About Swimtastic

For us ‘Swim for Life’ is to know, respect and love water at all ages

What got us started ...

We are here to provide you and your loved ones with the confidence, skills and support you need to get the most out of aquatics and swimming and enjoy from the water as much as we do.

As an island nation we are blessed with beautiful rivers, lakes and seas. We are also spoiled with access to modern heated swimming pools and health clubs, both at home and when we holiday. Water surrounds us and at Swimtastic we believe that everybody should be able to enjoy these natural resources and facilities, either as an individual or with the family for fun, leisure, exercise and even competition.

Swimming is a healthy, active and enjoyable activity. It is one of the only hobbies we can participate in from birth – right up until we are old and grey. It is a lifelong gift and skill that we believe we all should and can have.

So what got started us started is our passion for water enjoyment for all ages and abilities and an eagerness to share it. What makes us different is the consistent professional, natural and caring approach of our teachers, our coaches and our support staff. Swimtastic is not a commercial franchise. It is a family owned and managed business with our swimmer’s enjoyment at the heart of all we do.

Our People, Our Story

Swimtastic is an independent and family owned Irish business. It is managed by wife and husband couple Zuzana and Mark Day – along with a loyal team of teachers and administrative staff. The business began in 2014 in Athy, and then grew out of Zuzana’s love for swimming, her enjoyment of teaching and supporting people and her belief that everybody should be able to experience the fun and joy of swimming with confidence.

We now offer courses across Kildare, Carlow, Laois, Offaly and Kilkenny. We began with a small part time team of 2 but as of 2020, we have grown to a team of 12. This was through the support of our loyal customers, our brilliant team and the support of our partner pools.

Year
How we grew
Pre-2014

Zuzana is teaching at Club and Leisure Level and Enjoying Competitive Swims.

2014

Swimtastic is founded to provide pre-school Parent and Child Swimming Courses in Athy, Co. Kildare.

2015

As course numbers grow, Mark joins the business to provide administrative support

2015

Swimtastic now begins offering courses in Portlaoise, Amanda joins the team.

2016

Courses begin in Tullow, County Carlow, and Aoife joins the team.

2016

Courses begin in County Offaly, and now Pregnancy Aqua Yoga is introduced

2017

Swimtastic designs and introduces Adult Swimming Courses.

2018

We begin courses in Kilkenny, and Edel, Elaine and Sharon join the team

2019

Swimtastic designs new Junior Swimming and Advanced Adult Swimming Courses.

2020

The team focuses on delivering Pre-school, Junior Swimming, Adult Swimming, Pregnancy Aqua Yoga, and now Advanced and Competitive Swimming Coaching across 5 counties.

Founders

Zuzana Hruz Day

Prior to founding Swimtastic, Zuzana was a competitive swimmer and coach. She was introduced to the pool by her sports loving father as a baby. Taking to the water like the proverbial duck, she progressed to the highest levels – culminating in swimming competitively for Slovakia at the European Championships and Triathlon events.

In 2009, Zuzana came to Ireland to visit her sister and to get some quiet time to complete her dissertation. Despite the rain, she fell in love with the place and the people. Now, we’re all glad to say that 10 years on – Zuzana calls Ireland home as a proud Irish-Slovak lady.

Zuzana's other passions are teaching and people. She has been working with children, adult swimmers and competitive swimmers for over fourteen years. She finds helping people to develop their water confidence and swimming skills hugely rewarding.

Mark Day

Co-founder (and husband) to Zuzana, Mark backs Zuzana’s swimming passion with business experience. Mark, along with the office team, manages the back end, organisational and I.T. side of Swimtastic He oversees course planning, scheduling, bookings, financial, marketing, I.T. and operational support for all the pool activities. There’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes before anyone gets swimming!

Prior to Swimtastic, Mark worked in Marketing, Operational and Management roles for companies in the medical industry. Mark is a business graduate with a particularly nerdy love of all things marketing and business technology. During his career he has also worked with Irish start-up businesses in the enterprise and business planning sector.

Irish sport is his main hobby interest and a source of much fun (and frustration). He will also be found seeking out ideal fishing spots along the river barrow.

The Swimtastic Team

Mandy Bloomer

Mandy is our newest teacher and comes to us with an Honours Degree in Sports Science and Physical Education. Mandy has been working with children teaching Swimming, Gymnastics and Personal Training for over 20 years. A native of Laois, Mandy will be working with Swimtastic in Laois and Offaly. Her passion at work is teaching, communicating and developing children and adults in terms of their physical fitness and overall wellbeing.

Elaine Byrne

A native of Athy, Elaine joined us in 2019. She has an extensive background in children’s education and development. She is a great communicator, boasting corporate level experience in PR and customer relations. She is a big sports fan and has participated in competitive swimming, basketball and football – she’s picked up plenty of medals in her time! Elaine loves to be outdoors and is an avid hiker. She’s traversed trails in countless spectacular locations including the Slieve Bloom Mountains, Croagh Patrick and Glendalough. Elaine teaches all our swimming programmes, parent and baby, adult swim lessons, pregnancy aqua yoga and our children’s’ swimming lessons.

Sarah Cody

Sarah is our new Baby and Pre-school teacher in Kilkenny.

Carol Day

Carol is the middle sister of the Day family. Coming with 15 years of management experience in the retail industry, Carol swapped life in multi-nationals to support us with the operational and administrative side of Swimtastic. Carol manages bookings, customer service, office administration and is the point of contact for most of our customers. Carol is the mam of our rookie lifeguard and swim teacher Jack. She’s also our in-house baker. Her weekly baked treats are much appreciated.

Sharon Day

Sharon is the eldest sister of the Day clan and works with us on a part-time basis. She helps to meet and greet new customers, guiding them through their first visits to our Swimtastic programmes -Sharon will most likely be the person you meet poolside on your first day. Sharon is also a child-care professional with lots of administrative experience. She has worked with Montessori and Pre-school children in County Kildare. So, when the busy times come, Sharon is on hand to give us a dig out in the office. She’s mum to Eoin, an avid little swimmer and our in-house Swimtastic Leprechaun expert!

Zuzana Day Hruz

Prior to founding Swimtastic, Zuzana was a competitive swimmer and coach. She was introduced to the pool by her sports loving father as a baby. Taking to the water like the proverbial duck, she progressed to the highest levels – culminating in swimming competitively for Slovakia at the European Championships and Triathlon events. Zuzana came to Ireland to get some quiet time to complete her dissertation. Despite the rain, she fell in love with the place. Now, Zuzana calls Ireland home as a proud Irish-Slovak lady. She has been working with children, adult swimmers and competitive swimmers for over fourteen years.

Amanda Day Mulhall

Amanda is the youngest sister of the Day family, was the first new teacher to join Swimtastic when our swimming groups started to grow in number. She is a qualified stage 2 Parent and Child swimming instructor and a Water Safety Ireland lifeguard. Amanda also teachers Pregnancy Aqua Yoga. Amanda is the proud mum of two toddlers and two extra-large husky babies. She lives right on the border of three counties, Laois, Carlow and Kildare – so her address can be very confusing! Amanda is also trained as a beauty therapist, so she is charged with keeping the furry male eyebrows under control.

Niamh Downey

Niamh joined us in 2021. Originally from Portarlington, she's both a trained lifeguard and swim teacher. When she's not in the pool, Niamh is busy completing her studies at Mary Immaculate College in Limerick. She's also a fully-qualified nail technician. Whatever the occasion, she'll have your nails looking fabulous!

Carmel Hayden

Carmel is a Swimtastic teacher in Newbridge.

Elaine Hill

Elaine is a new swimming teacher at Swimtastic.

Sinead King

Sinead is a Swimtastic teacher in Newbridge.

Sinead Robinson

Sinead is our business co-ordinator, which is a fancy way of saying she makes sure things happen at the right time and in the right way. With a lot of swim and gym courses to organise across 5 counties, this keeps Sinead very busy. A native of Dublin, she now lives in Athy and is the proud Mum of 2 football and swim loving children. Coming from a sports mad family, Sinead is also heavily involved in the local Triathlon Club and GAA Club.

Donnagh Whelan

Donnagh is a fellow Athy lady. She teaches a wide array of courses including Adults, Pregnancy and Parent & Baby programmes. Donna currently teachers across Carlow, Laois, Kildare, Kilkenny and Offaly. In her spare time, which she has little of, Donnagh works alongside her husband doing some very notable (and mostly unseen) local charity work in Athy for the homeless, which we all admire them greatly for. Donnagh is mum to four lovely children who also love to swim. It runs in the family. So, combined with Swimtastic, homelife and her volunteer work - she is a very busy lady for sure.

Genevieve Whelan

Genny is a Portlaoise native and has been a teacher with Swimtastic since 2021. She's passionate about swimming and works on all our programmes, including Pregnancy Aqua Yoga, Parent & Baby, Juniors and Adults. Genny is a supportive and patient instructor. She loves to see her swimmers develop their skills and become more confident in the water.

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