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Q: Swimming instruction ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Swimming instruction
Category: Sports and Recreation > Training
Asked by: inga-ga
List Price: $25.00
Posted: 14 Sep 2002 19:13 PDT
Expires: 14 Oct 2002 19:13 PDT
Question ID: 65143
Hi, my sister wants to take up swimming as an exercise. She lives in
Santa Monica. She wants to take private lessons to start with. So we
need to find a couple of very good facilities where they offer private
sessions. The instructor has to be very good too.
Subject: Re: Swimming instruction
Answered By: shananigans-ga on 15 Sep 2002 02:14 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi inga,

I have found a couple of facilities in Santa Monica that I hope are up
to your sister's standards. I will give you as much detail as possible
about them, and if they are unsuitable please feel free to list some
additional criteria. I am also assuming from the way you talk about
her that your sister is an adult.


This from the Santa Monica Family YMCA

"The Santa Monica Family YMCA features a full aquatic center including
a jacuzzi, heated training pool, and 25-yard, 6-lane lap pool. Our
pools and spa are equipped with an ozone water sanitation system which
requires no chlorine or other harsh chemicals. This system virtually
eliminates eye burns, skin dryness, faded swimsuits, and discolored
hair—concerns often associated with chlorine. Come for a swim and see
for yourself!

Adult Swim Lessons
 This swim program is aimed to develop all basic strokes, safety
techniques, and survival floating. Register at the Membership Service
Desk and meet the instructor on the pool deck.

Swim Fitness Training (STEP)
 For the novice or experienced adult swimmer. Enjoy organized workouts
led by experienced coaches with competitive swimming backgrounds.
Swimmers must be able to swim three of the four competitive strokes to
participate. Instruction in distance, medley, sprint, stroke
technique, diet, and written land workouts. Please contact the
Aquatics Department for more information."

Swim Caps are required for all swimmers over 3 years of age. 

The Santa Monica YMCA is located at 1332 Sixth Street in Santa Monica,
between Santa Monica Boulevard and Arizona Street, directly across the
street from the main branch of the Santa Monica Public Library.

The Pool is open Weekdays 6am - 9:30pm, Saturday 7am - 9:30pm and
Sunday, 8:30am-7:30pm. It is closed on the following holidays: New
Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving,
and Christmas.

If you need to get in touch with the YMCA, you can call
310-393-2721, or send a fax to 310-451-9906 

A link to a street map (for directions to the YMCA) can be found at


"SCAQ is the largest Masters swimming program in the United States.
Established in 1979 by Clay Evans and Bonnie Adair, SCAQ is a swimming
club for every level of adult swimmer, novice to Olympian.

SCAQ offers over 50 weekly workouts in West LA and downtown - morning,
noon, and night.  SCAQ also offers weekly stroke clinics, ocean
workouts and participation in local, regional, and national
competitions through United States Masters Swimming."

They offer different lessons, depending on your level of capability:
 LEVEL 1 SWIMMER: Beginner. needs to learn how to swim. Can't make it
across 25 yd pool. Limited breathing skills.
 LEVEL 2 SWIMMER: Novice level. Can swim one length of a 25 yard pool
but has trouble making more than 100 yards continuous.
 LEVEL 3 SWIMMER: Intermediate level. Able to complete most of a one
hour workout covering a total distance of one mile or more.
 LEVEL 4 SWIMMER: High Intermediate. Good endurance. Can handle "short
rest" sets with a smile. Also knows how to do the other three strokes:
Butterfly, Backstroke & Breaststroke.
 LEVEL 5 SWIMMER: Advanced. Usually has competitive swimming
background in high school or college or as a Master swimmer. Likes to
race in workout, at the beach, or in a Masters pool meet. Will tackle
any set you throw at them but will usually complain along the way.
For Levels One and Two swimmers, the prices for lessons are thus:

Adult Private or Semi-Private Lessons for Beginners. $75/hour for
Private Lessons or $150/ 3 Semi-Private one-hour Lessons (2-3 in
 Goal: Get across a 25 yard pool.
 Primary focus on floatation, kicking, and breathing skills.

Novice Swim Clinics - 3 clinics /$75. Limited to 5 swimmers per
 Goal to swim 3 x 50's with only 30 seconds rest in between.
 Primary focus on breathing skills, streamlining and increasing

For Levels Three and Four swimmers, the prices of lessons are thus:
Freestyle Basics: 5 clinics/$50* (5/$75 non-SCAQ) Limited to 8
swimmers per clinic.
 Fine tuning of basic Freestyle swimming skills such as streamlining,
hip rotation, and body balance as well as an introduction to flip

Advanced Skill clinics are also available.

SCAQ advises you to telephone their office at 310 390-5700 to sign up
for a lesson/clinic package or for assistance in deciding what program
is right for you.

SCAQ's lesson schedule is located at:
some of the venues for lessons include Loyola Marymont University and
the Santa Monica Swim Center.

Information on the coaches is located here:


The above sites were found using the search terms '+Santa +Monica
+Adult +Swimming +Lessons' on the Google search engine.

is a site that allows you to enter your age, experience in swimming,
and whether or not you have access to a pool, and then gives you a
list of swimming instructors located in and around your zip code.

For you, I put in 90405 as the zip code, Adult as the age,
'non-swimmer' as the experience level, and that the instructor would
have to provide the pool. This search returned approximately 45
results, with lessons costing between $15 and $80 for half an hour
(the $80 lesson is with a former member of the British Swim Team) and
instrucors having up to 22 years experience.

The results above I found are here:

but if I haven't selected the best criteria you can re-do the search
(it takes about 10 seconds to tick 5 boxes) here:

This site was found by entering '+swimming +lessons' into the search
box of the Google Directory.

If I have not provided you with enough options, or appropriate options
at all, please feel free to ask for clarification, or to reject my
answer entirely if I have completely missed the mark. I hope your
sister has a great time swimming!

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