Brett Naylor & our Staff Team

Former 5 time Olympian, Brett Naylor founded AquaGym in 1988. It started with a competitive Team and developed into a leading edge Learn to Swim Program & Swim Centre.

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Learn from the best

We are so lucky to employ over 70 Aquagym superstars! Many of which have swam through our program and are exicited to be back here sharing their skills and experience with your children.

We invest a lot of time in our staff and run a staff training every 10 weeks to ensure everyone is delivering the latest and greatest ways to learn the lifesaving skill of learning to swim.

Our Master Coach

Brett Naylor started swimming as a child to help his childhood asthma this would soon turn into a passion that would lead him to compete at 4 Commonwealth Games and 5 Olympic Games, as a swimmer and then as a National Coach. He first represented New Zealand at age 16 going on to receive a University Scholarship to swim and then later Coach in the United States.

Brett has spent many years involved with Swimming New Zealand as National Coach, National Selector and president of NZ Swimming Coaches and Teachers Association. His guidance and direction is an invaluable part of the success of the AquaGym Program.

Although an elite athlete in the water, some of his proudest moments come from his time coaching. Including when he coached Anna Simcic to become a double Olympic finalist, and that until Brett’s retirement from National Swimming in 2000, AquaGym has placed a swimmer and coach on every International, Commonwealth and Olympic Games Team. More recently Brett has even come out of retirement to coach Dame Sophie Pascoe. Check out Brett and Sophie on the news!

Some of Brett’s achievements are:

1974 Commonwealth Games – NZ - Swimmer

1975 World Swimming Championships – Colombia - Swimmer

1976 Olympic Games – Montreal - Swimmer

1978 Commonwealth Games – Edmonton, Canada - Swimmer

1972-80 Various NZ Swim Team Appointments

1988 Olympic Games – Seoul – NZ Assistant Coach

1989 Pan Pacific Champs – Japan – NZ Assistant Coach

1990 Commonwealth Games – Auckland – NZ Head Coach

1991 World Champs – Perth – NZ Head Coach

1991 World Short Course Circuit – NZ Head Coach

1991 Pan Pacific Champs – Edmonton – NZ Head Coach

1992 Olympic Games – Barcelona – NZ Head Coach

1995 Pan Pacific Champs – Atlanta – NZ Assistant Coach

1996 Olympic Games – Atlanta – NZ Assistant Coach

1998 Commonwealth Games – Kuala Lumpur – NZ Coach

1999 World Champs – Hong Kong – NZ Head Coach

1999 Pan Pacific Champs – Sydney – NZ Head Coach

2000 Olympic Games – Sydney – Head Coach

In 2003 Brett received the honour of Master Coach from Swimming New Zealand.

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Our Facilities

Originally home to a small pool and a big pool, in 2020 AquaGym added a third pool purpose built for babies and pre school lessons. Our babies pool, which we call the Lagoon pool, is 0.5m deep - 1m deep and is heated to 32 degrees. Our small pool, nicknamed the Beach pool is 1m deep & 31 degrees and our main pool is 1.8m deep & 27 degrees.

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Ready to learn more? Contact us today!