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 â€˜Swim with a Smileâ€™ 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.
â€œI would say 100 per cent, every single one, come to me because they want private lessons,â€ she says.
â€œThey don’t want people watching them.â€