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.


Swimming with our toddler has become the highlight of our week, we started classes when Farah was about 7 months old, she is coming up on her 2nd birthday soon and it is amazing to see how much she loves the water and how confident she is in it. I remember stopping and being amazed watching her climb out of the pool at 18 months and thinking I never could have imagined a child so young being able to do that! Diana is a wonderful teacher, so calm, patient and always smiling, such a pleasure to be around. Diana's parent and baby swim classes are such great fun and not just for baby! My partner and I love going every week with our toddler. It is so much fun seeing her enjoy the water and grow in confidence every week.

Miriam (Farah’s Mam)

The swim camp was very well organized, great coaching and wonderful value. The instructors were excellent and worked very well with my son despite his nervousness of the water. We will certainly be attending again.

I would recommend Diana’s Swim Academy to anyone. My son went from being afraid of going under water to putting his head under and even jumping in. He has great confidence in the water and strength in strokes without armbands. We will be back for more lessons.

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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