About Our Swim School

Our Teaching Philosophy
Palo Alto Swim and Sport promotes life-long fitness, healthy habits and safety. Knowing how to swim properly at a young age builds a foundation for a long and healthy life. Our swim schools work with students to develop proper technique through focused learning and goal oriented rewards. Year-round lessons instill the habit of swimming that becomes a way of life for children as they grow through adolescence into adulthood.

Our Swim School Model
Palo Alto Swim and Sport lessons are hands-on lessons focused on giving each swimmer a strong foundation in the pool. Lessons are focused on breathing, body position and developing proper swim habits. Lessons are taught by our incredible instructors in a 5 by 10-yard area of instruction that promotes a safe and technique focused lesson.

Our Commitment to Safety
Our number one priority at Palo Alto Swim and Sport is safety in and around the pool, including safety in lessons, water quality, lifeguarding and emergency preparedness. Each instructor is trained in making each lesson a safe and fun environment. All our lifeguards are certified, trained and audited to the highest standards set by the American Red Cross and YMCA. Palo Alto Swim and Sport has retained the services of a leading environmental health and safety firm to guide our company to safer practices for our customers, staff and community.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who is Team Sheeper/Palo Alto Swim & Sport?
A: Team Sheeper Inc. is a local aquatics operator who will be running this Summer ‘s Palo Alto Swim Lesson Program under the name Palo Alto Swim & Sport.

Q: Why the change to Palo Alto Swim & Sport?
A: The City’s goal in working with Palo Alto Swim and Sport is to provide a more stable and consistent level of service and provide more lessons beyond just the Summer season. Making this change expands our swim lesson programs to begin in April and continue through October.

Q: Where will swim lessons be offered?
A: Swim lessons will be offered at Rinconada Pool in Palo Alto.

Q: How much do lessons cost?
A: You can view both Palo Alto Resident/Non-Resident rates on the Pricing page under the Swim School tab.

Q: What is the difference between our previous Learn-To-Swim program and the new Palo Alto Swim & Sport program?
A: Palo Alto Swim & Sport Program offers a more comprehensive “levels” system which includes lessons from water babies all the way up to lessons elite for more competitive swimmers. Palo Alto Swim & Sport’s swim lesson model was developed by Team Sheeper. Our previous swim program was based on the Red Cross swim lesson model.

Q: What is the difference between weekly lessons and summer session lessons?
A: Weekly lessons will become available beginning in April and are held at a consistent time one time per week (i.e., one time slot one day per week). Summer session lessons occur over the course of an entire week (i.e., one time slot every day for one week). Summer session lessons are what Palo Alto provided in previous years.

Q: Will we be offering both private and group lessons beginning in the spring?
Yes, both group and private lessons will be available starting in the Spring. For more information on lessons, visit our Schedule & Registration page.

Q: What is the cancellation policy if I wish to discontinue my child’s lessons?
A: Information on our Cancellation Policy can be found here.