Few words from our

Happy customers

“FINS Swim School is a fantastic space. It’s light filled and spacious with no chlorine smell.”

Matt Donovan
Matt DonovanProud father of two, Newcastle NSW

Damon taught all my four kids to swim. They progressed quickly, loved going and I highly recommend his program.

Dr. Jon Candrick
Dr. Jon CandrickE.R. Doctor, Newcastle NSW

Fins Kotara is the best purpose built learn to swim centre I have seen, not just in Newcastle, but anywhere.

Ben Jenkinson
Ben JenkinsonFirst Splashes Toronto

I refuse to sink.


Seven days of no swimming makes one weak.


Alone or in groups…

Learning to swim was never easier!

At FINS we believe in our swimmers swimming and not watching others swim. Our programs are specifically designed to have your child swimming for over 80% of their lesson. Swimming is a participation sport, and the more you do, the better you get at it!

Meet the founder

Damon Rodd

30 years coaching experience

Teaching career from the age of 16

AUSTSWIM qualified instructor

And Silver level swim coach

Let us introduce ourselves

A few words about us

Fins Swim School is a privately owned swim school based at Unit 2, 35 Northcott Drive, Kotara NSW (behind Officeworks Kotara, 7km from Newcastle CBD).

Our facility is a purpose built swim school designed to obtain the best teaching outcomes for our students. These students range in age from 3 month old babies through to adults of any age – it is never too early or too late.

One of our major teaching philosophies is to develop swimming as a “fun” activity for all children so that they want to participate. This philosophy is the foundation of our students realising the many benefits that swimming brings, including:

  • Water safety.
  • Improved cognitive, emotional and physical development (the research is unequivocal).
  • Greater ability to participate in “fun” water activities such as surfing, water skiing, water polo, and surf life saving.

Fascinating story

How it all began

Damon started his first swim school, the Rodd Swim School, at the outdoor and unheated Wallsend Olympic Pool while he was studying for an economics degree at university. Notwithstanding his passion for swimming, he had no idea that these humble beginnings would lead him to his full-time profession.

The original Rodd Swim School is where he developed his core learn to swim philosophies of “fun in swimming” and continuous swimming in lessons  – the latter in direct response to seeing too many children spending more time sitting on the side of the pool rather than participating in lessons.

An important element of increasing every child’s participation time in lessons incorporated a smarter and more systematic use of flotation aids in their different forms. Damon quickly found that the teaching benefits of his methodology were significant. Children spent nearly 300% more time in the water, progressed faster with much improved technique, and best of all, had more fun.

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