About Us

DGSS Mission Statement

"To create an environment where people learn skills for life."

The Swim School Story

The school was started by Dean Greenwood in 1995 at Mt Eden Pool. While setting up the swim school Dean was still producing top swimmers who were representing NZ. By this time the workload of managing a swim school and a competitive program was becoming unsustainable, and led to a move away from competitive coaching.

The swim school began expanding with new sites at Kelston, New Windsor and Massey coming on line in 2004, 2006 and 2013 respectively. In the meantime the swim school went through a restructure with the aim of providing more support for the growing number of staff and clients. Site managers were introduced to take responsibility for their individual sites rather than depend on a central form of management.

Over this period of growth we have developed a structured, progressive approach to our teaching 'pathways', enabling swimmers to be with us from 6months through to a competitive level if they wish. We provide on-going assessment for every child to ensure feedback and communication on your child's progress. You can view their progress at anytime on the Customer Portal.

We pride ourselves on our staff training and development to ensure consistency and excellence, but also fun, innovative lessons that maximise learning in an enjoyable environment!

About Dean Greenwood

Dean Greenwood started swimming himself at the age of 5 in a cold outdoor school pool. His father, Ian had been one of the support swimmers for Barry Davenports' famous Cook Strait Crossing so there was a bit of a swimming background in the family.  

After learning to swim Dean got involved in competitive swimming and SurfLifeSaving in Wellington. He then travelled to Dunedin to swim with Duncan Laing where he won national swimming and surflifesaving titles and represented NZ in swimming, surflifesaving and marathon swimming. After retiring in 1987 he began coaching with Duncan and then with Hilton Brown in 1989.

It was a rather daunting task in the beginning for a young coach as many of the swimmers in that team were former team mates of Dean’s but it worked well and he went on to develop many of New Zealands top swimmers in the 90’s with athletes Trent Bray and Mark Weldon competing at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. Along the way other swimmers on the team excelled at national level Winning many New Zealand Titles and setting National Records. The team also included Aaron Bidois who medalled at the 1996 Paralympics in Atlanta.

In 1995 the opportunity to start his own swim school came up and Dean moved to the Mt Eden Pool just off Dominion Road. . The role of Head Coach was left in the capable hands of Glenn Hamblyn who has since produced top swimmers for the Laser Mt Eden Club. Dean now focuses on the company as the Director but can still be found coaching our adult fitness squad at Kelston pool in the mornings!
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Mt Eden
(09) 630 1123
New Windsor
(09) 627 3026
(09) 827 9635
(09) 622 3153
Glen Eden
(09) 370 0608
(09) 869 8319
(09) 869 8320