About Our Swim School

Menlo Swim School: January 2021 Details

We are so fortunate to teach our community swim lessons during this time of COVID-19. We have some important changes 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 the safety of our staff while we work through this crisis.

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

When showing up for a swim lesson, please:
1. Be dressed and ready to swim
2. Have all equipment needed for the lesson on hand (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.

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.

Levels and Classes at Menlo Swim School

The instructor can take the swimmer through our in-water progression to assess skills and ensure where the lesson will start.

Level Fundamentals: Level Fundamentals focuses on water safety as well as learning good body position, flutter kicks and side breathing. Swimmers will develop a 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 learn the components of the stroke (pull, kick and glide) and finally the timing of them combined to form an efficient stroke.

Butterfly: Students learn the importance of a full body dolphin kick and undulation, timing of kicks with arm pull and recovery.

Lessons Advanced: Swimmers continue to refine all four strokes as well as develop more advanced techniques, including starts, turns and finishes.

Schedule for Swim Lessons

Private Lessons
All lessons are 30 minutes in length and are held during the following hours:

Monday – Friday 9:00am – 7:00pm
Saturday – Sunday 9:00am – 5:00pm


Our 30 minute lessons will take place in the Instructional Pool with either our Head of Swim School, Jacob Allen, or our Swim Pro, Reza Ojagh.

Private Lessons: $76/lesson

All registered lessons will have a ratio of 1:1 with student and 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, all of our swim lessons are private (1:1 ratio) and all of our students must be water safe (independent in the water).

Lessons can be booked up to 21 days in advance. We release the lessons for reserving at midnight 21 days ahead of time.

2021 Swim School Holidays

April 4 Easter
May 31 Memorial Day
July 4-5 Independence Day
September 6 Labor Day
November 25-28 Thanksgiving Break
December 20, 2021 – January 2, 2022 Holiday Break

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)
Swim School (Belle Haven)
Lifeguard Certification (Burgess)
Camp Menlo Aquatics Camp (Burgess)
Tennis Lessons (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 40 hours of 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 Deck Coordinators
Our deck coordinator is available on the pool deck to help you get your kids into the pool on time, answers your questions, and provide support for our instructors. We encourage you to talk to the deck coordinator. We welcome your input, so please don’t hesitate to ask questions and make comments. The deck coordinator is there to take your feedback so that your instructor can focus on your child.

Our Head of Swim School

Jacob A

Meet our Swim Instructors!

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.


Frequently Asked Questions

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

Q: It is raining! Is my swim  lesson going to be cancelled?
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 book a reoccurring lesson?
A: At this time, all of our lessons are by appointment only.  With so few spots available, we believe this makes it more fair for everyone who wants to book a lesson.

Can I go in the pool with my child for the lesson since the instructor is on the side? Can I book my two kids in a semi-private lesson?  We are doing our very best to abide by Covid-19 Safety Guidelines and are only allowing one person per lesson at all times. Having 2 swimmers in a lane would decrease the amount of space possible between swimmers in neighboring lanes.

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


All of our lessons are by appointment. We schedule lessons up to 21 days in advance. 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.

All lessons need to be booked at least 48 hours in advance.

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

No makeups.

We have great instructors here at Menlo Swim School who go through extensive training and have had years of experience.

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.