Hi, I’m Gerry and I established Who Dares Swims in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs in 1999.
Who Dares Swims is a private swim school offering the highest quality swimming lessons for adults, infants and children of all ages and swimming abilities particularly students with learning disabilities.
I believe in nurturing a child’s love of water as early as possible and understand that a caring, consistent environment is essential for growth. Personal instruction and attention to individual needs have been a focal point and the key to the success of my Swim School.
I offer private lessons for ASD students from our venues in North Bondi, Rose Bay and Waverley.
Mobile / home swimming lessons are available for those families with heated pools living in the Eastern Suburbs (including Bondi, Coogee, Rose Bay, Dover Heights, Centennial Park and surrounding suburbs)
Possibility of private lessons from Gunyama Park Aquatic Centre and Cook and Phillip Park Pool dependent on pool availability.
Wairoa Special School – Cnr Hastings Pde & Brighton Boulevarde, North Bondi
War Memorial Hospital – 125 Birrell St, Waverley
Kincoppal School – Cnr New South Head Rd & Vaucluse Rd, Rose Bay
Rebates for swimming lessons are available for families through their private health fund and also NDIS – dependent on assessment criteria.
“Gerry has been teaching my daughter Madi who is 14 years old and Autistic. Madi was initially very reluctant to attend swimming lessons and I am grateful that Gerry could adapt her teaching style to suit Madi’s needs and help improve her swim safety.
Gerry tailors the lessons to be mindful of Madi’s emotional state which can vary from week to week. She is in tune with Madi and has found a way to push past her reluctance without being too firm and losing Madi’s engagement. She is respectful of Madi’s difficulties with loud noises and physical touch and is able to break instructions down and concentrate on specific areas that lead to overall strength, style and cardio endurance.
We are so pleased with Madi’s improvements and grateful that Gerry could help to teach her water safety and build her physicality”.
– Lauren R
“I’ve been so impressed by the way Gerry has helped my daughter (Rosie, 3 yrs old) get used to being in the water and made it a calm and enjoyable activity for her. Even the process of getting in the pool can be very overwhelming for children who don’t enjoy the sensory experience of putting their head under the water or kicking and splashing. Gerry has been so patient and reassuring with my daughter as she overcomes her fears, and every week I see her grow in confidence, she is now excited for her lessons and she is learning proper technique. It is wonderful to see and I highly recommend Gerry’s specialist skills, her sensitive approach to children who are anxious, together with her positive and supportive attitude. I am so delighted with the progress my daughter is making”.
– Helen M
“We have known Gerry since 2019.
Recently diagnosed with ASD, Gerry was the perfect swim teacher for my daughter (Leila aged 5) , as she struggles with new environments, unpredictability, and also had a fear of getting in the water
Gerry understands my daughter’s worries and concerns and structures her lessons accordingly – whether that be allowing my daughter to select specific activities to start the lesson, or working in a way that is structured for her so she feels comfortable
she has now settled into her new swimming routine & really enjoys structured swimming lessons and can’t wait for swimming with Gerry”
– Lauren C
“Both of our boys spent several years attending Gerry’s amazing swim school. They had previously attended another well know venue where it transpired that they were being taught to merely float as opposed to swim. Hence, they arrived at Gerry’s with many bad ingrained habits that needed to be unwound. However, there is no challenge beyond Gerry’s reach and soon our ‘little bricks’ had been transformed into ‘graceful dolphins’ and have both gone onto being Rep swimmers. More importantly, they have retained their love of the water and always talk fondly of their days at the legendary Gerry’s Who Dares Swims Swim School”.
– Grant and Julieanne
“Our daughter Sammy started swimming at the ripe old age of 9 months when Gerry set up & ran the baby classes at Cook and Phillip Park. That was over 14 years ago now. When Gerry set up her own swim school we followed her as did many of the mums, dads and bubs. Sammy and her younger brother Matty both swam with Gerry until they were 8. To this day many people comment on the strong and neat swimming stroke both the kids have which is a direct reflection of the technique and skill of not only Gerry but all the instructors that guided them over the years.
I cannot stress enough how much an early (pre one year old) swim program has benefited us all as a family. Living by the beach and having a swimming pool can be stressful at times when kids are young however, the water awareness instruction they received as babies gave us the peace of mind that we had done everything possible to ensure their safety.
We have recommended Who Dares Swims to many friends over the years and all have been very happy with the results”.
– Karen and John
“We have been attending swimming lessons with Gerry, Who Dares Swims, for the last 10 years and with our 6yo Twins still in the program we will probably be going for another 4-5 years! We also spent 4 years living abroad yet even during that time on return trips we had the kids take additional lessons with Gerry. Whilst overseas my eldest now 13 was complimented so often on her stroke, and this is all because of Gerry!
Gerry loves what she does, she shows genuine interest in the kids and the kids in turn adore her. She is very disciplined, very focused on water safety and providing good swimming technics. You see instant results! Her staff are as good as she is and this is because Gerry is always there watching making sure they do it the ‘Gerry Way’!
We were introduced to Who Dares Swims by a family friend and have never looked back. Thank you Gerry!”
North Bondi NSW Australia