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    Tom Dolan Swim School helps swimmers of all ages be more confident, safe and competent in the water. We opened our doors in 2012 (with a second Northern Virginia location opening in early 2019!), and we’ve had the joy of watching our students learn and grow over the years.

    If you’re thinking of enrolling your children in swim lessons in the new year, TDSS is the perfect place to build water safety and foundational swimming skills. But don’t just take our word for it; here’s what some of our happy customers love about the school.

    Positive Learning Environment

    We keep our classes small – around four or five students in each group – to make sure each child receives personal attention. Our systemized learn-to-swim curriculum starts with the fundamentals and builds new skills gradually over time.

    “We LOVE this swim school! In the time we have been here, my daughter has gone from us being in the pool together for Water Babies class, to her independently swimming the backstroke across the length of the pool at the Seal level.” – Holly G.

    “We love Tom Dolan and the instructors we’ve had. My oldest has a beautiful stroke and my younger two have learned water safety skills and continue to develop their strokes. All three of my kids are confident in the water and know how to be safe because of Tom Dolan swim school.” – Jennifer D.

    “My 3 kids started swimming at Tom Dolan about a year ago. It’s amazing to see how far they have come in a year! I felt so much more confident with them swimming this summer knowing what they have learned. The teachers are amazing too! I would recommend Tom Dolan swim school to anyone from 3 months old all the way up!” – Dawn H.

    “TDSS has been fantastic to work with in teaching our 4 yr old to swim. They have been very accommodating for his vision needs and go out of their way to make sure he is safe, happy and learning to swim. Additionally, as a parent of an older club swimmer, I have been very pleased with the TDSS techniques for teaching not only a love for the water but also the proper swimming techniques for a life long adventure.” – Michelle B.

    Comfortable Facility

    Our spacious facility features custom-built pools designed specifically for learning to swim. Each pool has a maximum depth of 4 feet, and the water temperature is kept between 89 and 91 degrees all year round. The school has plenty of room for families, providing family changing areas and a parent and sibling viewing room.

    “We love Tom Dolan Swim School. The facility is so nice and clean. The pool is always warm, and shallow enough for small kids to touch the bottom. There is a parent viewing area and lots of changing rooms. We started with the swim camps last summer. My son would not even get in the water the first day. By the end of the week, he was putting his head under water. I currently have 2 kids enrolled. They have made great strides in swimming. They love coming to Tom Dolan. They have great instructors and look forward to their lessons. I would highly recommend!” – Sarah P.

    “I have 3 kids who have been taking classes here for the last 4 years & I have had nothing but good experiences. From the front desk staff to the teachers to the managers. Everyone is friendly, professional & goes out of their way to make sure my kiddos are getting the most out off their lessons. The facility is always clean & the heated pool just can’t be beat for comfort in the winter months. There is always attention to questions or concerns & regular feedback on their progress. I know they are getting the skills & safety knowledge they need to be competent swimmers for life at TDSS.” – Kati A.

    ‘We have tried other NOVA schools and nothing compares. The facility is phenomenal, but we keep coming back for the incredible staff and amazing lessons. They really care about your kid.” – Briana M. C.

    Caring & Professional Staff

    Every team member at Tom Dolan Swim School, from the front desk staff to the swim instructors, cares deeply about our students. We keep high standards for our staff, and we’re proud to meet and surpass them.

     “I Love it!! Staff is so nice. My 3 year old was having a hard time for the first two classes and the instructor was so patient and supportive.” – Beatriz M.

    “I cannot rave enough about this school. My kids have been going for about a year and they absolutely love going swimming. They are calm and loving with my 4 year old and Miss Athena is magic with my 2 year old. LOVE LOVE LOVE.” – Diana T.

    “I’ve been taking my two girls here for several months now. The instructors are amazing and the atmosphere is welcoming and family oriented. My youngest (one and half) hated swimming at first but a few weeks into being here and she’s jumping into the water and holding her breath like a champ. My eldest (3 years) is learning so fast and can’t wait to go swimming and practices her swimming skills at home all the time. Love it here!!!” – Diana G.

    “I just wanted to drop a quick review on how awesome TDSS is. Our son has been going there for 1 1/2 years now and it has always been a wonderful experience. The swim instructors are fantastic and Alicia at the front desk is the best. She is always smiling and super helpful. She is always quick to help me when we need it whether it’s to schedule a makeup or provide info about the school. Thanks Alicia for always being awesome.” – Jon M.

    Interested in signing up for swim classes at TDSS? Find the right class level, and register online.

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