We offer swim lessons based on age and ability.


Cougar Swim School offers group swim lessons this fall. 5% off the total cost of 3 or more siblings.

Fall Group Lessons – August 20 – October 1, 2023

Register for Fall Group Lessons

Otter Pup: Level 1 (Ages 1-2)

This a great class for children ages 1 to 2 years. With the gentle guidance of the teacher, students will learn elementary skills such as safely getting in and out of the pool, floating on their back, getting their face and hair wet, moving through the water, going under water, and blowing bubbles. Otter Pup 1 is designed to make young children feel comfortable and adapting to the pool environment. Feeling comfortable and safe in the water is the first step in learning how to swim.

Otter Pup: Level 2 (Ages 3-4)

For ages 3 to 4 years old. Designed to give young children a head start on swimming. Great for children to get comfortable in the water and begin to work on basic skills while interacting with instructor and other children in a fun and safe environment.

Sea Horse: Level 1 (Ages 5-6)

For children about ages 5 & 6. Designed to orient children to the aquatic environment and to begin working on basic aquatic skills such as entering and existing the water, putting face into the water, blowing bubbles through mouth and nose, going under water, bobbing, front and back glides, and free style arms.

Sea Horse: Level 2 (Ages 7-8)

Water exploration for children ages 7 to 8. Children learn basics of swimming: Rhythmic bobbing/breathing, floating in prone and supine positions, gliding in prone and supine positions, flutter kick in prone and supine positions, free style arm stroke, basic safety rules, retrieve submerged objects, how to stay safe in the water, and jumping safely into water.

Seal: Level 1 (Ages 8-10)

Primary skills for ages 8 to 10. Children should already be able to: float on front and back and put head under water, and swim 5 yards. Children will work on: floating, gliding, flutter kick, free style with side breathing, elementary back stroke, turning over from front to back and back to front, retrieving object, and jumping into water over their head.

Seal: Level 2 (Ages 9-11)

Stroke Readiness – for ages 9 to 11. Children should already be able to: swim free style with side breathing, back stroke for 10 yards. Children will work on: gliding, free style with side breathing, back stroke, elementary backstroke, retrieving object, treading water, jumping into deep water, kneeling dive, and compact dive.

Sword Fish: Level 1 (Ages 10-12)

Stroke refinement for children should already be able to: Free style and back stroke 25 yards, elementary backstroke 10 yards, scissors kick, whip kick, treading water, and diving. Children will work on: alternate breathing, increasing endurance, long shallow dive, free style, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, dolphin kick and butterfly, open turn on front and back, pike and tuck surface dive and treading water for 5 minutes.

Junior Swim Team: (Ages 10-13)

Children should already be able to: swim front and back crawl 50 yards, elementary backstroke 25 yards, breaststroke 25 yards and butterfly 15 yards. Children will work on: free style, back stroke, breast stroke with flip turn, breaststroke speed turn and pullout, butterfly turn, block starts and increasing endurance.

Fun-petitive Polo (Ages 9-12)

Fun-petitive Polo is designed to introduce the sport of water polo to children 9 -12 years old. The intent is to provide basic skills and understanding of the sport in a recreational format. Although water polo is known for its toughness and endurance, Fun-petitive Polo harnesses all the fun, dynamic aspects of the game in a safe, easy to learn aquatic experience that will motivate kids to swim, have fun, and stay fit.


We offer 27-minute Group Lessons on Sundays
11:30am, 12:00pm, 12:30pm

$150 / Student for 6 classes

Ratio of 2-3 students per instructor

Private Lessons: $40/lesson
Contact us for more information


Email: kurt@cougarswimschool.com
Phone: 831-239-4228

Sibling Discount

5% off the total cost of 3 or more siblings.


San Lorenzo Valley High School
7105 Highway 9
Felton, CA 95018

San Lorenzo Valley High School


Cougar Swim School offers swimming and diving lessons, as well as water polo clinics, Junior Life Guard training and other aquatic camps in the Santa Cruz area. Learn more.


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