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8 Tips for hosting a swim party at your house

    Summer is officially here! And if you’re lucky enough to have a pool in your backyard, then you’re likely to throw a swim party at least once this summer. Hosting a swim party can be a lot of work, but also a lot of fun. Here are 8 tips to make sure your... read more

The benefits of swim lessons for “big” kids

    When kids are little, most parents prioritize swim lessons and teaching their kids water safety. After all, drowning is the leading cause of death for children ages 1-4 among preventable injuries, according to But what about once kids can... read more

When can my child swim unsupervised?

How old is “old enough” to let your kids swim without you? Whether you are at a hotel and the kids want to go down to the pool by themselves or they want to swim alone in the backyard while you’re inside, it’s a common question parents ask.   Like many things in... read more

How to have a stress-free vacation with kids

School is almost out and we bet you are counting down the days until that final school bell rings. (We know we are!) With the warmer weather and the routine-free schedule up ahead, we are hoping that you’re planning a vacation (or two, or three) for you and your... read more

5 Ways you can practice swim lessons on land

Most parents want to know how long it will take before their child knows how to swim. Every child learns differently, so we don’t have a standard time frame. But one thing we do know is the more you practice swimming, the quicker you’ll get it down. Practicing in the... read more

Why a swim session is right for you

Our two-week swim sessions are offered March through August and are an additional program we run at Sea Otter.   With the two-week sessions, you come at the same time every day for two consecutive weeks Tuesday through Friday. The price per lesson ($30/lesson) is... read more

Go solar and swim for free

Sea Otter is reducing our carbon footprint and having solar panels installed! Solar Panels harness clean, pure energy from the sun helping to reduce greenhouse gasses. You may see some construction happening while the panels are being installed. Interested in learning... read more

Things to look for when choosing a swim program

You know you want your kids to learn water safety and how to swim, but how do you find a good swim program? We know we aren’t the only swim program around, but we do strive to be one of the best! When comparing different swim programs, make sure you look for these... read more

The best haircare for swimmer’s hair

Loving the water doesn’t mean your kids—or you—should suffer a life sentence of bad hair. Spending a lot of time in any pool, even in our upgraded system can cause damage to hair. There are several products out there that can help bring moisture back to your locks and... read more

Autism Speaks Application

We are excited to continue to offer our swimming and water safety scholarship fund from Autism Speaks to provide adaptive swim lessons for individuals on the autism spectrum. Our adaptive program has been specially designed to benefit children and adults with a range... read more

Instagram Photo Contest—Win $50 toward swim lessons

It’s time to get ready for summer with swim lessons and that means we feel like giving away swim lesson money! One lucky winner will receive a $50 credit toward swim lessons.     Here’s how to enter: Follow us on Instagram Post a photo or video of your... read more

Ear infections and swim lessons: What you need to know

Getting an ear infection is no fun for your little one, or for you! While your little swimmer might be in pain if they have an ear infection, it doesn’t always mean they need to miss swim lessons. Here’s what you need to know about the different kinds of ear... read more

Five Fun Activities to do with your Baby

  Having a baby in the house is so challenging and so sweet at the same time. In all the sweetness and chaos, it’s easy to get a little stir crazy in between all those feedings, diaper changes and snuggles. Getting out of the house once in awhile can do wonders... read more

Clothing Week at Sea Otter

What is Clothing Week? Each year, we host a clothing week where swimmers have their lessons while fully dressed.   Why Clothing Week? Children can fall into a body of water at any moment. Sometimes this happens when no one is looking. We have heard multiple... read more

Earn money toward lessons

Do you know someone who would be a great fit at Sea Otter? Refer them and earn money toward your swim lessons! Our employee referral program works like this: Refer someone to work with us! Once training is complete and they have started teaching lessons you will... read more

Paul and Rebecca Bid Sea Otter Fare-thee-well!

As Sea Otter transitions ownership, original owners Paul and Rebecca Sassenrath offer their departing words. As we come to the end of another year, we also come to the end of a season. After more than 35 years, it is difficult to know how to say goodbye to Sea Otter.... read more

Dash the Elf Returns!

  We came back from a nice, relaxing Thanksgiving and found Dash lounging in the pool with Frosty the Snowman! Seems the North Pole doesn’t have warm water like Sea Otter! We have loved Dash’s yearly visits. This is the fourth year he has come to Sea Otter... read more