Michael Phelps Swim School, Baltimore:
Michael Phelps Swim School is a Baltimore based, learn-to-swim program, for children and adults of all ages and abilities. Swim classes include personal safety, stroke development, water sports and games, personal growth, and rescue skills. In 2009, Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps returned to Baltimore, with Coach Bob Bowman, and began to invest in his dream, to grow the sport of swimming and get more children and adults in the water. In the fall of 2009, Michael began to make his dream a reality, teaming up with North Baltimore Swim School (NBSS) to launch Michael Phelps Swim School and offer world-class swimming instruction.
Learn-to-swim Programs for Adults & Children:
Private lessons for Adults:
Private lessons are scheduled for adults upon request.
Semi-private lessons for Adults:
Semi-private lessons are scheduled for adults upon request.
Parent & Child Get Wet Classes (6 months - 3 years):
Get Wet is a parent and child class for children three years of age and younger. While focusing on water comfort, games, and relaxing in a warm water environment, parents are encouraged to challenge each child's skills and level of comfort in the water. Continually under the guidance of a competent instructor, the emphasis in Get Wet is on fun in the water!
Pre-Beginner I (3-4 years):
Pre-Beginner is our first class without parental involvement. Children must have reached the age of three to enroll in this level. The emphasis in Pre-Beginner is on basic water skills such as assisted and unassisted floating, blowing bubbles and retrieving items from the bottom of a shallow (3 foot) area.
Pre-Beginner II (5 years +):
Pre-Beginner includes games and activities that build confidence while increasing the child’s comfort and feel for the water. Finally, children will become comfortable swimming under the water.
Beginner I (3-6 years):
Children remain in the Beginner level until they are swimming freestyle and demonstrating rotary breathing. It is anticipated that children will remain in this level for multiple sessions, as the skills to be mastered are quite broad and varied.
Beginner II (6 years +):
In Beginner, children are comfortable in the water, able to completely submerge, and can float on their front and back. The emphasis in Beginner is on development of confidence and feel for the water.
Advanced Beginner I ( 4-6 years):
In Advanced Beginner, freestyle (crawl stroke) skills are honed and other competitive strokes are introduced and taught.
Advanced Beginner II (7 years +):
The emphasis in Advanced Beginner is on confidence with freestyle and building comfort with other strokes. Children should be able to demonstrate rotary breathing, have mastered the air exchange process.
Intermediate (5 years +):
The Intermediate is the highest level of group instruction. Intermediate swimmers can swim for a distance unaided. Additionally, these swimmers demonstrate comfortable rotary breathing with freestyle, a competent backstroke, and a feel for the water. The fundamentals of breastroke and butterfly are reinforced. These children will work to improve their skills so they can swim several laps of each stroke with confidence.
Private and semi-private lessons are scheduled for children upon request.