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 17 years' experience in teaching, personal training, and strength and conditioning. She brings enthusiasm and passion to the Team Leader role and enjoys seeing her students progress, to help them overcome any challenges they face in the water.

Keith Spry Pool, Johnsonville

Parrish Evans leads the Keith Spry team and comes from a water safety background. He has been involved in sport and recreation all his life and led a Lifeguard team at University. Parrish enjoys seeing swimmers progress in the water and believes it's a rewarding role.

Tawa Pool

Jayne Freeman leads the Tawa team. She has been in and around water all her life and has been a swim instructor for over 9 years. She loves seeing people's confidence grow and help develop their water safety skills. Jayne's passion is boating - she has 4 children, all whom share the same passion for sailing.

Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre (WRAC), Kilbirnie

Bridget Williams leads the WRAC team and is new to the role, but has been in pools for 10+ years in the Operations/Lifeguard area. Bridget is passionate about development for staff and children and thrives on creating a positive environment and experience. She takes pride in the programme SwimWell delivers and aims to always provide the best service to our customers. Ehara taku toa, he takitahi, he toa takitini – My success should not be bestowed onto me alone, as it was not individual success but success of a collective.