About Atlantis

Since 1992, Atlantis School of Swim has produced thousands of confident swimmers in the Oakville, Burlington, Dundas, Hamilton, Ancaster, Stoney Creek, Waterdown, Milton & Mississauga areas! Our high quality instruction with proven teaching methods, low-ratio classes and experienced staff, have earned us an excellent reputation in the learn-to-swim and competitive swim world.

We are a family owned and family oriented swim school. Our staff are a diverse group of individuals who love kids and have a passion for swimming!  Most of our employees are part-time and when they are not enjoying their work at Atlantis School of Swim, they are furthering their education, working as teachers, healthcare workers, early childhood educators, national level coaches or taking care of their own families at home.  This diversity rounds out our school,  as we bring lots of experience to our classes. 

A Year-Round Approach to swimming is encouraged at Atlantis School of Swim.  Swimming a few weeks during the summer each year is expecting a lot.  Younger swimmers or swimmers dealing with a fear of the water need time, consistency and repitition to develop a solid foundation of swimming skills.  This takes time and practice. Most of our clients swim once or twice a week year-round.  This consistent and relaxed exposure to the water is key and allows swimmers to better retain skills gained.  Learning a life skill like swimming takes time and even the best swimmers in the world practice regularly.

About the Staff

The Atlantis School of Swim Inc. was established by Program Director, Julyana Colangelo in 1992. After graduating from McMaster University with a degree in Kinesiology, Julyana worked in the Healthcare Industry, while also expanding Atlantis from a seasonal summer business to a year round operation, with multiple locations.  By 2011, Julyana retired from Healthcare, to further grow Atlantis, while also raising her own 2 children.  Julyana brings over 20 years of instructional swim and coaching experience to the company, with additonal expertise in Kinesiology and Biomechanics.

Program Manager, Amanda Blake, has been working at Atlantis School of Swim Inc. for over 10 years. After graduating from the University of Windsor and St. Clair College, with her teaching degree and diploma in Early Childhood Education, Amanda has brought her years of experience in competitive swimming and working with young children back to the company.

Program Supervisor, Rebecca Ahlin, has been with Atlantis School of Swim Inc. for over 7 years. She graduated from Wilfred Laurier University, with a Bachelor of Science Degree, specializing in Health Sciences.  Rebecca loves working with children and has a passion for teaching. She holds nationally recognized swim qualifications and is also an NCCP Skate Canada coach.

Our team consists of dedicated and experienced Instructors, holding nationally recognized qualifications. All Instructors have undergone 8 or more weeks of training with Atlantis School of Swim Inc., in addition to the standard provincial course requirements.  We want to ensure you are getting highly qualified and experienced Instructors that will help you you become a confident swimmer!

Employment

Do you love working with children and have a passion for swimming? If so, Atlantis School of Swim is interested in having you join our dynamic team!

Candidates should be self-motivated and able to work independantly, as well as part of a team, in a fast paced environment.  Candidates should be willing to learn new things and adapt lesson plans to suit individual student needs.  You must be enthusiastic about new challenges and have a love of swimming.

We are currently hiring for SPRING 2017 for the position of Swim Instructor in our Dundas & Oakville locations.  Candidates for this position must hold valid Instructor and First Aid/CPR certifications.  Paid training is provided to all candidates and you will be trainied on how to implement the Atalntis teaching methodolgy.  We offer competitive wages and flexible part-time work schedules.  

For inquiries or to join our dynamic team, please contact  905.465.0604 or email your resume to: atlantisschoolofswim@gmail.com.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • We recommend a minimum of once per week until your child is comfortable going underwater. Year round lessons allow your child to retain his/her confidence and the skills appropriate for his/her age group.  We run 4 - 6 sessions per year.

  • Short breaks are always a great idea but the longer the break the higher the chance of skills being lost, especially for younger children who have not yet achieved skill mastery. The younger the child, the shorter the break should be.

  • A session is 8 - 10 classes and each class is 30-60 minutes long, depending on the level. Although, this is the recommended time frame to complete a level, it is not always possible to do so. Often participants can make incredible progress, yet do not complete all level criteria. We ask that both parents and participants use the level system more as a guideline of progress rather than focusing on passing or failing. It is not uncommon for participants to remain in a level more than once as they work toward skill and stroke mastery.

  • Parents are welcome to make a request, however, we cannot always guarantee a particular staff member.  We always do our best to match the student to the Instructor that will help them achieve their goals. 

  • Unfortunately, due to limited pool rental time and availability, we are unable to offer make-up lessons. Missed lessons, as a result of client absence, do not qualify for make-up classes. In the event of lesson cancellation by Atlantis School of Swim due to unforeseen pool closures, we will do our best to re-schedule your lesson for another day/time or alternate location.

  • Goggles help keep chlorinated water out of the eyes. When buying swim goggles, you should consider: fit & quality.  There are a wide range of styles and sizes of goggles and it is important to select the model that suits you best. Properly fitting goggles fit snuggly on the head. The eyepiece has a silicon edge, designed to provide a watertight seal around each eye. We carry a wide range of goggles for re-sale and can help you select the right style and fit on-site

  • We recommend 6 months as the optimum age to start. Babies at this age have a real affinity for water. These parented programs are designed to introduce young children to water, build water confidence, and teach water safety to parents and guardians. By 3 years of age, children who have had regular and consistent exposure are generally ready for un-parented small group class.