Learn to Swim

The Swim Schools of Shreveport and Bossier City welcome everyone and teach children from 2 months through adults!

Our Swim Courses

Baby Swim

Our baby aquatic programs provide a bonding opportunity for parent and child in a warm, quiet and secure aquatic environment.

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Learn to Swim

Our Learn to Swim courses are designed in tiers focused on building strong swimming practices for every child’s experience and ability level.

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Level 2 Swimmers

Our intermediate and advanced Swimmer courses are designed to teach swimmers more breathing and competitive swimming techniques.

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Adult Swim

Our Adult Swim lessons are offered as group or private lessons and perfect for adults of any skill level from beginning non-swimmers to advanced.

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Special Needs

The Swim School is proud to offer both private and group lessons tailored to students with special needs.

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Private Lessons

Our specialized private lessons are tailored to student’s specific needs at every age skill level.

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Summer Programs

The Swim Schools of Shreveport and Bossier City offer summer programs to get your swimmers out of the house and into the sun and fun!

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Swim Team

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Registration & Schedules

What Is The Cost (tuition) For The Swim School Lessons?
Our year-round, once-a-week lessons are $92 per month for the first child then a 10% discount for each added child (immediate family). Our Private Lessons are $56/lesson. Tuition is due by the 1st of each month.
Is There A Registration Fee?
Upon enrolling at The Swim School each family pays a $25 registration fee for the first child and $10 registration fee per additional sibling. If you leave The Swim School, for any reason, and return at a later date, you will be subject to enrollment fees again.
Does The Swim School Offer Discounts For Swim Lessons?
  • Ask about our Gold Key family members.
  • Ask about our Silver Key family members.
  • The Swim School is proud to offer our military families a 10% discount on children year-round program swim lessons
  • We do not offer discounts on Adult lessons or our summer program.
When Does The Swim School Hold Classes?

The Swim Schools (Shreveport and Bossier) are year-round teaching facilities. Our classes are open enrollment, meaning there’s no start or stop date. You can begin whenever you are ready.

What Are The Options For Paying My Tuition?
  • AUTO-ENROLL – Worry free. Never lose your child’s place in class or have to pay the LATE FEE ($10, added after the 5th of each month). TSS offers three methods for auto-enroll all paid on the 1st day of each month:
    – Direct debit your credit
    – Direct debit your credit card,
    – Direct debit your checking account.
  • Federal regulations require that you complete a Credit/Bank Authorization form, available at TSS, for this benefit to be effective.
  • ON-LINE – Log in through our customer portal and make your tuition payment on-line. Payment for current month due no later than the 1st day of that month.
Is There A Contract?
No contracts at TSS! When signing up for lessons, parents make a commitment for the current month through the end of the next month, allotting time for the child to adjust to the swim teaching environment. This ensures your child’s place in a class without interruption. Tuition for this time period is due before the start of the first class. At the end of that time your monthly tuition is due by the 1st day of each month.
How Often Will My Child Be At Lessons?
Classes meet once per week on the same day and at the same time. This allows the teachers to have continuity of training with every student.
May My Child Attend Lessons More Than Once A Week?

Yes, we can build a schedule for your child with multiple lessons. However, if your child is new to swim lessons, afraid of the water, or more timid and cautious, this schedule may not be in their best interest. It is often difficult, or impossible, to find two or more classes that meet your scheduling requirements AND ensure that your child has the same teacher each time. Having a different teacher for each class hinders rather than improves progress.

How Long Are The Lessons?
Lessons are 30 minutes in length. This allows the right amount of time for both young and novice swimmers to learn and practice skills without becoming too tired. Adult lessons are one hour in length.
What Size Is The Class?
We limit our classes to a 4:1 ratio, swimmers to teachers. There are two exceptions: Aquababy classes are limited to 3 swimmers, and Baby and Me classes allow for 6 Parent baby pairs per class. This allows the students to get the ideal level of attention from their teacher, while still having the opportunity to observe their peers performing the in-water skills.

Lessons & Teachers

Does The Swim School Offer Make-up Lessons?
At The Swim School our goal is to create safe, confident swimmers while providing the best experience possible. One way we achieve this high level of comfort and confidence in the water is to provide our swimmers with a consistent schedule and teacher from week to week. We do not offer make-ups or refunds for missed lessons. We have found that adding children to classes for make-ups disrupts the rhythm of the class. Please do your best to attend your scheduled classes. Instead, The Swim School will extend (limited to one excuse every other month) one $15 credit to any child who misses class due to illness. The$15 credit may be used for lessons, special events, or in the pro shop. A doctor’s note will be required to receive this credit. Extraordinary and extended illnesses will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
What Is A Deck Manager?
One of the reasons The Swim School is the #1 recommended facility for learning to swim is our Deck Manager system. Deck Managers are certified in all four levels of the Swim Schools International program. Additionally, a Deck Manager has over 350 hours of swim teaching. The Deck Manager is the team member responsible for all pool operations during swim lessons. TSS rash guard is imprinted with the words Deck Manager on the back for easy identification. Deck Managers are able to answer questions about your child’s progress, our programs, what to expect, and convey information to your child’s teacher.
How Will I Know When My Child Is Ready To Promote To The Next Level?
We use Swim Schools International training materials to guide our teachers when teaching your child. Each lesson plan has 18 skill sets and final goals. These materials serve as a guideline for when a child is ready to promote. Your Deck Manager will visit with you to go over the lesson plan and familiarize you with your child’s progress.
How Do I Change My Day Or Time?
We know how busy schedules can get and we are happy to change your child’s day and time when another class is available. This is a permanent change; We do not allow you to change your child’s class day/time from week to week. There is a nominal fee of $10 to cover administration costs. Please call 318-222-SWIM.
What If My Child Is Scared Or Cries?
It is common for a child to cry or be afraid when starting something new. Learning trust is a big part of swimming. Trust is gained over time, not just a few lessons. Our teachers are trained to deal with the most fearful of swimmers and the Deck Manager can also be helpful and talk to the children about why they are scared or crying. Talking with the child, playing games, singing songs, and playing with toys are techniques used to help ease the child into the class. If you need assistance with your child, please let our team know. We want all children to feel comfortable and happy swimming! How can you help? Provide smiles, consistency and praise.
Class Start Time?
Please arrive at The Swim School Shreveport/Bossier at least 5-10 minutes before your child’s class is scheduled to start. New swimmers are rattled when being rushed into class. Late arrival also leads to running on deck, which is hazardous and strongly discouraged. If you and your child are in a Baby & Me class, it is especially important to arrive early. Getting into the pool safely with the little ones takes time. Your Teacher or Deck Manager will hold your child while you enter the water and then hand your child back to you. Safety first!
Should The Parents Be Visible During Class?
If the child is distracted by seeing Mom or Dad and the teacher is having a hard time keeping the child’s focus, it might be better for the parent to be out of sight. The teacher will have an easier time bonding with a swimmer if Mom or Dad is temporarily out of view. Once your child has settled into the class, we enjoy having parents on deck clapping and cheering for their child’s successes.
When Will My Child Learn To Swim?
Unfortunately, there isn’t a universal answer to this question. There are many factors that play into learning to swim and it also depends on your definition of “swimming.” Every child is unique and therefore learns to swim at a different pace. Parents also need to understand that teaching children to swim requires a commitment. Learning to swim properly, on top of the water, takes children years to accomplish. It is important for parents to have realistic expectations for their children. Please avoid comparing your child to others. Positive reinforcement and consistency are vital for your child’s success. Regardless of what the final goal may be, we feel it’s important that the child learns to have a love and respect of the water.
My Child Has Hit A Plateau, What Can I Do To Help?
Plateaus are common, especially when a child gets to levels that tend to be difficult (i.e. the Advanced Preschool, Beginner III, and Advanced levels). Our teachers are sensitive to these issues and are trained to motivate and guide swimmers though these difficult levels. As a parent, it’s important to remain positive and supportive to help the child work through these times. If you are concerned about your child’s progress, please talk to your Deck Manager, or Facility Manager for advice on working through the possible plateaus.
Are Your Teachers Certified And Insured?
All of our teachers are certified through Swim Schools International, and insured for every student.
What Is The Difference Between Swim Schools International And Other Certifications?
Experience ~ Consistency ~ Competence Psychology, the how to teach children, is an important feature in our training . Children develop so fast, and each age has its own reflexes, possibilities and limitations. We train our teachers to work with each child as an individual, resulting in progress and comfort compatible with the age group. Swim Schools International (or SSI) bases their training program for swim teachers on a set of Training Standards, which begin with ethical standards, and move toward specifics of teaching. All our teachers receive a minimum of 40 hours of class, in-water, and apprenticeship prior to teaching Level 1 classes (Aquatike 1 – Beginner 3) Level 2 Teachers (Intermediate 1 – Junior Olympian) add another minimum of 25 hours in class, in-water, and apprenticeship prior to teaching these upper level classes. Baby & Me teachers (trained to work with infants as young as 4 weeks – 35 months in age) undergo extensive training in working with the very young. Their education includes instruction in teaching parents how to get their little one accustomed to an aquatic environment, to working with each growth level’s reflexes and natural movements upon entering the water, to teaching the older babies safety techniques and respect for the water. They all love children, and want their swimmers to love swimming!