The Aqua Fun Difference

Who we are

Founded in 2012 by elite aquatics specialists Omid Amirtabar and Sayon Umapalan, who bring together a total of over 20 years of combined aquatics experience.

Aqua Fun Academy’s core strength is its cutting edge and constantly progressing curriculum that focuses on individualized swimmer learning within a small group environment. Aqua Fun’s mission is to bring a superior learning experience for all swimmers, and it does so through its team of some of Canada’s most experienced swim instructors who have a passion for teaching.

The AFA Difference

Water can be either a very enjoyable or a very traumatizing experience. If you or your child is generally uncomfortable around water (i.e. a cryer, clutcher or just refuses to go in the water), then sending yourself or your child to a municipal program can be counter-productive and can cause further traumatic experiences. Most municipal instructors are new to the workforce and have no sensitivity training or experience with how to approach swimmers who are uncomfortable with water, which can further harm the swimmer. AFA instructors are specially trained in dealing with these kinds of difficult situations, and have specialized techniques in getting swimmers comfortable with water. That way swimmers can get down to learning and fun sooner. So if you or your child is uncomfortable with water, don’t risk it, come to the professionals at Aqua Fun Academy!

Our Pedigree

Omid and Sayon spent many of their years with multiple municipalities and private pool companies teaching and ultimately supervising other instructors. In that time they trained and mentored many instructors to their full potential. In doing so, however, they discovered many discrepancies and inconsistencies in the techniques and setups that municipal programs use. Their years spent trying to improve upon municipal programs resulted in many requests from parents for private swim lessons for their children, and ultimately with the creation of Aqua Fun Academy.

Sayon and Omid strongly believe that any child or adult can be taught to swim, but sometimes the instruction manual must be modified or even thrown out to do so. Each swimmer has their own relationship with the water and each instructor must approach each child from an individual perspective, something which Omid and Sayon noticed other programs failed to do so. They went to each municipality, grabbed the best instructors from whom they mentored, and got down to work.

Aqua Fun Academy is highly popular and coveted by the families in its home community of Lawrence Park which it serves. The executive team’s next step is to look at expanding its leading brand of aquatic education to other family friendly communities.