We are so excited to offer private and semi-private swim lessons beginning in April or earlier if the weather permits and continuing throughout the summer. Lessons are held in our heated pool in the downtown Columbia, SC area. The pool is kept at a very comfortable 88-90 degrees throughout the spring/summer and fall months. During your lesson time your child or children will be the ONLY swimmer(s) in the pool/backyard/pool deck. This truly “private” one on one atmosphere makes for a unique and specialized learning environment. In a private lesson you will have very few distractions and best of all you don’t have to worry about another child’s fears about the water and swimming rubbing off on your little one. In our experience, a private lesson, taught in a pool where there are NO other swim lessons going on is almost always the best option for children who are learning. This atmosphere allows us to customize the instruction that will best challenge your child and to identify what techniques will work best with your child’s learning style. It is our goal as your child’s swim instructors to use positive techniques while learning through play which helps limit stress on the child and fosters a life long love of the water.
Swim lessons are available in the mornings, early and late afternoons depending on the week and the instructor. We meet for four days (Monday – Thursday) for 25 minutes a day. There are no refunds or reschedules for missed lessons. Be sure to double check your calendar and make sure the dates you pick will work for you before you schedule.
Private lessons are offered for children ages 6 months and up.
Semi-private sibling lessons are offered for children ages 2 and up.
Semi-private “friend” lessons are offered for children ages 3 and up.
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He Is Fearless Now
He was very excited to see her each day. He progressively got better and began swimming under water on his own. Easton had so much fun this time we signed him up for swim camp. This is where I believe he gained a lot of confidence. Under the direction of Libby, Ben and Marshall as well as being with other children around his age, Easton really came out of his shell. He is fearless now. I could not be happier with our experiences with Libby and her sons. They work so well with children and are so knowledgeable. I would and do recommend them to almost everyone.- Kelly Rister
Best Decisions Ever Made
My son, Eli, took swim lessons from Libby and it was one of the best decisions my husband and I have made for him! Eli was 5 1/2, had never ducked his head under water and had never jumped into the pool. After the first lesson with Libby, he was going under water and by the end of the week he was swimming and jumping into the pool! He loved working with “Mrs. Libby” so much that we signed him up for her week long swim camp. He had a blast! I plan to sign him up again for more lessons and will sign our youngest up too when he gets older.
- Callie-Jane Britt
I highly recommend Ben
At 5 years old, my daughter pleaded not to have her hair washed, as the water might get in her eyes and ears. She was so afraid, that I thought swim lessons might be a waste of time, but decided to give it a chance. Then came Ben. After 2 lessons, Lucy was swimming under water, with her eyes open – laughing, playing and loving the entire experience. I highly recommend Ben and look forward to my two year old taking lessons from him this summer.
- Robin Georgion Hallyburton
Swimming Confidently On Her Own
I signed up my daughter Lucy for semi private swim lessons with "Mrs. Libby" after hearing great things about her from friends. After a week of lessons, Lucy was swimming confidently on her own. She never wore any type of swimmies again! We followed up the next year with swim camp and every time we drive near Mrs. Libby's house Lucy always asks when she gets to go back. We can't wait to get our younger child signed up!- Meredith Long
Could Not Have Been A Better Experience
My son Charlie, 3 at the time, did a one week private lesson with Libby and it could not have been a better experience. He learned to not only swim but to be confident in the water and have fun! This was so key to me that it be an experience that keeps enjoyment at the core, not just results, and Libby is a master at both! Can’t wait to get him back for a refresher this summer and send little sister as well!- Lauren Dowdy
Grateful for Ben’s kindness and patience
We had the opportunity to hire Ben to teach my 3 year old, Bowen swimming lessons last year. Ben had his work cut out for him- Bowen is fearless around water but didn't know the first thing about how to swim. Of course, when it was time to get in the water, there was major hesitation from Bowen and some tears, but Ben was quickly able to put Bowen at ease, gain his trust and get him in the water. Ben has a wonderful work ethic with the kids and uses fun "games" that actually teach the kids swimming skills without the child realizing that is what the purpose is. When I came to pick Bowen up after just one lesson, he was already swimming to the steps underwater!!! It was absolutely amazing!!!! Ben and Bowen had a great week together- the progress that Ben was able to make with Bowen was incredible. I will always be grateful for Ben's kindness and patience as he worked with Bowen. And I was able to gain confidence that if Bowen were to fall into the pool by accident he could safely get himself to the side- for that alone, I am very thankful!!!!!- Katie Dyches
I am forever grateful for Marshall
I highly recommend Marshall for swimming lessons! My Son was 4 when we signed up for lessons- I was a bit concerned because Haynes was a little timid, shy and nervous but Marshall greeted us with a friendly smile and upbeat attitude that won Haynes over. There were some tears and hesitation from Haynes on the first day but by the time I came to pick him up after his FIRST lesson, he was in the water with Marshall, swimming to the steps...UNDERWATER!!!!! I couldn't believe it!!!! I was so impressed with how Marshall handled the situation with Haynes's nervousness and won over his trust in such a short period of time. Haynes left that first day a much braver little boy and looked forward to having his lesson the next day! By the time the week was over, Haynes was jumping off the diving board and swimming the length of the pool....something that I didn't know was even possible at his age and in such a short time! Haynes loved Marshall so much that we continued lessons the next summer and they picked up right where they left off! I am forever grateful for Marshall, his talent for teaching, his outgoing personality, his patience and his ability to teach my son how to be safe in the water!!!!!- Katie Dyches
Wonderful and Caring Teacher
During the summer of 2016, my 2 year old daughter took swimming lessons with Libby and loved every minute. Not only did Libby help her to become more comfortable with the water, she also taught her to go under water and pick things up on the pool steps. This made bath time fun as well because she started blowing bubbles and showing me how she could hold her breath under water.
The next summer, we signed my daughter up for Libby’s swim camp. By the end of the summer, just before she turned 4, she was swimming underwater and able to go the distance from one side of the pool to the next without any help. She was so proud of herself and there is no doubt that all of this was because of the attention Libby had given her both in private lessons and swim camp.
Libby is a wonderful and caring teacher who we will definitely be using for our second daughter and will continue recommending to our friends all the time!!- Meghan Hesley
Excited for Third Year of Swim Lessons
My daughter has taken swim lessons from Libby for two years.
She had private swim lessons (from someone else) the year before I found Libby, but they were not beneficial at all. My daughter still couldn’t even hold her breath under water after the first week!
Libby, not only had my daughter holding her breath her under after the first DAY, she was swimming across the pool to Libby after the first week of lessons! Libby is amazing with her and has taught her so much! Her progress was so amazing, I immediately booked an end-of-summer week of lessons, too.
We will start our third year of lessons with Libby this summer, and I am not sure what I am more excited about – to see the progress that my little girl makes OR to see the super cool underwater pics of her students. Both equally amazing!
I highly recommend anyone that wants their kiddos to be amazing swimmers to contact Libby!
- Carter Mullinax
From Hesitant to Confident
Libby is the best of the best when it comes to swim instruction for children. I have to admit that I was hesitant when I heard it was only a 25 minutes lesson daily for a week... However, after the first 25 minute session both of my boys (aged 3 & 2 at the time) were swimming! Not only were they swimming at the end of the week, but they actually learned stroke technique, too! She made learning fun and exciting. We LOVE Libby and look forward to using her with our next 2 little ones!
- Marci Saltzman