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Our mission is to provide you with the finest instruction and the best experience in the water.


Beginning Monday, October 20 we will be moving our swim lesson program to the JFK Middle School pool located at 100 Bridge Road, Florence, Ma.  The entrance is at the rear of the building near the tennis courts.

We will be occupying 2 lanes of the pool during the following times. 

We will be serving ages 4 and up.  If you have a younger group and can gather 3 or more participants we will create a class for you as the teaching strategy is quite different than ages 4 and up.



3:30, 4:00, 4:30

5:00, (Fitness Swimming for Kids 5-5:30, Advanced, one lane only)


3:30, 4:00, 4:30, 5:00, 5:30


4:00, 4:30 (Fitness Swimming for Kids 4:30-5 Advanced, 2 lanes)

5:00,5:30, 6:00


4:30, 5:00, 5:30, 6:00

The High School Swim Team has priority use of the pool December 1 - February 28. During this time we will not access the pool until 4:30 pm. We will be blending our 3:30 and 4:00 classes in with other later classes during this time or you may choose to take a break until February if these times do not work for you.

*Saturday morning Swim Lessons in Easthampton at the Williston Northampton Pool (Park Street Athletic Complex) begin February 7 (please see below  for details regarding Easthampton classes).

*Hilltown Swim Lessons July and August (7 Grove st Haydenville, 3 mins from Look Park). Monday - Friday 3-6pm. Please inquire at our contact page.

Please review our Class Description page to best figure out your childs ability. At our contact page, please give us your child's age and basic ability level (ie do they swim with their face in the water, have they had lessons before, etc.)    

We will do our best to match you up with an appropriate existing group or you may start your own with 3 or more. 

This becomes your time until you tell us you no longer require it. 

An instructor will contact you directly to set up your first appointment based upon availability. All of our lessons are Pay As You Go. Group lessons are $20pp and private lessons are $40.

This is not a drop in program. We have a  very flexible cancellation policy of a phone call to the instructor by noon of the day of the lesson at no charge, after noon the lesson will be charged. If you go on vacation and let us know we will hold the spot for you at no charge for one week. If you are away for more than a week please call us upon your return to see if the space is still available.

Saturday, Easthampton Lessons / Williston Northampton School Athletic Complex, Park Street, Eaasthampton

6 week sessions Feb. 7 - March 14  /  Mar. 28 -May 2    $99

9:30 beginner / 10:00 Beginner / 10:30 Intermediate

Please register directly with the Easthampton Recreation Dept. 529-1440

Office located at Daily Field Road (Nonotuck Park), Easthampton 


American Red Cross Lifeguarding  & Water Safety Instructor Classes

Please contact us directly at our Contact Page to request all details regarding upcoming classes.

 CPR and First Aid Classes for individuals are generally held within the Lifeguarding schedule. We will form a class for your group or organization for 3 or more people at your convenience.  Individual recertifications are handled by appointment.  Please call for details 413 537 9454.

About the Swim School

 The Valley Swim School began 15years ago.  We have been training Lifeguards, teaching First Aid and CPR and Swim Lessons for adults and children at a variety of locations.  Most recently we had been leasing the former Clarke School pool in Northampton and before that teachng at our beautiful outdoor facility in the summer in Haydenville

About Craig Collins

Craig Collins, Founder of The Valley Swim School has over 20 years experience teaching swimming. Craig has been an instructor in the Exercise and Sport Studies Department at Smith College in Northampton, Ma for the past 18 years and is a certified American Red Cross Instructor and Trainer in all levels of CPR/ AED, First Aid, Lifeguard Training, Swimming and Water Safety (WSI).


Contact Information, Closings, Saturday Lessons in Easthampton

During the school year If schools are closed we are also closed.

Mailing Address, Phone, Email: valleyswimschool@comcast.net
7 Grove Street
Haydenville, MA 01039    

413 537-9454 

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