Our Story

In 2005 the Fulton Swim School Story began. Fresh out of school Daniel Fulton knew he could make a difference by teaching children the life skill of swimming and how to be safe in an aquatic environment.


What started off as a summer job, in his old cold outdoor primary school pool, quickly turned into a success with local families jumping at the opportunity. With the lack of facilities in the Franklin Area and not a dollar to his name, Daniel came up with a scheme to create an indoor heated swimming facility at the very school that started off his love of the water- Puni Primary School

After the summer season was over Daniel canvased local businesses to see if they could contribute to aid in building a shed over the existing pool. The local community quickly rallied behind the initiative and by the next summer we had over 100 local businesses contributing to bring Puni and the Franklin Community an indoor heated facility.

By 2006 we were in full swing, and had quickly established ourselves as a leading swimming lesson provider in the area. Within 2 years we were over subscribed with a waiting list long enough to expand to the nearby Patumahoe School. At the time this was also an outdoor cold swimming pool but with a relatively successful two years in business Daniel decided to head to the bank and get a bank loan to convert the next swimming pool into a year round facility.

After a couple of knock backs from the bank and withdrawing his life savings/ business savings out on the spot he then marched down the road to a bank that could help him reach his dream.

Fast forward a few years, the swim schools based in Puni and Patumahoe were a hive of activity and something to this day Daniel is incredibly proud of. 2015 saw Daniel try his luck in Upper Hutt, to see if the Fulton method was just a local fluke or something we could share with the rest of the country. This gamble proved to be a great success and now in 2018 they have spread their wings further to include a New Plymouth and Botany facility taking the total to 5 as well as a new central office complex.

From humble beginnings of the cold outdoor pool to having a dedicated team of passionate swimming professionals spread throughout the North Island continuing to aim to keep our children (and adults) enjoying, and being safe in the water. We look forward to welcoming you into the life changing world of learning to swim and becoming a part of the Fulton Swim School family.
"I have always seen the great value in teaching children to swim and now with my own family I can see teaching children to swim teaches them so much more than just swimming”