Gold Medal Swim School 2017 Policies and Procedures

We ask for common courtesy and respect among all clients when at the Gold Medal Swim School.

Please be courteous and follow these guidelines:

  • DRESSING ROOM: Only place your belongings in a dressing room stall when your swimmer is physically in the stall ready to change. Do not leave belongings unattended in the stalls.

  • NO STROLLERS ON DECK: For the safety of everyone, strollers are not permitted on the deck

  • SHOWERING: Please keep showers to a minimum; Swimsuits must remain on.

  • UNLIMITED SWIM: Our FREE Unlimited Swim program is offered year-round and provides students the opportunity to take additional classes at no extra charge. We offer Unlimited Swim because we believe consistency is the best way to advance swimming skills. In order to participate, students must be currently enrolled in either the Baby &Me, Learn to Swim (Starfish, Seahorse, Dolphin, Seal, Stingray), or Adult programs. Effective February 3, 2017, Unlimited Swim class requests will be accepted only by using the web submission form located on our website as phone calls and walk-in requests will not be considered. Unlimited Swim requests are for same-day bookings only. Limit: One class per day.

  • FREE INSTRUCTOR-IN-TRAINING CLASSES: Throughout the year, we offer free Instructor-in-Training classes for currently enrolled students. There is limited space available for theses classes so once a student is booked, his/her attendance will ensure the success of future classes with GMSS instructors. There are no makeups and no monetary value for Instructor-in-Training classes. These teachers have already completed 40 hours of training. Many of the Instructor-in-Training classes are private and semi-private lessons!

  • REFERRALS: Refer a friend and earn a $15 account credit (per referred family)

  • 14-DAY NOTICE FOR CLASS CANCELLATION: We require a written 14-day notice to cancel classes

  • VIDEO RECORDING: We record all swimming sessions for quality control purposes.


  • 2017 CLOSURE DATES: Jan 1, March 29-31, April 1 & 16, May 29-31, June 1, July 4, September 4 & 29-30, October 1 & 31, November 22-23, December 22-25

  • 2017 ANNUAL INSURANCE FEE: Annual registration fees for continuing students are automatically charged in February or upon initial registration for new and returning students. The fee is $30.00 for the first child, $10.00 for the second child, with a family maximum of $40.00. Registered students receive a FREE T-shirt or Swim Diaper upon enrollment.

  • 2017 MAKE-UP LESSON POLICY: We offer a generous make-up policy. We need your support to make it work for all. Please call (480) 961-7946 or use the class absence form located on our website: Class Absence Form anytime before 9:00 AM on the day of your child’s regularly scheduled class to report an absence and you will receive a makeup class. Make-ups are good for one calendar year from the date the class is missed. Students must be currently enrolled to schedule makeups. Make-up classes may be scheduled up to 7 days in advance. Once a make-up is scheduled, it may not be changed or rebooked, as make-ups hold no cash value. Swim Teams (Summer Teams and Levels 1, 2, & 3) and Olympic Development classes are not eligible for make-up bookings due to limited class space. Make-ups cannot be used to extend enrollment past a cancellation date.


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Gold Medal Swim School is built on a unique foundation of core values. It begins with Baby & Me families and swimmers and resonates through the competitive programs. Swimming is not a complicated sport. The basic fundamentals can be reinforced through positive and creative drills that allow each swimmer to increase self-awareness as an athlete. The GMSS core values are Safety, Air Regulation, Relaxation, Body Position, and Propulsion.

Safety: We are committed to the highest level of safety for all who enter the doors of Gold Medal Swim School. All Gold Medal families recognize the importance of swim lessons as the most important layer in water safety.

Every program at Gold Medal Swim School starts with “Sit, Listen, & Wait” – where every student waits to be invited into the pool. This concept is reinforced with every student in every class. Our goal is to teach swimmers to never go swimming in a pool without an adult. We want to avoid a potential drowning by teaching our students to avoid being unsupervised in the water in the first place. In the case that a swimmer does accidentally fall in the water, our goal is to equip them with as many life-saving skills as possible.

Starfish students learn the Turnaround Survival Sequence; every class they are quizzed on what to do if they fall into the pool and then practice doing just that! A graduating Starfish performs the Turnaround Survival Sequence while wearing clothes and shoes.

“Rolling to the back” starts in the beginning levels as well and is carried through into competitive swimming, as rolling to the back then becomes side-breathing.

Our Seahorse graduates perform a “Survival Jump,” where they jump in fully clothed with shoes, roll on their back, and kick to the far side of the pool. This is a milestone event that is cheered pool-wide while the student swims!”

Air Regulation: Consistent exchange of air primarily through the mouth, by exhaling under water (blowing bubbles) and inhaling above the water. There should be no double breath while the head is above the water.

Relaxation: Relaxation is developed by water exploration, proper air regulation, and water confidence. A relaxed swimmer will be able to think more quickly in a survival situation; add skills more quickly; and swim longer, farther, and faster.

Body Position: Body Position is the swimmer's platform from which all strokes emerge. A tall body line helps reduce drag and puts the swimmer in the best position to not only survive but be as fast as possible.

Propulsion: Propulsion is speed, built from the legs up and increasing in efficiency as the other Core Values are strengthened.

Arms are added as the final component after a swimmer has mastered the five core values;safety, proper air regulation, true relaxation, correct body position and strong kicks.

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Swim Lessons

(3 months to 3 years)

Starfish Level
(2+, All welcome)

Seahorse Level
(Starfish graduate)

Dolphin Level
(Seahorse graduate)

Seal Level
(Dolphin graduate)

Stingray Level
(Seal graduate)

Swim Team

Swim Team Level 1
(6+, Stingray graduate)

Swim Team Level 2
(Coaches approval)

Swim Team Level 3
(Coaches approval)

High School Prep
(Coaches approval)

Olympic Development
(Seal through Swim Team)

Adult Swim

(13+, all welcome)