Get in the swim this summer at 24 Swim School

Kids get in the swim at local pool school. Photo Craig Holmes.
Kids get in the swim at local pool school. Photo Craig Holmes.

Whether your goal is that your kids be safe and confident around water or become the next Penny Oleksiak, great swimming lessons are a must.  And when private lessons are offered right here in the neighbourhood by trusted instructors, from a home pool, why bring your kids anywhere else?

24 Swim School has been providing one-on-one lessons at a Leaside home pool for the past three summers. Working with kids from the ages of 6 months to 15 years, the school offers one- or two-week lessons.

Olivia and Reese Holmes. Photo Craig Holmes.
Olivia and Reese Holmes. Photo Craig Holmes.

The school’s four instructors – Olivia Holmes, Reese Holmes, Aly Francella and Ella Grayson – are all Leaside High School students and graduates who are fully certified, have extensive experience and, as Allie Lort, parent of two of the students, notes, “they make swimming lessons so fun!”

Mary Holmes, mother of instructors Olivia and Reese, explains that the family had a boat when the girls were younger, so “swimming lessons were always mandatory.”

When the girls, who are 16 months apart, were in the later years of grade school, they decided to take the Lifesaving Society Swim Instructor course with the goal of establishing a swim school in their backyard. Their forward-thinking skills have ensured that both have annual summer jobs.

Their swim school has also been so well received and popular that they were able to provide other Leaside students with employment.

While the Holmes’ sisters are entrepreneurial success stories, their main focus has always been on providing safe, encouraging, personalized and high-quality swim lessons to kids.

Whether students are beginners, those looking to enhance their skills, or children whose parents feel they would benefit from gaining more confidence around water, all of the instructors are professional, dependable and beloved.

Says Olivia, “Everyone at 24 Swim School is super excited to welcome back old and new students for another great season!”

Visit to learn more or to enrol your kids for lessons. Leaside Life encourages you to do your due diligence whenever the personal safety of children is involved.


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Susan Scandiffio was born in Scotland and raised in Toronto. While she holds a master’s degree in history, her main passion (besides her wonderful family) is sports. Susan can often be found at the A.C.C. or in a Leaside arena or playing field, scoping out stories for Leaside Life.