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Personal Training Tactics
from 10 reviews
    John C.
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    My two oldest sons started training with Don Kaecher and PTT when they were 15 and 16 years old. That was 6 and a half years ago. From the first I was impressed with his humility and reserve. It was reminiscent of the combat veterans I had become acquainted with in the service. His expertise is obvious by his fighting accomplishments, i.e., fights won/lost (MMA), championships (Golden Gloves, Jujitsu). However, there are many great athletes that are unable to coach or teach. Having some teaching experience myself, I noticed immediately that he knew how to teach and inspire. My sons made almost as much progress in boxing in the first month with Don than they had made in the previous two years with another trainer. Don trained and cornered my second son to a Golden Gloves sub-novice division championship his first year in Golden Gloves. I like the influence that Don Kaecher has on my sons' characters. He is an excellent role model and an absolute virtuoso at motivating them to higher levels of performance. My youngest son (14yrs old) started training with Don a couple of years ago when his older brothers' training slot opened up due to their overseas studies. He was a newcomer to junior wrestling and getting his butt kicked on a regular basis. Thanks to Don's coaching and instruction outside of regular team practices my son has advanced quickly. He is still getting beat by boys with 5 and 6 years of wrestling experience, but not for much longer. He is catching up fast, and I wouldn't describe him as a gifted athlete. He is also progressing in jujitsu and more importantly in Self-Confidence. It is my hope that Don will be in his corner when he makes his debut into Golden Gloves this coming spring. In short my boys are better men, not only better fighters because of Don.

    Shauna Swim Lessons
    from 2 reviews
    • 3 hires on Thumbtack
    Susan W.
    Verified review

    Shauna is great with out 14 year old daughter. She is patient, flexible, positive and encouraging. We are continuing lessons with progress every lesson.

    • 3 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack

    Learn to swim, systematically! I am professionally trained in a proven effective individualized method approach. State of the art, fun lessons.. packages or single lessons for all ages. Focus on adult learners, fitness swimmers and triathletes. I will conduct a video analysis of your stroke to help you see where improvement is needed.


    I teach swimming lessons to children of all ages and levels. I also coach swim teams, from age group YMCA teams to division 1 college programs.


    We teach swimming lessons to kids from 2 years old through adults and grandparents. We have been teaching for 10 years. Also, one of our instructors is getting her degree in fitness and needs training hours. Because she is not yet certified and needs hours, she is extremely cheap. We also have an instructor with 13 years of pre-professional ballet experience if anyone is interested in gaining ballet/dance knowledge or needs help with their flexibility.


    I am a certified PE/health teacher and swim instructor. I am also a certified CPR/first aid instructor and fitness instructor.

    • 1 hire on Thumbtack

    I have over 10 years of competitive swimming experience and have worked as a swim coach, swim instructor, and lifeguard for almost 10 years. I provide swim instruction at all levels - from the beginner to elite competitive swimmer!

    • 11 years in business

    As trainer for nearly 9 years, my goal is simply to help you be the healthiest, happiest you possible. I train my clients to be strong, functional, and free of imbalances. I also help with nutritional counseling, stress management, and corrective exercise. I don't just train you to be able to push harder, I train you to move more efficiently. I've trained clients ranging from stay at home moms, to elite athletes, and everything in between. Let me help you move effectively, efficiently, and with purpose.


    I was a division 1 swimmer, and I began swimming when I was 8 years old. I love the sport, and I take great joy out of passing along all of my lessons to my students. I can teach kids who are just learning how to tread water, all the way up to the most advanced technique and race strategies.


    We teach for safety, health, fun and fitness. We focus on the fundamentals and the mechanics of competitive swimming.

    • 9 years in business

    SongerSwim is a group of individual instructors offering private swim lessons across America. Contact SongerSwim, and we will open a new location in your area. There are plenty of pools with plenty of swimmers and lifeguards ready to teach your kids! Locations are not represented by pools or facilities. Instead, they are represented by a single instructor.

    • 1 hire on Thumbtack

    I teach/train all levels of swimmers. I will and can also help you train for the triathlon. I can help you build up the confidence and endurance to be a stronger swimmer.


    I have taught swim lessons for 6 years and was a competitive swimmer for 13 years


    Whether you are a brand new swimmer working on overcoming a fear of the water or an experienced swimmer aiming to improve stroke technique or speed, Swim Lessons with Myriah will be designed specifically to your needs. I offer private or semi-private lessons for all ages (my clientele ages range from 6 months to adult) that are focused on the goals of my clients. I am a certified water safety instructor (American Red Cross), certified lifeguard (American Red Cross), and CPR/first aid trained. I love to swim and love teaching others the skills needed to become confident and competent in the water!


    I teach children and adults how to swim, so they can enjoy the water during the summer months and feel safe while in the water.

    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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