Who We Are
Sailfish Swim School is eager to change the swim lesson dynamic as we strive to embody our mission to help every individual be safer in the water.
Our mission, stated above, is what Sailfish Swim School is all about. We believe that water safety is a necessity for all people, especially those this close to the Pacific Ocean. Our Founder John, after spending several years of employment in swim lesson programs, grew disenchanted with the rigidity and inadequacy of the current lesson environment. Further research into other swim schools led him to the conclusion that all lessons followed the same general structure; every segment of the lesson was on a certain time schedule, there was no room for improvisation or customization, and instructors were not permitted to use their own judgment when teaching.
Whether individual lessons or group lessons, the lack of flexibility hindered the learning progression of many of the children. Sailfish Swim School is aware that children are different in their gifts/talents and learn in different ways and at different paces. Yet, swim schools refused to be flexible. Because of this, children would be in beginner swim lessons for sometimes years before they were even able to perform the most basic safe swim techniques. At the same time, John realized that many schools don't even teach the correct skills to promote water safety among their swimmers. These lesson programs were designed to keep children in the program for the maximum number of times.
John did not agree with this philosophy. While still working for these schools, he began to design his own teaching philosophy that combined crucial water safety skills with a heavy emphasis on flexibility, to cater to each individual child's needs.
When he developed the basis of his program, he left his employment at a swim program and began his own swim school in 2015. While the core of his lessons remains the same, he continues to develop new techniques to better help children succeed in his program. While advanced and intermediate swim skills take time to learn and different children learn at different paces, the basic aim of the school is to create an atmosphere in which children and adults can learn the basic skills they need to survive in the water in as little time as possible.
The Sailfish Swim School believes that in order to create a more comfortable environment for students, it is crucial to allow them a modicum of control in their lesson activities. We keep them engaged and comfortable while exploring difficult and sometimes scary activities. By allowing our swimmers to chose the order in which they learn, we alleviate many of the fears produced when they have no control. This revolutionary concept has led to increased retention of swim skills among our swimmers.
The main objective of Sailfish Swim School is to help everyone become safer in the water.
When people feel safe in the water, they become passionate about swimming. All of our instructors and staff share a common thread; a passion for the water. While not everyone will love it like we do, it is our goal to see every individual, at the very least, understand that the water does not have to be a source of terror and for many, it can be a source of wonder and beauty.
Studies have shown that when children are born, they actually have the ability to swim to some degree, however, they lose this ability, as they grow older. It is imperative to get them in the water as soon as possible as a means to stave off the deterioration of this natural swimming ability.
Water safety is critical here in the greater Los Angeles area where pools are abundant and the Pacific Ocean is its border. Not only does being able to swim allow children to be safer in the water, but it also gives them a small measure of independence, which may turn into a lifelong, healthy passion.
Our swim lessons are designed to maximize the ability of the child and to help him/her explore their full potential. Children can drown in just 3 inches of water, which is why it is imperative they understand the dangers of the water and learn how to overcome them.
Never had a swim lesson?
Are you afraid of the water?
Wish you had learned to swim?
Let Sailfish Swim School calm those fears!
We offer adult swim lessons for any age or experience level that cater to the needs of the individual student!
With water covering 71% of the Earth’s surface, every adult should, at the very least, be water safe. Give us a call and we can help you learn to swim, improve your strokes, and/or conquer your fear of the water.