About Our Swim School


Menlo Swim School: 2022 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.

Starting in April 2022 we are happy to offer both private and group swim lessons at Burgess Pool.

Group Lessons will vary by ratio depending on the ability of the student. Non-swimmers will have smaller groups as a way to keep them safer in the water.

Private lessons allow up to 4 students per lesson. 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 must 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).

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


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

Swim Foundations 1 – Water Safety & Comfort (Starfish)
This beginner class focuses on increasing your child’s enjoyment, confidence and comfort in the water while introducing basic water safety skills.

For children ages 2.5 years and up who are comfortable being away from parent.

Skills: 

  • Face in water
  • Comfortable submerging in water
  • Back float assisted & unassisted
  • Front float assisted & unassisted
  • Bobs and rhythmic breathing
  • Assisted flutter kicking
  • Enter & exit water safely

Swim Foundations 2 – Propulsion & Movement (Octopus)
This class continues to refine water safety skills as well as develop body position and kicks. Children build on foundational skills that will lead to success in the stroke classes to come. Swimmers must be water safe to enter this level.

For swimmers ages 3 years and up who are comfortable being away from parent and are water safe.

Skills: 

  • Comfortable in depth over head, deep end
  • Freestyle arm assisted
  • Freestyle with back float breath
  • Assisted side breathing
  • Flutter kick on front and back
  • Safety skills
  • Streamline
  • Drop and push
  • Kick distance in streamline
  • Kick distance on board
  • Dolphin duck dive from chest deep

Stroke School 1 – Freestyle & Backstroke (Seal)
Swimmers learn Freestyle beginning with proper body position, efficient flutter kicks, freestyle arms and side breathing, while developing overall efficiency within the stroke. Swimmers will continue to review and improve upon their Freestyle while learning Backstroke. Swimmers will develop proper body position, rotation, efficient flutter kicks on back, and backstroke arms through hands-on instruction.

For swimmers ages 4 years and up.

Skills: 

  • Kick in streamline front and back
  • Freestyle with side breathing multiple cycles – assisted & unassisted
  • Backstroke
  • forward rolls/somersault
  • Sitted dives
  • Safe backstroke finish
  • Circle Swim
  • Main Pool

Stroke School 2 – Breaststroke & Butterfly (Dolphin)
Swimmers will continue to review and improve their Freestyle and Backstroke while learning the difference between the short and long axis strokes emphasizing the importance of proper kick and glide. Instructors will isolate the four parts of the stroke (glide, kick, breath and pull), yielding a successful Breaststroke. Swimmers will continue by learning Butterfly; including the importance of full body dolphin kick and undulation, timing of kicks with pull and recovery and complete the stroke with the addition of the breath.

For swimmers ages 4 years and up.

Skills: 

  • Breast kick
  • Breast arms
  • Breaststroke
  • Fly undulation/Rhythm
  • Fly arms
  • Fly swim
  • Kneeling dives
  • Open turns

Schedule & Pricing for Private Swim Lessons


Private Lessons
All lessons are 30 minutes in length


Jacob’s Schedule

Saturday 1:30pm – 3:30pm
August 6 & August 13


Yuna’s Schedule

Sunday: 9:00am – 12:00pm
August 21 & August 28

Pricing

Our 30 minute lessons will take place in the Performance Pool with one of our instructors.

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 – Summer 2022

Saturday ONLY Session: July 16th – August 13th

Saturdays 9:00am – 11:30am
11:45am – 1:15pm

Session includes 5 weekly lessons – Lessons are once per week for the 5-week session.
Lessons are 30 minutes long

Price: $125 per student

Monday – Thursday Sessions: August 8-11

Monday – Thursday 4:45pm – 7:15pm

Session includes 4 lessons (Monday – Thursday)
Lessons are 30 minutes long

Price: $100 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 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.

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: 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 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.