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:
Wendy - Swim School Manager
Wendy has recently taken over as Swim School Manager, from her previous role of Aquatic Programmer. She is very focused on enhancing the customer experience at Dash Swim School both for learn to swim and school programmes.
Wendy has been very involved in both learn to swim programmes and squad swimming for the last few years. She can often be found at the weekends at any of the competeitve pools helping out in an official capacity at local, regional swim meets.
Please feel free to stop and have a chat with her at anytime
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.
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.
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"
Ace is well known in our babies programme on a Saturday. She is a very versatile member of staff, from being down at the Arena teaching top end swimmers to being a friendly face on reception.
She is a qualifield Austswim instructor and lifeguard.
Outiside of work Ace like to spend quality time with her family.
Ace would descibe her teaching style as fun but fair, she definately knows how to push a child and get the best from them.
**Update August 2017 - Ace is now on maternity leave, we wish her all the best and look forward to seeing her back at Dash in the future**
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.
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"
Tayla is a qualified lifeguard and teaches classes ranging from Jellyfish to Sharks. Her interests include netbal;l, basketball and swimming. Tayla teaches classes by creating fun and safe environment whilst also being informative.
Inez works with a younger swimmers at both Dash on a Saturday morning and running Little Splashers down at the Arena Aquatic Centre on a Sunday morning.
She is a qualified lifeguard.
Inez likes to socialise with family and friends, she is also studying to be a nurse
Inez has a fun, down to earth teaching style who loves getting to know her children.
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."
Abby specialises in both pre school and our middle Dash Swim School levels.
Outside of work Abby spends her time with her family.
Abby has a caring approach to her students, and works well at getting improvements from them.
David comes to us with a coaching background from hockey. You will see him in all the different swim school levels at Cannons Creek Pool and also teaching top levels at the Arena Aquatic Centre.
Outside of work David still finds time to coach hockey and study sports & science full time.
David's teaching brings all the fun element to every lesson, whilst maintaining good class control and makes sure everybody's needs are catered for.
Adam specialises in the higher levels of the swim school and can be found teaching at both Cannons Creek Pool and Arena Aquatic Centre.
He is a qualified lifeguard.
Adam is studying full time to become a lawyer, and is also a qualified diver who loves to get out into the water as often as he can.
Adam has strong class control and expects his children to try their best and work well at achieving this.
Libby comes to us with a white water rafting background, she has a key eye on river safety skills. You will see Libby teaching our babies programme during the mornings as well as lots of different levels in the afternoons.
Libby is a qualified lifeguard
Outisde of work Libby loves to play hockey with her team and spending time on the water
Libby takes a caring approach to her teaching, which children really respond to and she gets the best out of them.
Leah works primarily with our lower end levels and is planning to soon be teaching babies.
She is a qualified lifeguard.
Leah loves to socialise with her friends when not at work.
Leah's teaching style is to be bubbly and fun whilst teaching lots of skills to the children.
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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