Swimdo

About Us

Our Team

Our mission is to protect and enrich the lives of children through aquatic education. Our team is made up of international and local professionals that have years of experience in swim instruction, CPR, water safety, oceanography, and community development.

Seamus Pettigrew

An avid surfer from San Francisco, California, Seamus has traveled the world in pursuit of the best swells – ultimately leading him to making Bali his home. Seamus founded Swimdo in 2015, after noticing a ubiquitous lack of swimming education in the local communities – especially among children.In the summer months, Seamus can be found in New York, where he works as a U.S. Coast Guard Licensed Captain. In the winter, you can find Seamus in Bali where he spends his time teaching Indonesian children water safety skills.Seamus graduated from the University of Oregon in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.

Seamus Pettigrew
Founder
Neals From

A former collegiate swimmer at Colorado College, Neal knows how much impact the opportunity to learn to swim can have on a child. He brings a lifetime of experience as a lifeguard and swim instructor to Swimdo, and has made Indonesia his second home. He believes deeply in Swimdo’s mission and looks forward to a future where every child in Indonesia is given the same opportunity and access to swimming education that he had.Neal has a Bachelor of Arts in English and calls Los Angeles home.

Neals From
Executive Director
Dylan Sohngen

A Southern California native, Dylan is an experienced waterman with a fondness for natures’ smaller beauties. From lifeguarding the beaches of Los Angeles to hunting new species as an entomologist, he brings to the team an array of experience reflecting passion for the outdoors and an eagerness to share it. Dylan taught children as both an equestrian riding and surf instructor while studying biology at UC San Diego and between tests competed with the university’s champion surf team. In Bali when he’s not in the pool with the kids, he’s surely hunting left barrels or the insects he studies.

Dylan Sohngen
Director of Research
Andrew Latimer

A NorCal native now dwelling in Santa Barbara, Andrews connection with the water runs deep. Swimming competitively from an early age led him to become the captain of the swim team at UC Santa Barbara, from where he would graduate with degrees in Ethics and Biological Anthropology. Andrew holds a US Coast Guard Captains License and is a certified lifeguard and swim instructor. In Bali, when he’s not teaching lessons with Swimdo, he can be found at his favorite local eatery enjoying a hearty meal of soto ayam (chicken soup) and kelapa (coconut) cream cookies.

Andrew Latimer
Director of Finance
Tomi Kadek Cakra Kencana

Tomi Kencana was born in Keramas, Indonesia. He holds two Bachelors of Arts in Communications and English Translation. In addition to his work with Swimdo, Tomi works at Slukat Learning Center as a student mentor and volunteer manager. He is in charge of Swimdo’s community outreach programs and development. He enjoys taking part in swimming classes, is a Marco Polo champion, and hopes to one day learn to surf.

Tomi Kadek Cakra Kencana
Local Coordinator
Indirah Made Santi

Indira Santi holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Universitas Udayana. She works heads the International Relations Division at Slukat Learning Center and is ProjectKalpa’s Financial Manager.Indira lives in Keramas, Indoneisa and spends much of her time at the beach. She understands firsthand how important swimming education is for the children of Indonesia – as she too did not know how to swim at a young age.She now serves as the Swimdo Community Outreach Liaison, where she works to ensure that all young people in Keramas can swim, and enjoy the beaches safely

Indirah Made Santi
Local Coordinator
Mangsri

Mangsri is a student at Ganesha University of Education in North Bali. She is currently enrolled in an English language education program. When she is not studying, Mangsri spends much of her time volunteering as an English teacher for disadvantaged children. Mangsri loves working for Swimdo because she believes every child deserves access to quality education. 

Mangsri
Instructor
Denny

Denny is a student at the Udayana University. Denny’s two loves are birds and swimming. Denny began learning to swim with Swimdo to pursue his goal to be a policeman. However,  after learning to swim, he was offered a position as an instructor with Swimdo. Denny loves working for Swimdo because he thinks swimming is fun and that everyone should be able to enjoy the water.

Denny
Instructor
Denta

Denta is an avid sports fan. He is currently studying to become a physical education instructor. When he is not teaching swimming or studying for his exams, you can find Denta on the soccer pitch or playing badminton with his friends. Denta is happy to be a part of the Swimdo team because he believes that it is important for everyone to know about the dangers of drowning.

Denta
Instructor
Arjun

Arjun was one of Swimdo’s very first students back in 2015. 4 years later, in 2019, he was officially offered a job as a local community coordinator. When Arjun first started classes with Swimdo he was so afraid of water that he would not jump into the pool. After some time with our instructors, he slowly became more and more comfortable and now is an avid swimmer. Arjun loves working with Swimdo because he knows how transformative an aquatic education can be.

Arjun
Instructor
Agus Mega

His name is Agus, but his friends call him Mega. Currently, Mega is studying Japanese literature in university. His dream is to one day go to Japan. He enjoys outdoor activities like hiking, camping, and riding his bicycle. Agus is one of our swim instructors and is always making students laugh with his funny jokes and his crazy afro. Agus likes working with Swimdo because he loves to make students (and fellow teachers) laugh.

Agus Mega
Instructor
Agis

Agis is one of our awesome local coordinators. He loves to travel and when he isn’t working with Swimdo, he is a Chinese-speaking tour guide for high school and university students. Agis also enjoys camping, hiking, skateboarding, and climbing. He is a very stylish guy with long hair and loves to go to concerts. Agis is currently studying English literature at university. Agis is one of Swimdo’s original students and now helps to run our volunteer programs.

Agis
Instructor
Pandit

Pandit is a very good looking man. When he isn’t helping with Swimdo, he is a professional photographer who does weddings inside and outside of Bali. Pandit is one of Swimdo’s original class of students. He currently works at Swimdo to help manage finances and local classes in Bali. Being a part of Swimdo is a joy for him because he can help the community and also go on fun trips with our volunteers.

Pandit
Instructor
Intan

Intan is one of the swimming teachers at Swimdo. Intan is currently a full time student at University. When she isn't busy teaching in the pool, Intan’s favorite activity is dancing. Intan loves being part of the Swimdo team because she believes that swimming can make a child’s life better and safer.

Intan
Instructor
Agus

Agus is one of Swimdo’s very first graduates. From early on it was clear that Agus was going to have trouble floating (a core requirement to graduate from Swimdo) but after several lessons, he started to get a hang of it and after graduating, became one of Swimdo’s first local instructors. Agus himself has taught over 1000 children to swim. Now Agus has stepped up into a leader position and coordinates all classes and swimdo projects. When he isn’t busy coordinating for Swimdo, Agus is a lawyer and represents individuals throughout the community. 

Agus loves working with Swimdo because he knows what learning to swim can do for a child’s life.

Agus
Instructor
Dede

Dede is Swimdo’s lead instructor. Dede loves to see children grow up in his community. He takes a lot of joy out of seeing students excel in and out of the pool. In the past, Dede could not swim and had a near fatal accident when a wave washed him away while he was playing on the beach. Since then, Dede has conquered his fear and can be seen swimming laps in the local pool. The children love Dede so much that they often refer to him as uncle. Dede loves working for Swimdo because he knows that he is helping to make the children in his community safe.

Dede
Instructor
Here at Swimdo, we seek to revolutionize the way Indonesia addresses child drowning.

Drowning is a leading cause of death among children in low-and-middle-income countries in Asia. It is estimated that upward of 400,000 people drown every year. It is a major public health issue in Indonesia, the world’s 4th most populous country.

Seamus Pettigrew From the Founder