Lessons

SEASTARS Aquatics offers four instruction levels to help children benefit from water safety. Private and Semi-private Swimming Lessons are available. All ages and abilities welcome!

 

Lessons are 30 minutes in duration Monday – Thursday, with Friday as the make up day (if needed). Our lesson environment is a fear free, success driven place for children to learn and excel in the water.

 


 

Instruction levels:

 

  • Water Adjustment Children learn how to have fun, play with others in the pool, and work with an instructor.
  • Primary Skills Learn to float horizontal, breath, and basic front crawl and backstroke.
  • Stroke Development Refining front crawl, backstroke, and learning breaststroke and butterfly.
  • Stroke Refinement Achieving maximum propulsion in desired stroke(s) utilizing video taping and feedback sessions.

 


 

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Private
1 Swimmer per Instructor
$125 for 4 Lessons
Semi-Private
2 Swimmers per Instructor
$62.50 for 4 Lessons (per Child)
Home Pool
(1-2 Students)
$200 for 4 Lessons

Please contact  our director, Debbie Taylor, for more information at (850) 418-0644 or at purplehaze33310@gmail.com. We also provide customized group water experience

Our lessons are scheduled and priced by the Session. Each Session includes four half-hour lessons and each full Session is $125.00. These lessons are done at the Salvation Army pool located on ​1501 N. Q. Street​.

For Home Pool lessons the fee for each full Session is $200.00. Home pool lessons don’t generally begin until the weather is consistently above the mid 70’s. The prices are the same for both Private lessons ( one client per instructor) and Semi-Private lessons (two clients per instructor). You are paying for the time in the water, not per client. We don’t offer group instruction. Payment for each Session of four lessons is due the first day of lessons and can be paid by cash or a check made out to Seastars.

We understand that there may be a need for you to cancel a lesson at sometime. We just ask that you give us at least two hours notice before the lesson is to begin. If a cancellation is made after the two hour deadline we will have to charge for that day’s lesson. Most cancellations or reschedules should go through me but if you have to cancel a lesson the day a lesson is to begin you should contact your swim instructor. You may not be able to get me right away and the instructor will need to know not to expect you.

Semi-private lessons are setup for those coming to us with two students already. For example, siblings, cousins, or friends that would like to share the Session together. We​ don’t have students waiting to be paired up with another for these lessons. Home pool lessons would depend on where you are located. Our instructors only travel in the Pensacola area and in parts of Gulf Breeze. Mostly in the Gulf Breeze Proper area. We do have a couple of instructors doing home pool lessons at this time. Times for Home Pool lessons are in the morning hours in the time slots between 8:30 am to 10:30 am.

We schedule lessons Mondays through Thursdays and we leave Fridays open for any makeup lessons we may need to do because of bad weather or pool issues that may arise. Times vary from 10:00 am – 4:30 pm each day depending on remaining availability. We do not offer evening or weekend lessons since our instructors also coach our swim team from 5:00-7:00 pm each evening and swim meets many of the weekends.

Most of our clients like to spread the Session of four lessons over a two week period doing two lessons per week. We also have clients that do only one lesson per week. Many of our clients like to keep the lessons running indefinitely until they tell me to take them off the schedule. This is done to insure future weeks will have their times and days still available if they decide to keep going after the first Session. There is no obligation to pay for these future Sessions ahead of time. Payment is only needed on the first day of each new Session of four lessons. It is simply done to hold the days and times for you so future weeks don’t get booked by another client thus leaving you having to chose another time or day or both time and day. However you chose to schedule is fine with us.

Once lessons are scheduled, all the swimmers will need are a bathing suit and a towel. The instructor will have everything else needed for the lessons.

Swim Team Information:

We have two parts to our swim team. Our Special Needs kids that practice on Mondays and Wednesday and also our Mainstream kids that practice Mondays through Fridays. They each have separate requirements to be able to join the team. To be part of the Special Needs group the child needs to have a documented physical need of some kind. For example, Autism, Downs Syndrome, or other disability. They also need to be able to swim 25 yards without stopping and without touching the bottom or sides of the pool.

To be part of our Mainstream group the child needs to be part of the Free or Reduced Lunch program at school and also be able to swim 25 yards across the pool.

If your child meets one of the group requirements you can bring him in any Wednesday at 4:45 pm for a swim test. No appointment is needed. Just come in any Wednesday ready to test. One of the coaches at the pool will give the swim test. We practice at the Salvation Army pool located at 1501 Nth Q. Street which is off of Pace Blvd.

Once the swim test is passed they are on the team. There is no charge to be part of the team and after two weeks of coming to practices they will receive their first swimsuit, goggles, swim cap, and t-shirt for free. 

SEASTARS has an incentive program that allows the swimmers to earn points that they can use towards additional swim gear as they need it. We have two separate teams that practice with different schedules.

Our ​Special Needs team​practices on Mondays and Wednesdays. They have three different times for practice depending on which group the swimmer is placed with. Those times are 3:30, 4:00, or 4:30.

Our ​Financial Needs team​meets Monday-Friday. Beginners practice 5:00-6:15 and our advanced team practice 5:00-7:00.

Way to earn points are attendance, sportsmanship, meeting swim goals, and community service done approximately once a month. Examples of Community Service are manning water booths for local marathons or manning tables at Earth Day.

To participate in swim meets that we have throughout the year the swimmer must attend at least two practices per week.

Coaches

There is one full time staff and 4 part time employees for SEASTARS Aquatics in 2012. All Staff are certified coaches through USA Swimming and have passed a backgroud check, and are certified in CPR, First aid, Lifeguarding, and Safety Training for Swim Coaches. They have all completed The Foundations of Coaching level 1 test through ASCA ( The American Swim Coaches Association).

Robin Heller

Robin Heller- Head Coach and Special Needs Swim Lesson Instructor, is a professional swimming coach with a degree in Psychology from Florida State University. She has been a part of the swimming community since 1985. Coach Robin spent 3 years coaching with GPAC (Greater Pensacola Aquatic Club) where she headed the Summer League Swim Team and coached the 12 and under Age Group. She coached with ATAC (Area Tallahassee Aquatic Club) for 4 years, where she coached all age groups including the High School Developmental Program and the Pre-Senior Group. Coach Robin also coached the Leon High School swim team and their State winning breaststroker. She is a life memeber of The American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) and is a certified level 3 Age Group Coach, Level 1-5 Disability Coach. She is also certified in Teaching age group developmental sports psychology and Dryland Training through ASCA. Coach Robin was honored to be in The USA Swimming Fellows Class in 2007. She currently Coached SEASTARS Special Needs Groups and is the Head Coach and co-founder of SEASTARS Aquatics. She also serves on Southeastern Swimmings Board of Directors and hold the Adaptive Chair. 

Chaz Heller

Chaz is a professional swimming coach with a degree from Tallahassee Community College and FSU . He has been a part of the swim coaching community since 1994. He coached the Leon County Special Olympics Swim Team for 2 years and coached with the ATAC swim team for 6 years. At ATAC he was the Assistant Coach and headed the High School Developmental Program, the Masters Program and the Special Needs Program. Chaz also coached the Lincoln High School Swim Team for two years. At Lincoln he was the Big Bend Coach of the Year. Most recently, he was the Assistant Coach at Florida A & M University for 2 years. In 2010 Coach Chaz became Captian Chaz and started a Charter Fishing Business. Visit his website at www.hellerhighwatercharters.com

Marissa Agerton 

Marissa Agerton started swimming as part of SEASTARS when she was twelve years old. It was the only sport she stuck with after trying cheerleading, soccer, and softball because it was the only year-round program and it provided a low-impact exercise. After graduating from high school in 2016 she became a swim instructor doing swim lessons for SEASTARS and in the summer of 2017 she started working as the intermediate coach for the team. Marissa received her A.A. in Studio Art from Pensacola State College and Agerton_Marissa (3).jpg working to obtain her B.A. in Art History from the University of West Florida. With her experience from SEASTARS Marissa has realized how much she enjoys working with and educating children. She hopes to become a curator of education at a museum once she graduates so she can continue to help children learn.

AJ Lee

Hey, my name is Aj Lee I’m currently 20 yrs old. I started swimming in for Warrington  Middle School in 7th grade. That’s how I learned about SEASTARS. I began swimming for coach Robin then. I have lifeguarded at Hunter Pool, Roger Scott and The YMCA. l was the lifeguard for The Salvation Army and I’ve been doing lessons since 2018 and honestly it’s becoming easier. I over saw the Free Swim Lesson program for the Salvation Army Campers and I currently coach the Novice Group, have a good day

Will Walden

My name is Will Walden, I learned to swim at the age of 3 and have been swimming competitively since the age of 5. I swam 3 years for Gulf Breeze High School and was honored to be the captain for my senior year. I also work as a Pensacola Beach lifeguard and have the opportunity to protect and educate beachgoers. I started coaching with SEASTARS in the summer of 2018 and have enjoyed every moment since!

Juliette Lysek

My name is Juliette Lysek i’m 15 years old and I’m currently a sophomore at Booker T. Washington High School. I’ve been swimming for 11 years, 9 of those years for local summer swimming leagues in the Pensacola area. Through swimming I’ve made friends from all over Northwest Florida. I’m excited I have the opportunity to be working with Seastars Aquatics, under coach Robin as a volunteer! Go seastars! 

Anthony Penzone

My name is Anthony Penzone, and I am 17 years old I have been on the Seastars swim team for six years, I am volunteering to help out at the 3:30, 4:00, 4:30 Special needs groups on Mondays and Wednesdays. I go to high school at Pensacola School of Liberal Arts. Other than swimming, I enjoy playing video games, listening to music, and art.

Debbie Taylor – Lesson Coordinator/Data Specialist

I first became part of SEASTARS as a swim mom in the summer of 2006. My son Clay Taylor joined SEASTARS barely being able to swim across the pool. In his 9 years as part of the team he went on to become an excellent swimmer and earned many achievements along with going to Southeastern’s SwimmingChampionships in Tennessee and then later making it to the State Championships with his high school. Clay could never have done this had he not joined SEASTARS. A couple of years after Clay joined SEASTARS I was approached with the opportunity to take over the Lesson Coordinator job. I have been doing this as a part-time job for about 10 years now. The job has evolved into doing some date work as well.

I am also a Substitute Teacher for the Escambia County School System. I do all of my subbing at NB Cook Elementary and work almost everyday. Because of this, I answer most of my calls, texts, or emails in the later afternoon and evening hours. Email is the optimum way to communicate with me and receive swim lesson information. My email address is purplehaze33310@gmail.com .

Salvation Army Pool

We use the Salvation Army Community Center Aquatics center for all programs. The facility is located at 1501 North Q Street Pensacola Fl 32505. In the Summer SEASTARS advanced swimmers provide free swimming lessons to Salvation Army Campers to help “give back” to The Salvation Army for their kindness in letting us use their facility.

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