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At NIS, swimming and aquatic activities form an integral part of teaching and learning, athletic competition, and community life. We offer swimming for students from Pre-K to 12.Our world-class aquatics facility incorporates a a full-sized 25-metre 6 lane pool and a 15-metre learning pool, located in the heart of the Centre’s recreational facilities. Our school's curricular, competitive and community programmes are facilitated by a team of qualified teachers, coaches, and lifeguards. Members include international and local staff, experienced swimmers and educators.

A Look Inside Our Swimming Programme

Swimming at NIS is a way of life. From our youngest learners to our seniors in Secondary School, Aquatics offers students a vibrant and inclusive athletic experience all year round. 

Ruth Clarke

Niels Loos

Aquatics Director

Mr. Loos has +15 years of experience as a sports scientist, teacher, head coach, and aquatics director. He has worked at international schools in Europe and Asia, coordinated the oldest swim club in Belgium, and coached from LTS programmes up to the national level.

Confidence. Competition. Personal Excellence.

Every day at the NIS pools it is our goal to inspire, teach, and coach our students, athletes and community members to enjoy the sport of swimming and to develop a lifelong passion for all the aquatics activities they choose to engage with.

Within curricular programmes, our primary goal is the development of lifetime skills in water confidence and competence.

Learning to swim for all ages is important for water safety and can save lives. A robust curricular swim programme at a school provides students with essential skills and confidence in the water. Internationally-recognised survival and stroke improvement programmes are facilitated in a safe and supportive manner. Learning is promoted through engaged individual or small group activity that is both challenging and fun for all.

These essential life skills can also ignite a lifelong passion. At NIS, we go beyond teaching swimming and cultivate a love for aquatic activities. We emphasize inclusive competition, creating an environment where every individual can participate and excel, regardless of their level. This approach not only fosters a lifelong love for water sports but also instills values of teamwork, sportsmanship, and personal growth in our learners.

Beyond Curricular

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Competitive swimming is an important part of the NIS Athletic programme. Within age and ability squads, students learn and develop performance and team membership skills within an aquatic arena. Opportunities to compete against other international school swim teams are provided throughout the year through our membership of the prestigious Shanghai Swim League (SSL) and ACAMIS athletic conference.


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The development of healthy lifestyle practices is an important feature of our NIS community programmes. Weekly pool use schedules provide a daily opportunity for community members of all ages to remain active in the pool. Current scheduling provides popular lap and leisure swimming sessions for individuals or families. Qualified lifeguards are in constant attendance during these times.


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Nanjing International School offers students at all grade levels opportunities to participate in 10 different inclusive, competitive sports.

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The Arts

The inclusive Arts curriculum at NIS allows for both responses to and the creation of artwork, whether musical or dramatic.

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Student Activities

Our Primary School offers diverse activities, including culture, crafts, performing arts, and sports for Grades 1-5. In Secondary School, students engage in clubs, performing arts, and service to develop skills, interests, and leadership opportunities.

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