ISB student swimming
Aquatics at ISB

ISB has a bustling aquatics environment with offerings for almost every student in the school. We offer PE Swim units; after school swim lessons through the After School Activities (ASA) program; seasonal swim team for elementary school, middle school and high school; and a highly competitive year-round Swim Academy. For more information on any of our programs, email Coach Nic at

Swim Academy FAQs

What is our coaching and teaching philosophy at ISB?

We aim to develop the child at an age appropriate level within a long-term athletic development pathway model.

How can I find out more about the ISB Dragons Swimming Academy?

There is a separate website dedicated to swim academy information, which is used to send correspondence, post results and give more detailed weekly information regarding this program.

ISB Swim Academy Website 

When are try-outs offered?

Try-outs for the seasonal offerings will take place in the same week as our group standard time-trials for ES and MS. We will try our very best to include everyone who wants to swim competitively in the ES and MS seasons, unless safety concerns surrounding numbers causes us to select swimmers. There are 2 try-out weeks for the swim academy - one near the beginning of each semester. If a student is brand new to the school, then we can set-up a try-out on a chosen afternoon before the swim practices begin.

If my child is not successful in getting a place on the selective academy team, what can I do?

Seasonal offerings are where we hope to offer swimming to those that don’t make the swim academy. If your child is still unable to swim at ISB due to scheduling or lack of space due to safety, we can suggest some external offerings within the Beijing swimming landscape.

Does the school offer 1:1 coaching?

At present the school and the coaches do not offer 1:1 coaching, but there may be scope to offer something of this nature on weekends in the future, for small groups of swimmers requiring extra technical practice. We are now looking into the possibility of camps at certain breaks in the year.

Will coaching staff have background checks as per normal ISB staffing, before hiring takes place?


Can seasonal swimmers travel to international swim meets?

No. International meets are for academy swimmers only.

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