About Our Swim School


Menlo Swim School: 2022/2023 Revamped Details

We are so excited to announce the revitalization of our Swim School! We have some important information and updates you will need to know before registering for classes.

At this time, Group and Private lessons will be provided as a series depending on the availability of instructors. Our goal is to provide perpetual-weekly lessons year-round starting in the Fall of 2023 once our team is up and running. Sign up for our Newsletter to get interesting news and updates delivered to your inbox (P.S. You’ll also be notified ahead of time when the class schedule will be released)!

We aim to provide safe, life-long skills for swimmers in a fun learning environment. We plan to offer classes for students as young as 6 months old through adulthood. Our new curriculum structure will teach swimmers skills with clear progressions at each level, aiming to be safe swimmers with proper technique. By the end of the four main levels, students will have learned Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, and Butterfly, and will be able to swim 25 yards independently. Once students graduate from the Swim School, they have the available option to try out for the Bridge Youth Swim Team. For more information and to find out which class your student should sign up for, please visit our Levels and Classes page.

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.

Our Setting
Menlo Swim School lessons are taught in the Burgess Pools in Menlo Park. Burgess Pool is part of a nine acre public open space and sports facility, and is adjacent to the Arrillaga Family Gymnastics Center, Arrillaga Family Gymnasium, Burgess Skate Park, Arrillaga Family Recreation Center and the Menlo Park Library. In Burgess Park, you will find a public playground, picnic tables with barbecues, soccer fields, tennis courts and baseball diamonds.

Class Level Progressions at Menlo Swim School


During the first group lesson, our instructors will assess swimmers through our in-water progression to assess skills and confirm whether that is 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 staff decides that the level is too easy or too difficult for the swimmer, the caretaker must sign up for the appropriate class based on the staff’s evaluation.

*Class Ratios are for booking purposes. Unforeseen circumstances day of may increase ratio.

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.

Water Babies 1 (Age 6-18 months) *Starting February 2023*
This infant class will introduce your child to the water and aims to help your child gain comfort while swimming with a caretaker. The class will sing songs and play games while teaching back floats, cuddle kicks, submerging underwater, and how to safely swim to the wall and climb out. The max student-to-teacher ratio is 6:1, with a minimum age of 6 months and a maximum age of 18 months. Your child must be 6 months old by your first lesson or turning 6 months old within your session to attend.

Duration: 30 minutes
Goal: Water comfort.
Class ratio: 6:1
1 caretaker per child

Note: “Double-Diaper” policy is required for students under 3 years old regardless if toilet trained or not. This is a disposable swim diaper covered by a reusable swim diaper.

Water Babies 2 (Age 1.5-3 yrs) *Free, one-off bookings until February 2023*
This class will introduce your child to the water and aims to help your child gain comfort while swimming with a caretaker. As students get closer to 3 years old, we will begin to prepare them for youth swim lessons. The class will teach students to blow bubbles, back float, equipment-assisted and no assisted tummy kicks, back kicks, submerging underwater, and how to safely swim to the wall and climb out. The max student-to-teacher ratio is 6:1, with a minimum age of 1.5 years and a maximum of 3 years old. Your child must be 1.5 years old by your first lesson or turning 1.5 years old within your session to attend.

Duration: 30 minutes
Goal: Water comfort.
Class Ratio: 6:1
1 caretaker per child

Note: “Double-Diaper” policy is required for students under 3 years old regardless if toilet trained or not. This is a disposable swim diaper covered by a reusable swim diaper.

Level 1: Little Kids (Beginners 3 – 4.11 years old)
No experience needed! This beginner class focuses on your child’s water confidence while developing their comfort and basic water safety skills. This class will teach fundamental swim skills such as submerging underwater, “Starfish” floats (front and back side), and leading up to kicks (front and back side) for a short distance with no assistance. We will also teach students how to recover after jumping/falling into the water. Your child must be turning 3 years old within your session to attend.

*Requirement: 3 yo – 4.11 yo
Goal: Water comfort with little assistance.
Duration: 30 minutes
Class Ratio: 3:1

Note: If your swimmer is not toilet trained, our “Double-Diaper” policy is required. This is a disposable swim diaper covered by a reusable swim diaper.

Level 1: Big Kids (Beginners 5 years old+)
No experience needed! This beginner class focuses on your child’s water confidence while continuing to develop their comfort and basic water safety skills. This class continues teaching fundamental swim skills learned from Level 1-Little Kids such as submerging underwater and floating. We will work on independent swimming at a longer distance, breathing techniques, and water safety skills such as knowing what to do if we fall in the pool!

*Requirement: 5+ years old OR completion of Level 1: Little Kids
Goal: Safe, Independent swimmers.
Duration: 30 minutes
Class Ratio: 3:1

Level 2
This intermediate class teaches students introductory swim strokes for Freestyle and Backstroke while continuing to develop their comfort and water safety skills.

*Requirement: Must be independent swimmers to enter this level OR completion of Level 1:Big Kids.
Goal: Introductory freestyle and backstroke, and independent swimming for half of the length (12.5 yds)
Duration: 30 minutes
Class Ratio: 3:1

Level 3
Swimmers will enhance their Freestyle by learning side-breathing and developing overall efficiency within the stroke while we also continue to work on Backstroke, and learn Breaststroke kicks. While endurance can be built over time, students entering this level should be comfortable swimming 25 yards and swimming in 6.5 feet depth.

*Requirement: Must successfully complete all Level 2 skills OR must be independent swimmers, know freestyle and backstroke arms and be comfortable in 6 feet-deep water while swimming 25 yards.

Goal: Catch-Up Freestyle w/side-breathing, Backstroke, Introductory Breaststroke, and endurance for 25 yds.
Duration: 30 minutes
Class Ratio: 4:1

Level 4
Swimmers will review Freestyle, Backstroke, and the introductory Breaststroke kick, and continue overall efficiency within the strokes. In this class, we will learn Breaststroke with proper breathing techniques, Butterfly, and somersaults to prepare for flip-turns. Through hands-on instruction, swimmers develop proper body position, breathing, and rhythm.

*Requirement: Must successfully complete all Level 3 level skills OR must be independent swimmers, know freestyle with side-breathing, backstroke, breaststroke kicks, and be comfortable in 6 feet-deep water while swimming 25 yards.

Goal: Endurance to swim Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, and Butterfly unassisted for 25 yards.
Class Ratio: 4:1
Duration: 30 minutes

Upon completion of Level 4 in Swim School, students have the available option to try out for our Bridge Youth Swim Team.

Schedule & Pricing for Private Swim Lessons


Private Lessons
All lessons are 30 minutes in length


Jacob’s Schedule

December 2022

Monday – Friday 10:00am – 2:00pm
Saturday (Dec 3 & Dec 10 ONLY) 10:30am, 11:00am, 12:45pm

*No Lessons December 23 – December 31*

Pricing

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

Private Lessons: $76/lesson

Registration Info

Swim lessons are privately booked lessons with up to 4 participants in the class.

Instructors can be requested to be in or out of the water.

If your child is not water safe, a parent or instructor must be in the water with the child.

Schedule – Winter 2022

Mondays & Wednesdays Session: November 14 – December 16

Monday Level 1: Little Kids 3:30pm
Monday Level 1: Big Kids 4:00pm
Monday Level 2 4:30pm
Monday Level 3 5:00pm
*Monday *Water Babies 2 5:30pm
Wednesday Level 1: Little Kids 3:30pm
Wednesday Level 1: Big Kids 4:00pm
Wednesday Level 2 4:30pm
Wednesday Level 3 5:00pm
Wednesday Level 4 5:30pm

**No lessons the week of Thanksgiving

Session includes 4 weekly lessons – Lessons are once per week for the 4-week session.
Lessons are 30 minutes long

Level 1-4 Price: $100 per student per 4 week session ($25 per lesson)
*Water Babies 2: This class is offered for FREE and is not booked as a series. Book each individual lesson you wish to attend.

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

Saturday ONLY Session: October 22 – December 17

Saturdays 9:30am – 11:30am
11:45am – 1:15pm

No lessons on Thanksgiving week (Nov 26)

Session includes 8 weekly lessons – Lessons are once per week for the session.
Lessons are 30 minutes long

Price: $200 per student

Thursday ONLY Session: November 3 – December 15

Thursdays 3:00pm – 4:30pm
4:45pm – 7:15pm

No lessons on Thanksgiving (Nov 24)

Session includes 6 weekly lessons – Lessons are once per week for the session.
Lessons are 30 minutes long

Price: $150 per student

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

Lessons will be held in the Instructional Pool

Cancellation Policy – Group Lessons
All bookings are final.
No refunds or credits will be issued.
No makeups, credits or refunds for missed classes.

Beyond Barriers Athletic Foundation Scholarships


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.

Menlo Swim & Sport offers BBAF scholarships for the following programs:

Swim School (Burgess)
Lifeguard Certification (Burgess)
Camp Menlo Aquatics Camp (Burgess)
Bridge Youth Team (Burgess)

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

BBAF Submission Form

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.

Our Head of Swim School

Bri Peralta

Bri grew up in a family of competitive swimmers and water polo players, so her experience in the water started before she can remember. She swam competitively in Summer leagues up until high school where she played water polo and swam for the high school team.

Bri has been a swim instructor since 2016 teaching skills from novice to advanced for students as young as 4 months old up to adults. She has also been an aquatics manager since 2021 where she has trained and developed swim instructors while aiming to provide high-quality swim lessons. Bri adores children since growing up in her mom’s home daycare. She combined this with her passion for swimming to help every child gain confidence to learn life-saving skills in the water. She provides a safe and fun learning environment to encourage students to want to go past their comfort zone in order to become safe and better swimmers!

Our Head of Youth Aquatics


Bruce Smith

Bruce started his coaching career as a teenager in NYC when he coached sailing, his primary sport growing up.  His swim coaching career began in 1993 when he was a substitute coach for the Stanford Masters. Two years later, in 1995, Bruce became the Aquatics and Fitness Director at Alpine Hills in Portola Valley.  In his 18 years at Alpine Hills, Bruce oversaw the growth of a swim lesson program from a seasonal operational to a successful year round program.  In 2003 Bruce became a founding member of Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics when the Alpine swim team merged with other local swim teams. Bruce continued running the Alpine Hills site of PASA through 2013.

In 2020, Bruce came to the Burgess Pool in Menlo Park to start a site of PASA in Menlo Park and to provide a home for the swimmers when Menlo Aquatics closed due to the pandemic.  Bruce continues now in his second year at the helm of the Menlo Park site of PASA and is excited to carry on the long tradition of wonderful youth aquatics programs in Menlo Park.

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.

Reza Ojagh

Reza Ojagh’s love for swimming started when he was 8 years old. He quickly grew to love the water and focused on improving his stroke and playing water polo. At 18, he was picked up by Iran’s National Water Polo Team. In 1997, he took part in his first international water polo tournament and was a member of Iran’s national team until 2006. After spending nearly a decade with the national team, Reza focused on education and completed his Master’s degree in Physical Education in 2008. This marked the beginning of Reza’s career coaching professional water polo. Over the next 5 years Reza collected a vast amount of experience from world-class coaches and went on to lead the Junior Iranian National Water Polo team to 10th place in 2010. In 2013, Reza moved to the states where he’s been coaching the De Anza college water polo team the last two years.

Reza has been teaching swimming lessons for over two decades where he focuses on basic and advanced swimmers. His detailed oriented lessons require strict discipline. Reza believes that swimming at such a high level demands patience if you wish to achieve your goals. He promises a hard workout for swimmers who are dedicated to improving their craft and loves showing people their true potential.

Arnecia Smith

Necia has been teaching lessons for over 2 years. Her style of lessons is built on communication and comfortability with her students. Throughout her lessons she will learn and adapt to the swimmers needs to bring out the best in them.

Yuna Chae

Yuna has swam competitively since she was 9 years old and was a varsity swimmer in high school and college. She has 5 years of experience teaching swim lessons to a wide range of swimmers – 4 years old to adult and novice to advanced – and she enjoys working with all swimmers. Through her experience as an athlete and swim instructor, she is knowledgeable of how to structure lessons specific to the swimmer’s needs, goals, and comfort level. She also strives to connect with the swimmers to create an optimal environment where they can have fun, learn, and become better swimmers!

Frequently Asked Questions


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

Q: It is raining! Is my swim lesson going to be cancelled?
A:
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 your swimming lessons are cancelled during this period of time you will qualify for a makeup lesson. Makeups must be scheduled within 30 days of the missed class.

Q: Can I go in the pool with my child for the private lesson since the instructor is on the side? Can I book my two kids in a semi-private lesson?
A: We allow up to 4 students per lesson. Also upon request, the swim instructor can be in the water with the students.

Parents are also allowed to join any privately booked lesson with their child if their child is not water safe and would like to keep socially distancing from the instructor.

If your student is NOT water safe, they need to have either a parent or instructor in the water with them.

Parents are not allowed to enter the water with our group lessons (except Baby & Me classes).

Q: What days are you closed?
A:
Swim School is closed on certain holidays. Check out our Swim School holidays here

Policies


Registration
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 Lessons
Any cancellations or changes must be made 48 hours in advance to avoid charges.

No makeups.

Cancellation Policy – Group Lessons
All bookings are final.
No refunds or credits will be issued.
No makeups, credits or refunds for missed classes

We will have a waitlist for individual classes to allow for late additions

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.