By Laura O’Brien

With the season’s cold and rain making outdoor activities less comfortable now is the perfect time to enroll your family in swim lessons. The perk? The kids will tire themselves out while you float away via latte.

Sea Otter Swim Lessons
6151 Brace Road
Loomis, CA 95650
(916) 660-9492
Hours: Tues through Fri – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sat – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Price: Private, 20 min – $100/mo, 30 min $140/mo; Semi-private (ages 4+), 30 min – $80/mo; Parent/
tot (4-35 months), 30 min – $60/mo; Registration fee – $35, single or $50/family; non-competitive swim
team (ages 6-13) – $60/mo

Enjoy the year-round, tented pool heated to 91 degrees. Methods include life-preserving techniques. There’s also an adaptive aquatics program as well as a Friday family swim night for $4/swimmer.

CBS Sacramento Insider Tip: If you know you will miss one of your regularly scheduled lessons, notify the office in the advance and you will receive one free Friday family swim pass for each member of your family.

Sacramento ISR
Rollingwood Racquet Club
9373 Winding Oak Drive
Fair Oaks, CA 95625
(916) 222-8491
Hours: Weekdays 7:50 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Price: $125/week (10-min classes 5 days/wk); registration fee: $105 for new students and $35 for
returning students

Infant Swimming Resource is a national organization committed to preventing child drowning. Certified instructors teach a “Self-Rescue” curriculum including floating skills to children ages 6 months to 6 years old. Instruction is daily for 10 min a day during an initial learning period of four to six weeks. After that, students are encouraged to return for refresher classes.

The Northern California Swimstitute
11335B Folsom Blvd
Rancho Cordova, CA 95742
(916) 851-0840
Hours: Mon through Thurs – 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Fri – 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat – 8 a.m. 4 p.m.; Sun – 8 a.m. to noon
Price: Private, 25 min – $175 for 5 classes; parent/tot (6-24 months), 25 min – $100 for 6 classes;
competitive stroke work (ages 6+), 25 min – $200 for 5 classes. There is no registration fee.

This year-round indoor pool (warmed to 84 degrees) offers the gamut of swim instruction, from parent/ tot to Masters swimming. You must register in person. Check out the spring swim clinics for summer- league swimmers that want to keep their stroke technique in the off-season. Underwater video is available for stroke analysis. The facility also offers lap swim, water aerobics, and even log rolling.

Steve Wallen Swim School
1230 Glenhaven Court, Suite 100
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
(916) 939-7075
Hours: Mon through Thurs – 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Price: Private, 30 min – $300 for 8 classes; semi-private, 30 min $180; group, 30 min – $140; parent/tot –

Steve Wallen Swim School is a year-round indoor pool heated to 90 degrees for beginners. Wallen is a Chico State champion and has been teaching area kids how to swim for more than 20 years. Classes are available either one day per week or two days per week. The school also offers classes for children with special needs, swim clinics, stroke technique, and lap swim.

Debbie Meyer Swim School
4840 Marconi Avenue
Carmichael, CA 95608
(916) 972-0343
Hours: February through November; Tues through Fri – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Price: Private, 30 min – $240 for 6 classes; Parent/tot (6-24 months), 30 min – $125 for 6 classes;
Registration fee – $25

Three-time Olympic gold medal winner Debbie Meyer has run the school since 1993. There are two pools onsite, one indoor and one outdoor heated from 88 to 92 degrees. Got a squirmy little one? There’s an option of 15-min lessons for 12 classes. You must register in person at the school. Meyer also offers adaptive and competitive instruction as well as instruction for tri-athletes.

Laura O’Brien is a freelance writer and mother (swap that) living in Roseville. She blogs occasionally at

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