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Elizabeth W.
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Victory MMA is absolutely changing my life. I walked into Victory Naperville a broken person. Through the lessons I am learning both in martial arts and life, I regained a lost confidence I thought I would never regain- and an amazing, supportive group of people. It is an incredible positive, energetic, place which is dynamic and fulfilling no matter what your goals are-whether it is learning a new skill, getting active, or competing one day- Victory MMA (Naperville) will get you there.

  • 11 years in business
James C.
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Gil has done a great job assessing and improving Jakes batting skills to become a better player. His style of instructing is both motivating and fun. After 2 hitting lessons we have seen an improvement in Jakes hitting skills. I feel Gil has the knowledge and expertise to prepare Jake for tryouts next week. .

  • 1 year in business
Arianna F.
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Jessica is an exemplary swim instructor. She has a knowledgeable notion about anything and everything aquatics related. She has taught swim lessons for years which shows intellectually. Children respond very well to Jessica’s personality which is very kind and delightful. She is a punctual and diligent swim instructor who shows up on time and ready to instruct. She is extremely professional and is great at what she does!

FFC Swim School
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  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa B.
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My daughter was an average swimmer and wanted to make the New Trier Swim Club. I knew she needed swim lessons in order to have a chance at making the Team. One of my friends recommended Bill. Through his excellent coaching and instructional style, my daughter's swimming improved ten fold and she made the Team. I would highly recommend Bill for new swimmers as well as experienced swimmers who want to improve their time or stroke.

Mike Witt
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  • 3 years in business
Joe W.
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Mike is the swimming coach for our three sons. He is a fantastic coach, mentor and all-around terrific person. He excels at all aspects of coaching -- technical, motivation and identifying the appropriate approach to take for all age groups. He is a warm, funny, wise and thoughtful person. He is awesome with both kids and parents. We give him the highest possible recommendation!

Priscilla Weston Swimming
from 1 review
  • 15 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Geri B.
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My son joined Priscilla after his junior year in high school. He had a rough year and wasn't sure if he wanted to continue with the sport. The team ended that year as one of the top 5 in the state. It was going to be a very competitive team the following year. We found Priscilla with the hope of regaining his confidence and improving his strokes and turns. She did way more than that for him. In a very short period of time, she identified the changes he needed to make to improve his swimming. He not only was able to improve his swimming in the stroke he initially wanted to work on but improved in other strokes as well. He made regional times in the 50, 100, 200 and 500 free, 200 back, 100 butterfly and 200 medley. Additionally, he had a state time for the mile. He had only worked with Priscilla about once a week for a few months. His most proud accomplishment was swimming under 1:50 in the 200 free at sectionals during his senior year. His confidence increased as he learned what he needed to do to "fine tune" his strokes. Priscilla provides a positive atmosphere and flexible scheduling. She demands a lot from her swimmers but coaches in a non-threatening manner. My son found her very easy to talk with, looked forward to working with her but knew he would have to work very hard every time he was with her. She provided a very positive experience and my son will be going back to her during college breaks. He ended up swimming in college which I don't think he would have thought was possible until he worked with Priscilla.

Coach Dan
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    Dany H.
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    Awesome coach! He is very passionate teacher covering concept and techniques of swimming, and he takes your goal seriously in becoming a proficient swimmer. Highly recommend!!

    • 1 hire on Thumbtack

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    Chicago Learn to Swim for All Ages This program is great for all swim stages. Whether you are just starting out or are training for a big event, Chicago Learn to Swim is the perfect private swim lessons for you. My name is Amanda Nolan. I have over a decade's experience in teaching swimming technique for all levels and ages. I started out as a USA swimming coach for Chicago Wolfpack at UIC and in Evergreen Park. For over 5 years, I was the Aquatics Director at Evergreen Park, where I was their water aerobic instructor and taught swimming for all ages (from 6 months to 90 and up). If you are looking to learn for safety scenarios or to perfect your stroke, you have come to the right place. I hope to see you in the water soon! Amanda


    Our new swim school will be the perfect solution for parents looking for quality swim lessons in the city and surrounding suburbs of Chicago. Please visit our page again for the latest updates on our new location and so much more. Thanks for stopping by!


    We do the following: * Basketball Lessons * Golf Lessons * Horseback Riding Lessons * Personal Training * Pilates Training * Surfing Lessons * Swimming Lessons * Tai Chi Lessons * Tennis Instruction * Yoga Lessons * Other Fitness Lessons


    As a former competitive swimmer and diver, I have had the privilege of falling in love with helping others fall in love with the sport. With my two and a half years as a previous swim instructor and lifeguard at Lifetime Fitness and another two years of fully private instruction, I am able to cater lessons to the students' needs on a private or group scale, regardless of age, fear, or experience!


    Miss Brittany is a private, professional swim instructor who brings quality one-on-one swim instruction conveniently to your own backyard or pool of choice. Recently relocated to the city of Chicago, she teaches both in the city and the suburbs of Chicago. Miss Brittany also has indoor locations during the colder months and outdoor locations in the summer. She brings over 10 years of experience as a private swim instructor and experience teaching kindergarten and first grade to her lessons. As an educator, her experience are an asset in her ability to successfully instruct young children. With a master's degree in elementary education and endorsements in both early childhood education and reading (as a reading specialist), she is a true expert with young children. With a strong passion for teaching children in and out of the water, she strives to create a lifelong love of learning and swimming in young children!


    As an previous collegiate swimmer, with over 12 years of swim lesson experience, I am able to provide fun but effective swim lessons. Lessons are available for all ages and skill levels, ranging from beginner to competitive.


    I was a Chicago Park District lifeguard and swim instructor for about 5 years - teaching inner city children and even adults water safety.


    Learn how to swim in an easy and relax environment. I am a certified and highly skilled instructor that offers swim lessons to children and adults, in all ages and skill levels. I accept beginners, intermediate to advanced level swimmers. Swimming lessons include water survival skills, freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly.

    • 1 hire on Thumbtack

    I break down everything I teach to the smallest scale to make sure each and every student understand everything I say and teach. I adjust my speed and technique to each individual students needs. In addition, I am willing to spend time to really perfect something a student is working on or rotate to something new if a student is stuck or frustrated. Practice is important so just because something is learned does not mean I do not review at the beginning of each class to guarantee prolonged learning. Teaching swimming is not just something I do, it's a passion so not only do I enjoy every second of it but I also make sure to constantly improve and grow in my technique and teaching ability to guarantee student success.


    I offer music lessons to students on the clarinet. I offer Spanish tutoring as well as swimming lessons to all ages and levels.


    I can help you shoot like Kobe Bryant, lay up like Derrick Rose, crossover and more. I train people for basketball and swimming. I also offer personal training.


    I am a certified Vinyasa yoga instructor with experience teaching anywhere from beginners to advanced athletic yoga.


    From math and ESL tutoring to swimming and cello instructions, I have been helping children to learn and improve their abilities for years. I understand that each child has unique needs that demand a personalized approach to make them excel, and it is my honor to help tomorrow's leaders develop their full potential. I can guarantee complete professionalism, a focused and effective approach to tutoring, and a close working relationship with parents, coaches, and teachers.

    Q & A

    Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

    At what age should you start swim lessons?

    From 6 months to 96 years old, no one is too young or too old to benefit from swimming lessons. Once your baby is six months old, they are eligible to take “parent and me” swimming lessons from most swim schools. When babies are between six months and several years, you or another guardian must be with the baby throughout the entire lesson for safety reasons. Even if babies can’t walk, they quickly adapt to moving in water, so familiarizing them early means more fun for everyone and keeps them from being afraid of water later on. It also helps with water safety and drowning prevention. As for adults and seniors, it’s never too late to start swimming. Knowing how to swim can not only save your life, it provides an impact-free way to safely exercise and keep muscles and joints limber. Swimming can even help relieve pain from chronic diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most swimming schools offer group or private instruction, so if you’re shy about learning a new skill, you can do so one-on-one.

    Why are swimming lessons important?

    Swimming lessons have major health and safety benefits, not to mention the fact that swimming is really fun. Here are some of the many reasons swimming lessons are important:

    • Life saving: Knowing how to swim can help you save your own life or the life of someone else. Prevent drowning by learning to swim.
    • Improved health in seniors: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that water-based exercise can decrease disability and maintain bone density in seniors.
    • Good mental health: Swimming can improve moods in both men and women, according to the CDC. Swimming can help with depression, can create bonds in families and can promote mental wellness in pregnant women.
    • Arthritis relief: Water-based exercise can ease joint and other physical pain in people suffering from arthritis, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
    • Whole-body workout: Swimming works all your muscles — without the impact of a sport like running.
    • Water safety: It’s important for swimmers of all ages to learn about water safety. Swim lessons provide the proper pool and water etiquette to help keep everyone safe and having fun.  

    How much are swimming lessons?

    Not only is swimming fun, but knowing how to swim can save your life by preventing drowning. The average national cost for swimming lessons ranges between $40 and $50. Swimming lessons can vary in price depending the type and length of lesson you select. Private swimming lessons, where you receive one-on-one coaching with a swim instructor, will cost more than group lessons. The longer the lesson, the more it will cost. Swimming lessons are available for people of all ages, so if you’re an adult just learning to swim there are beginners’ classes suitable for you. There are also advanced classes for adults who are training for races or want to hone their skills. Pricing can vary depending on where you live as well as the amenities offered by the pool. For example, a pool with private locker rooms and a hot tub may have higher rates than a basic swimming pool. Here are some examples of the average costs of adult swimming lessons:

    • Private lessons for adults:
      • 30-minute lesson: $35-$50.
      • 60-minute lesson: $55-$80.
    • Group lessons for adults:
      • Ongoing 60-minute lessons: $90-$110 per month.
      • 60-minute drop-in lesson: $25-$40 each.

    How do you prepare for infant swimming lessons?

    There are several steps you can take to prepare both yourself and your baby for the exciting adventure of infant swimming lessons. Start by introducing your baby to being in the water via the bathtub. There are no immunizations specific to swimming that your child needs before playing in a public pool, but do research to confirm the pool is well-maintained and has a clean bill of health. You’ll need the right swim gear; proper attire can include swim diapers and protective swim pants. Be prepared to check regularly and change soiled diapers as needed. The CDC warns against allowing your child in a public pool if they have any symptoms of diarrhea; swim diapers and swim pants can’t protect against transmission of germs in this case. For outdoor pools, apply water-resistant sunscreen to the delicate skin on your baby’s face and body approximately 30 minutes before pool time to prevent burns. For the health of your baby and other children, it’s important for your child to be in good health when attending swim lessons. If they have a cold or fever, it’s better to keep them home. Finally, be prepared to have fun.

    How early can babies start swimming?

    Most swimming instructors and swim schools offer infant swimming starting at six months. Although it is not formal swimming, the lessons familiarize your baby with moving in the water, and also teach you the basics of keeping your baby safe in the water. You or another guardian will stay with the baby in the water throughout the entire lesson.

    The American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend formal swim instruction until one year old, but taking your infant to regular swim class can be fun, safe and helpful for developing baby’s coordination and awareness of water. Experts urge parents not to become overconfident in their children’s water skills. Keep in mind that most children aren’t really able to swim on their own until they’re at least four years old. Even if they’ve had swim lessons, always watch younger children when they’re in the water and be ready to react in case of an emergency.

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