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Thanks to the beautiful climate in Santa Barbara, we’re able to offer our swim programs year round! For both members and non-members of all ages, we offer private swim lessons taught by experienced instructors. For ages 6 – 18, we also offer varying levels of Swim Team that allow kids to learn the basics of the four competitive strokes then progressively move up in the team and swim competitively at monthly meets.


Swim Team Levels & Schedules

Pre-Swim ages 6 – 8
The Pre-Swim team focuses on preparing children who already know how to swim unassisted for the Novice team by helping them become proficient in the four competitive strokes – freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly. Diving, flip turns, and open turns are introduced. Teams are divided according to skill level to maintain a low swimmer-to-coach ratio.

Not available at this time.

Novice ages 7 – 12
The Novice team trains on the fundamentals of the four competitive strokes.  Technique is improved through regular swim sets and drills. Racing starts, turns, and finishes are progressively taught, building on what they’ve learned in Pre-Swim. Novice also attends USA Swim Meets once a month for anyone on the team wanting to compete.

Monday – Friday in the lap pool, 3:30 – 4:15 pm

Age Group ages 9 – 18
The Age Group team is for advanced swimmers. Children must be able to complete at least one length in each stroke, know their open turns and underwater streamlines, as well as do track start and flip turns. This team trains in all four of the competitive strokes with an emphasis on fine-tuning technique, building endurance, and increasing speed through regular swim sets. Age Group also attends USA Swim Meets once a month for anyone on the team wanting to compete.

Monday – Friday in the lap pool, 4:15 – 5:30 pm

Age and ability are both taken into consideration when placing your child into a team.

To schedule an evaluation or for more information and pricing, contact Dwayne Douglas at dwayne.douglas@swellclubs.com.

Swim Lessons

Each swim lesson is customized to your skills and abilities and includes a private swim instructor assigned based on your swim needs. Every swim instructor at Cathedral Oaks Athletic Club is highly qualified with backgrounds in competitive swimming, water polo, or triathlons, and they use their experience and knowledge of swimming to teach proper stroke technique and water safety skills for all levels. All lessons are 30 minutes long and are set up as once weekly standing appointments with an instructor.

Already have a scheduled lesson but are looking to cancel? Please notify Eric Geeb in writing or via email at eric.geeb@swellclubs.com at least 7 days in advance. Missed lessons and lessons canceled within 7 days of the scheduled lesson date will result in an equal charge to the lesson price.

Baby Swim

Check out parent and child swim class that teaches basic essentials water skills. Your child will have fun while becoming comfortable in the water as they participate in activities like singing songs and playing with toys.

Tuesdays, 10 – 10:30 am, ages 4 -13 months
Tuesdays, 10:30 – 11 am, ages 14 -24 months
Thursdays, 10 – 10:30 am, ages 4 -13 months
Thursdays, 10:30 – 11 am, ages 4 -13 months

For more info to schedule a swim lesson or join a baby swim class, contact Eric Geeb at eric.geeb@swellclubs.com.