Private Lessons

About Our Private Lessons

Menlo Swim & Sport offers the expertise of our Swim Instructor staff for private adult and youth swim instruction. Our team brings coaching talent and passion for swimming and people to our entire swim program. Whether you’re fearful of the water or on the verge of dominating at swim meets, we can quickly help you make huge improvements with personalized swimming plans tailored to the needs of you or your child.

All swimmers will benefit from individual private lessons with our instructors.

For beginner and recreational swimmers our instructors will increase comfort and efficiency in the water by teaching correct stroke mechanics and proper body position. Intermediate and advanced swimmers will benefit from our instruction in refining techniques and perfecting for. This could help the swimmer prepare to join our Bridge Swim Team or our Masters team.

When showing up for a swim lesson, please:

  1. Be dressed and ready to swim, and use the restroom before class.
  2. Bring your own towels and goggles.
  3. “Double-Diaper” policy is required for students under 3 years old regardless if potty trained or not. This is a disposable swim diaper covered by a reusable swim diaper.

Note: Flotation devices and any equipment that is not provided by the swim school, cannot be used in the lesson for liability purposes.

Private Lessons are taught based on the ability and individual needs of the swimmer. The instructor will assess swimmers to ensure where the lesson will start.


Schedule & Pricing for Private Swim Lessons

Private Lessons
All lessons are 30 minutes in length

Jacob’s Schedule

March (1-29)

Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri 10:00am – 2:00pm

April (1-30)

Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri 10:00am – 2:00pm


Our 30 minute lessons will take place in the Performance Pool.

*New Pricing in effect starting April 1st
Resident: $79/lesson
Non-Resident: $87/lesson

2024 Update

At this time, Menlo Swim & Sport is not offering BBAF scholarships for Private Swim Lessons. Scholarships will be offered for Group Swim Lessons in Levels 1-4 for the 2024 year. You can find more information and apply for scholarships here.

Menlo 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.

Thank you,

Coaches & Instructors

Our Instructors
Each of our instructors completes training with a master instructor trainer before beginning solo instruction. Our Master Instructors have over 5 years of experience teaching swim lessons. New instructors are cross-trained with current instructors, so all instructors are familiar with current teaching techniques and methods. All our instructors attend regular on-going training throughout the year, to develop them as instructors, swimmers and individuals and strengthen our swim lesson program.

Meet our Swim Instructors!

Jacob Allen

Jacob has been teaching lessons for over 12 years. His primary focus is safety and building a fun and enjoyable environment for kids who want to learn and improve. His goals with the Bridge Youth Program are to help give back to the community and inspire a lifelong love of swimming and aquatics through fun, dedication and safety.

Riya M.

Riya has been teaching with us since 2023. She grew up swimming competitively from 4 years old through college. She holds prior experience as a youth teams’ coach for a local swim club. With her firm but fair teaching style, she helps kids improve their skills while fostering a love for the sport.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I schedule a swim lesson for my child?
Lessons can be booked online here for private lessons.

Q: Are there makeup lessons?
A: For classes booked individually (cancellations made more than 48 hours in advance) will receive a refund.

Q: Is there a minimum age requirement for swim lessons?
A: Our youngest age group starts at 6 months old. Depending on the class, there are minimum and maximum age restrictions in addition to skill requirements for safety and class efficiency. For more information and class descriptions, please visit Levels and Classes.

Q: What is the minimum age for lessons where the parent is not in the water?
A: 3 years old.

Q: I’m not sure what level my child is at.
A: If it is your child’s first time in swim lessons, they will likely be in one of our Level 1 classes. If your child has some swim experience, you can compare their current abilities to the skills in each level here. During the first group lesson, our instructors will take swimmers through an in-water progression to assess skills and confirm the appropriate level for your swimmer. The instructor and deck coordinator will decide which level best suits swimmers based on their abilities, comfort, and safety. If the instructor deems the group unsafe or not a fit for your swimmer’s swim level, your child may be removed from the class.

When in doubt, register for the lower level than what you’re considering. It’s easier (and safer) for the instructor to assess skills at a lower level because they typically review skills at a slower pace compared to higher level classes. If you would like an assessment at your first lesson, please let the deck coordinator know so that they can get an update from the instructor at the end of class. If we need to change your child’s level we can do so at no additional charge if space is available.

Q: Do you offer Adaptive Lessons?
Since we are still building our swim school after pandemic-caused delays, we do not have a program specifically for adaptive lessons. However, an adaptive lesson may be accommodated upon request. Please email for more information.

Q: What days are you closed?
Swim School is closed on certain holidays. To see our holiday schedule for the current season, check out our schedule here.

Q: It is raining! Is my swim lesson going to be canceled?
Lessons continue rain or shine! In the event of lightning or thunder, the pool will be closed for 30 minutes following the last event. If we decide to cancel lessons, the payment method you used to book classes will be refunded at the end of the season.

Q: Can we meet our instructor prior to class?
We do not allow personal communication between clients and instructors. If you have a specific question or information you’d like your swim instructor to know, please let the deck coordinator know and we can pass along the information to the instructor.

Classes are taught back-to-back so instructors do not have time to chat between classes. If you need to speak with your instructor please keep the conversation brief so they are not late to start their next lesson.

Q: Can I join my child in their swim lesson?
For private lessons, you can bring up to 4 people in your time slot. Please try to bring swimmers of similar abilities for efficient class flow.

Q: What should I bring to the lesson?
Swimmers will need their own swimsuit, goggles, and towel. If you do not have your own goggles, you may check our lost and found to borrow a pair for the lesson.

Q: Are there showers?
Yes, we have Men’s and Women’s bathrooms with locker rooms equipped with showers. Additionally, we have two private family bathrooms with changing tables for infants.

Please keep in mind that children over the age of 6 must use their same gendered bathroom.

Q: My child keeps crying during their lesson. What should I do?
Don’t worry, crying is normal! There are many factors that can cause tears. Whether it’s meeting a new instructor, being in lessons for the first time, fatigue, or hunger, we have seen it all in swim lessons. Our instructors will not be bothered or surprised if they get a fussy child. This behavior usually tapers off once swimmers get more comfortable in the environment and feel more confident in their skills. While it’s tempting to put off or cancel lessons because your child keeps crying, don’t! Learning to swim provides life-saving skills that will last a lifetime and should not be neglected.

The best thing to do in this situation is leave your child with the instructor or deck coordinator and walk away out of sight from your child, “Out of sight, out of mind”! Bring something to distract yourself or take a walk around the performance pool (the one further away from the lesson pool).

Please do not sit on the edge of the pool next to the lesson. Sitting on the edge of the pool with a crying child reaching out to you from the platform is unsafe and distracting to the rest of the class. If the staff see an alternative solution to “out of sight, out of mind”, we will let you know, we’re here to help!

Q: My child doesn’t want to put their face in the water, can they skip this skill?
No. Learning to swim includes learning how to put their face in the water. While we won’t force a child underwater, we will adapt the skill in different ways to help ease their comfort such as pouring water over their head and blowing bubbles to work up to going underwater.

To help with this discomfort, it’s best to practice these skills at home or during our Public Open Swim. If you don’t have access to a bathtub or pool, you can practice these skills at home by filling a large bowl with water. Have your child practice blowing bubbles, working up to their “balloon face” to hold their breath.

Most children don’t like going under water because they’re inhaling through their nose. While breath control can be learned over time, it’s important to teach them how to blow out of their nose when this happens. You can practice blowing their nose into a tissue, and then remind them to do this if they ever get water up their nose.

You can check out YouTube videos for more tips for at-home practice!


All of our lessons are by appointment. Payment for lessons are due in full at the time of booking.

Registration for a new lesson can be done online by clicking this link.

Cancellation Policy – Private, Adult and One-Off Lessons
If you cannot make the lesson after booking, please cancel as soon as possible so that another student can benefit from the lesson.
Cancellations made more than 48 hours in advance receive a refund.
No refunds for cancellations made within 48 hours of start.
No makeups, credits or refunds for missed lessons.

“Double-Diaper” policy is required for students under 3 years old. This is a disposable swim diaper covered by a reusable swim diaper.

15 Minute Sunscreen Rule
Menlo Swim and Sport requires that swimmers apply sunscreen at least 15 minutes prior to getting into the pool. This allows us to maintain optimal cleanliness to our facilities.

Pool Rules

General Pool Rules

  • No swimming allowed unless a lifeguard is on duty.
  • Children ages fourteen (14) and under must be supervised by an adult at all times while at the pool facility.
  • Children 5 years and under must have a parent/guardian in the pool, within arm’s reach at all times.
  • Roughhousing, shoving, and dunking are not allowed. No pushing or pulling into the pool, hitting with noodles or other objects.
  • No spins, flips, belly flops, back dives, or back jumps.
  • No long breath holding, hyperventilating, or extended underwater swimming is allowed.
  • No playing, swinging, jumping, or diving on stairs, ladders, or railings.
  • No diving into the Instructional Pool. Jump in feet first, facing forward only.
  • Water wings and other inflatable devices are not allowed. Only Coast Guard approved flotation devices are permissible and must be provided by the patron.
  • Non-toilet trained children must adhere to the double diaper policy. They must wear a water-proof diaper and a diaper cover; a swim suit over the diaper counts as a diaper cover.
  • Swimmers must wear proper swim attire at all times.
  • No glass or ceramic containers are allowed anywhere in the facility.
  • No running or skipping on deck. Walk at all times to avoid accidents.
  • No unauthorized swim lessons or coaching.
  • Please do not visit with or distract the lifeguards. If you have questions, inquire inside at the Front Desk.
  • Only lifeguards who are properly trained are allowed on lifeguard chairs.
  • No sitting on, pushing down, or swimming over lane lines.
  • Kickboards, pull buoys and fins provided by Menlo Swim and Sport are for lap swimming only. They are not allowed in open swim areas.
  • Starting blocks are for use by competitive programs only when directly supervised by a qualified coach.
  • No smoking (including electronic cigarettes), alcohol, or drugs allowed in the facility.
  • No food or drink on the pool deck. Eating is permitted on tables, benches and grassy areas.
  • Bicycles, skateboards, in-line skates, and other vehicles are not allowed to be operated in the pool area and must be walked while on deck.
  • No dogs or other pets are allowed in the facility except service animals.
  • Persons currently having active diarrhea or who have had active diarrhea within the previous 14 days shall not be allowed to enter the pool water.
  • Changing clothes on deck is not allowed.
  • In the event of an emergency, follow directions from the staff.
  • Any action or behavior that is deemed unsafe or inappropriate by the aquatics staff will not be allowed. All aquatics staff have full authority over guests using the pool area and as situations warrant, they may enforce rules not listed.
  • The Pool Manager on Duty may close the entire pool complex or any portion(s) of the pool complex, for any safety or maintenance reason.
  • Please respect the rights of others to feel safe and secure.
  • Please refrain from using profanity or offensive language, loud conversations or music, inappropriate public display of affection, or any other disruptive behavior
  • Admission price is for one entry only. No in and out privileges.
  • Menlo Swim and Sport, Team Sheeper, Inc. and City of Menlo Park are not responsible for any lost or stolen personal items and assume no liability for the loss or theft of a patron’s personal belongings.
  • Lockers are provided to secure personal belongings; guests may bring locks for use on lockers. All locks must be removed at the end of the day.

Facility Rules

  • Locker rooms will close 20 minutes after the pool closes.
  • Emergency doors are to remain closed and be used in case of emergency only.
  • Emergency doors, facility doors, storage areas, and safety equipment are not to be blocked by guests or objects.
  • Please dispose of all trash in receptacles provided.
  • Restrooms and locker rooms may not be used for loitering or other unintended uses. Cell phone use in locker rooms is prohibited
  • Offices and areas marked as “Employees Only” are not for use by the general public unless approved by staff.

Swim School

  • Only participants who are registered for a class or program may attend.
  • Siblings of a participant may not join any class or program without registering.
  • During a class or registered program, parents must wait in designated areas. Please respect the instructors, counselors, or coaches, as well as the other participants of the class by avoiding any interruptions.
  • Participants and parents must follow all specific class and program policies unless otherwise specified.
  • For programs that require parents to sign in and out their children, ONLY a parent or designated guardian (over 18 years old) will be allowed to pick up and/or drop off the child unless otherwise communicated with staff.

Thank you for helping keep our swimming pool safe and enjoyable for everyone!