Private Lessons

Private Lessons are an excellent opportunity to maximize our students time in the pool. Children experience tremendous results when they have a class to themselves and swim the entire time! We will hone in on muscle memory, skill retention and the fundamentals of the strokes in their class!


Group Lessons

Group Lessons have been discontinued due to Covid 19.

Our Swim Program

  • One on one lessons starting at 18 months old
  • Private or  Semi Private lessons
  • Teacher/Student ratio ranging from 2:1 to 1:1
  • Weekly recurring lessons year round


Weekly Classes

Weekly recurring group and/or private lessons are available to all students. Students will be placed in classes according to the stage they are in. Students can enroll in as many weekly classes as they wish, whether group or private.

Safety & Progress

Through patience and praise, we promote safety and progress by utilizing proven techniques that not only build trust but are exciting and fun.

Our Philosophy

Our philosophy is simple: Our primary goal is to create, promote and maintain a safe, positive environment where your child will learn and thrive. Because we love what we do and have fun teaching lessons, students look forward to their classes and attain positive qualities and attributes that will last a lifetime!

Welcome to Shipman Swim School!

Welcome to Shipman Swim School, where your child will learn to swim in a fun, safe, positive environment. Each swim lesson is designed to meet the specific needs of the student. Our Head Instructor, Stacy Shipman, has over 20 years of success teaching children how to swim. All of our Instructors are trained by Stacy and teach our Swim Curriculum. From an 18 month old that has never been in the water to an avid pre-teen swimmer, we offer swim lessons that will meet our student exactly at the point of their need.


You can register for swim lessons by clicking the Swim Class Schedule page and clicking register on the class you would like to enroll in. If you have any questions in advance of registering please do not hesitate to contact us. We will ask you a few questions about your child’s swim experience in order to get an accurate portrait of their specific needs. If your child is 3 or younger, an inexperienced swimmer or needs to reestablish previously attained swim skills, we strongly encourage you to consider private lessons before enrolling in group lessons.

Young Swimmers

We offer a full range of classes and are one of the few Swim Schools in the Bay Area that does not offer a Parent and Me class…because we teach children as young as 18 months how to swim on their own with no parent in the pool. If you have a child between the ages of 18 months and 3 please consider enrolling them in a Stage 1 Under 3 Twenty Minute Private lesson with us. This affords us the opportunity to acclimate them to the pool, alleviates the stress and fear of not being with a parent and allows us to teach our curriculum in a 1 on 1 class without the impediments of group.

Swim Classes for All Levels

Welcome to Shipman Swim School serving San Mateo, the Bay Area and Peninsula.

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