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About the Founder

who I Am

20+ Years of experience. A Lifetime of passion.

Hi, my name is Diogo, and I grew up on a beautiful island called Florianópolis, off the coast of Brazil. I am a Lifesaving Society Swim for Life Instructor, as well as a Practicing Kinesiologist with a Bachelor of Kinesiology from the University of British Columbia. I have had the pleasure of being a swim instructor for the over 20 years.

A couple of years later, after moving to Canada, I continued swimming competitively at Minoru Aquatic Centre in Richmond and eventually started working for the City as a Lifeguard and Instructor. I started teaching swimming in the year 2000, and I continue to follow my passion for teaching to this day.

As an adult, I seek to explore water sports of all sorts, the feeling only gets better. I believe everyone is capable of learning how to swim, and it would be an honour and privilege to be able to teach you how. The best place for me has always been near the water, especially the ocean. I hope to be able to share my passion for the water with everyone and help anyone reach their swim goals.

I have spent my life swimming and bringing that joy to others is my passion.

Growing up near a saltwater lagoon, called Lagoa da Conceição, I spent most of my days swimming and sailing a few hundred meters offshore and that is where my love for the water was born.

When I was eight years old my family moved to Germany where I started swimming competitively. I couldn't have been luckier to have my father as a coach, who was once a Brazilian National Champion when he was in University, and other great coaches from Durlach, Germany training and challenging me as a swimmer. I have fond memories of those years.

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The vision of Swim Lessons Vancouver

At Swim Lessons Vancouver, we strongly believe that everyone is capable of learning to swim, regardless of their background. Our instructors are deeply rooted aquatics, driven by the joy of assisting students overcome challenges during their swimming journey. United by a common goal, we are committed to offering professional swimming lessons across all ages and skill levels, fostering water safety to every member of your family.

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Client Reviews

Diogo is a phenomenal swimming instructor. I have learned lots of things just in one lesson and can’t wait to have other lessons. I would highly recommend him for anyone.

Artist C

Diogo was super friendly and easy to connect with. Learning a new skill could be daunting but he took me through the process in a structured way and I was able to learn some valuable fundamental skills. Would definitely recommend.

Ekta Sinha

Diogo is very professional and friendly to the children. The children really enjoyed his classes. I could see that my child’s improvement after every class. My 4 year old learned how to swim within 10 classes of 30mins each. Highly recommend to anyone who wants to learn swimming.

Ada Zeng