It's the ultimate low-impact, full-body exercise. We put our bodies through such rigorous exertion in other workouts that we're bound to start aching (or worse), if we haven't already. The aerobic benefits of swimming 1 mile are equal to those of running 4 miles, and yet it's easier on the joints than anything else that gets your heart rate up. We're excited to offer swimming as a break from pavement pounding and pedal pushing, and we design our dry land drills to be similarly low-impact.
It's a sport you learn at age 2 and can still do at 92. In contrast to running, which often has an expiration date, swimming becomes even more beneficial the older you get by increasing your flexibility and joint mobility.
Pack a bathing suit and you're ready to swim. Particularly for short trips out of town, leave the sneakers at home and take advantage of hotel pools that are often well-maintained and uncrowded.
On top of the physical benefits, swimming has the potential to be one of the most therapeutic forms of exercise: "moving meditation". The sensory stimulation of gliding through the water enables a degree of mindfulness that is hard to find in most interval classes. We elevate this aspect of swimming alongside fast-paced training, giving you 45 minutes of both intensity and introspection.
Swimming is a great sport for developing habits in visualization and discipline. There are clear metrics for achievement, whether you're aiming to complete 3 consecutive laps or win a triathlon, and behavior cultivated in the pool affects life more broadly. (We considered putting a Phelps quote here, so just pretend like we ended with something really motivational!)
We put this in parentheses to indicate it's not our TOP reason, but we'd be remiss not to point out that swimmers tend to be a tad more exposed than your average gym-goer ;)
How much is a class?
A single class costs $30. We aren't currently able to offer multi-class packages through the site, but rest assured we reward loyalty with promo codes!
Do you offer monthly membership?
We do not (or at least not yet). We have a pay-per-class model.
Do you offer a free 1st class?
Yes indeed: enter the promo code “freestyle” at checkout.
Do you allow walk-ins?
As long as you arrive 15 minutes before class, and assuming the class isn’t full, then yes.
Is there a minimum age limit?
You must be at least 15-years-old to join a SwimTeam class. For anyone under 18, a mandatory waiver must be signed by a parent or guardian.
How far in advance can I reserve my spot?
Bookings open one week prior.
Can I change my reservation?
You can modify or cancel your reservation up to 12 hours before class.
Can I transfer my reservation?
Yes. Email email@example.com with the name and email address of the person you'd like to transfer to so we can ensure he/she signs our waiver.
Is there a swim test?
There's not a test, but you won't enjoy the class if you don't have basic swimming skills. If you’re not comfortable with freestyle, get in touch with us to discuss a private lesson so you can hit the ground swimming.
What do I need to bring?
Just a swimsuit and water bottle. We provide Lycra swim caps, towels, and sun lotion free of charge, and goggles for rent or purchase.
What kind of bathing suit should I wear?
Comfort is key. For women, a one-piece is most practical but it’s up to you. For men, regular summer trunks are fine or bust out something more technical (rock a Speedo – we dare you…).
What should I eat before/after class?
We recommend a light snack such as a banana or non-dairy smoothie an hour before class, leaving plenty of time to digest. It's also smart to prehydrate with 2-3 cups of water about 2 hours before class and another 2 cups fifteen minutes before. After class, drink loads of water and grab some protein.
What if I show up late?
We have to be strict on this one, I'm afraid: we allow late arrivers to join class up to 5 minutes after start time...so don't cut it close!
How does it work when I get there?
The first thing you’ll see outside the location or by the pool is a smiling face in a SwimTeam T-shirt. Congratulations! You’ve found our Front Deck. That jovial new friend of yours will point you towards the pool, where your coach awaits.
How do I hear the instruction/music?
Our Swimmersive™ headset allows you to hear your coach and music while swimming. More details about this cool piece of gear can be found on the "Workout" page.
How many calories will I burn?
This varies depending on class design and individual exertion, but we estimate you’ll burn within the range of 400-800 calories.
How many yards will I swim?
As with calories, distance depends on the individual, but on average we design classes to total between 700 and 1,000 yards.
Is it competitive?
That's not our goal. We seek to foster a comfortable and social environment for people of all swimming abilities to enjoy a good workout, which is why we remove lane lines. We encourage you to be competitive with yourself in an effort to improve, and we find that a friendly rivalry with others can be productive, but we don't put people in direct competition.
I'm a good swimmer - will this be too easy for me?
We don't think so, but come see for yourself! While our class is meant for all levels, our coaches will challenge advanced swimmers through suggested modifications to the standard workout. We'd love to hear your feedback after class.
I'm NOT a good swimmer - will this be too hard for me?
We've designed the class to cater to all levels, so if you have basic freestyle swimming skills then you should be able to complete most of the workout. Our coaches encourage without pushing, so rest assured they won’t leave you in the deep end. If you have any concerns, just drop us a line and we can chat, and please don't be shy with feedback after class.
What if I can’t do everything in the class?
There’s always the option to take a breather (a "lap nap", as we call it) or do a modified version of an exercise. We create an environment that’s equal parts challenging and supportive, with the understanding that a figurative (or literal) child’s pose may be necessary now and then.
Is there a beginner class?
We'll soon be offering a stroke clinic once a week that spends more time on the fundamentals. In the meantime, our Circuitswim class caters to all levels: the same strokes for different folks.
What’s the pool temperature and chlorine content?
In most cases, the temperature will be between 81 and 84 degrees Fahrenheit, and chlorine content will range from 1 ppm to 2.5 ppm with a pH between 7.2 and 7.6. The specifics for a given pool can be seen on the Schedule page. None of our pools use chloramines.
Are there showers?
Almost always yes, though it depends on the pool. Check class details as you’re booking for info on showers as well as lockers and other facilities.
Are there bathing suit dryers?
Yes. Fear not – you don’t need to carry a soaking wet bathing suit. All classes have a dryer and bags.
Are there lockers?
It depends on the pool. In locations where there aren’t lockers, a member of our team will keep an eye on your belongings.
Do you have childcare at the pools?
Unfortunately not. If your child is old enough to hang out on the side of the pool, you’re welcome to bring him/her along, but we are not able to supervise youngsters during class.
Do you provide or sell water/snacks/refreshments?
All pools have water fountains to fill up your bottle, but beyond that we recommend you come prepared with your own sustenance.
Where can I swim?
As of now our locations are West Hollywood, Santa Monica, Culver City and Tarzana
My hair is treated (highlights, straightened) – will the water mess it up?
Our pools have relatively low chlorine content, ranging from 1 ppm to 2.5 ppm, but there’s always the possibility that it will have an effect on treated hair, especially if the treatment was done recently. In most cases, chlorine will not affect straightened hair or a perm, though it may shorten the life of the treatment. In the case of dyed hair, however, it may dull the color, dry it out, or – on the rare occasions that cause horror stories – result in green tints if the dye has a blue base color. We provide Lycra swim caps, but caps do not prevent your hair from coming in contact with water, and the Lycra material in particular is intended more for comfort than water resistance. We advise that you consult with your hair specialist and consider additional preventative measures such as applying conditioner or coconut oil to your hair before swimming, and/or using a chlorine removing shampoo (free of sodium chloride and sulfate).
What about my spray tan?!?
It's LA, after all - this had to be part of the FAQ. The pool will not drastically affect your spray tan; however, as with sweating and showering, swimming will likely shorten the lifespan of your glow (which for some people may be a good thing!).
Can I participate with an injury?
It depends on the injury. Shoot us an email with more details and we’ll do our best to accommodate, whether that means modifying the exercises or designing a new class.
Can I participate if I am pregnant?
Most likely yes, but it’s best to give us a heads-up via email or phone ahead of time so we can ensure the class design is suitable, and please also notify your coach in person.
Do you offer private swim lessons?
Yes! Our fantastic coaches would be delighted to give you more in-depth instruction. You can find the form in the footer below.