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.
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!
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.