Private Contractor Lessons

The department offers private lessons taught by contracted instructors, each of whom has a minimum of three years experience teaching swim lessons, and one or both of the following certifications: Water Safety Certificate issued by the American Red Cross a coaches certificate issued by U.S.A. Swimming.

Fees - $35.00 R / $38.50 NR per 1/2 hour lesson OR for Semi-Private (2 people - max) $50 R / $55 NR per 1/2 hour lesson

Call 454-7953, M-F between the hours of 10AM - 4PM to get more information about the instructors, fees, or to register.

Contracted Instructors Info / Check Availability Link

Becky Gomoll

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.

Currently Teaching: Mondays and Thursdays, 3:30-5:00pm

& Open for Private Lesson Bookings through May 2020


                          Click here to check Becky's availability and book lessons on ActiveNet!

To contact Becky directly please email her at

                        For questions or to schedule lessons, please call 454-7953 


Kim Rutherford

Kim has been teaching for over 30 years in a multitude of roles including Instructor/Program Director at multiple locations for age levels from infant through adults, Water Safety Instructor Trainer, Life Guard, Life Guard Instructor, supervised swim instructors and Life Guards and she works as a Personal Open Water Distance Coach Adults and Youth Santa Cruz County and 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. 

Currently Teaching:  Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:30-5:30pm

                            Click here to check Kim's availability and book lessons on ActiveNet!

To contact Kim directly, please email her at


Anne Riolo

Anne has recently returned to live in Santa Cruz County and is excited to be here celebrating her 50th year in aquatics. 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. Moving in 1982 to San Luis Obispo to compete for the Cal Poly swim team and earn a degree in Physical Education, Anne stayed in the area to raise her children while continuing to teach and coach privately as well as at the Community College and High School levels. 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 several days each week or on local beaches for daily treasure hunting walks. Anne “loves the water, understands it, relies on it, and enjoys almost nothing more than sharing the art, challenge, and tranquility of moving through and being near water can bring to all who endeavor to learn, train, compete, and/or relax aquatic!” Along with successful methods for teaching and coaching Anne has developed over the past 30 years, she offers an abundance of patience and says she receives pure pleasure in helping others of all ages and abilities achieve their personal aquatic goals . . . and is looking forward to beginning year 50 of her aquatic journey by meeting members of her new community at Simpkins pool.

Currently Teaching: Tuesdays 1:00-5:00pm, and Thursdays 12:00-5:00pm

                              Click here to check Anne's availability and book lessons on ActiveNet!   

To contact Anne directly, please email her at

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!

                          Currently teaching M-Th, 2:00-3:30pm

    Click here to check Brandon's availability and book lessons on ActiveNet!

To contact Brandon directly, please email him at


For questions or to schedule lessons, please call 454-7953   

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