Advanced Aquatics has been instilling the love of swimming passionately throughout the Klang Valley since 2005. We are founded on the principle that swimming can and does make lives better – be it:
- learning to swim for safety or health,
- as a means to build character and instil good values,
- to destress and relax, or even
- as a fulfilling and immensely satisfying career.
We believe that learning how to swim should be a fun experience that is easily accessible to everyone. Our teaching plans and methods are continuously being improved to ensure students see quick progress while enjoying the classes, which makes learning exciting as well.
How did we start? In 2005, 3 friends – former national coach Peh Gin Hai and former national swimmers Ooi Kee Tzuen and Abdul Hafiz Salleh, realized that while many people – whether adults or children – enjoyed swimming, not many of them had a pleasant experience learning it, and many took far longer than it should to learn how to swim, which was a marked difference from their own experience. Having had their lives literally changed by their positive experiences in swimming, the three friends vowed to take up the challenge of bringing enjoyable and easy to follow swimming classes to the masses.
At that time, with Peh’s 18 years in the swim coaching line, of which a number years were spent coaching at the national and international level, and Hafiz and Ooi’s many years of experience as swimmers as well, they realised that using positive reinforcement as a tool that capitalizes on the personal needs and motivations of each individual would be a powerful tool.
Their vision to start a school, Advanced Aquatics, with its core principles based on teaching through:
- positive reinforcement,
- ability based learning and
- applying accelerated learning principles,
has today resulted in tens of thousands of satisfied customers who have then enthusiastically recommended Advanced Aquatics to their friends and relatives.
As Advanced Aquatics has grown, it has emerged as a brand that offers consistency and reliability in its services, with all coaches undergoing extensive training in our very own PowerSwim syllabus that comprises a detailed, systematic teaching method that yet can be adapted for students of differing ages and abilities. Nine years down the line, we serve thousands of students from all walks of life; from the very young (6 months & up!) to the gold-timers (our oldest student is 72 years old!); from beginners to national level competitive swimmers.
We pioneered the concept of the Muslimah Swim Programme, making the sport more accessible to Muslim women, and also invented the POWERSWIM method, a system of teaching based on experiential learning that has seen thousands learn to swim in just eight lessons.
We believe in a scientific approach to learning that is based on helping the swimmer understand the principles behind what they are doing, and have a rigorous recruitment system that ensures all our teachers have a passion for swimming and a personality suited to teaching. We currently have over 120 loyal teachers and trainers, a large number of whom are ex-state and national champions.
We cater to an ever-growing list of locations, including public pools, schools and private residences.
The Faces Behind Advanced Aquatics
PEH GIN HAI
Advanced Aquatics Founder, Director for Coaching
Before Peh graduated as a mechanical engineer, he had already been involved in swimming, first as a competitive swimmer during his youth and then as an assistant coach in his hometown swim programme.
After a break from the world of swimming to obtain a degree in engineering in Canada (though he did also take a certificate course in coaching in night school), he came back to Malaysia to work. But the pull of swim coaching was irresistible, and from coaching part-time while holding down a full-time engineering job, he decided to forgo a lucrative career in the industry, make the jump into full-time coaching and thus apply his major of fluid dynamics to further develop the sport of swimming instead.
The pinnacle of this was being recruited by the Malaysian National Sports Council to help coach the Malaysian National Swimming team, from 2001-2004. Subsequently, he was also appointed Head Coach for the Malaysian Swim team that participated in the 2006 Asean University Games in Hanoi, Vietnam. He has coached numerous national swimmers at prestigious competitions including the SEA Games, Asian Games, World University Games and Afro-Asian Games.
Peh continues to be involved in coaching by keeping up-to-date on the latest sports science and swimming research and working with our Advanced Aquatics Competitive Coaching Team to apply the latest findings to continuously achieve better results.
ABDUL HAFIZ BIN SALLEH
Advanced Aquatics Co-Founder, Director of Learn-To-Swim Programmes
A late bloomer who only started swimming seriously at the age of 14, Hafiz has nevertheless had many great achievements as a swimmer – he is a former National swimmer, Malaysia Games champion, National record holder and SEA Games medalist. Upon retiring from competitive swimming and subsequently graduating with a degree in BioIndustry, Hafiz decided that his passion for swimming was too strong for him to ignore, and thus he went into swim coaching, joining forces with Peh, who was his former coach in the national team, at ADVANCED AQUATICS.
With a mission to revamp the teaching of swimming in Malaysia and take it to a new level, Hafiz developed the POWER SWIM swimming programs. The programs use Powerful methods to EmPower students and enhance the swimming learning experience. His talent for breaking down swimming technique into simple-to-follow steps and for creating teaching progressions that build on each other has resulted in a teaching method that has produced thousands of very satisfied students. Further, his naturally fun nature has also resulted in a teaching philosophy and system that incorporates FUN as one of its key elements, thus ensuring students enjoy every lesson.
While Hafiz still continues to work hard to bring swimming to young children through school programs, he has also ventured into encouraging adults to pick up swimming as a life skilll and great exercise, and even takes part in triathlons.
OOI KEE TZUEN
ADVANCED AQUATICS CO-FOUNDER, DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
A life-long swimmer, Kee Tzuen’s passion is to spread the love of swimming as a sport as well as to dispel the myths that:
- you can’t be good at studies AND sports,
- you need to be tall to excel in swimming
This is because he was a champion national level swimmer through his youth who subsequently represented the country and became a SEA Games medallist, but was also a straight A student throughout primary and secondary school, and winner of several academic awards. Also, at 165cm tall, with size 7 feet, he was always one of the smallest sized swimmers on the blocks, but yet more than held his own and enjoyed remarkable success.
Thus, despite graduating with a degree in Computer Science, he has dedicated his life to working with children to empower them via the sport of swimming, focusing on developing simple yet effective methods of teaching technical excellence to students to allow them to achieve better results without compromising on study time, or being held back by their lack of physical size. The many champion swimmers he has produced are a testament to the effectiveness of his efforts, and as co-founder of Advanced Aquatics Sdn Bhd, he continues to inspire both swimmers and coaches alike with his commitment and dedication to the sport of swimming.