About Bumble Bees Swim School

Bumble Bees Swim School has been owned and operated by Karen and Blair McMillan since 2001.  

All our staff are fully qualified swim teachers who hold Swimming New Zealand and/or Austswim qualifications as well as intensive and ongoing in house training.  Many of our teachers hold degrees in education or physical education, whilst others are currently studying towards teaching degrees. 

We pride ourselves on our friendly, dedicated and professional teachers who strive to ensure children reach their potential in a fun filled and positive environment.

Blair McMillan

Blair McMillan

Blair has a Bachelor of Laws and is a Swimming New Zealand Level 3 qualified swim coach. His coaching background has involved coaching Lydia Lipscombe to both Commonwealth and Olympic honours, and placing Sirinton Coe on the the Pan Pacific Games Team in 1995. He coached numerous other swimmers to National Open and Age Group titles while coaching at the Wharenui Swim club. Blair was Head Coach at Wharenui from 1994 – 1999 following coaching stints in Ashburton, Nelson, and as the AssisBlair is now actively coaching and managing McMillans Aquatic Centre which caters for our advanced swimmers.


Karen McMilllan

Karen McMilllan

Karen has a Bachelor of Education in primary teaching, a diploma in swim teaching and has been teaching swimming for 20 years. Her expertise in planning lessons to cater for each specific age group has ensured that Bumble Bees programme is progressive, skill focused and always evolving. Karen works in an operational management role for both swim schools.

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