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About Us

Creating positive learning experience for all skill levels.

Debbie’s Swim School was founded in 1992 and is a fast-growing company in Northern California throughout the Bay Area and the Central Valley including. Striving for the highest standard of excellence in swim instruction, we offer Premier Quality Swim Lessons for Children and Adults with Aquaphobia. As seen on CBS News and featured in several magazines and publications. We teach all levels of swimmers, specializing in everything from basic stroke mechanics to advanced life-saving techniques.

DSS is a local leader in drowning prevention and Debbie is the spokesperson for the government campaign “Pool Safely” as well as the spokesperson for the National Drowning Prevention Alliance. DSS is recognized by the Better Business Bureau with an A rating and holds a 5 star rating on Yelp. DSS is in partnership with the United States Swim School Association, Josh the Otter, NAPDA and the Red Cross amongst many others!

All DSS instructors are highly trained in the latest techniques, teaching methods and hydrodynamics of swimming. They understand that no two students are the same and will customize the lessons to meet each individual students needs and personal swim goals.
We especially focus on teaching students of all ages – adults and children – overcome aquaphobia. If you or your child have had difficulty learning to swim because of a fear of the water, you’ve come to the right place. We believe in a gentle and encouraging approach to teaching, we will help beginner swimmers build self-confidence and self-esteem in the water. We believe water can be a source of happiness and relaxation. With our patient and encouraging style, we believe we can help anyone reach their swimming goals; you simply must have the desire to learn!

The mission of Debbie’s Swim School is to prevent drownings and help people achieve their swimming goals. We do this by creating a positive learning experience for all students no matter their skill level, anywhere from ages 6 months to adults. Each instructor conducts a safe, effective lesson and serves as a resource for individual or class participants, allowing them to achieve their goals and sense of well-being.

All our swim lessons are private or semi-private with one-on-one attention. We believe focused attention is the best environment for individuals to learn to swim so instruction can be customized to meet the students needs. Larger group classes are only offered for our Water Safety Instructor and Lifeguarding, and other certification classes.

Debbie’s Swim School also offers training and certification for individuals in Water Safety Instruction (WSI), Lifeguarding, CPR for the Professional Rescuer, and Oxygen administration. These certifications just a few of the classes that we offer. We not only hire instructors we make them. In fact, Debbie is the only WSI trainer in Solano County at this time.

Swim lessons and certification classes are available throughout Northern California. See Our Locations

We are American Red Cross Certified and a member of the United States Swim School Association.

About the Owner

Debbie Koenig - Debbie's Swim School Owner

Debbie Koenig has been teaching for over 20 years. She is passionate about water safety and teaching people to swim and overcome their fear of water.

While she enjoys teaching all skill sets, some of her favorite students are beginners who once had aquaphobia, because she loves introducing them to a whole new world of water that they once were unable to enjoy, whether it be a pool party or snorkeling in the tropics. The postcards and messages she receives from clients on their vacations make her day.

She believes anyone can achieve their swim goals when given a positive, encouraging and fun learning environment. It is upon these principles that she’s excited to lead her swim school and continue providing the highest standard of swim safety and training. Learn more about her Certifications & Awards