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

Our Facility

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 shower areas for the comfort of our students.

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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 also 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 also 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. In the warmer months, we ask 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 your comfort and play structures for 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.


Our History

Sea Otter Swim Lessons began as a backyard swim program more than 30 years ago. Beginning in Southern California in 1978, Sea Otter Swim Lessons grew from one teacher in a backyard pool, to five teachers in eight 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. 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 hundreds of swimmers each day. Our unique seasonally enclosed pool offers comfort during the winter months and enjoyment of the 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 teaching method that took each individual’s unique characteristics including physically, mentally, and emotionally into account. From babies to older adults, and all levels of abilities, it was her intent to see each swimmer enjoy the water safely. The building blocks included comfort in the water, breath control, balance and buoyancy, and fun! Our program still begins with these basics and continues with developing and refining techniques so that all swimmers can reach their full potential in the water.


Sea Otter now serves thousands of families each year and employs excellent trained, adult teachers. In the future we hope to offer the benefits of our fine swim program to all ages in many venues!


Our Teaching Principles: We provide high-quality swim lessons in a clean and friendly environment.

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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 Sea Otter that children have the best opportunity to learn when instruction is given in a caring, consistent, and clear manner. This is most effective when trust is built between the instructor and student in a safe environment. We are committed to teach with his 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 providing 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 providing 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 ongoing trainings and shared experiences. We are members of the United States Swim School Association (USSSA) 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 “roller coaster 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.


Sea Otter Swim Lessons Core Values

Our core values reflect what is important to us as a company. These values are the groundwork of our company culture.

Core Values


Be the Best

We strive to be the best that we can be individually and collectively as a company. We hold ourselves to a standard higher than anyone expects. With determination, passion, and drive we seek to rise above the competition to provide the best to our customers, each other, and ourselves.


Big Picture

We believe each staff member is an important part of helping create and shape the future of Sea Otter Swim Lessons. We are open and prepared for change, advancement, and growth into a world of possibilities. We look not only to our interests but also to the interests of others. We seek to see the bigger picture.


Create Delight

We want to create delight, be set apart, exceed expectations, be above average, bring joy, be innovative, and make a positive impact to those we encounter. We find joy in what we do and share that passion with those around us.


Own It

This is our business. We encourage our employees to take ownership of every situation. When there is a problem, we want to be part of the solution. We all have a personal, financial, and professional investment in the success of Sea Otter Swim Lessons.


Be An Educator/Be A Student

We believe improving ourselves is the greatest investment of our time while investing in others is the greatest reward. We strive to be experts in our field and educate those around us. We embrace opportunities for ongoing education, change, and professional growth.


Be A Hero

We have a unique opportunity to make a difference, so we strive to make a big difference in the lives around us. We connect with others to unlock their potential and inspire them to become better. We try to find the little or big things that make someone’s day.


Everyone Is Family

Student, parents, and staff—each and every person that walks into our facility, walks into our family. We welcome them with genuine warmth. We want to demonstrate an ongoing interest in people and their lives. Family sticks together.


Be A Spark

We want to light up every person, situation, and space with passion, drive, enthusiasm, and innovation. We pour passion into everything we do, leaving nothing the same. We seek to inspire daily and create new ways to imprint on the lives around us.


Teacher Jordan

Parent Tot & Adaptive Instructor

Jordan has been teaching at Sea Otter since 2012. In her free time she enjoys hanging out with her niece and nephew. She is a student at Sierra College and wants to be a teacher.

Teacher Trevor

Swim and Adaptive Instructor

Trevor has been teaching at Sea Otter since 2014. He is a student at Sierra College and enjoys listening to music in his free time.

Teacher Leslie

Parent Tot & Adaptive Instructor
Teacher Leslie

Leslie has been teaching at Sea Otter since 2003 and is one of our trained Parent/Tot and Adaptive Instructors. She has one child of her own aside from the many here at Sea Otter.

“My favorite part of teaching swimming is laughing with the kids”

Teacher Nick

Swim Instructor

Nick has been teaching at Sea Otter since 2013. He likes playing his drums and guitar and going camping in his free time. He is also a volunteer leader for Young Life Granite Bay and loves going to camp with the high schoolers!

“My favorite part of working at Sea Otter is teaching people water skills and safety.”

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.


“My favorite part of teaching swim lessons is seeing the kids go from being terrified to terrific.”

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 lessons is getting to know each child’s special personality and watching them grow in skill and confidence.”

Teacher Lynda

Swim and Adaptive Instructor

Lynda has been teaching at Sea Otter since 2014. She swam at Sea Otter as a kid several years ago! In her free time she likes to kayak and hike.

“My favorite part of teaching at Sea Otter is the creativity and imagination that is used to teach kids!”

Teacher Natalie

Parent Tot & Adaptive Instructor

Natalie has been teaching at Sea Otter since 2013. She swam recreational swim, and was on swim team in high school. She has taught swim lessons since she was in middle school. In her free time she loves to travel, do yoga, run, snowboard, and go hiking! She loves seeing new places and trying new things!

Teacher Justin

Parent Tot & Adaptive Swim Instructor

Justin has been teaching at Sea Otter since 2009. He swam with the Del Oro Swim Team and played water polo for four years. He is in school at Sierra College and hopes to be a Del Oro High School Teacher!

Teacher Bridget

Swim Instructor

Bridget has been teaching at Sea Otter since 2014.

Teacher Jess

Parent Tot & Adaptive Swim Instructor

Jess has been teaching at Sea Otter since 2011. She took a short break after moving to Monterey in 2013 and we are so glad to have her back! She loves spending time with her friends, her dog, and her family!

Teacher Jake

Swim Instructor, Swim Team Instructor & Lifeguard
Teacher Jake

Jake has been teaching at Sea Otter since 2012. He swam throughout childhood and on his high school and college swim teams. In his free time Jake likes to read. His favorite books are the Harry Potter series.

“My favorite part about working at Sea Otter is hanging out with the kids all day.”

Teacher Jessica

Adaptive Swim Instructor & Lifeguard
Teacher Jessica T.

Jessica has been teaching at Sea Otter since 2013. She swam competitively for 6 years and learned to swim at Sea Otter. In her free time she loves to read, play her guitar, and spend time with family and friends.

Teacher Larissa

Adaptive Instructor, Swim Team Instructor & Lifeguard
Teacher Larissa

Larissa has been teaching at Sea Otter since 2007 and teaching swim lessons for more than 10 years. She swam for local teams including: Roseville Sugar Bears, Granite Bay Gators, Granite Bay High School, and Sierra College. She likes to go shopping and hang out with friends in her free time.

“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 2011. She swam and played water polo at Del Oro High School and was on the Sierra College swim team. She first learned to swim at Sea Otter as a kid! In her free time she enjoys playing soccer, hiking, riding her bike, and anything active!

Teacher Weston

Swim Instructor

Weston has been teaching at Sea Otter since 2014.

Teacher Kenzie

Swim Instructor

Kenzie has been teaching at Sea Otter since 2014.


Teacher Ryan

Swim Instructor

Ryan has been teaching at Sea Otter since 2014.

Teacher Cindy

Training Manager, Adaptive & Parent Tot Instructor
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 enjoys spending time with her two children.

“My Favorite part of teaching is helping children & adults go from being fearful to LOVING the water.”

Mr. Nick

Facilities Manager
Mr. Nick

Nick has been deck handing at Sea Otter since 2012. He helps keep our deck in great order and facility clean.


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.


“My favorite part of working at Sea Otter is the relationship with the kids and parents.”

Mr. Aris

Deck Hand

Aris has been deck handing at Sea Otter since 2014. He is a student at Sierra College and loves meeting new people. He also speaks four languages!


Miss Ericka


Ericka is one of our friendly office staff! In her free time she loves to read, travel and go on adventures, and hang out with friends.

Miss Lindsay


Lindsay has been working at Sea Otter since 2013. In her free time she likes to hang out with her family, go to the beach, and play with her cat.

Miss Julia

Parent Tot, Adaptive Swim Instructor, Lifeguard, and Office
Teacher Julia

Julia has been at Sea Otter since 2012. She works in the office and teaches classes. Julia is a student at Sacramento State. She loves hanging out with friends, shopping, and doing active outdoor activities.


Miss Carly


Carly has been at Sea Otter since 2013. After a break where she traveled to multiple countries including Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, Cambodia, and Vietnam, she is back with us in the office. Carly loves traveling, going to Country concerts, and hanging out with her friends.


Miss Leann

Office Manager
Ms. Leann

Leann has been working at Sea Otter since 2012. She is one of the friendly faces in the office. In her free time she loves to bake, shop, make crafts, and spend time with friends and family.

Mrs. Amy

Marketing Manager

Amy has been working at Sea Otter since 2014. She loves traveling any and everywhere, spending time with her friends and family, and laughing!

Mrs. Jen

Assistant Manager & Adaptive Swim Instructor
Ms. Jen

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 helped manage the office since 2006 and became assistant manager in 2012.

“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. She has also coached water polo at Del Oro High School for more than six years. She loves spending time with her two young children.

“My favorite part of working at Sea Otter is being a part of so many families’ lives in the community”

Mr. & Mrs. Sassenrath


Sea Otter Swim Lessons is owned 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 to Sea Otter Swim Lessons so that children and their families are able to learn to swim in a warm and joyful environment. 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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