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Michael Farmer
Michael Farmer

Michael Farmer

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Introduction: I help you and your child achieve from being water safe to swimming like a pro. I am working daily with many adults and children just like you and yours. Whether you are: * Beginning and just getting started in the water to improving your technique * Getting in condition and preparing to compete * Chasing mastery to place and to be ranked locally to nationally no matter what your category From 1 to 90, tots, age-groupers, Masters, girls, boys, men and women, learn-to-swim, improving through competition at national and Olympic levels. I have taught hundreds of young people to swim over my career. From simple daily technical skills to race-day performance. I focus on technique because whoever holds technique the longest wins. I include dryland exercises to complement and enhance swimming work. I incorporate life skills and values in my teaching and coaching. My athletes frequently perform better in the classroom and at work as they improve their athletic and swimming performance. For my age group swimmers, they receive tutorials with photos, and video references on each stroke, starts, and turns. We may also include customized dryland exercise programs and weight training. Experience: I competed as an age-grouper, high school, club, college and USMS swimmer. Set IM and butterfly records, swam LA City finals, 4-year varsity letterman in water polo in college. Current USMS competitor. I developed an age group team (4-18) from 10 to 300+ swimmers, several achieving national status and, one Olympian. I am certified ASCA levels 1-4, USMS levels 1-3, and Red Cross swim coach and instructor. My students, whether 1 or 90, learn to swim while having fun. I have a 95% success rate. Questions? Let's talk, iron out the details, put together your or your child's program. I am sure that we can find a way! Let's get started. Results: Watching the children and adults grow and achieve, stand and walk a little taller, with greater self-assurance. Seeing them realize that they can do it. From a 50 yr.-old man who couldn't swim or float, swim 50 yds. freestyle after 10 lessons. A 10 yr.-old boy who never won anything become "man of the meet" because of his lifetime best performance, strutting around with his award. A 70-year old woman, condemned to a slow death, start swimming - and one year later, she swam a mile a day, all symptoms disappeared. A completely water-safe 28 month-old, goes everywhere. A 76-year-old man started with 10 yards, in 6 lessons could swim freestyle for 100 yards. A 3 1/2-year-old swimming with basics of freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke, plus diving!

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Customers rated this pro highly for responsiveness, work quality, and professionalism.

Exceptional 5.0

5 reviews


Sudheer D.

Private Swim Lessons

We had a large group of two adults and three children. Michael was very patient with each of them, and was very encouraging in his training. Some in our group were so nervous they couldn't even eat, let alone get in the water. After a few sessions, Michael has them jumping into the deep end of the pool. He certainly has more advanced experience to take the training to higher levels, but we appreciated his patience in getting our group of non-swimmers into the water with basic strokes training.
Michael Farmer's reply
Wow! Thank you! As I mentioned, everyone was great, showing willingness and determination.
Jun 5, 2020
Judson M.

Private Swim Lessons

Michael has a very patient and effective teaching style. My son looks forward to each lesson and the sense of accomplishment he gains. My wife and I have been pleased and impressed by the consistent progress. Overall Michael is a very experienced coach whose professionalism is second to none. I recommend without any reservation.
May 17, 2018
Sabrina J.

Private Swim Lessons

Michael was great to work with! I had very specific goals in mind and he was able to help me make a huge amount of progress in a short amount of time!
Oct 2, 2019
Douglas G.

Michael has a good eye and can instantly see what is wrong with your stroke and suggest the best solution to become more efficient. He has vast knowledge and solid experience from which to draw upon. In addition, he is personable and easy to work with.
Jul 4, 2017
Amy D.

Private Swim Lessons

Jul 8, 2017
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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    Standard includes travel and travel time to you (in LA!). Single lesson 60 minutes, trial: $110.00, 45 minutes, trial $95 - includes travel time and mileage to you, applicable to your overall package. No worries for you. 10 pack: 10 x 60 minute sessions: $950, 10 x 45 min. $700 (paid up-front). You receive scheduling priorities, and no headaches for prep and driving to and from. Includes tutorials and video references. Long term and seasonal plans and programs customized fees. Questions, special needs - contact and call to discuss. Where there is a will, there is a way. Sessions may be shorter (e.g. 45 for younger ones, or 30 minutes for little ones). Specials: Request quote for families, group sessions, and special requirements. Sessions: time, frequency, goals and objectives - are individually established with each client. I am flexible and reasonable. Call me, talk to me about your needs!

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    Together, we assess the student's objectives and current level of abilities. Then, we establish a lesson plan of action for the short, medium and long term to focus on the child's or adult's goals. Lessons and training are broken down into conditioning and technical development to improve and strengthen. Progress is measured during the program through improved performance in technique, style, and speed -- floating, breathing, and stroke development, from becoming water safe to competing!

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    Competitor: I competed as an age-grouper, high school, club, college, and USMS swimmer. Set IM and butterfly records, swam LA City finals, 4-year varsity letterman in water polo in college. I am currently a USMS competitor - at local, regional, and national competitions. Coach: I developed, as head coach for 9 years, an age group team (4-18) from 10 to 300 swimmers. My 9-10 and 11-12 boys and 11-12 and 13-14 girls achieved national rankings. Some later became NCAA champions, with one boy in the Olympics. Certifications: I am certified ASCA levels 1-4, USMS levels 1-3 coach and instructor, plus Red Cross WSI, and CPR. I run train-the-trainer classes for coaches and instructors, too. Additional outside of swimming: I have extensive experience with strength and conditioning training (dryland, weights, etc.), nutrition, have taught dance, fitness, gymnastics, and weight training (also competed). My academic background includes a biology minor with kinesiology, physiology, chemistry, physics, etc. all useful for physical development and coaching. I majored in Political Science, minor biology, grad school in Political Science, and Law school.

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