Episode Eleven: Denise Clarke

Originally from New Zealand, Denise now calls Melbourne home and is a passionate swimmer.

After a health scare which required 18mths of treatment and a craniotomy to remove multiple meningiomas Denise found herself swimming for hours in the Prahran pool.

5 years on.. Denise is a veteran of 2 Rottnest Island swims, NZ open water swims (with Orca in tow) and the English Channel. Denise's optimistic nature holds her in good stead as she has dealt with her fair share of swimming disappointments including the non landing of her latest Channel attempt.

Episode Twelve: Tim Lane

You may recognise Tim's voice on this podcast as he is an award winning Sports Broadcaster and Journalist. A long time swimmer at Prahran Pool, I first connected with Tim over our shared joy/heartache with Carlton Football Club.

In this episode we chat about Tim's transition from running to the pool and his subsequent quest for swimming improvement.

Tim also discusses his recent travels to South America which sound amazing.

Episode Thirteen: Di Pausewang

A very real recording poolside on a sunny afternoon. (apologies for all the wind and workers noise!)

Chatting with Di a longtime Squad swimmer about swimming at Prahran pool.

Di has been swimming since childhood, and her father at 92 is still swimming in the ocean.

We talk about the fun of swimming at a public pool and the benefits of exercise especially as we age.

Episode Fourteen: Stella Bell

Full of smiles and hello, Stella is a charming member of the Prahran Pool community.

Stella chats about her swimming and other interests on this podcast.


If you have any questions or suggestions for this Podcast... feel free to let me know