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.

Water Safety: 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 Fundamentals: Level Fundamentals continues to focus on water safety as well as learning good body position, flutter kicks and side breathing. Swimmers will develop strong foundation for freestyle.

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. *Summer Only*

Hours & Pricing for Swim Lessons

Schedule & Hours

Weekly/Perpetual Lessons at Rinconada
Dates: April 9th – October 2018

Monday – Friday 3:00pm – 7:00pm
Saturday 9:00am – 12:00pm
Sunday No Lessons

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


Weekly (Residents) $20/lesson
Weekly (Non-Residents) $22.50/lesson
Sessions (Residents) $100 – 5 Days
Sessions (Non-Residents) $112.50 – 5 Days

Private Lessons

Private Weekly $70/lesson
Private Sessions $350 – 5 Days

All lessons are 30 minutes

Swim School Registration

Palo Alto Swim and Sport offers swim lessons April through October. Lessons will begin April 9, 2018.

Registration Info

New Families
Welcome! In order to register for our Palo Alto resident discounted Swim School classes with you will need to follow the following steps:

1. Create an Account
2. Fill out the Residence Verification Form*
3. Once you have received confirmation from us you will receive a link to Browse Classes with your resident discount.

*Filling out this form is a one-time request and the use of information collected through this form will be used to verify your residence and create a registration account ONLY.*

Returning Families
If you are planning on taking any GROUP Weekly Lessons or Sessions, and want to register yourself online, please email us at and we will make a membership for you to ensure you receive your resident discount. You may also find your preferred lesson time online, and email or call us and we can immediately book it for you.

All other lesson types can be registered for here.


Weekly Lessons
Lessons start April 9th.

Weekly lessons are a once a week option that are available from April until November. Pick a day and a time and come every week at your chosen lesson. This lesson is reoccurring until you choose to stop. 4 complimentary make-ups are allowed with weekly lessons. For detailed information on our makeup and cancellation policies, please visit the Policies & Procedures tab.

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. Weekly 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.

Summer Session Lessons
Lessons start April 9th.

Summer Sessions are a great way to get a lot of swimming in a short amount of time! Pick a week and 30 minute time slot that works for you, and come Monday – Friday of that week. A great option to get more swim practice in while working with other scheduled summer activities.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What do I need to bring to my child’s lesson?
A: Please bring a towel, swimsuit, sunscreen and goggles. At this time there are no extra items available for sale.

Q: What is the Diaper policy if my child is not potty trained?
A: Al children who are not potty trained must wear a disposable swim diaper and a plastic diaper cover under their swim suit. This ensures we do not have any unnecessary pool closures.

Q: Can I drop my child off?
A: No. A parent or guardian must remain on the premises at all times.

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: 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.

Q: What is the Make-Up policy if we miss a class?
A: Up to 4 makeup classes are allowed per season. You must miss the class first, then schedule a makeup within 30 days of the missed class. If a makeup class is missed, it cannot be rescheduled. There are no makeup classes for Summer Session lessons, only Weekly lessons.

Policies & Procedures

Cancellation Policy
Cancellation up to one month from the date of lesson…Full Refund
Cancellation between 4-2 weeks before the date of lesson… Full Credit to Account
Cancellation within two weeks before the date of lesson…No credit, No refund

After registration, you may switch to another camp ONE time only. Switching to another session is prohibited up to 14 days before the session date (this may vary depending on registration numbers of desired week).

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 Make-Up Lessons

4 makeup classes are allowed per season. Once the class is missed, you may Login in HERE > Go to Student Bookings> Click Book Makeup> Filter class level to current swim level> Click Book Now.

You will not be charged.

Please call our main number at 650-636-SWIM (7946) or email us at for any questions.