the basics

Our Philosophy

Swim With Phyn focuses on "learning through play", which allows for children to be successful while playing games, completing challenges and bonding with caregivers. At Swim With Phyn, we believe that children learn best when they are taught with love and positive encouragement, and when they are allowed to make choices and participate in the learning process. 

Lesson Structure

Each lesson is a structured 30 minutes - allowing for significant skill building, without the risk of boredom. From day one, the focus is on repetition, consistency and making "safe choices" in and around the water.  Only one lesson is taught in the facility at a time - allowing for minimal distractions and maximum learning.


Julie (Phyn) has been specializing teaching babies and very young children how to swim for over 20 years. Swim With Phyn is a proud member of the US Swim School Association and instructors regularly attend conferences to make sure that our curriculum is the most up to date and effective.

What makes us different?

Swim With Phyn, is a small owner-operated swim school. We have only one lesson happening at a time in our warm, indoor pool.  Our instructors are experts in swimming with babies and each have over 20 years experience working with small children. We believe that this makes for the most learning conducive for little ones to learn and feel comfortable in the water. All of our lessons are taught by either Julie or Bridget, so your little one can get to know them and understand what to expect from each lesson. Routine, consistency and an intimate setting.


5826 Hollister Ave, Goleta, 93117

Close to everything Goleta and just down the road from UC Santa Barbara. Swim with Phyn is next door to SB Aquatics and the 7-11 in Old Town Goleta.

Look for the bright orange SIDE door facing the former Epic Motorsports. Note that our door is on the west SIDE of the building. The indoor pool is through the shop, in the back of the building.

Visiting the Pool:

You'll get everything you need to know and more! You can read all the reviews and get a ton of information online, but everyone has their own opinions, priorities and deal-breakers. Email us at and let us know what class level you want to visit and we will set that up! The best part? You get to see the facilities AND meet the instructor!! Yay!

If you want to observe a class, email us with the class level (see group lessons page) you would like to observe and we will let you know the available days and times and confirm a specific time so that we know to expect you. Jut send us an email with your child's age, and we will get back to you with options.

If you want to drop by to check out our facilities and/or speak to someone in person without an appointment, please drop by Saturday or Sunday from 11:30-12:15.

Don't forget to review our FAQ's. Most of your questions are probably answered there.

Email Us With Questions: We try to get back to you within 72 hours, often it is sooner.


Our hours  vary based on when we have lessons. During the week, M-F, most lessons are between 3pm and 7pm. Thursdays,  Saturdays and Sundays we have lessons 8 or 9am-noon.

The best way to reach us is by our contact page or emailing  We are not open the weeks we do not have lessons, so please see the yearly schedule on our homepage.

Pool Info:

The pool is indoor and kept at, or very near, 92 degrees. This makes it more comfortable and also more fun on rainy days and in the evenings, it also has the added benefit of complete UV protection - no sunscreen needed during lessons!

The chlorine level is kept as low as possible, monitored and adjusted mutiple times per day, to make it easier on little eyes.

The play area makes it easy to entertain before, (siblings) during and after swim lessons. However, remember siblings need to be supervised.


Parking is typically available on the street. Across the street, at the Community West Bank parking lot, there are now designated PUBLIC parking spots 24/7. This is a great option if you are having a hard time finding street parking.