Kids Swim Lessons

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.

Levels and Classes at Palo Alto Swim School

Waterbabies: For ages 6 months to under 3 years. Parent participation class where babies are introduced to the water through songs and games. Each game that we play together as a group can be adjusted to accommodate a parent’s comfort level and the swimming ability of the child. This is a 30-minute group class with a 6:1 ratio.

Water Tots: For ages 2 years old. Water Tot’s is a class without parent participation for students who are comfortable in the water are ready to learn the next set of swimming skills. The student to teacher ratio of 3:1 allows a small, safe learning environment to introduce fundamental water skills. This class focuses on building comfort, water safety, and skills such as: breathing, floating, bobs, jumps and, of course, fun.

Swimming Principles: Children learn to be safe, independent swimmers and begin to learn proper head and body position that will lead to success in the strokes to come. Skills include floating independently on back and front, and breath control.

Level 1: Designed to continue water safety skills as well as develop body position and kicks. Swimmers must be water safe and able to kick in streamline for 5 yards to pass.

Level 2: Designed to continue water safety skills as well as develop a strong foundation for Freestyle. Swimmers learn to kick in streamline for 10 yards, rolling onto their back for a breath.

Level 3: Designed to develop a strong foundation for Freestyle. Swimmers learn to kick in streamline for 10 yards with a side breath.

Freestyle: Swimmers learn freestyle beginning with body position, efficient flutter kicks, freestyle arms, and side breathing.

Backstroke: Swimmers continue to review and improve their freestyle while learning backstroke. They develop body position, rotation, effective kicks and backstroke arms.

Breaststroke: Swimmers will begin to learn the difference between short axis and long axis strokes, with an emphasis on the importance of a proper kick and glide. Each of the four parts of breaststroke will be isolated to yield a successful breaststroke.

Butterfly: Students learn the importance of a full body dolphin kick and undulation, timing of kicks with pull and recovery.

Lessons Advanced: Swimmers continue to refine all four strokes as well as develop more advanced techniques, including starts, turns and finishes.

Lessons Elite: The goals for swimmers in the class are to become proficient in all four competitive strokes, swim terminology, and receive coaching in and out of the water.

Schedule & Pricing for Swim Lessons


Weekly/Perpetual Lessons at Rinconada

Dates: Closed for Winter season. Lessons will begin again in Spring of 2018.

*Perpetual-same day and same time ongoing until client decides to stop


2018 pricing is still being determined. Please check back soon!

Swim School Registration

Palo Alto Swim and Sport offers swim lessons April through October. Lessons will begin again in Spring of 2018.

Registration is Closed Until Spring 2018
Residents: Online Residential Verification must be completed before registration. This option will be available in the Spring of 2018. Filling out the Residence Verification form allows you to receive the Palo Alto resident discount for swim lessons. After you have been verified as a resident you can view and book group lessons for the Rinconada Pool (coming soon!)

Non Residents may proceed directly to the web page to view and book group lessons for the Rinconada Pool. (coming soon!)

Private Lessons must be booked by phone by calling 650-636-7946 or in person at Rinconada Pool between 3 and 6 pm Monday through Friday.

Perpetual Lessons
Weekly perpetual lessons are the optimal method for maintaining aquatic proficiency and continuing to development as a swimmer. To learn a complex skill, and to master the physical movement patterns, consistent and continual practice is necessary. Perpetual lessons allow families to understand that aquatics is a year-round sport/activity and that the joys of aquatics and developing as a swimmer does not have to be limited to the summer months. We promote keeping aquatics and swim school in the weekly family schedule much like a family would a sports team or music lessons. We also offer the opportunity to have concentrated daily lessons over the course of a week during the summer months.

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 the summer 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 the 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 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. The 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 Registration tab.

Q: What is the cancellation policy if I wish to discontinue my child’s lessons?
A: Information on our Cancellation Policy can be found under the Policies/Procedures tab or with the form here.

Policies & Procedures

Policy Statement
The City of Palo Alto is committed to making its Community Services Department (CSD) programs, activities, classes and camps available to as many residents as possible. Palo Alto’s intent is that no one be prevented from participating in our programs because of the inability to pay a full fee. Therefore, CSD has adopted a Fee Reduction Program to meet the needs of individuals or families determined to have limited financial resources.

Palo Alto Swim & Sport will process registrations for all youth aquatics classes and camps through our online registration system. In order to verify a customer’s residency status or their participation in the Fee Reduction Program, Palo Alto Swim & Sport will contact the CSD to verify these statuses.

If you wish to receive a fee reduction for one of one of Palo Alto Swim & Sport’s programs, we will have to confirm with CSD that you have already verified your reduction fee.

Please fill out our Residency Verification Form here.

The Palo Alto Community Services Department will take up to 1 business day to respond to your residency status. Please allow 1 additional business day for Palo Alto Swim & Sport to receive the verification from CSD and contact you.

Cancellation Policy
If you would like to cancel your swim lessons completely, please fill out the online Cancellation Form and send it to Cancellation requests may also be taken in person through the Service Center. Cancellation requests must be submitted by the last day of the current month to terminate recurring payment/membership for the following month. If your membership has not been cancelled by the 1st of the month, you are responsible for the entirety of that month.

Mid-month cancellations do NOT qualify for a prorated refund.

Make-Up Policy
Our make-up lessons are only available for students who are taking weekly repeating lessons. Make up lessons must be used by the original student. Each child receives 4 make up lessons per calendar year. The child must miss the scheduled class first before we can look at scheduling a makeup lesson.

Make up lessons cannot be booked online and must be done through the service center representative. Please contact us within the 7 day time frame you would like to attend the makeup class.

*Note: Due to our registration system, we cannot book more than 7 days in advance from the current date.
Ex: If it is the 1st day of the month, the latest day we can book is the 8th.

Swim School Registration

More info for our Spring Lessons at Rinconada will be available soon.

You can sign up below to get updates on when we’ll have our Spring Lesson Schedule ready.


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