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Turtle swim school -
a new, fun and vibrant swim school in Papamoa, Tauranga welcomes you!

Turtle Swim School is a summer swim school run out of a heated pool in Papamoa Beach, Tauranga.

Helene Aitchison’s passion for learn to swim lead to her starting Turtle Swim School - where children are taught in a positive and friendly environment, using a range of songs, games and toys, and encouraged and rewarded to ensure they grow their confidence in and around water.


Lessons range from Babies, up to school age children who are competent swimmers and need help with their technique. 


Specializing in 1:1's for children and adults.  Helene has taught learn to swim and keep fit adults.  

Helene has 17 years experience as a swimming instructor and teaches with a holistic approach.



My 5 year old has had a fear of water since breaking his leg at the age of 2. We heard great things about Turtle Swim School, so we booked our 5 year old into 2 full week intensive swimming classes, followed by 2 private 1:1 lessons. At the beginning of classes it was difficult to get our son in the pool and even the bath at home. By the end of the private lessons our son was fully submerging himself into water happily and in a result is water confident and has found a new hobby. Helene is amazing. She has a warm and inviting nature, not to mention a whole lot of patience! She has a wonderful approach with children and develops trust with them in no time. I highly recommend Turtle Swim School to anyone looking for water safety / water confidence and swimming lessons for their little ones.



Mission - Being passionate, educating and working with the diversity of people in the community.


"Super proud of how he is doing - even today when he banged his leg on the concrete when he was kicking... six months ago he would of been out of the pool looking for Mum and begging to go home. So well done you, you are fantastic with the kids"

Next session begins Term 1 2019

Lessons are Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Starting on the 29th of January finishing on the 11th of April 2019

April School Holidays 2019


23rd April - 27th April (Lesson on Anzac day/No lesson on Easter Monday) Tuesday-Saturday


Term 2 2019

Two lessons a week for 4 weeks.

Starting on the 29th of April finishing on the 23rd of May.