Got a minute? Let us tell you a little more about us Hippos!

We are a private company striving to provide the Ottawa community with the best swimming lessons possible!  Since we started in 2011, Hippo in the Bathtub has helped thousands of students all over Ottawa become stronger and safer swimmers. Our focus is to promote water safety by providing our clients with quality swim instruction at their convenience.

Why choose Hippo in the Bathtub?

There are so many great reasons but perhaps the top three would be:  

Ultra-Convenient: We guarantee that you will not find a more flexible swim provider in Ottawa. We know life can be busy and full of unexpected happenings – especially for families! Our rescheduling policies have been created around the goal of being as convenient as possible for our clients. Just let us know if we can make our booking process or lessons more convenient and we will do our best to make it happen!

Personalized Instruction: Our instructors are trained to create a perfectly crafted lesson approach to match each of our students. Because of this approach, we have a proven track record of making great things happen in the pool. We specialize in helping students overcome fear of water as well as students who are not comfortable in group settings. We promise that none of our lessons will be of generic lesson plan quality. Our main goal is to have each and every one of our students finish their session as a stronger and more confident swimmer!

Awesome Staff: Everyone knows that staff can be one of the main factors that clients choose a company so we have a pretty amazing staff of Hippos! We strive to provide responsive, friendly, and professional customer service in all aspects of our company; from the booking process, to our receptionists, to our instructors. Come and see for yourself!

Meet the Boss Hippo!

Natalya Kwiatkowski started as a teacher at a public pool, for a summer session. It became obvious to her that group lessons often did not match the learning abilities of many swimmers. Natalya decided that many children would benefit from private swimming lessons that were tailored to the child’s learning style so that they could more quickly achieve confidence as a swimmer.

For this reason, at the age of 18, Natalya started Hippo in the Bathtub. Through the company Natalya strives to ensure that convenient and quality swim instruction is available to everyone in Ottawa!