Shark School Information
Updated March 28th, 2021
Shark school is our ‘First Tier' of swim education opportunities. It is noncompetitive and allows for a big impact due to the number of classes and session time. Shark School is our program to help your new swimmer learn to swim and, if desired, transition to swim team. It’s a GREAT introduction to summer swimming and is a whole lot of fun too. We’ve divided Shark School into two age groups: 3-5 and 6&up.
*In order to maintain full lesson schedule, will need a minimum of 4 swimmers enrolled in each session. Gulf Park will follow all CDC guidelines in relation to COVID-19. We will make changes to scheduled dates and times should it become necessary. Right now we plan to have instructors in the water with the swimmers. Parents can also make the decision to be in the water with their swimmer if that is preferred.
*This program is meant for children that cannot swim across the pool on their own.
We group the kids according to skill level, so non-swimmers get a great start and partial swimmers can keep moving forward. Your swimmer will build up the strength and endurance to swim the length of the pool (or even laps). We will introduce diving and lateral breathing with the freestyle stroke and spend a bit of time on breaststroke and butterfly – all in an encouraging and pressure-free environment with no meet competitions. Once your child (age 5 and up) can complete a swim test, he or she can move up to the team if you want!
Need more information? See our Shark School 101 link at the bottom of this page
Want to join our Shark School Staff? See our Shark School Employment application links at the bottom of this page
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2021 Tentative Dates:
Shark School will be held at Gulf Park Pool -
528 Pensacola Road, Knoxville, TN 37923
Full summer session = June 7 - July 28th
Shark School Morning Program - SPOTS STILL AVAILABLE!
Ages 3-5– T/H 8:30-9:30am
Ages 6 and up– T/H 9:30-10:30am
Shark School Evening Program - SPOTS STILL AVAILABLE!
Ages 3-5– M/W 5:00-6:00pm
Ages 6 and up – M/W 6:00-7:00pm
* Times subject to change.
Full summer session: $160 members $240 nonmembers
**If you have a current GPRA membership -OR- have kids on swim team and have paid a swim-team-only membership, you get the Members rate for shark school.
This will be Aubrey's 4th year teaching shark school. Aubrey is a rising Junior at Hardin Valley Academy. She has been a member of the Gulf Park Swim team for 8 years. Aubrey also swims for Tennessee Aquatics and Hardin Valley Academy. When she isn't swimming or teaching she is also lifeguarding at GP so chances are you will see her at the pool!