Swim School

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Classes offered for swimmers age 4 and older (adults, too!)
Class size limited to just 3 students
Easy online registration


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


Four levels of instruction:

  • Level 1 is for the swimmer who has had little to no experience in the water
  • Level 2 is for the swimmer who is comfortable on front and on back, can submerge independently, but has not yet learned freestyle or backstroke
  • Level 3 is for the swimmer who can perform all the skills taught in Level 2 and can swim freestyle while breathing and backstroke for 12 1/2 yards
  • Level 4 is for the swimmer who can perform all the skills taught in Level 3, can swim 25 yards of freestyle and backstroke, 12 1/2 yards of butterfly, and has been introduced to breaststroke


General Information: School Year Lessons

  • During the school year, classes are offered during the months of September, October, November, January, February, March, April, May
  • Once enrolled, students keep same class day and time from month to month during the school year
  • Students may withdraw at any time with 30 days notice (email us to give notice)
  • Tuition is $75 per month, charged automatically on the 1st of each month to the credit card on file
  • Classes are offered once per week for 30 minutes
  • Register online
  • Fees collected at registration:  $15.00 Tide registration fee, $20 USA Swimming Flex membership, $75.00 tuition deposit
  • For students 18 and older, a USA Swimming Premium membership ($77) is required. The additional $57 USA Swimming registration fee will be charged to the adult swimmer's account
  • $75 tuition deposit will be applied to your last month's tuition

School Year Class Times Offered


Students will be scheduled by Coach Cat at your choice of location and day

Classes fill up quicky!

Contact Coach Cat with your preferred location, day, and time


Swimmers may choose from the following days of the week and possible time frames. For example, on Monday at Mt Trashmore, there are six class times available: 3:30-4:00pm, 4:00-4:30pm, 4:30-5:00pm, 5:00-5:30pm, 5:30-6:00pm, 6:00-6:30pm

Choice of class day and time is subject to availability.

Location Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
Hilltop YMCA 1:15 - 3:45pm
7:00 - 8:00pm
1:15 - 3:45pm 1:15 - 3:45pm
7:00 - 8:00pm
1:15 - 3:45pm
Mt Trashmore YMCA

3:30 - 6:30pm

3:30 - 6:30pm 3:30 - 6:30pm 3:30 - 6:30pm
Princess Anne YMCA   1:00 - 3:00pm    



Swim School Director, Coach Cat

Swim School Director Cat Ware joined Tide Swimming in 2013 as an assistant coach and dryland trainer in the Age Group program. After 4 years coaching across several practice groups, in 2017 Coach Cat was named director of TIDE's Developmental Program at Hilltop. Coach Cat is excited to continue former Director Katherine Kardok's outstanding Swim School program, and she looks forward to this expansion of her role with Tide. Born and raised in Virginia Beach, she has been involved in the local swimming community for 12 years and coaching for 6 years. Coach Cat has worked as the Head Coach of Little Neck Swim and Racquet Club, as well as an assistant coach at Norfolk Academy. She is a graduate of Old Dominion University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science. Cat enjoys living an active lifestyle and in the future she hopes to use her education and experience to help others reach their fitness goals.



Swim School Staff

Bryn DePaul

Coach Bryn began her competitive swimming career at four years old.  She was the youngest member of her swim team.  Since then, she has competed on several USA Swimming and high school teams and joined TIDE in 2015.  She has qualified and competed in the Virginia Senior Championship Meet multiple times.  Bryn is a recent graduate of Hickory High School where she exceeded a 4.0 GPA throughout all four years of school and graduated in the top 5% of her class. 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 will be studying in the International Honors Joint Degree Programme at the College of William and Mary and the University of Saint Andrews in Fife, Scotland, majoring in Classical Studies and will be swimming on both universities’ club teams. Coach Bryn loves working with TIDE’s young swimmers sharing her passion and love for the sport of swimming!

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 the state of 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 seven years of Middle School and High School. She 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 at The College of William and Mary and the University of St. Andrews in Fife, 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 Swimming’s senior groups and loves her job! She will be in Scotland during the 2018-2019 academic year.

Tori McAnally

Coach Tori joined the TIDE staff in Chesapeake in September 2017. Tori was born and raised in Massachusetts. Her swimming career began at age six after a family vacation at Disney. She started swimming on a summer league team and then joined the Merrimack Valley Pirates. Coach Tori swam throughout high school, competing with both her school and club teams. After high school graduation, she enrolled at a community college and competed for an additional year. Once her older sister had children of her own, Tori discovered her passion of wanting to work with children. In 2011 she worked as a substitute teacher, and in 2014 she started coaching swimming, serving as an assistant coach for the Age Group program at Phoenix Swimming. "I coach because I love watching swimmers reach their own individual goals."

Allison Mickunas

Coach Allison joined TIDE in January 2017 as a Swim School and Stroke Academy coach. She also subs for the developmental practice groups. She is a Virginia Beach local who has been swimming competitively since age 5:  swimming at TIDE, Cox HS, and Club Brittany. Coach Allison earned a Bachelor’s of Science in International Affairs from Florida State University and a Master of Arts in Chinese from Valparaiso. She spent a year teaching English in Shanghai, China before returning to the US to work on her teaching license for English as a Second Language at Old Dominiion University. She has been coaching and teaching lessons since high school. Coach Allison just completed her 4th season as co-head coach at Salem HS and is the head coach of Club Brittany’s summer league team.  Coach Allison loves working with TIDE’s swimmers and sharing her love of the sport of swimming while helping athletes develop into great global citizens.

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.


Matt Smith

Coach Matt joined Tide Swimming in August 2017. A Virginia Beach native, he began swimming competitively at an early age for numerous teams in the Virginia Beach Summer League and Winter Leagues. Matt also swam all four years while attending Kempsville High School. Following graduation, Matt discovered his passion for coaching. He volunteered as an assistant coach for his high school and coached at Carolanne Farms Swim & Raquet Club in the summertime. After three seasons, Matt took over as Head Coach of the Simon Family JCC's summer swim team. Most recently, Matt served as Head Coach of the Little Neck Swim & Raquet Club's summer swim team. Coach Matt brings a lot of energy and enthusiasm to the pool deck and enjoys being a positive role model for our swimmers!!

Brianna Sullivan

Coach Brianna is a Virginia Beach native and joined TIDE in 2017. She began swimming competitively at the age of six, swimming for TIDE through middle school and high school. She swam for First Colonial High School before attending the University of Notre Dame. She earned her BA in Spanish and Premed, and a Masters of Education. Coach Brianna taught 2nd grade and kindergarten for five years in Tampa and Chicago before recently moving back home to Virginia. She has been teaching swim lessons for over 12 years, and spent several summers in college as the head coach for the Alanton Baycliff Bolts swim team. Coach Brianna is currently pursuing her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at ODU.


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School Year 2018-2019

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Make-Up / Refund Policy

  • Make-ups will only be offered if TIDE cancels a class or if the YMCA closes the pool.
  • Make-up classes will be held on Fridays, at the same time your swimmer would normally be in class.
  • If a class is cancelled due to weather with less than 15 minutes remaining, no make-up class will be offered.
  • Swimmers must give 30 days notice to withdraw from a class. Email us to give notice.


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