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  • 14 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Megan D.
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Miss Karla is ah-maaaaazing!!!!! We had her to our pool for private lessons the summer of 2015. She took my opinionated 3 year old and his shy best friend to new levels of comfortable and confident in the pool. Her patience and personality were the perfect match. Her passion for the water and water safety is obvious and she has great knowledge to share. She always came prepared with a game plan to get the kids engaged and comfortable in the water, while learning new swimming techniques. Her games and songs can be implemented by parents to continue the experience in the water after her lessons. I can't recommend her enough!!! We LOVED our summer with Miss Karla and were amazed at the growth we saw in the kids. Her dedication is unmatched!!!

Action Reality Martial Arts
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 9 years in business
Jon S.
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I met TJ as he was growing his New Jersey based training program. Prior to this, I had practiced Aikido (Kokikai) for several years and Kung Fu (North Dragon - Lung Jop Pai) for a couple of years. I had also been a fan of Bruce Lee since the 1970's, and the opportunity to talk to somebody about Jeet Kune Do instantly caught my attention. So many martial arts instructors are, to put it politely, hacks. The average store front "martial arts" studio seems to specialize in mediocre training geared primarily towards kids who will only be there a couple of years, and those who expect to be guaranteed a black belt in exchange for 3 years of lessons and a few thousand dollars;we refer to these as "McMartial Arts" studios. I had seen way too many of these, with "sensei's" claiming to be Grand Masters from distant exotic lands, so I have a tendency to view any self-proclaimed martial arts instructor with "open minded skepticism". While I've never been good enough to indulge in "dojo storming", I will politely wait to be impressed before assuming an instructor is good. TJ Miller blew that skepticism out of the water quickly -- and consistently. He's the real deal, in a very big way. Working out with TJ, I finally learned what Jeet Kune Do is really all about. You can start to glean it from Bruce Lee's writings if you're patient and persistent. But to really "get it", you have to "do it" with someone who's already there. My initial training with TJ was in small adult groups of 3 to 5 initially. His approach was excellent. We focused on basics to start, beginning simply with learning how to fall. As Alfred says to Bruce Wayne in Batman, "Why do we fall, sir? So we can learn to get up." We learned basic punches and kicks, as most people have no clue that a good punch is 80% body and 20% arm. We started stationary with heavy bags until we could actually fall, punch and kick effectively, though still very much beginners. Then we starting moving around, working with TJ and also pairing up with others, alternately holding practice mitts and pads for each other. Trying to throw a punch or kick at a moving target is a somewhat shocking revelation if you've never done it before, and a bit embarrassing when you first try. Now that we were moving, TJ started to really emphasize this, the various ranges that Jeet Kune Do focuses on - weapons, kicking, punching, close-in (knees, elbows, head), grappling and the idea of controlling distance, and controlling the encounter. This evolved into developing an understanding of keeping a distance until you're ready to engage, and knowing when to close and escalate. We worked with a single "attacker", and then with two and three attacker, learning once again how to control our position relative to them so we could selectively encounter one at a time, and use them against each other. As quickly as we digested his lessons, he started including more styles that are traditonally taught with JKD, such as Wing Chun, Kali/Escrima, Silat, Muai Thai, Savate, Dumog and Jujitsu. We spent quite a bit of time on trapping, and blending and transitioning from technique to technique, across styles. The emphasis was always on establishing our "tools" to the point where we could apply whatever was most effective in any given situation - much more important than rote forms. Of course, the ideal would be to practice enough so that the reaction and application of techniques would be instant, requiring no thought and conscious selection -- but that takes years to develop. At one point, I was training twice a week with TJ in the dojo, and had the luxury and privilege of having him come to my home once a week for private training. During these sessions, we focused primarily on the heavy bag - my form, speed, endurance, combinations - with TJ emphasizing the need for repetition and consistent effort. When the weather permitted, we'd work out on my driveway or in the backyard with the Kali sticks -- one of my favorite parts of practice. TJ's skills are, in a word, superb, both as a practitioner and a trainer. I've been incredibly impressed with his mastery of each of the styles from which he demonstrated and trained us in technique, and even more so in his ability to truly keep them as part of his "toolkit" from which to draw, instantly and seamlessly, as needed in a combat situation. I practiced with TJ for several years, as did my teenage son and daughter, and only stopped when he relocated out of state. I would start up again in a heartbeat if logistics permitted. Beyond being a world class Jeet Kune Do trainer, in both group and private settings, TJ is a philosopher perhaps in the tradition of the best practitioners like Bruce Lee and Morihei Ueshiba, something you learn gradually over years of practice with him. All in all, TJ is a unique and superb martial arts practitioner and trainer, and it's a rare privilege to learn from, practice with - and be able to call someone this special your friend.

Atim's swim lessons
5.0
from 1 review
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Angela M.
Verified review

My daughter really connected well with her and loved the 1st lesson and can't wait to go to her next lesson. She's very patient and a great instructor!!!

  • 16 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Janine W.
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Private competitive swim lessons with Kyle was a great success! My daughter cut 5 seconds off her time and she got more confidence with his coaching! Def recommend!

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I have a lot of experience as I have been swimming competively ever since I was 6 years old. I also currently teach swim lessons and I am also a lifeguard.

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We plan the lesson together , many teachers plan the class ahead to save time. I believe that two minds can solve a problem quicker than one

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More than 30 years teaching fearful adults and children of all abilities how to swim. Swim coach for more than 15 years and can work with all competitive levels. Experienced Triathlon swim coach.

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I'm a lifelong swimmer, I swam on Parklands Swim team for several years and taught swim lessons in high school as well as for some friends training in a triathlon.

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200HR RYT specializing in vinyasa flow and hatha yoga. Also available for swim training for triathlons & personal training.

  • 7 years in business
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My goal is to make sure every client is fully secure and safe in the water. I would teach the fundamentals of how to enter the water, breathing techniques, strokes and how to survive. I will make them comfortable and at ease in the water where they will one day experience the joy of swimming.

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Personal in water swim instruction catered to the individual skills. Decades of experience. From fearful beginners to elite level competitors all students improve.

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NCAA D1 Swimmer & NBAC National Team experience. (Coached and trained by Bob Bowman, Michael Phelps, and Katie Hoff)

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I offer private and group swimming lessons for infants to seniors and beginners to experts. I am a competitive swimmer certified as a swimming instructor and a water safety instructor (WSI) through the American Red Cross, where I have taught for several years. I have 20 years of swimming experience and 8 years of teaching experience.

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I am an independent swimming lesson instructor with 5 years of experience. I travel to homes and apartment complexes to give individual, semiprivate and group lessons. My main focus is making children become comfortable in the pool and teaching how swimming can be a lifelong exercise. My approach is serious yet fun. It will want kids beg for more lessons!

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As a recent Cornell pre-med graduate majoring in biology, I have extensive experience tutoring and teaching students of a variety of ages (4-20) in all subjects including math (algebra, pre-calculus, calculus, geometry, trigonometry, statistics, etc), ELA, and science (chemistry, physics, biology). As the Cornell Global Health Program Assistant, I also have extensive experience with administrative duties, including word processing, data entry, presentation creation, and calendar management. Through numerous professional and leadership positions, including Cornell’s Global Health Program Student Assistant, College of Human Ecology Student Ambassador, and Philanthropy Chair of my sorority, I've honed my ability to manage concurrent deadlines, prioritize tasks, and communicate effectively with supervisors and co-workers.

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Swim-in Zone is a family-owned swimming academy. We specialize in swim lessons for babies, toddlers and school age children, but we also offer novice swim lessons for adults in our 87 degree indoor-heated pool. Safety is a huge focus in our Red Cross curriculum. Our lessons are offered year round and grouped in sessions which roughly correspond with the seasons and school year. We offer swimming lessons from 9am-8pm, Monday-Thursday; 9am-6:30pm on Friday; 8:30am-1pm on Saturday and 12:30pm-3:30pm on Sunday. Our teachers are well-trained professionals with a passion for swimming and children. Even Nemo, the clownfish, went to swim school!

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I have more than 20 years of experience in aquatic sports and massage therapy. Including working with Olympic athletes.

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I teach 6-month-old to 6-year-old kids independent swimming and self-rescue. Each lesson is individualized for the child.

  • 8 years in business
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With over 35 years of Swimming and Fitness Coaching Experience

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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Learn to swim in your pool or mine. I teach students of all ages and have 30 years of experience teaching people to swim, from babies to seniors.

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I was a competitive swimmer for over 14 years. Swam through through college and was caption my senior year.

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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