• Top Dubai school now offers elite athlete-level swimming academy for pupils
  • Lessons take place in the school’s prestigious Olympic-sized swimming pool
  • Speedo Academy Coach Caroline Potel is current French National Team and Youth Olympic Coach

Academic and sporting excellence go hand-in-hand at Swiss International School Dubai, Dubai’s first bilingual International Baccalaureate School, which is now offering its growing cohort of future global citizens the chance to join a new elite Swim Academy.

Sponsored by world-renowned sports brand Speedo, the Al Jadaf-located school already offers classes as part of the national Speedo Swim Squads scheme, but the new deal will take pupils from strong, confident swimmers to elite athlete level. 

Keen swimmers among the school’s growing number of international pupils will need to apply to join the academy, and be able to meet the exacting criteria, laid down by SISD, Speedo and elite coach, Caroline Potel.

There are no additional fees for joining this elite sporting scheme, but pupils must show commitment to the schedule and programme. 

Rob Duncan, Head of PE and Sport at the forward-thinking school, underlined the importance of competitive sports at the school. He says: “At SISD, we aim to use competitive sport to build on the values provided during lessons. We want to instil an unmatched sense of pride through commitment, teamwork, perseverance, effort, and the ability to represent the school in athletic competitions.”

With this aim in mind, the school’s Swim Academy, powered by Speedo looks set to become a regional centre of excellence for Under 18 swimming. 

Rob adds: “Swimming has always been an integral part of the school’s comprehensive curriculum, but now we want to take it to the next level by establishing an elite athlete academy to develop and train the best swimmers in Dubai. There’s a clear synergy between Speedo, a world class brand and SISD, a world-class school with world-class facilities.”

Following the SISD Swim Academy, powered by Speedo programme, students will benefit from additional coaching and support, nutritional guidance and a personalised programme to help them pursue high-level swimming. This advanced, specialised level of training could lead to university scholarships or a sporting career. 

Pupils will be coached by Speedo Academy Director, Caroline Potel, current French National Team and Youth Olympic Coach, adding a wealth of additional experience and skill to the school’s already exemplary PE team. 

Caroline says: “Having devoted my career to sport and swimming, this is a fantastic opportunity to help drive the next generation of elite swimmers. As one of the only schools in Dubai with this world-class swimming facility, we are delighted to be able to establish this kind of elite academy at SISD. Swimming is already incredibly successful and popular at the school, with large swim teams and very positive support for those teams. We now want to expand that and focus on elite athlete performance in and out of the pool”.

PE and Sport Head Rob adds: “Caroline’s undoubted expertise and knowledge, combined with SISD’s facilities and academic excellence means we have a solid basis to do something great for our students. This partnership will also help support our in-house swimming lessons, deliver additional training for the PE Department teachers, and get extra coaching for both our B and A competitive teams.”

The 10-lane Olympic pool, which meets FINA standards, is a fantastic place to train, and one of only two such pools offered at schools in Dubai.

The pool is just one of the many highlights in SISD’s sports facilities, which also features an 18-meter swimming pool, a natural grass football pitch, indoor and outdoor running tracks, tennis courts, a climbing wall, a fully-equipped weights room, two indoor sports halls and a dance studio.

Rob Duncan concludes: “This has been the vision I have wanted to build up to over the last few years.  To see it coming to fruition is very rewarding.  I am very excited to continue building this programme to support all our swimmers, from PE classes to those students who may one day pursue a scholarship to university.”

About Swiss International School in Dubai:

Global in outlook, bilingual in approach, Swiss in culture, and yet firmly rooted in the local community of Dubai – that’s Swiss International School in Dubai, or SISD.

The Swiss International Scientific School in Dubai (SISD), Dubai’s first bilingual International Baccalaureate School, opened in 2015.

The school is a leading international day and boarding school where future generations are inspired to become confident and enthusiastic lifelong learners, properly prepared to embrace all the opportunities and challenges life presents.

With a diverse student body of 1200 pupils comprising more than 70 different nationalities, the school believes the next generation of international citizens will need to be dynamic, flexible and linguistically ambitious. With this in mind, SISD offers immersive bilingual programmes in either of the Swiss languages of French and German, but also a strong English programme with foreign languages. For students who don’t wish to pursue a fully bilingual programme, there is a unique STEAM programme for all children from age 4-11 years. SISD stands out as one of only a handful of educational establishments globally classified as an IB Continuum school, which means it offers International Baccalaureate education to pupils from age 3 to 18. 

Offering day school, weekly or full-term boarding options, this leading educational institution offers state-of-the-art STEAM education, and has world-class sporting facilities, too. 

The school has laid out its B.E.S.T. Values, as follows:


A unique international and multilingual environment provides students with authentic exposure to English, French, German and Arabic. Students in the immersive bilingual programmes learn to communicate, think and reflect in two different languages. As global citizens, SISD celebrates diversity, promoting all languages and cultures with equal respect.


SISD staff believes in maintaining high standards and aspire to be the best they can be. A spirit of enquiry, encouraging both creative and critical thinking is fostered.


Students and staff believe that social, cultural, economic and environmental awareness prepare us to play our part in shaping a better future, both for ourselves and for those around us. The school campus is eco-friendly, winning international acclaim and awards for using less energy to create a comfortable and healthy environment.


In the school’s international community, we know that we are at our best when we all work together. We view active participation in the community, from the most local to the most global, as the foundation of a valuable life.