This is our second summer running swim lessons at our home and we are so pleased! Brianna is always punctual, she is friendly, and most importantly she is a great instructor! I have 4 tweens and she keeps their attention, motivates and challenges them and works them hard to be their best – which is so important for the Bronze Medallion this year.

We would highly recommend her and this service to anyone and are nothing but pleased!”

– Angie, Crystal Beach

Summer 2018

“Our swimming lessons with Grant are going extremely well! I’m very pleased and impressed. Grant is punctual, friendly, interactive and overall an excellent teacher. He comes up with some very creative ways to encourage Bradley to swim – scooping water like it’s ice cream, humming a tune to hold his breath, pretending to be rocket ships etc.  I also love the uniform and teaching toys; altogether the lesson is presented very professionally and is quite engaging.

Lately in the pool Bradley like to pretends he’s Grant and I get to be the student :-) which shows how much of impression he has made on Bradley in a few short weeks.  I would definitely recommend Grant – and “Hippo in the Bathtub” altogether, including the ease of booking/rescheduling lessons and the excellent customer service – to everyone I know with a backyard pool.

– Carissa, Munster

Summer 2018

“Grant is amazing with both kids! In one lesson he was able to get Evan to make huge strides in his comfort in the pool. We think he’s been fantastic and is an excellent teacher.” :)

– Stefanie, Stittsville

Summer 2018

“I wasn’t sure what to expect as an adult going back to take swimming lessons, but the staff were very friendly and welcoming and surpassed my expectations! My lessons were geared towards my needs and in just 6 lessons my confidence and skills improved tremendously! Also love that the pool and showers are always very clean and the water warm – which is great if taking lessons in the winter… Would definitely recommend Hippo in the Bathtub to anyone who was looking for swimming lessons!”

– Maria, Ottawa

Fall 2017 – Nepean Indoor

“We are so happy Caroline will be coming back to Barrhaven this summer, both my kids had her as an instructor last year, they loved her and learned so much so quickly. She was always on time, pleasant, fun and very patient.
Looking forward to booking up lots of days with her again this summer.”

– Julia, Barrhaven

Summer 2017

“Our daughter’s first experience with swimming lessons was at 3 years with Hippo in the Bathtub. She looked forward to the lessons each week and we will definitely be having you back to teach her.

– Mindy, Carp

Summer 2017

“I wasn’t sure what to expect with Hippo in the Bathtub, but upon entry, I was immediately impressed by the facility’s calm and welcoming atmosphere – perfect for learning. We have now had three lessons, and my son has made dramatic improvements: from barely being comfortable putting his head in the water, to now being able to float and swim on his back! Thank you Natalya for getting our 3 year old off to a solid start!”

– Adrienne, Ottawa

Winter 2018 – Nepean Indoor

“We had Isabella at our house for 6 sessions teaching our 3 year old son. She was fantastic-patient, energetic and really able to handle toddler behaviour! I would highly recommend her to anyone. We will definitely use your program again and would hire Isabella anytime! Thank you!”

– Nicole, Carp

Summer 2017

“We booked swimming lessons with Hippo this year for the first time.. we had 3 lessons back-to-back for our boys and a neighbor and it worked out even better than we expected. Mitchell was our instructor and was simply amazing. He was able to adjust quickly from one lesson to the next (various levels and kids from 5yrs old to 11 yrs old) and kept them focused for their lesson. They loved it and we are very much looking forward to repeat next year!”

– Sophie, Greely

Summer 2017

“I wasn’t sure what to expect with Hippo in the Bathtub but when Emily showed up and got right into the pool with my son I was thoroughly impressed with her skills as a swim teacher but also her manner in which she worked with him. She was professional, but also was very clear on her communication with him and what she wanted to do. She was also flexible if he had a hard time mastering a skill. Needless to say she worked him hard and he made major gains in his time with her and his confidence soared. Emily exceeded our expectations and we look forward to having her work with him again!”

– Tracie, Nepean

Summer 2017

“Caroline always arrived early and ready to go!  Xander liked her right away!  She had him swimming by lesson 3!!

Can’t thank her enough!!!”

– Julie, Manotick

Summer 2017

“Caroline was the instructor for our 4 year old twin girls and she was wonderful! She’s patient, thoughtful and made each class unique and interesting for our girls. They progressed so quickly in their lessons (passed a level they’d been struggling with for two sessions in other programs!) and they would always ask when Caroline was coming back again. We’ll definitely be booking with Caroline for next summer again!”

Lina, Barrhaven

Summer 2017

“Isabella was our backyard swim instructor for our shared Level 9 swim lessons this year, over a 6 day period. She was incredible instructor bringing her own little personal touch to her instruction to each lesson. This was our third year receiving swimming lessons from Hippo in the Bathtub, and would recommend this to anyone.
Looking forward to next summer and perhaps the new Hippo in the Bathtub indoor pool facility over the winter months.”

– Urbach / Clark/ Camlioglu Families, Kanata

Summer 2017

“My son, Tylen, finished his last swim lesson today. He was sad that his lessons were over and asked if he could have Isabella for his teacher next summer! I just wanted to let you know that he thoroughly enjoyed his time with her and looked forward to seeing her each lesson time. She is an excellent swim instructor and is outgoing and confident. She has a perfect personality for teaching young children and makes learning in the pool fun!

I have been very pleased with your program and business. This is our third summer with you and I have been impressed each year with the quality of instruction that my son has received. It has also been a pleasure dealing with you. I speak very highly of your company!

– Sandra, Kanata

Summer 2017

“I’m so happy to have found Hippo in the Bathtub. We moved to a new house with a pool and had a 3yo child that was too scared to go near it…not even his toes. Emma gave him the confidence to not only go in, but start to blow bubbles and splash around. His fear was surmounted and it was thanks to Emma.”

– Shadi, Nepean

Summer 2016

“Michaela is really good with children and quickly adapts her teaching style to match the personality of our children, who quickly trusted her. This resulted in noticeable improvements with their swimming skills. We all loved her!”

– Isabelle, Alta Vista

Summer 2016

“We have now had six lessons with McKenna and we are very impressed by her organization, her ability to interact with the kids and her enthusiasm! She pushes them to reach their full potential but she makes it so fun that they can’t wait for their next lesson. Thanks so much for the fantastic experience, highly recommend this teacher and this company!” :)

– Carissa, Kanata

Summer 2016

“We already had a pool when our daughter Olivia was born, so we wanted Olivia to be comfortable around water and obviously to be water safe. We tried group lessons when Olivia was younger, but we found she would only be getting 5 to 10 minutes of individual attention at best during her lessons due to the high ratios and it took her several sessions to progress to the next level. I then did some research and we found out that Hippo in the Bathtub offered private individualized, Red Cross certified instruction at our home pool. It sounded like exactly what we were looking for. We were very fortunate that our first instructor was Natalya, who was absolutely phenomenal. Natalya really connected with Olivia, and the level of instruction was amazing. In that first summer Olivia was able to get her next level with no issue and her confidence in the water soared. Olivia is a very confident swimmer and her strokes are excellent for her age and as a 6 year old she is swimming at a Swim Kids 6 level, all because of the individual swim instruction that she has received. I would not hesitate to recommend Hippo in the Bathtub to anybody who is looking for their child to learn water safety and to increase their swimming skills.”

– Stan, Stittsville

Summer 2015

“Sarah was amazing with my 4 year old daughter! Her patience and ability to get her to focus was beyond impressive! The confidence my daughter now has in the water is so much more than I could have asked in such a short time!”

– Jill, Nepean

Summer 2014

“We just started with Hippo in the Bathtub this summer and my 5 1/2 year old daughter has Michelle for an instructor. She is a bit shy and a very cautious child and Michelle won her over from day 1! Michelle is amazing and so wonderful with her. She certainly has a special way with children….my daughter can’t wait to see her each week. We will definitely continue with Hippo in the Bathtub (and hopefully Michelle) next summer for both our children.”

– Shendle, Nepean

Summer 2015

“McKenna was great! She was patient, spoke clearly was always prepared. James thought she was nice and enjoyed listening to her instruction. She is a wonderful swimming instructor.”

– Catherine, Kanata

Summer 2016

“What a great experience we had with Zoe as our swimming instructor! Both our kids, a 7-year-old girl and an 11-year-old boy had a wonderful time with Zoe this summer. She was very professional, knowledgeable, efficient, patient, kind and always on time. Her focus and attention on the kids in a one-on-one format really paid off as all of their strokes and skills in the water improved tremendously in a short period of time. The quality of coaching, at-home convenience and sweet personality of Zoe all contributed to the kids enjoyment and success in the pool which raised their confidence and renewed their excitement for swimming.. Many thanks to Zoe, Natalya and Hippo in the Bathtub! We look forward to working with Zoe again next year!”

– Rob & Brigitte, Orleans

Summer 2015

Emma is a great swim instructor! The kids instantly felt comfortable with her. She was always friendly and punctual. She is clear with instructions and provides constructive criticism. I would highly recommend her.”

– Rachel, Barrhaven

Summer 2016