Tide Swimming

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Swim School



For classes in Virginia Beach, contact Coach Katherine:

call (781) 413-1950  or  coachkatherine@tideswimming.com

For classes at the Great Bridge Swim & Racquet club, contact Coach Emily:

 call (757) 375-7019  or  coachemily@tideswimming.com


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Ages 4 to adult

SESSION 1:   June 21 - July 1

SESSION 2:   July 5 or 6 (depending on location) - July 15
** FULL at Great Bridge and Mt Trashmore** / 1 spot open for a Level 1 swimmer at Little Neck

SESSION 3:   July 19 - July 29

**FULL at ALL locations**

SESSION 4:   Aug 2 - Aug 12

**FULL at Great Bridge and Mt Trashmore **

(no Session 4 offered at Little Neck)


***There are NO SPOTS available for the rest of the summer! Thank you for your support!***

  • Mt Trashmore YMCA outdoor pool: classes scheduled between the hours of 7:30-10:00am
  • Little Neck Swim & Racquet Club: classes scheduled between the hours of 10:00am-noon
  • Great Bridge Swim & Racquet Club: classes scheduled between the hours of 8:00-11:00am (not available for Session 4), 2:00-4:00pm, 5:00-6:40pm.  **LIMITED CAPACITY AT THIS SITE**

Before you register online:

  • There are 8 classes in each session for a total cost of $200 per session ($25 per lesson)
    • Students take lessons at the same time each day, Monday - Thursday, for 2 weeks in a row
    • Classes are 30 minutes long
    • Only two swimmers per class
  • Discounted LNSRC and GBSRC members only pricing is available at the Little Neck (VB) and Great Bridge Swim & Racquet Club (Chesapeake) locations
  • Students will pay a $10 registration fee to cover their swim cap and insurance
  • 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
  • Students need only use online registration ONCE in the summer. Charges for additional sessions will be charged to the credit card on the account on July 1 for Sessions 2 and 3 and August 1 for Session 4
  • Cancellation of session registration must be done 30 days in advance for all but $10 of the fees to be refundable
  • All students need to have goggles and a kickboard


Register for Sessions 1 - 4 at the Mt Trashmore YMCA HERE

Register for Sessions 1 - 4 at Great Bridge Swim & Racquet Club HERE



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 



June 22 - August 12, 2021

Swimmers new to the group must be evaluated BEFORE registering for the group

Introduction to Competitive Swimming (ICS) 1  

  • Practice location Hilltop YMCA
  • Practice held Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:00-5:55pm
  • Session tuition is $325 + a $10 registration fee
  • ICS 1 students need to have a mesh bag, goggles, kickboard, fins, paddles, and a pull buoy

Introduction to Competitive Swimming (ICS) 2  

  • Practice location Hilltop YMCA
  • Practice held Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:00-6:55pm
  • Session tuition is $325 + a $10 registration fee
  • ICS 2 students need to have a mesh bag, goggles, kickboard, fins, paddles, pull buoy, and a snorkel


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 15 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


Katherine Kardok, Director


Katherine grew up riding horses and swimming in southern California. In high school, after becoming the owner of a spirited Arabian gelding, she left daily swimming but worked as a swim instructor at the local swim complex and joined a new institution called masters swimming. She swam with the masters team in college, played club water polo, and rode her still very spirited horse in the beautiful national parks that surrounded the college. In the summers, she worked as the pool manager at the swim complex, teaching lessons as well as scheduling both  lessons and major regional swim meets. After a brief time in the corporate world, Katherine returned to swimming by opening her own swim school and recreation-league swim team in the Boston area. She brought in world class athletes and coaches for clinics on a regular basis and many of her swimmers went on to have leadership roles on high school and college swim teams. A move to Virginia Beach in 2015 happily led her to Tide, where she became the lead novice coach and assisted in creating Tide's Swim School. She continues to swim with USMS where she has had 2 top ten relay swims, many top ten postal swims, and now enjoys easy, picturesque, open water lake swims! Coach Katherine is a Level 3 ASCA member coach and recently completed a Masters in Theology and Educational Ministry. Guiding students to find courage, discipline, and joy through the sport of swimming is Katherine's goal for our swim school.

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!


Katherine Gill

Coach Katherine Gill joined the Tide Swim School staff during the winter of 2021. Katherine is a Virginia Beach native and former TIDE swimmer. She swam with TIDE starting in the novice program and progressing to age group swimming. Katherine continued her love for swimming with her summer league team and her school team in middle and high school. Katherine attended Norfolk Academy and participated in varsity volleyball, swimming, and was one of her team's rowing captains for two consecutive years. Katherine continued her education at James Madison University (JMU) studying interdisciplinary liberal studies with an elementary education minor. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science in May 2020 and immediately started graduate school at JMU to get her Masters of Arts in teaching. She is in her final semester of graduate school at JMU and is currently completing her student teaching in the Virginia Beach City Public Schools. Katherine's family has been involved with Tide Swimming for over 15 years and she attributes a lot of her growth to her TIDE family and coaches that always encouraged her to do her best in and out of the pool. Katherine is very excited to join the Tide Swim School community and work with her students every week on improving and growing in their swimming abilities.

Bridget Nguyen

Coach Bridget joined TIDE in the summer of 2016. Hailing from San Clemente, California, Bridget swam with her siblings on an age group team (SCAT). She swam throughout her high school and college (LMU) years. At Loyola Marymount University, she graduated with a BA in Elementary Education and an MA in Education Psychology. Bridget has been an elementary teacher for 24 years in California, Hawaii, and Virginia. She taught private and group swimming lessons during her college years and has coached TIDE's Age Group Bronze group. Bridget recently completed the Starfish Aquatics Institute's Children with Challenges course. Bridget and her husband Bao moved here from Kauai, Hawaii. Bao, a naval officer, serves as meet director for TIDE. The Nguyen children are TIDE swimmers, and Bridget and her family are enjoying living in Virginia and being a part of the TIDE family!


Maggie Pope

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 YMCA during swim class if their swimmer(s) is 12 years old or younger.
  • Cancellations: If we cancel a class due to weather or pool maintenance issues, we will try to reschedule your class at a mutually convenient time during our regular Tide Swim School hours. If we are unable to reschedule, your account will be issued a voucher for the cancelled lesson.
  • Weather cancellations will be last minute cancellations as we rarely cancel classes based on speculation. If you think that the pool may be closed due to weather conditions, please call ahead to the YMCA before you head out. In most cases, the instructors will be at the pool waiting for the storm to pass and the pool to reopen.
  • In the case of a pool maintenance issue, we will let you know via email as soon as we receive notification about it from the YMCA.
  • Make-ups will only be offered if the YMCA closes the pool and offers Tide Swim School additional pool time to conduct makeup classes.
  • If a class is cancelled due to weather with less than 15 minutes remaining, no make-up class will be offered.
  • Swimmers in Levels 1 - 4 must give 30 days notice to withdraw from a class. Email us to give notice.
  • 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.
  • Additional policies and procedures are outlined HERE.





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

Coach Katherine