Michael Farmer
Michael Farmer

Michael Farmer

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Offers remote services
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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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17 years in business

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Lewis V.
May 15, 2022
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Michael is an outstanding Instructor!!! Before I worked with Michael, I’d avoid water activities bc I cannot tread water and I was simply extremely uncomfortable being in any deep body of water. My overall goal was to feel more comfortable in the water. From day one, I had a great feeling about Michael. He was so invested into training, technique, and had a genuine desire to my personal progress. I think he believed in me more than I did. His drive, knowledge, understanding and approach allowed me to progress after each lesson. After a few lessons, he taught me how to dive into the deep end of the pool, how to pick toys in the deep end, and showed me ways in which I could me more comfortable in the water. In about 12 lessons, Michael pushed me beyond what I though possible, showed me how one can apply technique to relax and progress in swimming no matter your background, & showed me how I too could enjoy this amazing physical activity while being safe. After our lessons, I realized that I have much work to do; however thanks to Michael I’ve tried snorkeling off the beach in Cancun, Mexico for the first time while wearing a life jacket(which I wouldn’t even dare to try before); have done standup paddle boarding, kayaking & jumped into punch bowls while hiking to amazing places!!! Thanks to Michael, I am more comfortable around water and can take part in these amazing activities while being safe! One cannot simply put a value on the difference Michael has made for me! I hope that anyone who is considering a swimming Instructor in the area, gives him an opportunity to make a difference just like he has done for me! I’ll forever be thankful for his amazing lessons, great technique, drive, life knowledge & our talks!!!!

Details: Adult (18 or older) • Beginner • Not comfortable in water • Learn basic strokes • Become more comfortable in water • No, I would like the pro to suggest a pool • 45 minutes • At the pro’s location

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Vlad G.
Apr 25, 2022
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Great with kids. Very good instructor. Achieved in 1 lesson what I have been trying to teach my 4 year old to do for months.

Details: Young child (18 months - 5 years old) • Beginner • Comfortable in water • Become more comfortable in water • Improve swimming technique • Yes, a pool at my home • 60 minutes • My home, venue, etc.

Michael Farmer's reply
Thank you, Vlad. Your daughter is a delight and shows great interest and desire, which is why we have accomplished so much so quickly!
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Sara B.
May 18, 2021
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Hired on Thumbtack

Michael is very professional and is great with our kids. He is very calm and has gotten them comfortable in the water very quickly.

Details: Young child (18 months - 5 years old) • Beginner • Comfortable in water • Become more comfortable in water • Learn basic strokes • Yes, a pool at my home • 30 minutes • My home, venue, etc.

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Judson M.
May 17, 2018
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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.

Details: Young child (18 months - 5 years old) • Beginner • Become more comfortable in water • Improve swimming technique • Learn basic strokes • Yes, a pool at my home • 45 minutes • Need some more information before hiring • I would like to discuss the price with the instructor • The swim instructor travels to me

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Sudheer D.
Jun 5, 2020
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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.

Details: Teenager (13 - 17 years old) • No experience • Not comfortable in water • Learn basic strokes • Become more comfortable in water • Yes, a pool at my home • 60 minutes • My home, venue, etc.

Michael Farmer's reply
Wow! Thank you! As I mentioned, everyone was great, showing willingness and determination.
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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: $120.00, 45 minutes, trial $100, 30 minutes, trial $75 - includes travel time and mileage to you, applicable to your overall package. No worries for you. 10 pack: 10 x 60 minute sessions: $100, 10 x 45 min. $750, and for under 2 years old, 10 x 30 min. $550 (paid up-front). You receive scheduling priorities, and no headaches for prep time and driving to and from. Includes tutorials with instruction, commentary, photos, and video references. Plus guidance for parents when I am not there and between lessons. 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. Specials: Request quotes 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. In top 10. 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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