Our Story
Shendy's Swim School was founded in 1992 by Eric "Shendy" Shendelman. Shendy, as he is affectionately known, sought to combine his love of aquatics and passion for teaching as he opened the part-time operation. The school quickly grew, with a strong reputation for hands on teaching, fun and safety, Shendy's became known as a top swim school in the Greater Toronto Area. Eric's meticulous attention to detail continued to draw the attention of families in the Greater Toronto Area, looking for the best environment to learn to swim. The school expanded through numerous facilities as it provided swimming lessons from infants to adults, first aid programs and advanced certification courses in Bronze, National Lifeguard and Instructors.

In 2012, Shendy built his first full-time facility. Located in the heart of North York at Leslie and York Mills, Shendy's Swim Centre reflects the passion and meticulous nature of Shendy. Eric takes great pride in ensuring that he is involved in every element of the business - from being in the water with new swimmers, performing maintenance on the pool, or ensuring every swimmer is a good match for their instructor, and every family is getting the absolute best his school has to offer. The new facility has allowed Shendy's to expand into new programs like aquafit, aquarestore, and school swim period - while maintaing a full program of learn to swim and leadership programs. Shendy's is fully affiliated with the LifeSaving Society and has been a Commercial Member of the Ontario Camps Association since 1992 providing camp staff and C.I.T.s with First Aid and Aquatic training.

Today, Shendy's not only teaches swimmers who are new to the school, but former alumni staff and students who are now parents are proud to see their children learn from Shendy the same way they did.

Shendy's strives to ensure that the facility is clean and sanitary. All students remove their shoes prior to walking through the main hallway and parents and those viewing the lessons place a pair of booties over their shoes or bring flip flops. Shendy's is a "flip flop friendly zone". Most of our clients have expressed their appreciation and understand the reasons why the facility must be kept clean at all times. The facility is also nut sensitive, as Shendy's makes a best effort to ensure that all students can feel confident learning to swim in a safe environment.

About Our Staff
Eric "Shendy" Shendelman is a member of the Canadian Drowning Prevention Coalition and sits on a variety of committees that utilize his expertise in the area of Aquatics and First Aid. He is also involved with a number of camps helping to develop their aquatic and first aid program.  Eric is the owner of Shendy's Swim School Inc. that he started in 1992. He is a certified Lifesaving Society Instructor, Lifeguard, Examiner, Trainer, Inspector and Auditor. Over the years, Eric picked up some of the best teaching methods and strategies when working with children/youth which he has incorporated into his program. His staff are trained to utilize these creative and unique teaching skills to ensure that every student feels happy, safe and confident in the water. Eric’s teaching style is as ‘hands on’ as they come. You’ll often find him in the water working with students and staff. He loves what he does. 

Shendy has been actively involved in camping, aquatics and education for over 30 years. He is the past President of the Ontario Camps Association (OCA), former Vice President of OCA, and former Standards Chair of OCA. Eric is the former Camp Director at Camp Arrowhead and Crestwood Valley Day Camp in Toronto. He is also a member of the Society of Camp Directors. 

Eric is also a qualified Primary, Junior and Intermediate teacher who taught in private and public schools over a 12 year period.

Robyn Elbaum has worked at Shendys Swim School since 2000. She began as an Instructor Trainer and National Lifeguard Instructor / Examiner. She taught numerous Bronze programmes and children alike. Robyn is also a First Aid Instructor/Examiner and a Dive Ontario Instructor. As the current General Manager, Robyn is responsible for administration, parent communication, staff management and supervisors at Shendys.

Robyn graduated from McMaster University in Health Studies and Anthropology. She then went on to complete the ASL  English Interpreting Programme at George Brown College and worked at Silent Voice for a number of years. Robyn was also the Waterfront Director at Camp Arrowhead in Innisfil Ontario for many years.