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Swim Lessons / Lifeguard Training / CPR & First Aid 

Email us to receive the 2019 SpringLifeguarding Class Schedule

Northampton:Ongoing classes run February through June at the JFK Middle School pool 100 Bridge Road, Florence, Ma (You may join at any time) July and August classes are moved to our beautiful outdoor facility in Haydenville at 7 Grove St., (only 3 mins from Look Park). Every year we break for the High School swim team season Dec.,Jan., Feb. Classes will resume At JFK February 25th through June 21 Haydenville outdoor Summer classes will begin July 8th MOn-Thurs 3-6pm. You may register any time within 3 weeks of your requested start time.   Lifeguard Training and CPR season is upon us.  Please contact us directly to receive an updated schedule of upcoming classes in your area.

We will offer 30 minute classes at JFK Mon. 4-6pm, Tues. 4-6:00pm, Weds 4-6:30pm and Fri. 4-6pm. .  ClaSSeS ARE ABILITY BASED AND NOT BASED UPON A SESSION or strictly by age. Most folks book one lesson per week but we can try to accommodate any request.  ONCE YOU TELL US YOUR DESIRED DAY AND TIME WE WILL build our small groups (not to exceed 5) around established reservations by basic ability level and approximate age. Private lesons available upon request. Please seee below for more details

We offer a pay as you go system and not a session basis. Once you tell us your preferred day and time and a brief description of your ability level we will match you with an existing group of similar ability or private lesson. This time will become yours until you tell us you no longer require it. We offer a flexible cancellation policy of a phone call or email before noon of the day of the lesson at no charge  (after noon there is a charge). JFK Middle School 100 Bridge Road Florence entrance at the rear of the building near the tennis courts. 

See Class Descriptions and Class Schedules for details.

How to use this website

*Please read the Class Descripiton page to figure out what swim level or program you are looking for.

Northampton Classes

*Check the Class Schedule to see what days and times we offer swim classes. Please fill out the Contact and Registration form letting us know which days and times work best for you for a pay as you go program.  We will do our best fo match you up with an existing group or private time. An instructor will then contact you directly to set up your first appointment.  Use the Contact and Registration form or please call us with any questions at 413 537-9454.  More details about policies, cancellations etc are avialble throughout the website.

About Craig Collins

Craig Collins, Founder of The Valley Swim School has over 25 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 24 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 / Closing Policy

During the school year If Northampton Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather or major holidays (or when Hallloween falls on a day we are teaching) we will be closed as well. Closed during lightning. PleaseCall the pool after 3pm 5871046. Reopen is generally 30 mins after the last evidence. We do not close when storms are predicted.  We close when they actually happen. The Recreation Department makes that decision. If you feeel the weather where you are is too dangerous for travel plese call us at 413 537 9454 and let us know you are not planning to come.

We are OPEN during school vacation weeks and election days. 

7 Grove Street
Haydenville, MA 01039
413 537-9454

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