Anna K. Lindegren and Oxana Lundström have always loved to swim. They both moved to Sweden to study and met in 2013 when they were teaching swimming at SSIF, the student sports association at Stockholm University. Most of the swimmers were international students and many were beginners. Lessons were held at a public pool and the groups were large, making it hard to give everyone the individual attention they needed. Not only that, waiting lists were long and the club catered only to students. From their own experience, Anna and Oxana already knew many other expats who wanted to learn to swim but didn’t know how to start.
They decided that they could do better, so in 2015, they started their own swimming school, Stockholm International Swimming Club. Their goal? To share their love of swimming and create a community of like-minded expats. Their flagship pool, the spa pool at Haga Health Club, provided the perfect environment for teaching adult beginners with a fear of water – a warm, relaxing pool that made learning to swim easy and fun.
The club quickly grew from several members the first year to 110 in 2020. Today, SISC has a team of 8 dedicated swim instructors who teach beginner, intermediate and advanced swimmers in a variety of pool settings and the open water. Additionally, since 2018, SISC has been teaching asylum seekers to swim through the Vattenstart program and more than 100 people have learned to swim with SISC. More than that, they’ve also gained a life-saving skill that will help them feel more included in Swedish society.