ABOUT

 

Meet Helene Aitchison –
Owner of Turtle Swim School

Teaching swimming lessons in Papamoa and

Toiohomai Aquatic Centre in Tauranga

Helene Aitchison is an award winning swim teacher, and the owner and head teacher of Turtle Swim School in Papamoa, Tauranga.

She has a real love for the water and teaching swimming. Her teaching style is motivating, passionate, empowering and enthusiastic.

Helene gained a Diploma in Swim Teaching through Swimming New Zealand.  She has certificates in Infants, Preschoolers, School Aged, Disabilities and Adults.  She has her Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety Aust Swim Certification and Level 3 Aquatics with Skills Active.

Trained as an Aust Swim Presenter and during summer is in at all the local schools delivering the Water Skills for life Programme.  Has a strong drive when it comes to the learn to swim program.  Expertise in teaching children and adults of all ages and abilities.

When travelling around the world, Helene worked and managed swim schools in Scotland and America, before returning to NZ and managing an Auckland swim school for 8 years. She followed a lifelong dream to run her own swim school, which saw her found Turtle Swim School whilst living in Auckland. Her family then moved to Papamoa, where she installed a salt water, heated pool; purpose built for teaching swimming to her community in the Tauranga district.

Continually looking for new ideas and ways to improve, Helene spends time time at conferences and up-skills regularly.

She has always been around the water, scuba diving, swimming, surfing and loves to travel and spend time at the beach with her family. She has three children who love the water and when she is not looking after them she is in the pool or ocean swimming.

2013

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FOUNDING TURTLE SWIM SCHOOL

Helene has worked hard, following her passion and her dream – which lead to her starting a summer swim school called Turtle Swim School in 2013.

2015

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PAPAMOA SWIM SCHOOL STARTS

In 2015 Helene put a 12 meter pool in her back yard with the vision to teach swimming to children from the local community in Papamoa, Tauranga, and enrich their lives with the same passion and enjoyment for the water that she has.

2018

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WATER SKILLS FOR LIFE PROGRAMME

In 2018/2019 summer Helene was contracted by Swimming New Zealand to go into the local schools and deliver the Water Skills for Life programme, which teaches our tamariki to be safe in and around the water here in the Bay of Plenty.

2019

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AUSTSWIM WINNER

Helene wins the award for the 2019 Aust Swim Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety.

2013 - FOUNDING TURTLE SWIM SCHOOL

Helene has worked hard, following her passion and her dream – which lead to her starting a summer swim school called Turtle Swim School in 2013.

 

2015 - PAPAMOA SWIM SCHOOL STARTS

In 2015 Helene put a 12 meter pool in her back yard with the vision to teach swimming to children from the local community in Papamoa, Tauranga, and enrich their lives with the same passion and enjoyment for the water that she has.

 

2018 - WATER SKILLS FOR LIFE PROGRAMME

In 2018/2019 summer Helene was contracted by Swimming New Zealand to go into the local schools and deliver the Water Skills for Life programme, which teaches our tamariki to be safe in and around the water here in the Bay of Plenty.

 

Award wining swim teacher Papamoa Tauranga

2019 - AUSTSWIM WINNER

Helene wins the award for the 2019 Aust Swim Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety.

 

Experienced and qualified teacher

This Diploma of Swimming Teaching is the highest qualification you can gain as a swimming teacher in New Zealand. Helene is also the winner of the 2019 Aust Swim Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety.

Qualified Swim teacher Papamoa Tauranga

Learn to swim in a purpose built, outdoor, heated, salt water pool in summer
and Toiohomai Aquatic centre in winter.

Put your trust in Helene, who has had over 20 years experience, and is passionate about teaching all ages to learn to swim.

SWIMMING LESSONS IN PAPAMOA + TAURANGA

Turtle Swim School offers affordable swimming lessons in Papamoa and Tauranga. You or your children will learn to swim with an award winning, highly experienced and qualified swim teacher.
Book in or enquire to start your swimming journey with Helene!

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0211024184  or 

07 572 5030

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WHERE WE ARE

Our swimming lessons run from:
• 120 Pacific View Road, Papamoa, Tauranga
• Toi Ohomai Aquatic Centre, 70 Windermere Drive, Poike, Tauranga

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