Crying is normal

At the Farnsworth Swim School, we believe that the younger that children learn to swim, the better. We start as young as 1 yrs old. Swimming is like learning a language. The younger you learn, the easier it is and the more likely you are to master it. When babies are in the womb, they are in the water comfortably. Therefore, learning to swim is a natural next step.

The longer that parents waits without any exposure to the water, the more fear can set in. Crying is completely natural part of the process as well. We recommend that parents step outside if it seems like a distraction. Some of our best swimmers over the last 35 yrs cried for 2-3 weeks when they were young and are now swimming triathlons.

Even when they are crying, they are still learning and although it may seem like baby steps, it’s better than waiting. Waiting does a disservice to the child. They are actually learning a great deal and usually on the 4th or 5th day of an 8 day session, they stop crying and are more comfortable. As a result, they are ready to take huge leaps! I recommend a minimum of 8 days & even better 3 weeks!

We teach all levels at the Farnsworth Swim School from beginning to advanced, including adults, triathletes and stroke refinement for swim team.

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Summer 2014 Session Schedule

Two Locations!!

Summer 2014 Sessions will be available in two locations from 10am-1pm:
Almaden and Willow Glen.


Sessions in Almaden are at:
Hampswood Way
San Jose, CA 95120

Almaden Sessions are 10-1 and 3-7

  • Session 1 (5 Day): June 1-5th (M-F- only half day from 3-7pm)
  • Session 2 (8 Day): June 8-11th & 15-18th (M-Th 2 wks)
  • Session 3 (5 Day): June 22-26th (M-F)
  • Session 4 (4 Day): June 29th-July 2nd (M-Th)
  • OFF JULY 6-10th
  • Session 5 (8 Day): July 13-16th & 20-23rd (M-Th 2 wks)
  • Session 6 (5 Day): July 27-31st (M-F)
  • Session 7 (8 Day): Aug 3-6th & Aug 10-13th (M-Th 2 wks)

*Sessions 2-7: 10am-1pm & 3-7pm


Sessions in Willow Glen are at:
The Elks Club
444 West Alma Ave.
San Jose, CA 95110

Willow Glen Sessions are 10-1 only

  • Session 2 (8 Day): June 8-11th & 15-18th (M-Th 2 wks)
  • Session 3 (5 Day): June 22-26th (M-F)
  • Session 4 (4 Day): June 29th-July 2nd (M-Th)
  • OFF JULY 6-10th
  • Session 5 (8 Day): July 13-16th & 20-23rd (M-Th 2 wks)
  • Session 6 (5 Day): July 27-31st (M-F)

*All Elk’s sessions: 10-1pm only


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Does my child still need to take lessons while they are on the swim team?

Yes! At the Farnsworth Swim School, we teach all levels of swimming and are highly skilled at coaching swim team members. Swimmers tend to believe that once on the swim team, they’ll get all their needs met and learn everything about swimming. In fact, not much 1-on-1 instruction takes place on swim teams; the focus is on speed, not form. At the Farnsworth Swim School, our stroke clinic aids students in refining their form, mastering flip turns and racing dives, and more. Students improve by leveraging their strength to swim faster with less effort and more energy.

Our Beautiful Location!

We are happy to announce that we will be continuing swim lessons at the same location as last year in Almaden Valley! The address is 6132 Corte de La Reina San Jose, CA 95120 off of Redmond and Meridian. We look forward to swimming with you this summer and helping you improve your strokes!

Acupressure and Jin Shin Jyutsu Services

I offer acupressure and Jin Shin Jyutsu services for primarily people with cancer, including children.
I offer 1 on 1 sessions, which are 1 hr long.  An adult receives a session for 1 hr and during the last 10 min, I teach them potent energy points that they can do on themselves to promote overall, well-being and minimized side-effects of cancer. A child receives a session for about 45 min and for the last 10-15 min, I teach the parent healing tools that they can walk away with to use on their child to continue the healing process and feel better during cancer.
I also offer workshops, which teach “hands on” healing tools for cancer patients and their caregiver and workshops for parents of children with cancer. Some of the benefits of 1 on 1 sessions are as follows:
  • Strengthening the immune system, which increases white blood cells and increases well-being.
  • Reducing side-effects of all stages of cancer (onset of diagnosis, during and after chemo and remission).
  • Helping one absorb medication and digest food, insomnia, depression, increasing mental clarity, and balancing the emotions.
During the workshops, I teach cancer patients and their caregivers as well as parents of children with cancer ( separate workshop)”hands on” healing tools that reduce the side-effects of cancer (the above side-effects), meditation tools that alleviate stress during cancer (mental, spiritual, and emotional) and nutrition that teaches one how to increase healthy cells through a healthy diet.
Acupressure is from China and releases endorphins or the “feel good” hormones from the body, which leave the person feeling balanced, energized, and joyful! Jin Sin Jyutsu is from Japan and is similar to acupressure and is called a physio philosophy, which means the art of knowing yourself. The hands are called the jumper cables and by jumper cabling the body through touch of potent energy points, one is able to tap more deeply into who they are. As a result, the person’s well-being is re-aligned.
My next class is The 3 Keys to Optimal Health While Living With Cancer: Acupressure/ Jin Shin Jyutsu, Meditation, and Nutrition.
Next class date is: 8/4 from 6-8pm at the wellness community in Mountain View.
Contact me via our contact form to learn more.

Our New Website

Hi Friends,

I’m very pleased to launch this new Website. It has been an emotional yet fantastic voyage taking over the Farnsworth Swim School after my mother’s passing. My challenge and opportunity is to keep all of the fantastic aspects of the business my mom excelled at, as well as adding my own touches and personality.

One of the new aspects of the business is using technology to our advantage.  This new Website will make it easier for my customers to book lessons, and make it easier for me to focus on teaching and spend less time on administration.

I’d love it if you, my fantastic customers and family, provide feedback and let me know what you like about the site, as well as what we can do to have it better serve you.

Summer 2013 Session Schedule

Session 1 (5Day): June 3-7
Session 2 (8Day): June 10-13 & June 17-20
Session 3 (5 Day): June 24-28
Session 4 (5 Day): July 8-12
Session 5 (8 Day): July 15-18 & July 22-25
Session 6 (8 Day): July 29 – August 1 & August 5-8
Session 7 (4 Day): August 12-15

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