Group Swim Lessons


2021 update: Due to the ongoing pandemic we are re-working our group swim lessons into a small group format (Max 6). We intend to offer small group lessons for younger children who aren't ready for swim team. 

Contact with instructor during swim lessons is now allowed under MA guidance, however we will work to minimize contact and maintain 6ft distance as much as possible.

Private Swim Lessons continue to be permitted. You may contact a WSI instructor below if you wish to schedule a private lesson / swim coaching.


Our group swim lessons are taught by Red Cross certified Water Safety Instructors (WSI) following the Red Cross Learn-to-Swim program.

The Learn-to-Swim program focuses on building skills one step at a time. By giving them the opportunity to master one element before moving on to the next, our kids' swim classes make it easy to build confidence in the water.

During their swim lessons, children will spend time on the following six levels:

  • Level 1: Introduction to Water Skills: Students will learn how to feel comfortable in the water and safely enjoy it.

  • Level 2: Fundamentals of Aquatic Skills: Children will learn basic swimming skills.

  • Level 3: Stroke Development: Additional guided practice will help students improve their skills.

  • Level 4: Stroke Improvement: Kids will gain confidence during swim lessons, improve their stroke and gain additional aquatic skills.

  • Level 5: Stroke Refinement: Guidance allows kids to refine their strokes and become more efficient swimmers.

  • Level 6: Swimming and Skill Proficiency: Students will learn to swim with ease and efficiency, and gain the ability to swim smoothly over greater distances. Swimmers will also have the option to participate in more advanced courses.

Private Swim Lessons & Coaching

The following Sun Valley lifeguards and swim coaches are permitted to teach private lessons and offer private coaching to Sun Valley members when they are not working a shift at the club. Water Safety Instructors are certified by the American Red Cross to teach swim lessons and follow the learn-to-swim program.

  • Rate $25 per half hour or $40 for an hour

  • Lesson fees to be paid directly to instructor

  • Contact instructor to schedule a time

  • Member must book appropriate pool area and list instructor as a participant on the reservation for contact tracing purposes

  • Contact with instructor is now allowed under MA guidance, however we will work to minimize contact and maintain 6ft distance as much as possible



Water Safety Instructor


Clare received her WSI certification in 2019. This is her third year teaching and fourth year lifeguarding. She was a part of the Sharks Swim Team for more than 10 years.



Water Safety Instructor


This is Cat's third year teaching swim lessons. She was a Shark Swimmer for many years and this year she returns to the Sharks Swim Team as a Coach.



Water Safety Instructor


This is Shea's third year teaching lessons and fourth summer lifeguarding at Sun Valley.

During high school Shea swam on the AHS Swim Team and was on the Sharks swim team for 10 years. 





Swim Team Coach


Kristen is a veteran swim coach and former Sun Valley Shark swimmer. She also coaches the Winchester High School Girls Swim Team.


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Water Safety Instructor


Alisha completed the WSI certification in June 2021 and is looking forward to teaching this summer.  This is Alisha's second summer lifeguarding and she has been a member of the Sharks swim team since 2011.



Water Safety Instructor


Michelle achieved her WSI certification in 2019. This is her third year teaching and fourth year lifeguarding. She was part of the Sharks Swim Team for more than 10 years. 



Water Safety Instructor


This Michael's third summer  teaching lessons and fourth lifeguarding  at Sun Valley. This year he will help coach the Sharks swim team. Michael was captain of his high school swim team, a North Shore Swim Club swimmer, Arlington Boys and Girls club volunteer coach, and swam for the sharks for 10 years.



Water Safety Instructor


Anna is out of town and unavailable for private lessons until July 30, 2021

This is Anna's third year teaching lessons and lifeguarding. She has been swimming competitively for over ten years, including three years on the varsity swim team at LHS.