Paul Sadler Swimland – Narre Warren

Paul Sadler Swimland – Narre Warren
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The Paul Sadler Swimland experience began when Paul decided to take up teaching to swim part-time back in the 1970s.

He found that his methods of teaching were producing results so amazing he decided to build and operate his own private swim school in Brighton, one of the first at the time in Australia. Paul Sadler Swim School was born.

Paul refined the teaching methods and the program over many years at Brighton and, during this time, expanded into Moorabin and Beaconsfield.

It was the decision in 1996 to purchase Swimland, Glen Waverley, a well-respected learn to swim institution in Melbourne, that saw the birth of Paul Sadler Swimland. Paul decided to change from ‘swim school’ to ‘Swimland’ to keep some familiarity for the customers in the new facility.

Jason Arnold was recruited to manage the swim school. Jason provided a focus on fine tuning systems and further developing the program.

In 1997, Paul and Jason opened Bacchus Marsh. Jason moved on to manage Bacchus Marsh, while supporting the newly appointed Manager, Heather Rose.

The following year saw infant aquatics ‘guru’ Johanne Keesman come on board as Manager at the new site at Hampton Park. Jo revitalized the infant aquatics program and kept it at the cutting edge.

As the reputation of the program grew, so did the opportunities. Sites were opened in Ballarat, Essendon, Narre Warren and Rowville.

It became clear a central body was required and the PSS Board was formed to oversee the company with Paul, Jason Arnold (Operations Manager), Heather Rose (Financial) and led by Rowville Proprietor, Wayne Pollock as CEO.

This was a significant step for PSS. Wayne’s leadership around providing a clear strategy for growth was invaluable at the time. Heather developed financial systems and centralized purchasing. Jason continued to develop and oversee the Operations.

From the advent of the PSS Board there have been many highlights including the conception of our mascot Swordy and the introduction of an additional four sites.  These include the Melbourne suburbs of Carrum Downs and Hoppers Crossing, Bendigo in Regional Victoria and proudly venturing into Queensland in Townsville.

With nine sites and over 500 staff teaching in excess of 22,000 children weekly, Paul’s system has come a long way from its humble beginnings. We do not take lightly that so many Australians entrust us with the great responsibility to teach their children to swim.



We continue to ensure we remain world leaders in aquatic education, providing a fun and encouraging environment that continues to produce world class results.

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