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Founded in 2003 by Davina Schwartz-Lopez, Davina’s Swim House is the product of a young girl’s passion for swimming that blossomed into a motivating career. From instructional to competitive racing, Davina was constantly involved in aquatic programs and began her career in swim instruction in 1993 at a local Toronto swim school.
Through her experiences as a swimmer and teacher, Davina understood and wholly believed that swimming is a skill which everyone should posses. At this point, Davina and her husband, Geo, built a pool in their backyard to see if her vision of creating her very own instructional program could flourish. Flourish it did, and in 2005, the Davina’s Swim House (DSH) brand was developed based on Davina’s goal to deliver quality swimming lessons to each client, while maintaining a warm and comfortable environment – as if they were at home. Since the pool was in her house, the name worked perfectly!
In the Fall of 2006, after the birth of their first child, Geo had joined in running the school full time with Davina. They expanded DSH to 3 rented pools in the Toronto area and continued to experience incredible growth! By Spring of 2011, the North Pool was built from scratch to accommodate the great demand for DSH-style swimming lessons, becoming Davina’s second sole-operated location.
In the years to follow, Davina’s Swim house continued growing to include the Marlee location in 2013, which became the main office and pool location of Davina’s Swim House, as well as the newest location added in September of 2015, Carluke. Davina’s Swim House is now proud to accommodate thousands of registered swimmers in our various programs, while sticking to our roots and continuing to provide exceptional lessons with a home-grown attitude!
Owner of Davinas Swim House
Davina has been teaching swimmers since 1993. She believes that every swimmer deserves to have an individualized swimming experience. Davina enjoys weekends at the cottage skiing with her 3 kids. She loves being the foundation of DSH and holding the house together with her husband Geo!
Owner of Davinas Swim House
Geo started running the swim school full-time with Davina in 2006. Geo enjoys building projects and relaxing with his family on his boat at the cottage. Geo loves being the foundation of DSH and holding the house together with his wife Davina!
Hi Everyone, I am Kate. I have been teaching swimming since I was 16 years old. My love of teaching the little ones and the advance leadership programs has kept me in the water and on the deck. I have over 20 years experience working in municipalities and I am now excited to grow my knowledge and skill set with Davina’s Swim House. My favourite room is the pool deck watching the smiles on our staff and swimmers.
Facility Manager – Marlee
Aaron has been working at DSH for 11 years. As the Facility Manager at the Marlee location, he takes pride in his pool as well as his staff. Aaron’s favourite room at Davina’s Swim House is the Foyer, so that he can stand at the front door and greet all of our happy swimmers – he knows them all by name!
Facility Manager – Carluke and Leadership Coordinator
Aaron is the Facility Manager at the Carluke location and loves greeting all of his swimmers with a sunny smile! An avid music fan, he loves traveling to different places in the world to see live shows. Aaron’s favourite room at DSH is the Phish Tank, where he can sing and encourage all of his little fishies to swim their best!
Office Manager – Marlee
Debbie is the office manager at the Marlee location and has been with Davina since the very beginning! She enjoys spending quality time with her husband and two amazing kids. Debbie’s favourite room at Davina’s Swim House is the Play Room, where she gets to play with all the kids and endless games!
Facility Manager – Sunnyview and Outdoor Pool
Amy has been with the swim school for 7 years. She is always energetic and enthusiastic and willing to take on new challenges. As a loyal Leaf fan, Amy can be found in the family room cheering on her team.
What our clients are saying
“I wanted to send a special thank you to Debbie, Liat and Erin who ALL went above and beyond to make my daughter’s swimming lesson a success yesterday. She went from refusing to get in the water, to sitting on the edge with Liat, to swimming lengths with her instructor. All within a half hour. My daughter has anxiety relating to new experiences and potential failure. Everyone worked together to ensure there was a plan in place she was comfortable with and let her have the sense of control she needed.”
– March, 2016
“Out of the many children programs our children has been enrolled in, the staff at Davina is by far the “BEST”! Both our children, Sage and Ocean are extremely excited to see the staff every week. Your professionalism, patience and passion for swimming; in addition to your love for children is felt by many!”
– May 2016
“All of my kids love swimming at Davina’s Swim House. All of the instructors are well trained to work with children and create a fun and enjoyable safe environment.”
– May, 2016
“We love the clean warm salt water pool at Davina’s. As a mother of a parent and tot I thought I would not enjoy the experience of going in the water with my little one, but Davina’s facility is so warm and welcoming I look forward to my class each week. My 18 month loves swimming and is progressing into a little swimmer. She loves jumping, going under and singing songs on her back. Thank you Davina’s Swim House for making this experience memorable.”
– March, 2016
“My 4 year old was reluctant to swim. He hated to get his hair wet, wailed when on his back and would not wear goggles. After the 2nd class he was laughing, proud of himself and going under water! He is happy to to come to swim and looks forward to swimming all week. Davina’s Swim House is teaching Liam to swim and be confident in the water. I am ready to enjoy my summer swimming with my son!”