Foothills Club Swim Lessons, Clinics, Lap Swimming, Programs

Please direct all questions and comments to

Dave Zapp, Aquatics Director
(650) 493-8540 x5
3351 Miranda Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94304

Most Foothills' swim programs are available to Non-Members. Please contact Dave for more information.

Recreational & Lap Swimming

We have seven lanes for lap swimming in our 25-yard pool. The 11ft diving area and 3ft wading pool are always available, and at least one lane is devoted to recreational swimmers. The only exception is for swim meets that require the entire use of the pool; the pool is closed to recreational swimming during these swim meets.

Since 1957, Foothills pool provides a comfortable, safe, and friendly atmosphere for Members and their guests from Palo Alto, Los Altos, Mountain View, Menlo Park, and more. You must be a Member, a guest of a Member, or participating in lessons or clinics to swim in our pool.

Private Swim Lessons

Foothills provides year-round private (one-on-one) and group swim lessons to Members and Non-Members.

Please direct all questions and comments to
Dave Zapp, Aquatics Director
(650) 493-8540 x5
3351 Miranda Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94304

  • Swim Lessons Information
    • Swim Lessons: Year-round

      Foothills Tennis and Swimming Club offers private and semi-private swim lessons to member and non-member swimmers, ages 3 & up, of all levels and abilities. Each lesson is 30-minutes in duration. Semi-private lessons are only recommended if the swimmers are of similar swim ability/level and already have already learned the basics of swimming.

      About swim lessons at Foothills: We believe that swimming is more than just water safety; it’s a part of a lifelong program for health, safety and enjoyment. The purpose of our swim program is to: provide outstanding instruction for all swimming abilities, teach safety and lifelong aquatic skills, create a fun yet challenging experience.

      About our instructors: Most of our instructors come from a competitive swimming background. They are patient and knowledgeable about swimming and child development. Each instructor receives ongoing training and reviews to ensure the best swimming instruction possible. We have two categories of instructors. Regular Instructors teach children and adults how to swim, water safety, and basic strokes. Competitive Instructors are for those who need to improve their technique and stroke efficiency. Any instructor you choose, will be enthusiastic and provide quality instruction.

      Arrival: Please arrive at least 5 minutes prior to the scheduled lesson. Lessons will end at scheduled time regardless of arrival time.

      Diapers: Children 3 or younger must wear a waterproof diaper while in the pool. Swim diapers & children who are not yet potty-trained are not permitted in the main pool. Private lessons for children over the age of 3 who are not yet potty-trained will be held in the children’s wading pool.

      Registration: Each instructor has their availability online. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. You must complete the registration form & medical release forms.

      Members may register online.
      1. Submit Inquiry Form (in the office or online)
      2. Pre-purchase lesson credits
      3. Someone from the Aquatics Department will contact you within 48 hours to schedule pre-payed lessons
      Please note: pre-payment and inquiry form does not guarantee lesson time. You must first be contacted by someone from the Aquatics Department to complete registration and scheduling.

      Payment & Rates:
      Fees are incurred based on enrollment, not attendance.
      Members – will be billed to their account
      Non-members – must pre-pay by check or cash; make checks payable to FTSC.

      Regular Instructors:

      $35 per lesson
      $50 per lesson
      Competitive Instructors:

      $40 per lesson
      $55 per lesson

      Cancellation Policy:
      Lessons run RAIN OR SHINE. Cancellations by management due to a facility related circumstance, such as pool maintenance, or severe weather (lightning), will be rescheduled or credited to your account. Coach cancellations: if for some reason the coach must cancel a lesson, they will notify you and make-ups will be provided.

      If for any reason you need to cancel your lesson, you must cancel at least 7 days before the lesson date or you will be charged a 50% cancellation fee. No-shows and cancellations within 48 hours of the lesson will be billed for the full amount. All cancellations must go through the Front Office – 650-493-8540. There are no make-up days for lessons missed in your weekly session.

      Illness Policy: Under no circumstances may a student attend a lesson if they are sick. If the student shows any signs of illness or is unable to participate in the lesson, please call the office (650) 493-8540 as soon as possible. You must provide a doctors note to reschedule without being charged; those who do not or cannot provide a doctors not will be charged the full amount for the missed lesson.

      Please direct all questions or comments to:
      Dave Zapp, Aquatics Director
  • Non-Member Inquiry Form

    • Foothills Tennis & Swimming Club

      Non-member swim lesson inquiry form


      • You may come up to 5 minutes before your lesson time and must leave the grounds promptly after.
      • Lessons occur rain or shine; only lightning will result in a cancellation and in that case a make-up lesson will be provided.
      • Pool use is only for your lesson time, the pool is not available to practice or play before or after your lesson.
      • Locker rooms may be used to change and for brief showers.
      • Parents waiting for a student may sit pool-side on the chairs provided. Family member of the student may not use the pool.
      • Use of other facilities and grounds is for members only. This includes the clubhouse, kitchen, beverage service, outdoor tables, tennis courts and playground.
      • Cancellation Policy: For a full refund, you must cancel at least 7 days before the lesson date or you will be charged a 50% cancellation fee. Day of lesson cancellations or no-shows will be charged the full amount.
      • Coach cancellations: you will be notified by the coach if this occurs and a make-up lesson will be arranged.

      I, the undersigned, by affixing my signature, declare that I have read andunderstand the above rules and regulations governing my use fo the facilities, fees, payments, policies and general information including cancellation policies at Foothills Tennis and Swimming Club.

      If the participant is a minor(s), the undersigned represents that he or she is the legal guardian of said minor(s). As the legal guardian of the above participate, I hereby agree to waive my right, my spouse’s right and my cild(ren)’s right to make a claim or initiate any lawsuits against Foothills Tennis and Swimming Club (Foothills) (FTSC) or its officers, agents, or employees for the acts or omissions of those officers, agents, or employees which may, or do, cause injury, harm, or death to myself or child(ren). I agree to this waiver in consideration of the benefits, anticipated or real, that may recive from participating in swim lessons.

      In the event that an accident or emergency and I cannot be contacted, I authorize any Foothills personnel to seek medical attention at any hospital for my child(ren).

Junior Programs

PSA Summer Swim Team

Foothills Swim Team helps kids and teens improve their technique and build strong bonds. Swimmers work together at practices, encourage each other at meets, and have a blast at team social events through the summer. They compete in five dual club meets, a relay meet, and the Championship Meet.

Summer Swim Team is for Members only, ages 4 to 18.

Our upcoming Summer Swim Team will begin on Monday, May 4th, 2020

PAsa Year-round swim team

Foothills is one of six sites that train Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics (PASA) teams. Our upcoming PASA season will begin Tuesday, September 3rd. Contact the Aquatics Director, Dave Zapp, for more information!

Adult Programs

Swim Clinics

Foothills provides a variety of year-round clinics for all skill levels; for both Members and Non-Members. This is an opportunity to learn about strokes and techniques - at your own pace; we want you to enjoy making your swimming more efficient and fun.

Masters Swimming

All levels welcome, for both Members and non-members! We are a group of adults that love to swim! We motivate each other to workout, have fun doing it, and meet new like-minded people. We learn stroke efficiency and do a lot of stroke technique work as well. Our practice times are: Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 11:30am-1:30pm. You may come and go as you wish (most workouts last 1-1.5 hours).

Need Swimming Gear?

Shop at SwimOutlet for all your swim gear needs, and help support Foothills swimming. When you use the link, a portion of each sale goes towards the Foothills Dolphins team - click here to start shopping!

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