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About Us

“Swimming Safe From the Start” in Aurora since 2003!

Who Are We?

The DuPage Swimming Center staff is a group of experienced, fully-trained individuals who share the same goal: to teach students how to Swim Safe From the Start. Since 2003, our outstanding staff has worked hard to develop confident, enthusiastic, and capable swimmers.

Our Mission: We believe that swim lessons can save lives. Our aim is to give you the peace of mind knowing that your child is safe in the water.

Our goal as a team is to teach every student how to be water safe. To do this, we challenge every student to swim 400 yards without stopping. We believe that once your child has reached this objective, they will have obtained the skills necessary to be safe and confident in the water.

 

Our History

The DuPage Swimming Center is a state-of-the-art instructional swimming facility in Aurora, Illinois, designed and operated by Australian Olympic swimmer, Ross Seymour. Ross is the second of three generations of elite swimmers. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Ross’ swimming resume includes:

1973 – Australian World Championships team member:  Belgrade,    Yugoslavia
– World Ranking:  5th in 100m Butterfly
1974 – Commonwealth Games team member:  Christchurch, New   Zealand
– World Ranking: Top-10 in 200m Butterfly

– 2-time NCAA Division I All-American in 100m and 200m Butterfly

1975 – World Championship team member: Cali, Colombia
1976 – Australian Olympic team member: Montreal, Canada

The Seymour family’s swimming pedigree began in Australia, where Ross’s father, Kenneth Seymour, founded the first indoor learn-to-swim center in Melbourne in 1960. The Seymour Swim School recently celebrated its 50th year of business in 2010. In 1972, Ross came to the United States to attend Oklahoma State University on a swimming scholarship.

Upon graduation, and having represented his native Australia in the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, Ross became a graduate assistant swim coach at Florida State University. After earning his Masters of Science degree from Florida State, he became an assistant swim coach at the University of Tennessee. He then became the aquatics director, an assistant professor, and head men’s and women’s swimming coach at George Williams College while simultaneously serving as the head coach of Lyons Township Swim Club. In 1983, Ross took advantage of his passion for aquatics and went into business for himself, founding Swimming Pool Management Systems, Inc. (SPMS), Pool Guards, Inc., and finally, the Du Page Swimming Center.

Ross’s wife, Mina Seymour, an experienced swim coach in her own right, has spent time as a head or assistant coach in numerous organizations, including: the Swim Fast Swim Camp at George Williams College, the Lyons Township Swim Club, the Westmont Swim Club, and the St. Charles Swim Club. She was also Aquatics Director for the Boy’s Club in Knoxville, TN. Mina was an integral part of starting the family’s aquatics-based businesses, and ultimately, the creation of the Du Page Swimming Center.

Ross and Mina’s daughters, Lauren Hodder and Ashley Seymour, have joined their parents following their own successful swimming careers: Lauren, as vice-president and manager of the Du Page Swimming Center, and Ashley as the vice-president of service at SPMS.

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