How Swim Schools Differ from Public Schools

There has been a lot of debate right now about the reopening of public and private schools for kids. This is not the place to debate the options and shoulds here, but we do want to point out how swim schools differ from public schools.

In public schools students are in school for at least five hours a day, five days a week. | In most swim schools students are only in lessons for up to a half hour, once or twice a week.

In public schools large classes sizes are the norm, some as high as 30 students to a class. | Swim schools offer small class sizes with 1 to 4 students in most classes.

In public schools there are multiple surfaces and teaching tools needing disinfection. | In swim schools, when swimming, students and teaching tools are in chlorinated water that inactivates viruses.

In public schools there are multiple departments that would need to be reactivated such as bus and cafeteria services. | Swim schools offer focused class structure providing the best swim instruction for your student.

The swim school business is all about safety. Providing safety instruction in a carefully managed and safe environment is all we do, and even outside of COVID-19, we do everything and anything we possibly can to keep the children in our care safe. We are stewards of safety; it is in our DNA. Swim schools have in many cases gone above and beyond local and state guidelines to keep students and staff safe. Reach out swim schools in your area to learn more about the safety protocols they have in place.

Learning to Swim is a Public Health Need

Welcome to our new blog, Teach Learn Swim. We hope you find this to be a valuable resource for all things learn to swim.

We’d like to start out on the important topic of the public health need for swim lessons.

Learning to swim is a life-or-death skill, essential for every child.  Formal swim lessons between ages 1 and 4 can help reduce the risk of drowning by 88% according to a study conducted in 2009.[1] Drowning is the number one cause of accidental death for children ages 1 to 4 and a leading cause for young people up to 14 years of age.[2]  We believe drowning to be at an even higher risk now as many children’s activities remain closed. This gives children more time to find a body of water such as a backyard pool, neighbor’s pool, community pool, inflatable pool, sink, toilet, filled bathtub, bucket, ditches filled with rainwater, ocean, lakes, and rivers.  A young child can drown in less than 2 inches of water.[3]

Meanwhile, parents have even more distractions than ever, including remote working while children are home. This leaves caregivers unable to supervise children at all times.  Even before this pandemic, 9 out of 10 child related drowning deaths happened when a caregiver was supervising.[4] 69% of children who drowned were not expected to be at or in the pool, yet they were found in the water and 77% of drowning victims had been out of sight for less than five minutes.[5]

Private swim schools across the country educate over 250,000 children per week to learn to swim and unlike public pools, our programs are controlled learning environments. We understand that modifications will need to be put in place as swim schools/learn-to-swim programs reopen. We will cover the topic of modifications on a future post.

Knowing how to swim is something everyone should learn how to do. It can bring you a lifetime of enjoyment, and could quite possibly save your life.


[1] Association Between Swimming Lessons and Drowning in Childhood, A Case-Control Study: Ruth Brenner, et al., 2009



[4] Research from National SAFEKIDS campaign,

[5] Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)