FAQ

Who is My Instructor?

Ashley Bolling

Ashley BollingAshley is a certified Swim Instructor Trainer with Starfish Aquatics Institute. SAI has paired up with PADI Swim Schools to offer an innovative and learner-focused curriculum using an “ages and stages” format with swim and safety benchmarks to insure a positive experience for children of all ages and skill levels. As a Red Cross certified lifeguard, Ashley knows what it takes to introduce your little ones to the water safely.

Ashley has brought her passion for teaching children safety in and around the water through a fun filled curriculum to Santa Barbara Aquatics and looks forward to bringing the joy of swimming to kids of all ages!

Shannon Mabry

Shannon MabryI have always loved the water and I grew up participating in junior lifeguards, playing water polo, and swimming competitively. I started coaching water polo when I was sixteen and found that I absolutely loved working with children. I started teaching swim lessons when I was nineteen, and continued to do so for the past three years. I recently transferred to UCSB and am looking forward to teaching lessons and getting to know the students and families at Santa Barbara Aquatics.

Rocio Fesembeck

I grew up doing Jr. Lifeguards at East Beach when I was 8 years old, this then transitioned into playing water polo and swimming my way through college. I started coaching water polo and swim at Dos Pueblos High School when I was 18. I been teaching swim for 2 years now, while I continue my education pursuing a masters degree in clinical psychology with an emphasis on emergency crisis care. I am currently a certified lifeguard and Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician. I am very excited to join Santa Barbara Aquatics and be part of preventative education for children.

Jasmin Taypan

Jasmin TaypanFrom a young age I have always enjoyed swimming and being in the water. In high school I was on the water polo and the swim team, and continued water polo for 2 years in college. I also found a hobby in surfing when I moved to Santa Barbara. I transferred to UCSB in 2018 and I am currently studying to complete my Art B.F.A. I recently received my lifeguard certification and prior to transferring, I taught swim lessons for 2 years and have found that it is something that I love doing. I'm looking forward to bringing my excitement to Santa Barbara Aquatics and getting to know the students and families along the way.

How much does it cost?

StarBabies, StarTots and Swim School - Meets once per week for 30 minutes. 8 week session costs $175.

Stroke School and Swim Club - Meets once per week for 45 minutes. 8 week session costs $225.

How big are the classes?

StarBabies and StarTots are limited to 6 students, and Swim School and Specialty Classes are limited to 4-5 students to ensure each student gets enough instruction and swim time.

What class is right for my child?

Select your child's age group from the swim classes main page and you will find a handy chart to help you determine the best class for your child. If you still aren't sure, please email our swim director at ashley@santabarbaraaquatics.com. Due to limited class spots, it will not always be possible to move your student to a different class if they are signed up for the wrong level class.

What is the refund policy?

Registering for a class reserves a spot in the swim lesson program. Because space is limited and instructors are contracted, cancellations cannot be refunded.

Where is available parking?

There are multiple options for parking. You can park in front of the store on Hollister as well as parking on Nectarine next to 7-11. There is also public parking designated across the street at the Community West Bank parking lot.

What do I need to bring to class?

All children must have on a bathing suit and a towel. Goggles are required for Swim School students ages 3 and up.

If my child is in StarBabies or StarTots can both parents be in the pool?

Unfortunately, due to pool size we ask that only one parent be in the pool at a time, however the other parent is welcome to watch.

What is your diaper policy?

All students under the age of four, even if they are potty trained, must wear a disposable swim diaper and an approved non–disposable swim diaper to assure a double layer of protection.  The non–disposable swim diaper must pass the two – finger test (if two fingers can be inserted under the elastic in the legs and waist, the swim diaper is too large and the child will not be permitted to enter the water).  Wearing only one diaper (regardless of the type) is not allowed.  Non-disposable swim diapers are available for purchase at our facility. Please respect our policy as we strive to provide our customers with the cleanest and safest facility possible.  Thank you in advance for your understanding and support on this matter.

Parental Supervision and Unattended Children

Please do not let children enter the pool area until the instructor calls for class to begin and leads them into the pool area. All children must be supervised by parents when not in the water. Siblings in the viewing area must be supervised as well. No child is to be left unattended in the facility. Also, parents in the parent participation classes should not enter the pool area until your class is called. 

Illness Policy

A safe and healthy environment is important for all children. This illness policy is designed to protect the health of your child, the other children and the staff. Please do not bring your child to swim lessons if he/she has had:

  • Diarrhea in the past 14 days.
  • Vomiting or ear infections within the past 2 days.
  • A fever.
  • Undiagnosed sores or rash.

If your child has an open sore that requires a bandage please do not allow them to swim, remove ALL band-aids before entering water. If the cut or scrape requires a bandage, the child should not swim until the wound is healed. Please inform instructors of any medical conditions such as diabetes, tubes in the ears, epilepsy, asthma or any physical or mental disabilities prior to the start of lessons. These conditions do not hinder a child from participating but may affect the way a teacher attends to each students needs.

Photographs & Videos

Photos and videos are occasionally taken at Santa Barbara Aquatics and visual images of you and / or your child may be used for publicity purposes in newsletters, posters and advertising as well as on social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. Please speak with the director if you would like to make sure you or your child are not included in these photographs.

Make Up Policy

At Santa Barbara Aquatics, we believe that children are most successful in a consistent learning environment. Because of that, we encourage you to attend your regularly scheduled swim class as often as possible.  Due to our low instructor to swimmer ratio it is not possible to accommodate make up lessons.

Are Private Lessons Available?

Unfortunately, we are not able to take on any more students for private lessons at this time. Private lessons are $50 per 30 minute class, or $350 for 8 classes.