Beginner Swim Series

Alamo 180 offers TWO beginner swim programs – Beginner Swim Series and Beyond Beginner Swim Series. The Beginner Swim Series is designed for doggie paddlers, floaters, sinkers, and everything in between. The Beyond Beginner Swim Series is designed for freestylers looking to go beyond the basics and improve their stroke mechanics.

About the programs

Beginner Swim Series is a 4 week program designed to teach you how to swim freestyle. Our highly successful approach is to teach freestyle step by step. We break down freestyle into separate steps – rhythmic breathing, body positioning, kick, arm cycle – so you can work on each one separately and master it before moving onto the next. Our approach is to decrease the overwhelm so you can learn quickly and easily. Class meets 1x per week for 1 hour of in-water instruction covering the fundamentals of freestyle. Classes are capped at 10 participants to ensure quality instruction.

Beyond Beginner Swim Series is a 4 week program designed to further your understanding of freestyle by going into more depth of the arm cycle, rotation, and body positioning. For the Beyond Beginner Series, we follow a simple step-by-step approach that includes more advanced drills that will deepen your understanding of freestyle and take efficiency to a whole new level. Class meets 1x per week for 1 hour of in-water instruction covering the fundamentals of freestyle. Classes are capped at 10 participants to ensure quality instruction.

Program Schedule

2018 Dates: 

Beginner Swim Series | Session 1 | Dates: Wednesdays – 11/28, 12/5, 12/12, 12/19. Time: 5:30pm class. 

Beyond Beginner Swim Series | Session 1 | Dates: Wednesdays – 11/28, 12/5, 12/12, 12/19Time: 6:30pm class. 

*Note: due to limited pool availability during the holiday months of Nov & Dec, we are combining the two series on the same day, thus limited class times available.

2019 Dates: 

Beginner Swim Series | Session 2 | Dates: Wednesdays – 1/2, 1/9, 1/16, 1/23.  Time: 5:30pm or 6:30pm class.

Beyond Beginner Swim Series | Session 2 | Dates: Thursdays – 1/3, 1/10, 1/17, 1/24. Time: 5:30pm or 6:30pm class.

Location: San Antonio College pool.

Stay tuned for future dates & sessions! 


Investment to grow gills: $99. Each program, Beginner and Beyond Beginner Swim Series, includes 4 x 1 hour swim classes + access to a private Facebook group page for additional coaching, videos, and support.

  • Registration and payment reserves your spot. Each class time is capped at 10 participants.
  • During registration, select your preferred month & class time. The class time you pick is the class time you attend for the 4 weeks series.
  • No refunds (for circumstances due to injury or military assignment, please contact Coach Bree to discuss options).
  • No make-up classes offered. Please make sure to attend all classes. Note: If a class is canceled due to reasons out of our control (inclement weather, pool closure, etc), we will offer a make-up class on the 5th week of the program.

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“I literally could not swim before starting the series. I feel kind of comfortable in the water now” ~Swim Series Participant 

“A very comprehensive class on every step of the freestyle with excellent instruction and feedback during the practice drills.” ~Swim Series Participant 

“Coach Bree is great. She breaks it down to an easy and understanding way.” Peter

“I feel like I’ve come so far with my technique in just 2 classes and practicing the drills! Thanks Coach Bree!” Justin

“Thank you for the swim series. I was able to start paying close attention to things I was not aware I was doing and make better connections, like rotation and pulling. You very very patient and gave lots of pointers. I will be back for the next session.” ~Swim Series Participant 

“I’ve taken swim lessons before but left feeling like I was just flailing my arms and legs. Now, I feel like I actually know how to freestyle and the things I noticed was going wrong during my triathlon, but did not have a clue WHY, I am able to now see why. Not only because each step was broken down and explained, but because of the feedback after we would practice a drill. For example, zig zagging in the water. Great class and well worth the money! I look forward to Beyond Beginner.” ~Swim Series Participant 

“I would like to do a Tri one day but my swimming is what has prevented me from trying. After taking the beginners session, I have learned so much from all the drills. As I continue to practice, I now feel confident that I will be able to one day complete a Tri.” ~Swim Series Participant 

“I would highly recommend the swim series by Coach Bree. I recently attended them and have a better foundation of my swim strokes. My pace has increased significantly and I’m finally enjoying my freestyle swims!” Stephanie 

“Bree is a great coach, she will get your ready with the swim and she’s very knowledgeable! Nothing to lose and a lot to gain!” Betty

“Bree is an amazing coach!  The swim clinic was so helpful.  She has a way of breaking down each element of a stroke that just makes sense.  She explains things that are easy to understand and implement.  She can relate to any swim level skill and isn’t afraid to jump right in the pool with you to show what to do!  Her enthusiasm for coaching is contagious and makes you so excited to learn and keep trying to improve or try something new!” Rachel 

“Bree is a great swim teacher! I think she could teach a rock to swim – helped me bunches! Thanks Bree!” Jessie 

“In the many swim practice sessions with Coach Bree, I always learn something valuable to improve my swimming. Her many years of swim experience is evident as she easily breaks down the mechanics of swimming into steps anyone can understand and apply. Bree has the unique ability to effectively train beginners to advanced while keeping it fun! I have seen a number of people go from barely able to swim to see successfully swimming in triathlons!” Craig 

“Thanks for the class. As always, Great!! coaching. The explanations as to why a position works (or doesn’t work) in the water is so helpful, it gels the concept and helps me remember. You also do a great job at the “teach and repeat”, teach and repeat. Only way for a new learner to really grab all those pearls of wisdom. I feel like I’ve learned A LOT and found many things I can work on after just one hour with you.” Michelle 

“Thanks Bree for your patience and you’re knowledgeable in the water!!!” Stephanie 

“Thank you so much! Your workshop clarified information and broke it down easily. You’re an awesome coach! ” Donna

“I had a really good swim today. Did a lot of the drills and focused on what we did yesterday. Already notice a significant difference in muscles used and a decrease in time already. Thank you very much, you’re the best!!” Al