Kids Swim Lessons

About Our Swim School

Palo Alto Swim School: CLOSED FOR SEASON – 2021 TBD

We are extremely excited to start teaching our community again after being closed for such a long time due to COVID-19. There have been a few important changes that you will need to know before registering for classes.

All classes will be taught from the pool deck in order to comply with social distancing guidelines. These guidelines are for both your student’s safety and our staff’s safety while we work through this crisis.

Unfortunately, that means we must require all our new students be independent and water safe swimmers. We would love to have the ability to teach any student of any age and skill, but sadly that currently isn’t possible. We hope you understand this and our reasons behind this decision.

When showing up for a swim lesson, please:
1. Be ready dressed to swim
2. Have all equipment needed for the lesson ready (toys, towels, goggles).
*We cannot provide any equipment, toys, towels, goggles, or changing areas of our own

All registered lessons will have a 1:1 ratio with one student and one teacher.

Levels and Classes at Palo Alto Swim School

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.

Hours & Pricing for Swim Lessons

Schedule & Hours


Private Lessons
Stay tuned for schedule in 2021


Private Lessons: $76/lesson (30 minute lessons)

All registered lessons will have a ratio of 1:1 with one student and one teacher.  All lessons are 30 minutes in length.

*Youth Scholarships available from Beyond Barriers Athletic Foundation. For more information and to see if you qualify please fill out this form.

Registration Info

Due to the safety regulations in place for COVID-19 our swim lessons will be given in a private manner (1:1 ratio) with students who are water safe (independent in the water). If your child is not water safe a parent/guardian must be in the water during the lesson. For parents wanting to be near the lesson there will be a designated area for parents to sit and watch on the pool deck.

Lessons can be booked up to 21 days in advance.

Beyond Barriers Athletic Foundation Scholarships

Palo Alto Swim & Sport is proud to partner with the Beyond Barriers Athletic Foundation (BBAF). BBAF offers scholarships to those financially in need who want to develop a life-long love for swimming in the Bay area. You can visit their website by clicking the link above to see all of their partners in the Bay area.

Palo Alto Swim & Sport offers BBAF scholarships for the following programs:

Swim School
Camp Rinconada Aquatics Camp

For more information and to see if you qualify please fill out this form.

BBAF Submission Form

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.

Policies & Procedures

All lessons need to be booked 48 hours in advance. Any changes must be made 48 hours in advance to avoid charges.

15 Minute Sunscreen Rule
Palo Alto Swim and Sport requires that swimmers apply sunscreen at least 15 minutes prior to getting into the pool, and that they use the restroom prior to our lessons. This allows us to maintain optimal cleanliness to our facilities.

Registration Coming Summer 2021!