Our story

Diana Daly, owner and director of Diana’s Swim Academy, began providing swimming classes for children and adults whilst employed at a Limerick hotel leisure centre in 2007. Diana recognised her natural ability to connect with her students beyond words developing a fresh and instinctive method of teaching and coaching swimming. Diana became steadfast and confident in her method of teaching, and as a result found her client base expanding very quickly.  In 2008 Diana made the natural decision to leave her leisure centre role and become a full-time businesswoman, swimming teacher and coach.

Today, Diana’s husband Jason is office administrator and manager of Diana’s Swim Academy and the team is comprised of a number of expert, qualified swimming teachers and coaches.

Our story
Meet Diana

Meet Diana

A national Lithuanian champion in the 100m breaststroke and a multi-champion in various national and international swimming competitions, Diana’s prolific swimming portfolio also includes coaching competitive club as well as high-performance and Olympic athletes. Diana has over 10 years experience in the area of professional swimming teaching and coaching. Although Diana herself didn’t learn to swim until aged nine – quite late in life for a competitive swimmer – she immediately developed a lasting love for the water.

Further to her Bachelor’s Degree in Sports and Professional Coaching Certification from Lithuanian Sport University, Diana is a fully-qualified Swim Teacher, Swim Coach, Baby and Pre-School Swimming Teacher, Baby and Pre-School Swimming Tutor, Aqua Yoga Teacher and Pool Lifeguard.

Diana is inspired to witness her students overcoming their swimming fears and phobias and she loves to watch each person grow in confidence and skill in the water. Mother to 4-year-old Max, Diana delights in seeing babies, toddlers, children and their parents beam with happiness and pride as they share in the success of their water-based achievements, big and small.


Highly recommend Diana's Swim Academy lessons- so much fun for baby and parents, Diana is a super teacher she really engages with the babies and makes everyone feel comfortable in the water. We've been going since our baby was 12 weeks and over a year later it's still our favourite activity!

Jude and Eamon (Angie’s Mam and Dad)

A really fun experience for babies and toddlers, definitely worthwhile. We always felt we were in very safe hands in Diana's classes.

Emma, Gar, (Noah and Baby Aosa’s Mam and Dad)

We've been taking our two year old son Dante to Diana's Swim Academy since he was a baby, and it's helped him develop a love for being in a pool. On holidays, he wants to spend all his time in the swimming pool, and his confidence in the water often surprises other parents with children of a similar age. Our weekly trip to see Diana continues to be one of the highlights of Dante's early years.

Darren Shan (Dante’s Dad)
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Whether swimming for fun, light activity or competitive means, swimming offers a reduced-friction, low-impact exercise that has a very positive impact on the body and mind. The many short-term and life-long benefits of The Intrinsic Swimming Method™ include:

  • Improved fitness and flexibility
  • Increased muscle tone and strength
  • Strengthened heart and increased cardiovascular levels
  • Increased weight loss, improved weight control and reduced risk of obesity
  • Decreased asthmatic symptoms
  • Reduced cholesterol
  • Reduced risk of diabetes
  • Increased lung capacity
  • Improved cognitive or brain functioning
  • Reduced stress levels and improved mood
  • Increased self-esteem and sense of achievement and independence
  • Enhanced communication and social skills
  • Increased personal and water safety knowledge and skills
  • Increased discipline, concentration and focus
  • Heightened mindset for competitive swimming
  • Increased life expectancy

Benefits of baby/toddler & parent swimming lessons

Our specialised Baby/Toddler and Parent Swimming Lessons also offer just some of the following benefits:

  • Quality bonding time and increased connection between parent and baby/toddler
  • Shared fun and positive learning between parent and baby/toddler
  • Increased confidence as a parent
  • Improved appetite of baby/toddler
  • Improved sleep patterns of baby/toddler
  • Increased body co-ordination of baby/toddler
  • Improved neurological functioning of baby/toddler through learning to songs and games
  • Increased interactivity and sense of fun between babies and toddlers
  • Heightened parental awareness of baby/toddler’s body language and needs
  • Support and advice from professionals who specialise in working with babies and toddlers
  • Opportunity to share experiences and insights with other like-minded parents
  • Teaching safety skills in the water


Aqua Natal Yoga
Baby / Toddler & Parent Swimming Lessons
Children Swimming Lessons
Adult Swim Lessons