How we teach

At SwimWell, we teach your child the skills they need to enjoy and stay safe in the water. They will also learn independence, perseverance, and pride in their achievements.

Instructor with school-age child in the pool.

Every stage of the SwimWell programme incorporates the Water Skills for Life programme.

SwimWell is a gold-level Swimming New Zealand Quality Swim School. We maintain these high standards through training programmes and ongoing professional development opportunities.

SwimWell instructors

All instructors complete an Instructor Training and Induction Programme, hold the Swimming New Zealand Swim Teacher Award and a first aid qualification, and have undergone police vetting. The minimum age to become an instructor is 16 years old.

Feedback about an instructor

We welcome your feedback on our instructors at any time. Talk to a poolside supervisor, email, or pick up a feedback form at reception.

Getting feedback about your child's swimming

If you have questions about your child's swimming, you can speak with a poolside supervisor or a SwimWell team leader, or email

SwimWell team leaders

Karori Pool

Nicola Fredericks leads the Karori team. She has over 15 years' experience in teaching, personal training, and strength and conditioning. She brings enthusiasm and passion to the role, and encourages excellence in her staff and swimmers.

Keith Spry Pool, Johnsonville

Ryan Wilson leads the Keith Spry team. He has a background in competitive swimming at a national level, and holds a Bachelor of Education in Physical Education and Health. He enjoys seeing his team and swimmers achieving great results.

Tawa Pool

Chelsea Saywell leads the Tawa team. She has a passion for seeing skills develop in her staff and swimmers. She started swimming at a young age, and has moved from competitive swimming to coaching and teaching. Chelsea has spent the last 12 years in the United Kingdom and New Zealand teaching a wide range of ages, including children with disabilities.

Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre (WRAC), Kilbirnie

Selina Murray leads the WRAC team. A highly motivated instructor who has also been a competitive swimmer and water polo player, she has 23 years’ experience teaching swimming to children, adults, and people with disabilities – including two Olympians. Selina is also a mum and is enjoying sharing her passion with her daughter, who is learning how to swim.