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**We have FOUR spots available for the 7:50-8:20pm class.
Email Coach Emily to see if your swimmer's age and ability level match the openings we have**

Please be advised that the facility has strict restrictions on who can be on the pool deck. Parents will NOT be permitted to be in the building at this time. The instructors will meet their students at the door and escort them to the pool deck. Swimmers are required to wears masks until they get into the pool. Parents will need to wait in their cars until the lesson is over. Then the instructors will escort their students to the outside door for parent pickup.
Thank you for your understanding as we (still) navigate covid-19 mitigation strategies and procedures.

For information and placement email Coach Emily


The registration process:

1. Secure class day / time (EMAIL)

2. Watch for confirmation email from Emily

3. Respond to the email to confirm your day / time

4. Use the registration link in your confirmation email to register for swim lessons

5. When you register, select "swim lessons" as the registration group

6. The annual $25 registration fee is non-refundable

7. More information is posted below (scroll down)



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Ages 4 to adult

Swim School Location(s) for Fall Session Classes

At this time the only location we have secured for Swim School is Norfolk Academy

Norfolk Academy

  • Classes will be offered between the hours of 6:30pm - 8:30pm Monday - Thursday
  • All Introduction to Competitive Swimming (ICS) classes will be held at this location



  • **New** We will offer two sessions this fall: Sept 13 - Oct 28 and Nov 1 - Dec 16
    • Students take one, 30-minute lesson per week
    • Registration for the first fall session will open first
    • Registration for the second fall session will open October 18
    • Swimmers registered in the first fall session will be given priority and can keep their class assignments for the second session
    • Lessons are semi-private: only two swimmers per instructor
    • NO lessons will be held during Thanksgiving week
  • Students pay an annual $25 registration fee
  • Fall session tuition is $175 for the first fall session (7 weeks long) and $150 for the second fall session (6 weeks long). Tuition is paid WHEN YOU REGISTER.
  • Students who are enrolled in the first fall session and continue into the second session will be charged $150 automatically on November 1
  • Swimmers are assigned to classes by the Swim School Director / Site Supervisor BEFORE parents register online and pay
  • Registering online without first securing a class time will NOT guarantee placement
  • Cancellation of session registration must be done 7 days in advance of the session start date for all but $25 of the fees to be refundable
  • All students need to have goggles and a kickboard


Swim School equipment is available for purchase in the Tide Swimming shop HERE

You can also shop locally (and try on products!) at our Speedo Team Dealer, Aquawear 


 Location: Norfolk Academy 

FALL SESSION (13 weeks)

September 13 - December 16, 2021

No practice Thanksgiving week

Swimmers new to the group must be evaluated BEFORE registering

Group Reg Fee Tuition charged at registration Tuition charged on Oct 1 Tuition charged on Nov 1
Intro to Competitive Swimming 1  **FULL** $25 $130 $130 $130
Intro to Competitive Swimming 2  **FULL** $25 $160 $180 $180


Introduction to Competitive Swimming (ICS) 1  

  • Two, 45-minute practices per week: Monday and Wednesday 7:35-8:20pm
  • Group limited to 10 swimmers (minimum of 5 required to offer class)
  • ICS 1 students need to have a mesh bag, goggles, kickboard, fins, paddles, and a pull buoy

Introduction to Competitive Swimming (ICS) 2   **FALL SESSION IS FULL**

  • Two, 60-minute practices per week: Monday and Wednesday 6:30-7:30pm
  • Group limited to 10 swimmers (minimum of 5 required to offer class)
  • ICS 2 students need to have a mesh bag, goggles, kickboard, fins, paddles, pull buoy, and a snorkel



To develop confident and skilled swimmers while building relationships and a sense of belonging



Acknowledge that everyone develops at their own pace
Never give up


Honor your commitments
Be accountable for your actions
Communicate openly


Radiate positive enery
Share your love of swimming
Be your authentic self


Prioritize safety
Uphold the Swim School curriculum
Be prepared, present, and punctual


Seek learning opportunities
Recognize growth
Celebrate often


TIDE is very proud of its Swim School staff. Each instructor joins us with a unique ability to connect with children and a core knowledge of our sport. In addition to a background in competitive swimming, all Tide Swim School instructors go through a rigorous certification procedure that includes:

  • Safety Training for Swim Coaches (including first aid and in water rescue)
  • Concussion Protocol Training
  • Athlete Protection Training
  • USADA Coaches Advantage Training
  • State of Virginia Mandated Reporter Training
  • USA Swimming Foundations of Coaching 101 and/or 201
  • USA Swimming Rules and Regulations

All instructors have passed a criminal background check and are coach members of USA Swimming.

All instructors have completed at least 8 hours of in-water training before teaching a class of their own. 

We teach students the right way to swim from the very beginning while always adapting our methods to an individual's unique needs. We believe that this philosophy, coupled with the finest instructors, is what makes us the best choice for learning how to swim.


Swim School Staff


Emily Salpeter, Acting Director


(757) 375 - 7019

Coach Emily joined TIDE in August 2018 as an assistant coach at our (then) newest location, the Taylor Bend YMCA. Emily has been involved with swimming her entire life. She grew up in Portsmouth and swam for a local club team and her high school team. Emily went on to attend Mary Washington University and swam all four years, from 1999-2003. Emily graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and continued her education into graduate school, earning a Master's in Education, specializing in Instructional Technology, in 2004. Emily has coached swimmers from beginners to state qualifiers. She has coached Prenovice, Novice, Developmental Silver, Developmental Gold, Age Group Bronze, and Age Group Silver. Over the summer of 2021, Emily leveraged her experience in swim instruction by directing operations and instruction for Tide Swim School's new Chesapeake location.


Lyla Chandiramani

Coach Lyla joined the Swim School staff in September 2019. She began swimming when she was four years old and swam for the Virginia Beach Rec league until she reached middle school and joined TIDE. Lyla continued  swimming with TIDE in high school, which helped her to be accepted as a member of her high school varsity swim team. Coach Lyla has continued her love for the sport in college. She is currently a sophomore at Old Dominion University and swims with the ODU club team. She also still swims for TIDE in the masters program. Lyla's event of choice is sprints and the 100 meter breaststroke. In her free time she rows with the ODU club rowing team and loves to volunteer at Operation Smile. Lyla's swimming experience is what inspires her to offer children the same opportunities that she had in the sport.

Dianne Cobb

Coach Dianne joined Tide Swim School as an instructor in May 2020. Dianne's father introduced her to swimming when she was very young at the family summer home in Sag Harbor, Long Island, New York. Dianne continued swimming through high school, where she was chosen team captain for Midwood High School in Brooklyn, New York. Dianne swam for and graduated from Dartmouth College. Her interest in teaching young children was piqued while living in Italy. Dianne continues to train and compete in swim meets as an adult. She is a member of Tide Masters, a USA Swimming certified official, a level 1 and 2 coach for US Masters Swimming, and a USA Swimming certified coach. 

Bryn DePaul

Coach Bryn began her competitive swimming career at four years old. Since then, she has competed on several USA Swimming teams and was a senior swimmer on TIDE from 2015 to 2018. She has qualified and competed in the Virginia Senior Championship Meet multiple times. Bryn graduated from Hickory High School in 2018, exceeding a 4.0 GPA throughout all four years of school and ranking within the top 5% of her class. In high school, she was inducted into the National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, and was a member of the Friends of Rachel Anti-Bullying Initiative. Bryn is a junior studying in the International Honors Joint Degree Programme at the College of William and Mary and the University of St Andrews in Fife, Scotland. She is majoring in Classical Studies, with a concentration in Ancient History and Archaeology. Bryn made the William and Mary Dean's List during her first year. She is back from University of St Andrews for the summer and will be returning to Scotland for the 2020-2021 academic year. Coach Bryn became a member of the Swim School staff in August 2017. She loves working with TIDE's young swimmers and sharing her passion for the sport!

Jennie Leigh DePaul

Coach Jennie began swimming competitively at age 6. During the course of her competitive journey, she obtained and still holds several records on USA Swimming teams. Jennie qualified for the Eastern Zone Competition many times and represented Virginia Swimming twice on the Virginia Zone Team. During her swimming career, Jennie placed 3rd and 4th in breaststroke and individual medley in Virginia, and as a fifteen-year-old placed 3rd, 9th, and 10th in breaststroke and individual medley at NASA Junior Nationals.
Academic achievement is also very important to Jennie. She holds the rare distinction of having achieved straight A's throughout all of Middle School, High School, and thus far in College, and was one of the first graduates of the Virtual Virginia full-time pilot program in High School. She is currently a student in the International Honors Joint Degree Programme between The College of William and Mary and the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, majoring in Classical Studies with a concentration in Latin and Greek. Jennie joined Tide Swim School as an instructor in March 2017 after swimming for two years in Tide's senior groups and loves her job! She can't wait to teach more Swim School students how to swim!


Chloe Dewberry

Coach Chloe joined the Swim School staff in August 2021. She began swimming when she was 6 years old in Chesapeake, Virginia. In high school, Chloe was in National Honor Society, Willet club, and was a member of the varsity swim team all four years. She represented her high school at states during her junior and senior years. After graduating with a GPA exceeding 4.0, she went on to Virginia Wesleyan University where she has continued her swimming career. She holds seven records at college. Along with swimming in college, Chloe represents the swim team in the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. This committee focuses on enhancing student-athlete experiences. When not in the pool, Chloe maintains a high GPA in the D. Henry Watts School of Professional Studies while studying accounting and finance. Coach Chloe can't wait to teach students how to swim and share her love for swimming!


Maggie Pope, Site Supervisor, Norfolk Academy

Coach Maggie joined the Swim School staff in January 2021. She began swimming when she was four years old and swam for the Seven Hills Barracudas summer swim team in her hometown of Nashville. Maggie started coaching for her summer swim team when she was fourteen. Her home club team was Excel Aquatics, where she competed both regionally and nationally, and earned the spot of team captain. Coach Maggie went on to swim for the University of Richmond, where she helped the team to four conference championships in her four years as a Spider. She also took multiple top three relay finishes and individual finishes in the 100 and 200 backstroke. After graduating, Coach Maggie was head coach of a summer league team back home where she coached the team to a divisional championship win for the first time in years. Coach Maggie is elated to be back in the swimming community after a few years off and happy to contribute to a sport and life skill as important as swimming.


Jason Rodriguez

Coach Jason joined TIDE swimming in January 2017. Beautiful Virginia Beach has been his home for the last eighteen years after graduating from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In addition to coaching, Jason is also an active US Masters competitive swimmer for TIDE, where he primarily specializes in middle and long distance freestyle events, as well as long distance open-water races. When not swimming, he loves to surf  and spend time out on the water.


Reilly Schindler

Coach Reilly joined TIDE in the spring of 2020. Reilly has lived in Hampton Roads her whole life and swam on a local club team for eight years until she graduated from Bishop Sullivan Catholic High. In addition to swimming she has been doing triathlons since 2014 and is currently a junior on the Queens University of Charlotte Triathlon team. Queens is her third college as she started her freshman year at Saint Mary's College of California on a rowing scholarship. She then transferred to the University of South Carolina and competed on their club triathlon team for the fall 2019 semester before transferring to Queens. Reilly's triathlon achievements include: qualifying for ITU worlds to represent team USA in 2019 and 2020; earning second place at USAT Nationals in the 16-19 age group in 2019. Reilly's rowing achievements include: earning first place in the 2k and 20 min lightweight division at the World Indoor Rowing Championships in 2017; earning first place in the 20 min lightweight division at the World Indoor Rowing Championships in 2018. Reilly also set the record for the 20 min lightweight erg that same year.



Teach them to swim!

"Children who learn how to swim at a young age are reaching many developmental milestones earlier than the norm...Lead researcher Professor Robyn Jorgensen says the study shows young children who participate in early-years swimming achieve a wide range of skills earlier than the normal population."      

-Read the entire article HERE


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Which level do I choose?

Choose Level 1 (Water Adjustment)

  • if your swimmer has little to no experience in the water

Choose Level 2 (Introduction to Strokes) if your swimmer

  • can submerge without assistance for 5 seconds,
  • can float on back for at least 10 seconds,
  • can roll from front to back and back to front,
  • can flutter kick on front and progress at least 5 yds, and
  • can flutter kick on back and progress at least 5 yds

Choose Level 3 (Stroke Development) if your swimmer

  • can swim freestyle with in-line breathing for 12.5 yards,
  • can swim backstroke for 12.5 yards,
  • can swim underwater from the wall for 5 yards (to the backstroke flags),
  • can perform drop-ins from the wall on both front and back, and
  • can perform a dolphin kick (intro to butterfly)

Choose Level 4 (Stroke Refinement) if your swimmer

  • can swim freestyle with a fluid breathing pattern for 25 yds,
  • can swim backstroke for 25 yds,
  • can swim butterfly for 12.5 yds,
  • can perform a standing dive with streamline, and
  • has been introduced to breaststroke (breathing, streamline, coordination)

Choose Introduction to Competitive Swimming 1 (ICS 1) if your swimmer

  • can swim freestyle with a fluid breathing pattern for 50 yds
  • can swim backstroke for 50 yds
  • has strong skills and endurance in freestyle and backstroke
  • can swim butterfly for 25 yds
  • has started learning breaststroke and knows the basic arm, feet, and leg positions

Choose Introduction to Competitive Swimming 2 (ICS 2) if your swimmer

  • can perform all of the skills required from Level 1 through ICS 1
  • can swim at least 100 yds of freestyle continuously
  • can swim at least 50 yds of backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly
  • has some knowledge of proper drop-in technique for each stroke, open turns, and flip turns

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Swim School Policies

  • Parents MUST remain in the facility during swim class if their swimmer(s) is 12 years old or younger (YMCA only).
  • Weather cancellations will be last minute cancellations as we rarely cancel classes based on speculation. In most cases, the instructors will be at the pool waiting for the storm to pass and the pool to reopen. When possible, we will email parents about class cancellations if we have enough notice.
  • If a class is cancelled due to weather with less than 15 minutes remaining, no make-up class will be offered.
  • In the case of a pool maintenance closure, we will let you know via email as soon as we receive notification about it from the facility.
  • Make-ups will only be offered if the facility closes the pool for maintenance or weather reasons and offers Tide Swim School additional pool time to conduct makeup classes. If no make-up can be scheduled, a Tide Swim School credit will be issued to the family's account for use as payment for future lessons.
  • If a swimmer misses a class for any reason other than the class being cancelled by TIDE, no class credit or makeup will be offered.
  • Swimmers in Intro to Competitive Swimming sign up for seasonal sessions. There are no refunds if a swimmer withdraws before the end of the session.





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Our Swim School is growing!! We need additional instructors. If you are interested, please email 

Coach Emily