Find out more about Dash Swim School
Our Swim School
Dash Swim School has the best learn-to-swim pool in the Wellington region.
Cannons Creek Pool a dedicated facility which means there are no disruptions – perfect for structured swimming with no distractions. This gives the added benefits of privacy and focus.
We are a family friendly swim school that caters for everyone from 4 months to 80+ years.
We believe in providing swimming and aquatic facilities for all ages, abilities and cultures.
There’s no better pool in which to learn to swim. Come and say Hi to our friendly staff today!
The Dash Team
The team at Dash are like a family, they work together to create a dynamic, positive and energetic environment for all patrons and customers of the facility.
AustSwim, Swimming NZ, lifeguard and First Aid qualified staff means you are in the best hands possible when attending Cannons Creek Pool and Dash Swim School.
We have regular trainings to ensure all staff members are up to date in leading swim and water safety techniques. This ensures the best quality lessons for everyone in the Porirua and wider Wellington region.
Find out more about our staff:
Phil - Assistant Manager
Phil has been involved in the leisure industry for over 16 years and has worked in a range of different facilities both big and small. Phil’s passion is water safety and is heavily involved in Water safety in New Zealand. He has been asked to speak at several national and international conferences to talk about the importance of water safety in a swim program and is working hard with Water Safety New Zealand to lower the drowning toll in this country.Phil is an AUSTSWIM assessor and is well on his way to being an AUSTSWIM presenter to teach new and existing instructors about swimming and Water Safety.
Outside of Work Phil likes to spend time with his 2 kids and gets a fish in when he can
Phil is passionate about Dash Swim School and teaching the local kids of Porirua not only how to swim but also to be water safe. If you have any questions for him he is always happy to stop and have a chat
Jenay especially enjoys teaching children between the ages of 3 and 11 years.
When she is not at work she enjoys watching and supporting the rugby and listening to music.
When asked to describe her teaching style Jenay says "I'm a bubbly, friendly person and encourage the children to try their very best."
Kerry is one of our special needs instructors for both private and group sessions, he also coaches the Special Olympics Squad.
He is qualified instructor for Austswim Swimming and Water Safety, Austswim Inclusion, NZ Coaching level 1 & 2 and lifeguarding.
Outside of work he enjoys coaching multiple sports and gaming.
Kerry describes the way he teaches as "unique approach to teaching, who thinks outside the box. I'm creative, fun , friendly and relate to my students well"
Louise teaches all levels from babies to adults. She has qualifications from Austswim Swimming and Water Safety, Swimming NZ ASTA and ASCA.
When she isnt teaching she enjoys photography and sports.
Louise describes her teaching style "I challenge the children to do their best and ectend their skills to reach their goals whilst maintaining a fun learning environment"
Paul's specialist classes include adult, open water racing and tri-athlon swimming.
He is qualified Austswim instructor for Swimming and Water Safety and Competitive Strokes.
Paul describes his teaching style as " firm with positive re-inforcement, using all teaching styles for childrens learning."
Peter's speciality is access and inclusion aquatic teaching.
He also teaches learn to swim for all ages from pre school to adults.
Peter is a qualified first aider and trained in the Austswim Swimming and Water Safety plus Access and Inclusion.
His hobbies include playing the guitar, travelling overseas, a variety of sports and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
To describe his teaching style Peter says "i am an instructive teacher with a bit of humour, fun and games thrown in.
A paternalistic, caring softly approach to pre-schoolers but can be firmer to school age and adults"
Soul's specialist classes are babies and pre-school.
He is a qualified Austswim Swimming and Water Safety instructor. Soul is involved in many community activities.
He is a facilitator for the Healthy Eating, Healthy Action (HEHA) low impact exercise community programme and also an amateur boxing coach.
He is interested in youth & family development, Wushu-Sanda and the community.
Tayla teaches pre school lessons and all levels of Dash Swim School.
Her interests include rugby, netball and basketball. Tayla teaches by "creating fun games/environment that will get the pre schoolers confident in the water.
Works on turning the students weaknesses into their strengths"
Turi is a PCA squad member and qualified lifeguard.
He teaches a range of of classes from pre-schoolers to top end level.
His interests are swimming, music and delicious food.
Turi describes his teaching style as "lots of fun, whilst being informative and focusing on safety"
Xavia specialises in classes ranging from babies up to Eels.
In her spare time she enjoys playing sports, spending time with her family and teaching children new things.
She describes herself as a teacher "patient, fun teacher who plays games and encourages children to learn new things'
Melissa - Customer Service Officer
Melissa is the friendly face that you see as you walk through the door at Cannons Creek Pool. She will help you with your enrolments and any account questions you may have.
Melissa has been involved in the leisure industry for the past 7 years.
She is passionate about swimming and seeing children learning key water safety skills.
Outside of work Melissa enjoys getting involved in a variety of different sports and spending time with her family.
Laura - Senior Swim Co-ordinator
Laura has been with the swim school for 6 years now and loves to watch it grow.
You will see her friendly smile out and about on pool side and in the main offices.
She is always happy to hear feedback about the swim school so please come and say hello.
Outside of work Laura likes to socialise with her friends and family. She enjoys beach walks with her 2 dogs, Starting to get into abit of gardening, and she also likes to get in some travel when she can.
Wendy - Aquatic Programmer
Wendy's key role is organising the pool bookings for both the Arena Aquatic Centre and Cannons Creek Pool.
Contact Wendy if you wish to book lane space, a birthday party or a function at either of the two pools.
She works closely with all the local schools, organising their term lessons and school swimming sports.
In her spare time Wendy can be seen at most of the local swimming meets whilst her daughter is competing or walking the tracks around Wellington and Porirua.
Cannons Creek Pool is a 6 lane, 25 metre pool that is 1 metre deep. The water temperature is 30 degrees. This provides a great learn-to-swim experience as the pool is shallow enough to feel safe no matter what level you’re at.
We have two family/disabled changing rooms, as well as male and female changing rooms. There is plenty of space for families and large groups to get changed and organised.
Cannons Creek Pool also has a great outdoor garden and natural playground along with a BBQ that can be used during pool hires.
We also operate at the Arena Aquatic Centre located in Te Rauparaha Arena, Parumoana Street, Porirua.
Instructing with Dash
If you are passionate about water safety and have a strong desire to help people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds learn an important life skill, then you could be a perfect fit for teaching at Dash!
Teaching at Dash involves regular trainings, AustSwim courses and qualifications, first aid trainings and working in a bright, exciting and fun environment.
Email your CV and Cover letter to: email@example.com or keep an eye on TradeMe Jobs for when we are advertising.
Go to the Porirua City Council Job Vacancies Portal.
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Dash Swim School is located at:
Cannons Creek Pool
170 Bedford Street
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If you are approaching Porirua from the north or south on State Highway 1, take the Mungavin Avenue exit, and follow Mungavin Avenue until you reach the Cannons Creek shops. Turn right into Bedford Street. Follow the road for 200 metres until you see the pool complex. You can park on Bedford Street or in the pool carpark.
If you are approaching Cannons Creek from Whitby, turn left into Mungavin Avenue at the Cannons Creek shopping centre and then turn left into Bedford Street. Follow the road for 200 metres until you see the pool complex. You can park on Bedford Street or in the pool carpark.
Tears turn to smiles
Dash Swim School has been awesome for my son. The staff are amazing. They are so helpful and encouraging. My son started swimming at 6 months of age. We spent the first term dealing with tears and screaming. With the persistence and encouragement from the staff and his teachers we were able to continue swimming. We now have a 2 and a half year old who is no longer afraid and cannot wait to go swimming every week. Ariana Collier.
Confidence grows with each lesson
Our daughter (now aged three) has been coming to Dash for two years. During this time we have witnessed significant development in her ability and confidence in the water. We see the benefit of her learning with other children, as they copy each other when the other succeeds. As parents, we are impressed with the overall experience. Our daughter is greeted by name at reception and the swimming teachers are fantastic with well thought-out programmes. Our one year old son has recently started. In a short space of time, we have seen him grow in confidence. We look forward to many more terms of swimming lessons at Dash for both of them. David Jackson.
Water play a delight
Our toddler's been going to Dash Swim School since he was a baby, and it's great seeing him learn water safety skills and swimming basics. He loves playing in the water, and his swimming lesson is a highlight of the week for him. And we're just glad to have a child who's safe, happy and comfortable in the water! Ruth Farrell.
Favourite day of the week
When our 5 year old son started with Dash in term 1 he wouldn't put his face in the water, with the help of his awesome teacher he was going under the water by the end of the term. Now, in his second term of swimming with Dash, swimming days are his favourite day of the week, and he is getting more and more confident with each lesson, thanks! Casey Williams
Structured lessons enhance progress
We’ve had our children doing lessons at Dash from about 6 months old, our eldest is now five. We’ve enjoyed seeing the progression from developing water confidence to independent swimmer. The teaching staff are fantastic and the lesson structure is very logical. Water Safety week takes basic water survival skills to another level. We would not hesitate to recommend Dash as a family friendly swim school that fosters and teaches swimming through and empathetic and world class swim development framework. Bronwyn and Mark Hollingsworth.
Patient Tolerant and Encouraging Instructors
We have 3 gorgeous girls who have all been through Dash Swim School since they were little. Each girl has different strengths and improvement opportunities, from 1 who spent a term screaming before agreeing to get in the water, to one who happily spends more time under the water, than on it and isn’t even 3 years old yet! The teachers have always been so patient, tolerant and encouraging, tailoring each class to whatever our girls need, ensuring they are supported, comforted and challenged where they need to be. Rachael Mitchell.
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