About Us

Hi I'm Rochelle, welcome to The Swim Centre. 

Our Story

Swimming is certainly in our genes, despite the chilly seas of the UK my grandfather wasn't deterred and was a great long distance swimmer and heavily involved in the royal lifesaving society. This love was passed onto my mum Anne who quickly made it her life passion, achieving UK's ASA and STA swimming teaching qualifications.

Mum and Dad (Paul) decided it was too cold and dreary in Northern Ireland and left for New Zealand and in 1978 they achieved one of Anne's life goals - establishing her own swimming school, The Swim Centre. 

Over 41 years Anne and later myself and my sister passionately taught literally tens of thousands of children how to swim. However, in December 2019 we as a family decided it was time for Anne and our family to enjoy a different pace of life, especially now that Anne was wanting to embrace being a Grandmother. 

Lot's of mixed emotions - celebrating Anne's retirement. Thank you to all of our lovely clients for their gifts and thoughful cards. A few tears were shed


Although retirement and a slower pace has been great we really have missed interacting and helping others. So, after receiving quite a few emails from past pupils asking 'can we still buy our goggles and togs from you?' - it got us thinking, we could set up an online store with all the best from The Swim Centre's original in-house store and continue to help others!

Our original in-house store was born over 20 years ago out of frustration of having to waste so much teaching time in class adjusting too many leaking ill fitting goggles and having awkward conversations about replacing faded togs. Our feelings certainly were no criticism of well meaning parents but of the industry that has a plethora of products, quite a few that don't perform and no education or help on how to pick the right product.

So we took up the challenge to find the best products that solved these problems. 

It took lots of testing of samples from overseas and local brands on different shaped faces and bodies. There were moments of offending some bigger brands with our honesty about their products but what we achieved was procuring the products that we had utmost confidence in.  We could achieve our goal of helping our swimmers to be kitted out in the best gear that didn't leak, didn't distract, didn't go baggy and assisted them in their learning and ultimately more teaching time for all. 

So, unlike big retails stores like Rebel Sports we haven't got 50+ goggles for you to choose from or lots of brands - we make no apologies as we have products and brands that we've used, tested and have 100% confidence in. 

But if you think we are missing a great product and should check it out, then we'd love to hear from you. 

We look forward to helping you select the best products that are right for you. 

Any questions don't hesitate to contact us - info@swimcentre.co.nz

Thanks for your support

Rochelle, Anne & Paul