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
- $99 for four weekly 30-minute private swim lessons (a $240 value)
- $39 for four weekly 30-minute group swim lessons (an $80 value)
During private lessons, swim instructors focus on developing swim techniques at a pace and skill level unique to each child. Alternatively, group classes place students into stages 1–4 depending on their experience. The curriculum progresses from putting one’s face in the water to swimming unassisted and learning fundamental strokes, such as freestyle and backstroke. Click here for class schedules.
Shipman Swim School
Shipman Swim School's recipe for a happily paddling child involves positivity, personal attention, and a couple of polar bears. The bears are part of a mural on the deck wall, frolicking with playful otters in a frothy sea. Combined with the soothing 92-degree heat of the indoor pool, the cheerful creatures encapsulate founder Stacy Shipman's commitment to creating a welcoming learning environment for students of all swimming backgrounds. The former competitive swimmer stresses safety and encouragement in her curriculum, imparting confidence to kids who might have previously avoided the deep end.
The school's instructors—all of whom are CPR- and first-aid-certified—lead students through a program that builds skills comfortably and gradually. During stage-1 group classes, instructors first acquaint kids with the water through face-immersion exercises, rather than challenging them to shake hands with their own reflections. As pupils progress through stages 2, 3, and 4, they learn kicks, gliding techniques, and strokes ranging from the basic freestyle to the butterfly. The teacher-to-student ratio never dips below 3:1––and most classes are made up of three students and two instructors––ensuring that each swimmer receives individual guidance. The staff also leads private lessons and Parent and Me sessions, which engage toddlers as young as six months in safe games, songs, and movements.
“Warm water, nice environment and friendly instructors make this an ideal learning pool.”
“They have been great and I would strongly recommend them!”
“My daughters really enjoy their lessons here. The teachers take the time to teach.”
Shipman Swim School
57 E 40th Ave
San Mateo, CA 94403