Our goal is to teach young children to swim in a positive, safe, and loving environment. We recognize that each child is an individual with different emotional and developmental abilities and we cater each lesson to those needs.  In addition to teaching the life saving skills of swimming, we also strive to develop each child's self-esteem, confidence, and love for the water. Because creating a happy swimmer is a gift that lasts a lifetime we do all we can to make the experience safe, fun, and enjoyable!  Our beginner class ratios are the lowest in town at only beginner class 3:1 and our parents enjoy a comfortable air conditioned viewing experience!  

Our instructors are Red Cross certified & receive constant in-house training so that you can be assured quality instruction. Next is our unique indoor pool is temperature controlled (water and air), the water has a salt choline duel computer controlled system with a ultraviolet sanitizer.  Combined all this with wave-less gutters and underwater music for a beginners paradise!

We are a 5 star member of US Swim School Association! 

Theresa Wold
Theresa Wold Swim Director

Meet the Director!

 Swim Director, Theresa Wold has been a part of the American Kids family since 2008. During her tenure Theresa has changed the lives of countless children, always striving to help families understand the importance of water safety. With a BA in Liberal Studies & a minor in Special Education, Theresa has an unmatched passion and drive for insuring that all children have an equal opportunity to become water safer, and offers lessons to an abundance of special abilities students. Theresa has traveled the United States to attain her certifications in infant toddler education and special abilities from the United States Swim School Association and continuously furthers her education each year.

  • Swim - Baby Classes American Splash!

    Under 24 month olds  -  Parent/Guardian participation.

    • Class Name
    • Ages
    • Gender
    • Water Babies
    • 6 weeks - 5mos
    • Coed

    This is a TUITION FREE*, non-submersion, class designed for our littlest swimmers. We provide a warm, inviting atmosphere that will enhance natural newborn water instinct. This is a wonderful bonding experience for parents and babies with water orientation, parent information and earl motor skill development.- Parent/Guardian Participation required

    Students MUST wear reusable swim pant/diaper sold at AKSC (not disposable). 

    *Only the Annual Membership is required to enroll into class.

    • Water Bugs
    • 6 - 23mos
    • Coed

    This class is designed for beginning swimers to work on water introduction, breath holding and motor skill development. We offer a gentle and loving approach to teaching basic swim skills at each child's own pace. Water safety and survival skills are taught to both child and parent through this class to make backyard swim time more enjoyable. It is the perfect class for beginner swimmers or graduates from our Water Babies class. - Parent/Guardian Participation required

    Students MUST wear reusable swim pant/diaper sold at AKSC (not disposable).

    • Angel Fish
    • 12 - 18mos
    • Coed

    Our Angelfishies are swimmers who graduated from our Water Bugs class and who are eager and confident in the water. This class will offer an independent class structure that will prepare the student for a non-parent participation class. Swimmers will continue to work on Water Bugs skills while learning to swim on their own and to swim with their teacher. This will also give parents a little more time in the water with their child while learning how to calm their apprehensions about swimming without mom or dad. - Parent/Guardian Participation required - Instructor approval required

    Students MUST wear reusable swim pant/diaper sold at AKSC (not disposable).

    • Guppies
    • 15 - 23mos
    • Coed

    Guppies classes are for swimmers from our Angelfishies class that are ready to swim independently but are still too young for our toddler classes. Swimmers work on basic seimming and water safety skills through an independent class structure. Our Guppies are moving through the water on their own and learning to sit and wait their turn. - NON Parent Participation - 2:1 ratio - Instructor approval required

    Students MUST wear reusable swim pant/diaper sold at AKSC (not disposable).

  • Swim - Toddler Classes American Splash!

    24 to 36 month olds  -  3:1 ratio  -  Non-Parent participation.

    • Class Name
    • Ages
    • Gender
    • Goldfishies
    • 24-36mo
    • Coed

    Goldfishies are beginning toddler swimmers that will be in a class on their own. They will learn basic swimming as well as water safety and servival skills. Students in this class may be taking their very first swom lesson or have completed any of our younger levels.

    Students MUST wear reusable swim pant/diper sold at AKSC (not disposable).

    • Tadpoles
    • 24-36mo
    • Coed

    This class is only for our Guppies and Goldfishies graduates. The Tadpoles class offers the same skills as a Goldfishies clas but these swimmers are not fearful, are comfortable swimming with the teacher, can float independently and are attempting to swim independently.

    Instructor approval required - Students MUST wear reusable swim pant/diper sold at AKSC (not disposable).

  • Swim - Children 3 and Up American Splash!

    AKSC is Bakersfield's only school that is an active member of the US Swim School Association!  Our class progressions below are specifically designed to move your child up thru the skill levels in a rewarding manner.  Our staff is highly trained and red cross certified.  We love to have kids love to swim!  

    We have the lowest student to coach class ratios.  We offer classes by simular age groups.  All classes in this list are non-parent participating.  

    NON-Parent Participation - To maintain clean water for all tudents under 3 yr 6 months MUST wear reusable swim pant (not disposable) sold at AKSC.

    Classes are also offered at all InShape Health Centers in Bakersfield.  No membership needed.

    For more infomation email us!

    • Class Name
    • Ages
    • Gender
    • Starfishies
    • 3 & up
    • Coed

    This class is designed for beginning swimmers with no experience. Skills are learned through fun games at a pace students can enjoy. The students will be working toward establishing breath control and submerging. A great combination of fun and challenge, this class creates a base skill set to build  on as our students move into the intermediate and upper levels.

    • Seahorsies
    • 3 & up
    • Coed

    This class is an intermediate beginner level, only for students who have completed another AKSC swim level. TO be placed in this class, students must be comfortable in the water, floating an swimming with their face in the water. The focus of this level center around breath control and the transitional skill of the roll over breath, which is used for the student to gain a breath on their own. - Instructor approval required.

    • Sharkies
    • 3 & up
    • Coed

    This calss is for our most advanced beginners. In this level we begin to challenge the gross motor skills of our students. These swimmers can already swim independently the width of the pool using roll over breathing. Presented with both mental and physical challenges, students in this level will learn their bilateral side breath combined with proper Freestyle arms.

    • Dolphins
    • 3 & up
    • Coed

    This class is for students who have completed our beginner levels and can easily swim 25 feet using correct Freestyle with bilateral breathing. Butterfly is a natural progression for students who are proficient with their Freestyle; the arm and leg movements are similar while the body alignment and undulation are the same. Our Dolphins will be learning their wiggles and Butterfly arms, followed by properly timed breathing to complete their Butterfly stroke.

    • Otters
    • 3 & up
    • Coed

    Our Otters class is for students who have complete the Sharkies and Dolphins levels and can swim 25 feet using proper Freestyle with bilateral breathing and 25 feet of proper Butterfly. Since Otters swim on their backs, in this level swimmers will be learing Backstroke while continuing to refine their Freestyle and Butterfly. Students will be taught kicks, body rotation, arms and finishes all for the Backstroke.

    • Frogs
    • 3 & up
    • Coed

    Our Frogs swimmers can already swim 25 feet of proper Freestyle, Butterfly and Backstroke. In this class studentswill learn to swim like a Frog and learn their Breastroke and continue to refine the other 3 strokes. Proper body alignment and timing if the Breastroke can take some time to master, so in this level Breastroke will be broken down into several  skill drills to insure proper technique is learned.

    • Swim Team Prep
    • 3 & up
    • Coed

    This class is non competitive and for our most advanced swimmers. To be eligible students must be able to Freestyle with bilateral breathing, Butterfly, Backstroke and Breastroke all with proper technique. This class is an hour long and practices the length of the pool. Swimmers will continue to work on body alignment and rotation, finishes and proper techniques. The will learn underwater strokes, turns and endurance - Focus is water endurance and skill refinement to prepare them to join a competitive swim team. - 1 hour lessons

  • Swim - Privates & Semi-Privates American Splash!

    We offer private and semi-private lessons.

    • Class Name
    • Ages
    • Gender
    • Privates
    • All
    • Coed

    These lessons are designed to give participants individualized attention to improve or master their swimming skills.

    Together, the instructor, participant and/or parent determine the goals for the session and the curriculum is customized in order to meet these goals.  Private lessons are 30 minutes in length.

    Don't see a day and time on the schedule that works for you?  Email us.

    • Semi-Privates
    • All
    • Coed

    Same as privates above but with two children.  You must have two to enroll.  Your own kids or you and a friend... just let us know.  In the class schedule just find a Private lessons time slot and let us know you want to change it to a semi-private.  Cost is same as private.

    Don't see a day and time on the schedule that works for you?  Email us.

  • Additional Swim Choices American Splash!

    More classes, more add-ons, and more fun!

    • Class Name
    • Ages
    • Gender
    • Frequent Splashers
    • Any
    • Coed

    This swim add-on gives you all the extra class every day of the week for one small price!  Varies by season.  That's right!  Take as many as 7 additional classes a week for all for weeks!  Any unsed class spot is yours anytime!  Unbelieveable value!

    Only avaiable at NW location.  Must be enrolled in a NW swim class.  Limited to one extra per day.  Enrollment limited to day of class.  Ask us for details - Email.

    • Family Swim
    • All
    • Coed

    There is no better place to unwind, enjoy your children and have fun than the water. Open to enrolled swim students and their families only.  The cost is just $5 per person or $15 per immediate family. No more than 2 guests and children under 3 are free. An adult is required to be in the water with their children at all times. One adult in free per paid child.

    Call or email us for day and times.

    • Adult Swim Lessons
    • Adult

    Offerred as Private and Semi-private lessons.  Go to that link.

    • Life Guard Trainings

    We do offer life quard and Red Cross training and certificates.  Email us for next clinic.

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"My favorite parts about our experience with AKSC Swim is the fact that my kids have grown to LOVE the water, learned water safety skills, and continue to learn swim techniques. We love AKSC Swim!" 

-Casey Hong
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"The American Kids swim program has not only allowed my children to gain strength, coordination, and confidence, but it has also allowed them to learn important life skills such as learning to take turns, celebrating each other’s successes, and setting personal goals."

-Paula Mara
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"They are all so welcoming, kind to the students and parents and provide great feedback.  It is appreciated! Thank you"

-Melissa Brown
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"I'm so happy with this swim program. My kids are both more confident in the water and are able to swim all over our pool at home. Both my kids have turned into little fish that love the water!"

-Sara Harrison