Aquatics

Swim Lessons with Private Contractors

Simpkins Family Swim Center partners with private contractors to offer more swim lesson opportunities! All instructors have multiple years of experience teaching swimming and hold a combination of certificates. Their varied teaching experience includes: working with children of all ages and abilities; all levels of swimmers including fearful adults; special needs; stroke refinement; and technical stroke instruction for triathletes.
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Book Swim Lessons with Private Contractors

Review the instructor biographies below and book online!

Becky Gommel

Becky began swimming at age 4 and continued learning strokes, dives, and water safety until she was old enough to become a life guard and swim instructor, and eventually a pool director. She has taught for 13 summers at summer camp and community pools. She loves to see swimmers conquer their fear of water and begin to really swim. She has taken students from entry level to proficient swimmer; the reward for both student and teacher is a bond and friendship that continues today. Becky is also a certified elementary teacher which gives her insight into working with children and parents alike. You can find Becky keeping up her own swimming skills here during adult lap swim.

Kim Rutherford

Kim has been teaching for over 30 years in a multitude of roles including Instructor/Program Director at multiple locations, Water Safety Instructor Trainer, Life Guard, and Life Guard Instructor. She works as a Personal Open Water Distance Coach for adults and youth in Santa Cruz County and the San Francisco area. She also established, created, and scheduled summer programs for infant and children swim lessons at many facilities. Kim is also currently an Adult Fitness instructor and instructor for both of our Introduction to Lap Swimming Class and Introduction to Adult Fitness classes.

Anne Riolo

Anne lives in Santa Cruz County and is excited to be an aquatics instructor. During her seventeen years in AAU/ USS through collegiate swimming she trained and competed throughout California, the Midwest, and Canada. Anne’s thirty years of teaching and coaching began right here in Santa Cruz County at San Lorenzo Valley High School, Cabrillo Threshers, and Cabrillo College. Today, Anne enjoys swimming as her primary form of mind and body fitness and can be found in or near the water either working out at Simpkins or on local beaches for daily treasure hunting walks. Along with successful methods for teaching and coaching Anne has developed over the past 30 years, she offers an abundance of patience and receives pure pleasure in helping others of all ages and abilities achieve their personal aquatic goals.

Brandon Shilling

A lifelong swimmer, former UCSB scholarship athlete and 2008 Olympic trial qualifier, Brandon moved to Santa Cruz in 2013 where he began coaching for the Cabrillo Threshers swim team and is currently a pre-comp and competitive age-group coach for the Aptos-Cabrillo Swim Club. Brandon is excited to now offer private swim lessons and coaching sessions at the swim center. Willing to work with children as young as age 5, his particular coaching passion is for introducing intermediate to advanced swimming skills to beginning swimmers who are already safe in deep water. Whether that be learning to take your first side breath in freestyle, to developing and fine-tuning competitive techniques, or to improve one’s lifelong fitness at any age!

How to Book Swim Lessons with Private Contractors

How to Book Online
  • Create an account on ActiveNet.
  • Navigate to Activities.
  • Select your desired Instructor.
  • Register and complete payment.
Pools & Amenities
  • Swim lessons will take place in either the 50-meter lap swim pool or warm water pool, depending on programming.
  • Amenities include locker rooms, bathrooms, ADA-accessible hot showers, lockers (bring your own lock), and swimsuit spinners. No towel service is available.
Accessibility

A water wheel chair is available at the swim center. Each pool has stationary, ADA compliant lifts plus a mobile lift for entry into the pools. An additional gender-inclusive bathroom is available with an ADA shower, changing bed, locker, and toilet.
Questions? Contact Us!

Contact Us

Phone:

(831) 454-7960 (Swim Center)

(831) 454-7953 (Swim Lesson Registration Line)

Monday – Friday 6:00 AM to 7:45 PM, except holidays

Our physical office is open, but staff availability is limited.