The Swim Whisperer - Swim Lessons For All

The Swim Whisperer - Swim Lessons For All

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About this pro

The Swim Whisperer-- Learn to swim - tame your fear of water or tame your stroke with the swim whisperer. Swim easier and longer distances with the (TI) --Total Immersion way. Great for triathlete training even if you are a beginner triathlete. Learn to confidently swim nearly any distance in nearly any body of water. Swim lessons for Children and Adults of all ages from non-swimmer through Olympic distance triathlete swim training techniques. Teaching Self Rescue techniques for infants and toddlers. I will travel to home, apartment, condo or community pools year round. -- Prices -- 4-30min private lessons $400. -- 8-30min private lessons $680. -- 4-30min semi-private lessons $540. -- 8-30min semi-private lessons $890. -- lesson fees include pool access fees for scheduled lesson time at Yorktown HS Pool & Washington-Lee HS Pool in Arlington, VA. References available upon request. Lesson packages expire 3 months from date of purchase. Note: 48 hour notice required for cancellation or rescheduling a lesson to avoid being charged for the missed lesson. There are no refunds on lesson packages. Swim lessons- at Arlington county Virginia pools year round. --SUMMER 2019-- I will travel to your pool. I will teach at your condo, apartment, backyard, and community pool. Book early in February for summer lessons in 2019.

See my students learned skills:

Student Baby K's self rescue skills at 7mo. old

2yr old twin students - demonstrating they have learned

their self-rescue skills after being unexpectedly tossed into the pool fully clothed.

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I love to see students learn to swim and better their lives.

Swimming is a life skill and can be enjoyed by the young and old alike.

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Arlington, VA 22207
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  • Robyn Rhodes

    Liz is awesome!!! She is very patient & knowledgeable. I learned more in 2 classes than I did with 30 years of group classes that I could never complete. She is the best, so glad to have her as an instructor.

  • Maria Richards

    My child is now on winter swim team thanks to Liz. She was able to pull his swim level up to par for our winter swim team in Arlington. Liz has patience and knowledge of how to teach faster and build a child’s endurance. My child was struggling with correct swim strokes and could not make it 25 meters to the end of a lane. Thank you Liz for showing him how to be successful!

  • Simone Bhulli

    I am very grateful to have found Liz. I had tried 4 instructors in the area without success. Liz had my child and her friend swimming in 4 lessons. We have had so much fun watching the children develop and build more confidence each lesson. With challenging but fun lessons my child can’t wait for lesson day. They have learned safety skills and are now working on swimming strokes with real technique. I am so impressed with the patience and knowledge Liz possesses.

  • Patricia Offett

    I never really learned how to swim as a child. I really wanted to do a triathlon but my swimming skills were very weak. I could not even swim one length of a 25meter pool without having to stop and rest at the end. I signed up for lessons with Liz in May and have learned so much about balance, what propels your body thru the water (it’s not your kick btw). How and when to take a breath and it all added to a wonderful evolution of my freestyle. I will be ready for my triathlon in September. Liz has a lot of patience and a teaching style like no other. I highly recommend her classes and endurance training.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Gaining a trust relationship is crucial between student and instructor for optimal learning.

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

Twenty plus years in an Aquatics environment and teaching life skills around water as well as teaching easy swimming techniques and the ability to analyze a students stroke and make more efficient using less effort to moving faster through the water.

Self-Rescue skills taught to children under 2yrs-10yrs for their safety in and around water.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

I have swim lesson package for private, semi-private and Tri-private lessons. Group lessons pricing for small groups -upon request 

How did you get started teaching?

I have always loved teaching. Years ago after lifeguarding for years I started giving people swim tips and tricks to make the water more enjoyable for them. As an Aquatic director, I ran many swim programs for swim clubs. Specializing is self-rescue skills for the very young many children are safer in their backyard and community pools. Teaching adults to be more efficient swimmers with better balance and using less effort to swim faster and farther in any type of water has given triathletes a big advantage in the swimming leg of their events.

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with many children and adults who have not done well in group class situations. I have taught students with challenges with hearing, listening, and physical skills. My students range from 7 weeks old to 99 years and all levels of swimming, from fearful of being in the water to students who have qualified for the Junior Olympics. Adults I have taught from non-swimmers to triathlete champions.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Recently, I worked with twins at their home where they had a backyard pool. Parents were impressed when one day I threw their kids into the pool fully clothed as a surprise  to see if they had learned their self-rescue skills.

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What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Look for a teacher who your child can relate to and can trust. You should try a small group of no more than 4 children but if you find learning is too slow or want to get a jump start, find a private instructor who can teach in a positive an calm manner and progress your child at a comfortable level for your individual child. Adults should consider someone who is patient and can analyze your current swim style and evolve to an efficient technique conserving energy.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Make sure you are honest with the teacher up front. If you know your child has a challenge or a bad past swimming experience, tell the instructor upfront. A good instructor will  take on a challenge since there are different ways to teach depending on your child as an individual. Not being up front is unfair to your child and the instructor. Let the instructor teach without parental interfearence and let your child enjoy the journey of learning to swim.

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