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6151 Brace Rd. Loomis | Call (916) 660-9492


Our beautiful and unique setting is like going to the park. Our pool was custom designed for teaching lessons. We are enclosed for the cooler months and always keep the water at a perfect teaching temperature of 91º.  We have heated and private changing rooms and showers areas for the comfort of our students.

Facilites School Facilities

About Our Water: Salt Generator System & Ultraviolet Sanitizer

Our newly upgraded water system provides great benefits for our swimmers and the environment. The use of natural salt chlorine reduces the need for chemical chlorine. This means:

  • No more chlorine odor
  • No more red, irritated eyes
  • Softer, smoother skin
  • Provides a more consistent sanitation process

We have a men’s, women’s and handicap bathroom onsite. We ask that you escort your swimmer to the restroom- this often aides in returning to lessons quickly! It’s a good idea to have each swimmer go to the restroom before each lesson. Thanks for your help!

Changing Rooms
There are several changing areas available. We have changing stalls located on the pool deck. The Otter Room is an infant changing area equipped with changing tables. For a little more privacy our bathrooms are perfect for changing.

There are two shower areas onsite for your convenience: one located on the pool deck next to the entrance of the pool, and a second shower is located outside the bathroom area. We ask in the warm months that all swimmers rinse off head-to-toe in our on-deck shower before entering the pool. In the cooler months- just hop into the warm water!

We have a large observation area so that you don’t have to miss any of your swimmer’s lesson. There are benches and chairs for you comfort and play structures for waiting siblings. We ask that all observers watch from outside the pool gate. This helps your swimmer focus on their lesson and gives our instructors the opportunity to bond with each swimmer.

Retail Shop
We sell goggles for all ages, disposable and non-disposable swim diapers, wetsuits, bathing suits and more. We also sell snacks and drinks. Our office and deck staff will gladly assist you with any of your needs or questions.

Sea Otter Swim Lessons began as a backyard swim program over 30 years ago. Beginning in Southern California in 1978, SOSL grew from one teacher in a backyard pool, to 5 teachers in 8 backyard pools. When Rebecca Sassenrath relocated to the Sacramento area in 1987, she began in a neighbor’s pool with 12 students. From there the family settled in Loomis and enjoyed sharing their backyard pool for 12 weeks each year with their swim lesson families.


The need was great. So, in July 1999 Sea Otter Swim Lessons opened their beautiful Loomis facility on Brace Road. Still maintaining the feel of a family friendly pool side, the Loomis pool teaches 100′s of swimmers each day. Our unique seasonally enclosed pool offers the flexibility of comfort during the winter months and enjoyment of the summer sun during the warmer days of spring, summer and fall.


With a passion to see every potential swimmer become safe and enjoy the water, Rebecca Sassenrath developed a method of teaching that took into regard each individual’s uniqueness characteristics physically, mentally and emotionally. From babies to older adults, with all levels of abilities it was her intent to see each swimmer enjoy the water with safety to the best of his or her own ability. The building blocks were comfort in the water, breath control, balance and buoyancy… and FUN! Our program still begins with these basics and continues with developing good technique and refinement so that all swimmers can reach their full potential in the water.


Sea Otter now serves 1,000′s of families each year and employs excellent trained, adult teachers. We see that in the future we will offer the benefits of our fine swim program to all ages in many venues.

We will provide quality swim lessons in a clean and friendly environment.

Our Teaching Principles

We are committed to representing the teaching philosophy of Sea Otter Swim Lessons. The primary method of teaching at SOSL is by using the “Part/Part/Whole” or “Progressions” teaching approach. It is the philosophy of the Company that children have the best opportunity to learn when instruction is given in a caring, consistent and clear manner. This is done most effectively when trust is built between the instructor and student in a safe environment. We are committed to teach in the accordance to this philosophy, using the methods taught during training.

We are committed to building trust with each swimmer through consistency, patience, positive language and follow through. Trust is the foundational building block in the relationship between instructors and swimmers. Swimmers are more likely to try new skills and conquer fears when trust has been built.

We are committed to provide a safe learning environment for all swimmers. It is important for all swimmers to feel comfortable, wanted, valued, accepted and secure in their learning environment. We do this by showing respect to all swimmers, using appropriate tone and language, and speaking to each swimmer’s level of understanding. Instruction will be clear and simple to set each swimmer up for success. We are also committed to provide the physical safety  of each swimmer during lessons by maintaining full attention on each swimmer, ensuring the teachers and swimmers are positioned safely in the pool and requiring all staff to maintain a current CPR/First Aid certification.

We are committed to continued education for all instructors through on-going trainings and shared experiences.  We are members of the United States Swim School Association which provides updated support and training on the latest teaching ideas and techniques.  Members of our staff attend yearly national conferences hosted by the USSSA.

We are committed to change to fit individual needs or changed circumstances.  Most often children go through “rollercoaster learning” or spurts of growth followed by regression.  This is a normal and expected part of the learning process. This can be caused by a number of contributing factors such as a new baby in the house, a sickness in the family, getting water up the nose or just having a bad day.  Our teachers understand this and will help  swimmers work through their challenges in a nurturing and positive way.

We are committed to show great interest in our swimmers and their accomplishments. Teachers will share a lot of encouragement, praise, high 5′s, hugs and smiles. Even the smallest accomplishments will be praised. When a swimmer overcomes a fear or masters a skill, parents may notice a joyful expression on both the swimmer’s and the teacher’s faces.

We are committed to being imaginative and original. Our teachers will take the time to discover what a swimmer likes, and use that information to motivate swimmers to get excited about trying new things. Examples of this would be little girls using their “ballerina kicks” across the pool, or “superman flying through the water”. A fearful child may pretend to be a “giant marshmallow” to help relax during a back float.

Teacher Melanie (Parent Tot & Adaptive Instructor)
Teacher Melanie

Melanie has been teaching at Sea Otter since 2003. She swam for several local teams including: Foresthill Stingrays, Placer High School, Sierra College, USA Swim and The Marlins. She began her swim teaching career over sixteen years ago. Away from Sea Otter Melanie is spending time with her two young children.

“My favorite part of teaching swimming is helping to build lifelong skills and having fun!”
Teacher Jordan (Parent Tot & Adaptive Instructor)
 Teacher Jordan

Jordan has been teaching at Sea Otter since 2012.

Teacher Leslie (Parent Tot & Adaptive Instructor)
 Teacher Leslie

Leslie has been teaching at Sea Otter since2003 She has one child of her own aside from here many here at Sea Otter. Leslie isone of our trained Parent/Tot and Adaptive Instructors. She is also Infant Swim Certified.

“My favorite part of teaching swimming is laughing with the kids”
Teacher Kaitlin (Parent Tot & Adaptive Instructor)

Kaitlin has been teaching at Sea Otter since 2012. She swam and played water polo at Del Oro High School. Kaitlin is a recent graduate from William Jessup University. Kaitlin’s favorite Disney Character is Goofy.

“My favorite part of teaching swimming is when my swimmers can swim to the side by themselves”
Teacher Paul (Swim Instructor)
Teacher Paul

Paul has been teaching at Sea Otter since 2011. He has been swimming since he was 3 years old on recreational, high school and CCA teams. Paul is a graduate of San Diego State University.  Paul’s favorite Disney character is Scully from Monsters Inc.

“My favorite part of teaching swim lessons is seeing the kids go from being terrified to terrific”
Teacher Ken (Swim Instructor)
Teacher Ken

Ken has been teaching at Sea Otter since 2010. He has swam for local teams including CCA, Woodcreek High School & Sierra College. Ken’s favorite Disney character is Tarzan because he got Jane.

“My favorite part of teaching is watching my students have that “aha” moment”
Teacher Nancy (Parent Tot Instructor)
 Teacher Nancy

Nancy has been teaching at Sea Otter since 2003. She swam in college and taught lessons during summer programs before joining Sea Otter. Nancy is a proud mother to three children and grandmother to four.

“My favorite part of teaching swim is getting to know each child’s special personality and watching them grow in skill and confidence”
Teacher Jake (Swim Instructor & Lifeguard)
Teacher Jake

Jake has been teaching at Sea Otter since 2012.

Teacher Bailey (Swim Instructor)

Bailey has been teaching at Sea Otter since 2013.  Brie’s favorite Disney Character is .

“My favorite part of teaching is “
Teacher Jenni (Swim Instructor)
Teacher Jenni

Jenni has been teaching at Sea Otter since 2013.

Teacher Jessica T. (Swim Instructor & Lifeguard)

Jessica T. has been teaching at Sea Otter since 2013. She swam competitively for 6 years and learned to swim at Sea Otter. Her favorite Disney character is Ariel because she is adventurous and gets to live under the sea.

Teacher Leo (Swim Instructor)
 Teacher Leo

Leo has been teaching at Sea Otter since 2012. When not teaching Leo enjoys restoring cars. His favorite Disney character is Buzz Lightyear.

Teacher Larissa (Adaptive Instructor, Swim Team Instructor & Lifeguard)

Larissa has been teaching at Sea Otter since 2007 and teaching lessons for over ten years. She swam for local teams including: Roseville Sugar Bears, Granite Bay Gators, Granite Bay High School and Sierra College.

“My favorite part of teaching swim is seeing kids’ smiles and seeing them make progress”
Teacher Liz (Swim Instructor)
Teacher Liz

Liz has been teaching at Sea Otter since 2012.

Teacher Cindy (Training Teacher, Adaptive & Parent Tot Instructor & Lifeguard)
 Teacher Cindy

Cindy has been teaching at Sea Otter since 2003. She is certified in Infant Swim, Adaptive Aquatics and does a wonderful job training all of our instructors. When Cindy in not at Sea Otter she is being Mom to her two children.

“My Favorite part of teaching is helping children & adults go from being fearful to LOVING the water”
Carly (Swim Instructor & Lifeguard)
Teacher Carly

Carly has been teaching at Sea Otter since 2013.

Mr. Nick (Deck Supervisor & Maintenance)
Mr. Nick

Eric has been deck handing at Sea Otter since 2012. He helps keep our deck in great order and facility clean. His favorite Disney character is Tom Sawyer because of his adventures outdoors.

Mr. Jonathan (Deck Supervisor)

Jonathan has been deck handing at Sea Otter since 2010. He helps keep our deck in great order and facility clean. He is the proud father of a little boy. His favorite Disney character is Tarzan.

“My favorite part of working at Sea Otter is the relationship with the kids and parents.”
Miss Julia (Instructor, Lifeguard, Office & Party Coordinator)
Teacher Julia

Julia has been at Sea Otter since 2012. 33 She splits her time teaching and in the office, along with helping with our pool parties. Her favorite Disney character is Lady from Lady and the Tramp.

Mrs. Colleen (Office Manager & Parent Tot Instructor)
 Ms. Colleen

Colleen has been working at Sea Otter since 2010. She has been helping manage the offices since 2012. She is a proud mother of two. Her favorite Disney character is Bruce from Finding Nemo.

“My favorite part of teaching swim is when the kids trust you!”
Miss Jessica S. (Office Staff )
Ms. Jessica T.

Jessica S. has been working at Sea Otter since 2012. Jessica loves spending time with her family and friends. She is pursuing her goal of becoming a sign language interpreter. Her favorite Disney character is Princess Jasmine.

Miss Leann (Office Staff & Party Coordinator)

Leann has been working at Sea Otter since 2012. She is one of the friendly faces in the office. Her favorite Disney character is Cinderella because she finds her prince charming and lives happily ever after.

Miss Jen (Assistant Manager & Adaptive Instructor)

Jen has been working at Sea Otter since 2004. She swam for local teams including: Foresthill Sting Rays, Auburn Robalos and Placer High School. Jen has been helping manage the office since 2006 and became assistant manager in 2012. Jen’s favorite. Her favorite Disney characters are Piglet and Dory.

“My favorite part about working at Sea Otter is seeing the kids and parents happy with an accomplishment that has been achieved”
Mrs. Dana (General Manager)

Dana has been working at Sea Otter since 2010. Along with managing the swim School, she has been coaching water polo at Del Oro High School for over 6 years. She loves spending time with her two young children and her favorite Disney Character is Aurora from Sleeping Beauty.

“My favorite part of working at Sea Otter is being a part of so many families’ lives in the community”
Mr. & Mrs. Sassenrath (Owners)

Sea Otter Swim Lessons is own and operated by Paul and Rebecca Sassenrath. As the founders and original owners of Sea Otter Swim Lessons, Paul and Rebecca are excited to continue to bring stability, vision and support to the high quality learn to swim program that has been a tradition in the Loomis Basin for more than 20 years. The Sassenraths bring a rich blend of experience in business, swim instruction and relationships with people to Sea Otter Swim Lessons so that children and their families are able to learn to swim in a warm and joyful environment. Paul and Rebecca reside in Loomis along the lovely Secret Ravine Creek behind the Brace Road Pool. They have recently enjoyed entering the life adventure of becoming Grandparents and look forward to many seasons of children and adults learning to swim for Life!

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