Our Testimonials

What parents have to say about Deano’s Nemos Private Swimming Lessons

“I honestly cannot recommend Dean highly enough. After nearly 3 years at a local swim centre making minimal progress, we saw marked improvements in our 4 year old son (who has high-functioning Autism) after just 1 private lesson with Dean. Only 4 lessons in and our once anxious boy who refused to place his eyes in the water and used to cling to his previous instructors for dear life, is swimming across the pool on his own for several metres, unassisted and without any floating devices, and duck-diving down to the bottom of the pool to retrieve diving rings – and loving every minute of it. Dean is a very special teacher – he has a natural affinity with children, particularly those who may initially find the water a challenging place to be. Dean is patient, kind, positive, flexible and enthusiastic. His lessons incorporate fun games and activities, and most of the time my son doesn’t even realise he is learning. He scaffolds his students beautifully and tailors each and every class to bring out the very best in them, while also knowing when to reduce supports and encourage risk-taking and consequently, growth. Most importantly, he believes in our son, and the confidence he has instilled in our boy as a result of the trust and rapport they have built in the short timeframe they have been together, is just incredible. Deano’s Nemos has been a complete game changer for our family. We are incredibly blessed to have Dean in our lives and cannot wait to see our son progress even further with each and every lesson. We cannot thank you enough, Dean. You’re an absolute legend.”

Stephanie Saville, Maitland

“We are so grateful to Dean and highly recommend Deano’s Nemos for swimming lessons. Our boys have made huge gains in the short time they have been learning with Dean. He has increased their confidence, swimming ability and skills in the water. We were thrilled when our four year old who wouldn’t go in the pool without being held swam by himself in his second lesson! Dean is a wonderful teacher. He is enthusiastic and encouraging. He provides the balance of learning whilst having fun which our boys respond really well to. We love the individual attention and tailored lessons and of course the flexibility and convenience of having Dean come to us. Thank you Dean!”

Pip Francis, Bolwarra

“I can’t speak highly enough of Dean, he is a fantastic swimming teacher and I would highly recommend him. If you are considering using his services – it is most likely for at least one of the two reasons we had. The first, it is definitely convenient having swimming lessons at home in your own pool. The second and most important reason we had for engaging Dean was due to issues with our six year old son learning to swim. Our son has never been a ‘water baby’ and was extremely worried about learning to swim. Even though he had attended years of swimming lessons from a very young age at a major swimming centre, it literally ended in tears. A lot of tears. In particular, going underwater was a major hurdle for our child. The day of the first swimming lesson with Dean, our son was extremely anxious. However, when Dean arrived, he immediately put our son at ease with his friendly, positive and reassuring manner. The first lesson went so well that by the end, our son was looking forward to the next lesson and was not worried at all. Dean gives excellent advice on aids that can help with any issues your child may have going underwater. Dean also has fabulous techniques he uses to get the swimming results you want for you child, without making them feel like they are being pushed to do something they are scared of doing. An example is when Dean asked our son on his first lesson if he wanted to go underwater. He said no. Dean immediately said “that’s ok.” But then Dean did his magic and a few minutes later our son happily put his face underwater. Amazing results! Dean is reliable, professional, kind and he has the patience of a saint. We are thrilled with the results Dean has achieved over the summer with both of our children. Our son now is confident in the water. He is happily going underwater, he is swimming and collecting toys from the pool floor. He’s had the best summer of his life in the pool – thanks to Dean!”

 Mary Neech, Heddon Greta

“There are some people that are just meant to be doing what they do, and Dean is definitely one of those people. He is absolutely amazing with children, and my daughter has gone from being afraid of the water without hanging on to someone, to jumping in off the edge by herself and swimming with no fear. Thank you so much Dean!”

 Rebecca Boyce, Bolwarra

“Cannot recommend Dean enough. Our boy has gone from clinging on for dear life to jumping in and trusting Dean in the water in 3 short weeks! Thankyou so much ☺☺ ”

Grace Baron-Austin, Rutherford

“I Cannot thank Dean enough for the work he has done to help our son feel safe and confident in the water. We are blown away in what he has achieved in only 2 terms.”

Jennalee Ratley, East Maitland

“My son has been having swimming lessons with Dean for almost two months now. He gets so excited about swimming class and has so much fun with Dean. I don’t think he even realises that it is a lesson and that he is learning! Dean is an awesome teacher and I am very happy that we were able to find him! My son started with pretty much no swimming skills other than playing a little in the water. I am amazed at how quickly his swimming skills have progressed and how quickly he has become confident in the water. Like many three year olds, my son gets distracted easily and he is sometimes shy or unsure of trying something new, however Dean seems to know just how to keep him on track in a kind way to keep his skills moving along. You can tell that Dean genuinely cares about the kids he teaches. On top of all this, classes are convenient for me. Dean comes to our house, so I don’t waste time driving to and from class and I also found Dean was very flexible with finding a time that suits us. I would definitely recommend Dean to anyone who is looking for a great teacher.”

Brooke-Buddhika Arcia, Chisholm

“Deano teaches both my children and I cannot believe how far they have come in just a few lessons. Dean’s classes are fun, engaging and taught with patience and kindness. I can’t recommend Deano’s Nemos highly enough!”

Nadine Peters, Aberglasslyn

“Amazing! My 6 year old went from not knowing how to doggy paddle to doing freestyle laps within 4 weeks of lessons with Dean. Couldn’t be happier!”

Tamar Pointon, Gilleston Heights

“Cannot recommend Dean enough. He was referred to me by a friend which he highly recommended. So I started my daughter 3 years of age in November 2018 where she had never taken a swim lesson prior. She took to Dean immediately, trusted and built confidence within the lessons. Within a couple of lessons she was floating on her back for 10 seconds. It has now been 3 months and her confidence and swimming is a lot better than kids her age that have been going since 6 months of age. She gets very excited to attend her lesson and her swimming improves every time. Worth every cent. Definitely money well spent. Guaranteed you will not be disappointed taking lessons from him.”

Daniel Ho, Maitland

“Dean is the 6th instructor we have engaged to try to get our son (ASD L3/CP) swimming and by far the most successful. Dean employs a mix of teaching with rewards and fun. This is really working for our son and he has made amazing gains in a short time. The drive up to Maitland for the lessons is well worth it. Dean has great patience, skills and just the right personality for this gig. Dean constantly encourages and high fives our son throughout the lesson which spurs him to succeed.”

Shaz Black, Newcastle

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Discover the 7 Steps to Fast-Track your Child’s Swimming and Survival Skills

Don’t stress about whether your child will be safe around the pool or at the beach.

Learn the essential skills necessary to help your child to survive and thrive in the water this summer.

Fill out the form below to receive instant access to this ground breaking FREE report.

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