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Saving lives for over 50 years!

The Houston Swim Club was started in 1953 with a proven curriculum developed by University of Houston head coach and U.S. Olympic coach Phill Hansel. His AMAZING teaching method is still used by us today.

We combine a safe, nurturing, and loving environment with OVER 50 YEARS of professional experience to teach YOUR child how to achieve their swimming goals while having FUN! During the past fifty-five years, we have taught over a QUARTER OF A MILLION STUDENTS.

We are professionally confident in our teaching methods and abilities and our policy is to teach with love and joy in a happy, positive, and structured atmosphere.

Our Pools

Small Class Sizes


With a 4:1 student/teacher ratio (6:1 for Parent-Child classes), your swimmers get a lot of instructor attention, and make a few friends, too!

30 Minute Lessons


Each of our lessons last 30 minutes. With our small class sizes, this means the perfect amount of swim time!
 

Warm Water


Our pools are warm; 90-92 degrees, featuring a soft salt water and UV sanitation system. Now that's comfortable AND clean!

Year Round


Hot summer? Cold winter? Raining? Not in our indoor pools! You can swim YEAR ROUND!

 

 

 


Learn about our levels!

Children ages 4mo to 30 months.

List of Levels

StarfishBeginner Level

Starfish

Infants ages 4-29mo start out in our Starfish level. Promotes to Sea Turtle.

Skill List
Skills that will be learned...
  1. Comfort in the water
  2. Breath control
  3. Ready to be independent from parent
  4. Balance on the step
  5. Hold onto the side of the step
  6. Comfortable on back while floating
  7. Attempts to get rings from bottom
Sea Turtle

Sea Turtle

Infants ages 4-29mo who have promoted out of Starfish. Promotes to Goldfish or Sea Lion.

Skill List
Skills that will be learned...
  1. Safer entry
  2. Breath control
  3. Ready to be independent from parent
  4. Independents on the step
  5. Monkey walks
  6. Floats on back with assistance
  7. Retrieves rings from bottom
Sea Lion

Sea Lion

Children 24-29mo who have graduated Sea Turtle, but are not yet ready to be in the Goldfish class.Promotes to Goldfish.

Skill List
Skills that will be learned...
  1. Safer entry
  2. Independents on the step
  3. Breath control
  4. Kicks on barbells
  5. Assisted back floating
  6. Assisted rolling over front to back
  7. Monkey walks
  8. Retrieves rings from bottom
  9. Safer exit


Beginners ages 2 1/2 - 5 years old.

List of Levels

GuppyBeginner Level

Guppy

New swimmers ages 2 1/2 to 5 years. Promotes to Goldfish.

Skill List
Skills that will be learned...
  1. Safer entry
  2. Comfortable in the water
  3. Puts face in the water
  4. Breath control
  5. Kicks with barbells
  6. Introduction to floating
  7. Assisted rolling over
  8. Introduction to float test
  9. Assisted monkey walk
  10. Retrieves rings
Goldfish

Goldfish

Children learn to float on their back and swim across the pool independently.Promotes to Seahorse or Dolphin.

Skill List
Skills that will be learned...
  1. Push off the step
  2. Breath control-bubbles
  3. Keeps face in water while swimming
  4. Kicks width of pool
  5. Moving arms
  6. Back floats independently
  7. Roll over to swim
  8. Roll over to float
  9. Monkey walk
  10. Swims width of pool independently
  11. Retrieves rings off the bottom
Seahorse

Seahorse

For swimmers who have mastered the Goldfish level, but are not quite ready to move on to Dolphin.Promotes to Dolphin.

Skill List
Skills that will be learned...
  1. Glides to teacher
  2. Kicks independently
  3. Introduction to big arms
  4. Floating breath - 1 arm stretched
  5. Maintains proper body position while taking a breath
  6. Swims width of pool independently
Dolphin

Dolphin

Swimmers learn proper big arms and body position.Promotes to Swordfish.

Skill List
Skills that will be learned...
  1. Glides - proper body position
  2. Extended breath control
  3. Freestyle kicks
  4. 4 big arms out of the water
  5. Big arms & stretch breath with barbell
  6. Backstroke kicks
  7. Swims width of pool independently with 4 big arms and a floating breath


Beginners ages 5 and up

List of Levels

CatfishBeginner Level

Catfish

New swimmers ages 5 years and up. Promotes to Stingray or Tigershark.

Skill List
Skills that will be learned...
  1. Comfort in the water
  2. Breath control
  3. Gliding
  4. Kicking
  5. Using arms
  6. Breathing on back
  7. Kicking on back
  8. Retrieves rings
Stingray

Stingray

Ages 5-7. Swimmers learn proper freestyle swimming position and swimming independently.Promotes to Swordfish.

Skill List
Skills that will be learned...
  1. Glides-proper body position
  2. Freestyle kicks width of pool
  3. Freestyle arms & side breathing with barbell
  4. Freestyle arms out of the water
  5. Assisted breathing
  6. Freestyle arms with an assisted breath
  7. Backstroke kicks with the barbell
Tigershark

Tigershark

Ages 8 years and up. Swimmers learn proper freestyle and swimming independently. Promotes to Marlin.

Skill List
Skills that will be learned...
  1. Glides-proper body position
  2. Freestyle kicks the length of the pool
  3. Correct freestyle arms
  4. Freestyle arms and side breathing with the barbell
  5. Independent breath
  6. Swims half the length of the pool independently
  7. Backstroke kicks width of the pool
  8. Backstroke arms
  9. Backstroke width of the pool
  10. Beginner dive


Intermediate levels

List of Levels

Swordfish

Swordfish

Swimmers learn proper freestyle and backstroke. Promotes to Marlin.

Skill List
Skills that will be learned...
  1. Freestyle kicks length of the pool
  2. 4 freestyle arms out of the water
  3. Independent side breath with kicks
  4. Swims width of the pool independently with side breath
  5. Independent backstroke kicks
  6. Backstroke arms
  7. Swims backstroke the width of the pool
  8. Beginner dive
Marlin

Marlin

Swimmers begin to master the freestyle and backstroke, and begin breastroke kicks. Promotes to Kingfish.

Skill List
Skills that will be learned...
  1. Proper freestyle body position
  2. Quick side breathing
  3. Freestyle with the barbell the length of the pool
  4. Freestyle the length of the pool width assistance
  5. Backstroke the length of the pool with assistance
  6. Breaststroke kicks width of pool
  7. Dive
Kingfish

Kingfish

Increasing endurance and refining strokes, including breaststroke. Promotes to Patch.

Skill List
Skills that will be learned...
  1. Freestyle kicks with a kickboard
  2. Independent length of freestyle
  3. Streamline backstroke kicks
  4. Independent length of backstroke
  5. Breaststroke kicks with a kickboard
  6. Racing dives


Advanced levels

List of Levels

Patch

Patch

Swimmers learn freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke. Promotes to T-Shirt.

Skill List
Skills that will be learned...
  1. Freestyle catch-up drill
  2. 2 lengths of freestyle
  3. 2 lengths of backstroke
  4. Breaststroke kicks
  5. Breaststroke pull
  6. 1 length of independent breaststroke
  7. Racing dive
T-Shirt

T-Shirt

Refining strokes and intoducing butterfly. Promotes to Stroke 1.

Skill List
Skills that will be learned...
  1. Bilateral breathing
  2. Independent freestyle flip turn
  3. 100 yds. freestyle
  4. 100 yds. backstroke
  5. 50 yds. breaststroke
  6. Butterfly kicks
  7. Butterfly pull
  8. 25 yds. butterfly
  9. Racing dive
Stroke 1

Stroke 1

Advanced strokes level 1 Promotes to Stroke 2.

Skill List
Skills that will be learned...
  1. 200 yds. freestyle
  2. 100 yds. backstroke w/ flip turn
  3. 100 yds. breaststroke
  4. 25 yds. butterfly
  5. Backstroke flip turn
Stroke 2

Stroke 2

Advanced strokes level 2 Promotes to Stroke 3.

Skill List
Skills that will be learned...
  1. 100 individual medley
  2. 50 yds. butterfly
  3. Breaststroke turn
  4. Butterfly turn
  5. Underwater starts for all strokes
Stroke 3

Stroke 3

Advanced strokes level 3

Skill List
Skills that will be learned...
  1. 200 individual medley
  2. Excellent butterfly underwater start & turn
  3. Excellent breaststroke underwater start & turn
  4. Excellent freestyle underwater start & turn


 

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