Operators of learning-to-swim schools are catering to increased demand for private lessons in backyard pools as new Australian migrants struggle to learn water skills in adulthood.
Petrina Liyanage of ‘Swim with a Smile’ says she teaches many new migrants who are scared or embarrassed of learning to swim in public pools.
She now has so many adult clients she no longer teaches children.
“I would say 100 per cent, every single one, come to me because they want private lessons,” she says.
“They don’t want people watching them.”