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General Information

  • Michael Phelps Swim School provides a learning environment where swimmers will become comfortable and confident in the water. We stress the 4 - B's and early childhood emotional, social and physical growth and development.
  • We run our lessons year round...No sessions, You pay monthly...If you want to stop lessons you give us 30 days notice by completing a 'Take  A Break " Form.
  • We believe that swimming will be a lifelong activity or sport. We are interested in making sure that individuals have the foundation and good training to allow the water to be an enjoyable and fun place to be.  
  • Parents may observe the lessons from the lobby windows. Parents are not allowed on the pool deck.
  • Please keep in mind that proper attire aids in your child's enjoyment of the class. It is very helpful if girls with long hair tie their hair back or wear a cap. Goggles are optional.
  • Food must be consumed in the lobby. No food is allowed on the pool deck or the locker room.
  • In the dressing rooms, parents are asked to be sensitive to the privacy of others, especially with opposite sex children in the locker room. Management encourages parents with opposite sex children to utilize the front area of the locker room and parents should refrain from showering with opposite sex children in the presence of others. Children over the age of 5 do not belong in the opposite sex locker room.
  • Keep in mind that children grow and mature at different rates. Growth spurts can make children uncoordinated from one class to another. Practice is IMPORTANT! Remember they will readjust and re-coordinate their skills with practice and encouragement.
  • Learning depends on your child. All children grow and learn at different rates. We give time for your child to practice and improve their new skills.
  • We ask that you attempt to be minimally visible because your presence distracts the children. They often become more interested in watching you than listening to the instructor.
  • Each session we teach a little bit about safety because safety skills are of utmost importance around the water. We want each child to be safe during lessons and to understand what it means to be safe when they are around any type of water.
  • We are interested in giving each child a maximum comfort level in the pool. Children often stay at the same level in successive sessions because within each class we have a very wide range of skills to cover. This allows the child to excel at one skill and to be able to work on another skill they may not have mastered. We are concerned with their feel for the water and their comfort level with each new skill.
  • If your child is unhappy and does not want to come to class, please let us know. We want to work with you and your child. Most times we can make a child feel comfortable about the lessons if we show respect for their feelings, patience, and understanding. We have also found that if we show the children our confidence they rise to the occasion. We are not afraid of tears and fears. It is often part of learning something new.
  • You can help your child by showing your confidence in us and the program. Try to take some time to enjoy the water with your child.


Swim School Policies

  • A $35 fee will be charged for  returned check or declined credit card.
  • Classes are 30 minutes in length unless otherwise noted.
  • Classes are limited to 6 students except Get Wet classes.
  • To insure safe, quality lesson time, parents are asked to remain off the pool deck.
  • We reserve the right to cancel any class with insufficient enrollment.
  • Classes are filled on a first come-first serve basis. Payment must be received to reserve a place in lessons.
  • Children do best when they consistently attend the same class. Sorry, there will be no makeups for missed classes.
  • Semi Private Lessons: To schedule please find a compatible swimmer(s). We treat the lesson as a unit.If you are going to miss a lesson and will request a credit, you must both miss the lesson and both people will receive the credit
  • For group lessons, we do not offer make ups. If a swimmer has to miss a class , no make up will be given . In the event of a medical situation , you provide us with a doctor's note and you will receive a credit in the next billing cycle.If an instructor has to miss a class, the class will be taught by another well trained and qualified MPSS instructor. If MPSS has to cancel a lesson of any reason, you will be given a credit on your next months bill.
  • For private and semi private lessons, if a swimmer needs to miss a lesson they will be given one credit in their billing cycle from Sept 12, 2016 - January 15, 2017 and then another credit would be given,if needed, between January 15 and May 26, 2017. If an instructor misses a private or semi private lesson a make up will be scheduled at a mutually agreed upon time.
  • In a semi private lesson, the swimmers will work together...if one swimmer misses a lesson, in order to receive credit, both swimmers will miss the lesson and the lesson will not be taught that week
  • All lessons will receive a credit in the case of a medical situation. We will need a note from a doctor. Please include the child's name and date of missed class


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Baltimore, MD 21209

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Baltimore, MD 21209




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