About Our Swim School


Menlo Swim School: 2021 Details

We are so fortunate to teach our community swim lessons during this time of COVID-19. We have some important information you will need to know before registering for classes.

As of May 20, 2021, we will now 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 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.

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

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 & Pricing for Swim Lessons


Private Lessons
All lessons are 30 minutes in length


Jacob’s Schedule

Monday – Friday: 10:00am – 12:00pm & 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Saturday: No Availability
Sunday: No Availability


Reza’s Schedule

Monday: No Availability
Tuesday: No Availability
Wednesday – Friday 10:00am – 12:00pm
Saturday: No Availability
Sunday: No Availability


Sunia’s Schedule

Mon/Wed/Fri: 3:00pm – 7:00pm
Tues/Thurs: 3:30pm – 7:00pm
Saturday: No Availability
Sunday: No Availability

*No Classes offered September 30 – October 10 for Sunia*

Pricing

Our 30 minute lessons will take place in the Instructional Pool with one of our instructors Jacob, Sunia or our Swim Pro, Reza.

Private Lessons: $76/lesson

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

Registration Info

As of May 20, 2021, we will now 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 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.

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

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)
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 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 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.

Sunia Sadeghi

Sunia has been swimming since she was 4 years old. She was on a club swim team throughout her youth and into high school. 2021 marks her fourth year of swim instruction. She recently graduated from the university of Michigan with her BA this past year and enjoys every moment she gets in the water.

Frequently Asked Questions


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

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 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.

Q: 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? 

A: As of May 20, 2021, we will now 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 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.

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. 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.

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

No makeups.

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.