Dedicated to Teaching Individuals to Swim Confidently


About us


Welcome to Minnows Swim School, we have been located at Plummers Point since 2003. Our pool is situated on the picturesque Omokoroa harbour approximately 15 minutes drive north of Tauranga City. 


We are a small and friendly swim school, our chief aim to promote the safety of your children in water by teaching swimming and water safety from an early age. Our water based teachers pride themselves on their commitment and patience towards your child’s aquatic progress. Our teacher turnover is very low, ensuring that your child and our teachers have the opportunity to build a relationship based on trust and understanding; all teachers are qualified and experienced swimming teachers.


At the end of each term your child will receive a personalized certificate that is specific to their swimming achievements, and with goals to aim for higher and higher results. 


The Minnows pool was purposely built to maximize the comfort of infants, beginner swimmers and more advanced swimmers. As the water is thermally heated the temperature is perfect all year round. Our innovative building ensures that weather is not a concern and lessons can continue year round. The exclusive use of the pool ensures that your children have no noisy distractions during lessons.

Nicola Newton


Nicola is the Owner and Manager of Minnows Swim School.  She started teaching in 2000 when her youngest child started infant swimming lessons; she loves the idea of combining her love of water and enjoyment of teaching young children.


After completing her training Nicola spent the next 3 years working at local swim schools in both permanent and relief teacher roles; she went on to open Minnows in July 2003.  Always a water baby Nicola was a competitive swimmer through her childhood and into early teens, competing in local meets in her home town in England then onto County meets; her Father was a coach at the swimming club where she and her siblings trained several times a week.


Nicola has 2 adult kids, her family loves to spend time in the surf and boating, especially wake boarding, knee boarding and paddle boarding.  Nicola continues to teach many of the classes at Minnows, her aim is to instill into the children she meets at Minnows a love of water and water based activities



Vicki started swim teaching in the mid 1990’s in Waiouru, her now adult kids were preschoolers and her husband serving in the NZ Army.


Since then she has spent 18 years coaching at Greerton Amateur Swimming Club in a volunteer role. Helping to coach hundreds of children over the years Vicki has continued to gain more Personal Development in Swim Coaching; she loves teaching children to swim and watch them progress and improve over time.


Vicki joined Nicola as a swimming teacher at Minnows in late 2008 and has been teaching at Minnows Swim School two afternoons each week ever since.  She also works part time as a Teacher Aide at a local primary school.



Maree joined the Minnows team in January 2018; with 10 years of swim teaching experience Maree has a passion for working with children with physical and learning difficulties. She brings to Minnows her enthusiasm and dedication to teaching children to swim.  One of Maree’s main aims in her capacity as a swim teacher is to promote water safety from an early age.

Maree holds the NZ Swim Teacher Award, the NZ Certificate in Swim Teaching, Teaching Swimmers with a Disability Module and NZ Certificate in Swimming Teaching Early Childhood Swim Teachers Award.

Maree is born and bred in Tauranga and attended a local primary where her son is now attending. Her hobbies include: horse riding, looking after her animals, road biking with her husband and pottering around her and her husbands lifestyle block.

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