The closing of a pool marks the end of summer, as does packing away sundresses and chugging the last bottle of sunscreen before it expires. Seize the day with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
$47 for a private swim lesson and bubble ride package (up to a $95 total value)
- Two 30-minute private swim lessons (up to a $35 value each)
- Five W.O.W. bubble rides (a $25 value)
$52 for a private and group swim lesson package (up to a $105 total value)
- One 30-minute private swim lesson (up to a $35 value)
- Four weekly group swim lessons (a $70 value)
Instructors focus on specific swimming goals during 30-minute private lessons for kids and adults, tailoring their approach to each student’s ability and needs. Group classes maintain a 4:1 student-to-teacher ratio for plenty of individual attention, and they are arranged by skill so that swimmers progress together.
For a different brand of aquatic fun, guests can clamor inside of the W.O.W.—Walk On Water—bubbles. Once within the outsized hamster ball, riders walk and run on the pool's surface without getting wet. Each bubble ride lasts five minutes.
Though Donna's Dolphins Swim School sometimes offers a discounted price online, this Groupon is still the best deal available.
Donna's Dolphins Swim School
Patrolled by mermaids and people walking atop the water in huge, transparent bubbles, the pool inside Donna's Dolphins Swim School seems to be more of a wonderland than an academy. Employees oversee games at birthday parties or outfit guests in a fitted mermaid tail for whimsical dives and gliding choreography. Poolside carousers can even move across the surface of the pool at a walk or trot with the help of W.O.W.—Walk On Water—bubbles.
At the heart of all the fun and games, however, the highly trained staff’s main focus is to ensure that safety always comes before each splash. In swim classes, staffers employ the swim-float-swim approach—a method condoned by the United States Swim School Association—when teaching students in their group and private lessons. The lessons emphasize muscle memory so that children as young as 6 months can absorb techniques such as the starfish float for use in aquatic emergencies. They also assign seasoned mentors to coach special-needs students, making sure every kid gets a chance to embark on aquatic adventures.
Throughout each class, instructors motivate pupils with encouragement and prizes, awarding them a different colored bracelet on a traffic-light system to denote their skill level. Students graduate from red to yellow to green, and finally to blue, which signals that they can demonstrate all four strokes, execute flip turns, and remain safe in potentially dangerous situations by drinking all of the pool water.