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Teaching the life skills of swimming

and water stewardship.

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Your support makes it possible to share the life skills of open water swimming and to promote environmental stewardship for our earth’s waters.

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Teaching the World to Swim


Water is life. Life is learning.

We nurture the next generation of world swimmers who truly respect and care for our earth’s open waters.


provides free swim lessons and environmental education for clean water stewardship to underprivileged children who live along the earth’s open waters: oceans, rivers and lakes.

SwimTayka sends qualified instructors to poor communities around the world, to:

  • educate children in poor communities about the care of their waters – their rivers, lakes and oceans and to preserve them for generations to come
  • teach children there how to swim, with the ultimate goal of saving lives

By teaching the local people to swim and be educated in water preservation, it will open doors to future jobs for them such as lifesaving, swimming instructors etc.


It is our mission to give disadvantaged communities around the world access to swimming teachers who will not only provide the life skills of swimming, but will leave a legacy for todays children who will grow up to teach the next generation.

Combining swimming with environmental education, we will grow the next generation of world citizens who will become the environmental stewards to love, care for and respect the life giving sources of our rivers, lakes and oceans along which they live

SwimTayka Vision

Water is life. Life is learning.

Our vision is that no child shall be denied access to swimming lessons because of their economic status.

We envisage a world where children grow up with respect for their environment and understand how their rivers, their lakes and their oceans play an important part in maintaining a healthy life free from waterborne illnesses, how they are the source of wholesome food and providers of their livelihoods.

How does SwimTayka work?

SwimTayka works to connect organisations in waterside communities that need to develop and promote free swimming lessons for children, with qualified swimming instructor volunteers from around the world. Volunteer programmes run from two weeks to two months and include providing instruction in basic water safety, swimming, first aid, and environmental education.  

A limited number of scholarships are available for qualified instructors. If you think you qualify for a scholarship please contact us directly using the contact form below.

Can we help your Organisation?

Do you have a gap in your current teaching activities? Do you need a source for swimming teachers now or in the future?

We can help.

We work with existing Organisations to provide a one stop shop for putting Organisations in touch with qualified teachers around the world.

Please use the contact form to let us know what you need and we'll take it from there.

We look forward to working with you.

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Are you a swimming instructor?

Are you a certified swim instructor, love open water swimming?  Do you enjoy working with children? Are you passionate about oceans, rivers and lakes?

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Meet the Team

Bryan Avery
Founder (UK Operations)

Bryan is a triathlete, an Ironman and World Traveller. He is an accomplished ultra marathon swimmer having swam The English Channel, around Manhattan Island NYC and The Catalina Channel to name a few. His passion and enthusiasm for swimming is his driving force. Now lives in England

Dena Marshall
Founder (USA Operations)

Dena is a triathlete, world traveler and consultant in water conflict management. She is passionate about swimming, water education and the preservation of community eco-systems. She recently spent a year living in Bolivia with her family. She resides in Portland, Oregon, USA.