Swim Lessons

The Timpany Center offers fun, effective, affordable swim lessons for participants of all ages and skill levels. Most instructors are educated in the field of kinesiology and have studied subjects such as adapted physical activity, motor development, motor learning and biomechanics. The Timpany Center’s pool is the perfect place for swim lessons! Our indoor pool is maintained at 92°F to offer a comfortable water setting throughout the entire year. Additionally, our pool offers a zero-depth entry (steps and a ramp) with the depth ranging from 2 to 8 feet. 

Starfish Swimming®

The Timpany Center is an independent authorized provider of Starfish Swimming.  Starfish Swimming is a nationally recognized swim instruction curriculum developed by the Starfish Aquatics Institute (SAI).  

The Starfish Swimming curriculum is designed for students ages 6-months to adult.  Benchmarks are established at each stage in the program that combine both swimming and safety skills. Students participate in experiential learning activities that allow them to explore the water in creative and comfortable environment.  Correct swimming techniques are taught from the very beginning, providing an easy transition to swim team.

StarBabies™ and StarTots

StarBabies is for students ages 6-18 months.  StarTots is for students ages 18-36 months. The purpose of this course is to foster in very young children a high comfort level in the water while at the same time training parents and caregivers in water safety and drowning prevention. This course does not teach children to become accomplished swimmers or to survive in the water; it does provide a confidence-building, fun, and loving experience.

Stage White: Trust and Comfort
Safety Skill: Understand constant and dedicated surveillance.
Swim Skill: Parent and child are relaxed and confident, and enjoy being in the water together.

Stage Red: Body Positions
Safety Skill: Fit and properly put a lifejacket on the child.
Swim Skill: Perform a relaxed front, back, vertical, and side position for at least 5 seconds each.

Stage Yellow: Submersion
Safety Skill: Use flotation to help someone in the water and know how to call 911.
Swim Skill: Enter from the wall, submerge, turn around, grab on to the wall, and pull up (assisted).

Stage Blue: Air Recovery and Rollover
Safety Skill: Identify six methods of preventing recreational water illness.
Swim Skill: Enter from the wall, submerge, come to surface unassisted and get a breath in vertical or horizontal (on back) position.

Stage Green: Forward Movement
Safety Skill: Know about infant and child CPR.
Swim Skill: Move through the water independently 10 feet, with or without flotation

Starfish Swim School®

Students work toward development of the five core swimming competencies and receive color stage awards for each achievement. The color stages are used to divide students into broad ability groups. Children progress at individual rates with the opportunity to learn the core swimming skills and progress to advanced strokes. Learning is self-paced but challenging.

Stage White: Trust and Submersion
Safety Skill: Always ask permission before getting in the water.
Swim Skill: Assisted submersion, relaxed, 5 seconds and then come up to breathe.

Stage Red: Body Position and Air Recovery
Safety Skill: Put on a lifejacket, float on back, kick 20 feet.
Swim Skill: Jump in, submerge, recover for air, roll on back for 5 seconds in swimwear and in regular clothes.

Stage Yellow: Forward Movement
Safety Skill: Reach or Throw (Don't Go) and know how to call 911.
Swim Skill: Jump in, submerge, recover for air, forward movement 10 feet, change direction, and return to wall in swimwear and in regular clothes.

Stage Blue: Body Rotation
Safety Skill: Tread water 15 seconds.
Swim Skill: Jump in, submerge, recover to side glide position and kick 10 feet.

Stage Green: Integrated Movement
Safety Skill: Survival float and tread water for 30 seconds.
Swim Skill: Start in side glide, swim freestyle 30 feet with 1-2-3 breathe pattern.

Starfish Stroke School™

Students refine freestyle and learn stroke technique for backstroke, butterfly, breaststroke, and more!

Stage White: Freestyle, Introduction to Backstroke
Safety Skill: Always ask permission before getting in the water.
Swim Skill: Swim freestyle 30 feet with body stretched out and consistent form; swim 30 feet of triple-switch backstroke.

Stage Red: Backstroke, Introduction to Butterfly
Safety Skill: Put on a lifejacket from in the water, kick 30 feet.
Swim Skill: Swim 30 feet backstroke with straight arm recovery, body roll, good arm and body extension; perform arm down pulsing for 15 feet.

Stage Yellow: Butterfly
Safety Skill: Scenario assist and know when and how to call 911.
Swim Skill: Swim 4 strokes butterfly with only one breath, then remainder of pool freestyle.

Stage Blue: Breaststroke
Safety Skill: Discuss the Starfish safety concepts.
Swim Skill: Swim 30 feet breaststroke with good timing and extension.

Stage Green: Endurance
Safety Skill: Tread water or survival float for 2 minutes.
Swim Skill: Swim freestyle 50 yards; swim backstroke 50 yards; swim 25 yards butterfly; swim 50 yards breaststroke; perform freestyle and backstroke flip turns and butterfly and breaststroke open turns.

AngelFish Adapted Swim Lessons

In addition to our general swim lessons, the Timpany Center offers adapted swim lessons as well! Adapted lessons are designed for children or adults with any type or severity of disability (physical or cognitive). In our adapted swim programs we work one-on-one with each person developing an aquatics program that best suits that individual’s needs. Our adapted classes are taught by San Jose State University Kinesiology students who have undergone extensive training in how to teach adapted aquatics. Most of our instructors are either in the Adapted Physical Activity program at San Jose State University or have graduated from this program. Our classes focus on overall fitness, body awareness, water safety, swimming technique, and most importantly FUN!


Swim Lesson Registration Form

How do I know what level to register for?

StarBabies & StarTots

Core Skill Achievement Stages

Stroke School

If the child…

If the child…

If the student…

If the student…

If the student…

If the student…

If the student…

If the student…


Is 6-18 months…






Is 18-36 months…





Is afraid of water… 

Can’t swim at all…

Will not get face wet… 



Can’t swim without support but loves the water…

Will get face wet…

Will jump in…


Is not afraid…

Can float on front and back…

Can jump in and return to surface…


Can swim underwater or on the surface, and can get an occasional breath…




Can tread water for at least 15 seconds…


Can swim freestyle with side breathing…


Has achieved a GREEN Starfish Swim School Award Patch


Needs to learn freestyle, backstroke, butterfly, and breaststroke…


Contact Information

Brittany ManrubiaAquatics Lead

TIMPANY CENTER Reception Desk - 408.283.9036


Class Preregistration* Price Late Registration** Price
Group $18 per class $28 per class
Adapted or Semi-Private $28 per class $30 per class
Private $40 per class $42 per class

*Preregistration = priority registration & open registration dates until the session begins
**Late registration = registration after the session has started
Please see the 2014 dates listed below.

Year-Round Class Schedule

Each session signed up  consists of ONE lesson per week.

Days Lesson Times
Monday or Wednesday or Friday 3:00-3:35PM 3:40-4:15PM 4:20-4:55PM  
Tuesday or Thursday


5:40-6:15PM  6:20-6:55PM  
Saturday 9:30-10:05AM 10:10-10:45AM 10:50-11:25AM 11:30AM-12:05PM


2015 Sessions

 # of
Start Date End Date Priority Registration-Current Students
Open Registration-New/Returning Students
Break Week(s)
(no lessons)
Session #1 4 January 5th January 31st Priority Registration: Monday, December 15th, 2014
Open Registration: Monday, December 22nd, 2014
February 2nd-7th
Session #2 6 February 9th March 21st  Priority Registration: Monday, January 26th
Open Registration: Monday, February 2nd
March 23rd-28th
Session #3 6 March 30th May 9th

Priority Registration: Monday, March 16th
Open Registration: Monday, March 23rd

May 11th-23rd
Session #4 5 *May 26th June 27th

Priority Registration: Monday, May 11th
Open Registration: Monday, May 18th

June 29th-July 4th
Session #5 4 July 6th August 1st

Priority Registration: Monday, June 22nd
Open Registration: Monday, June 29th

August 3rd-8th
Session #6 4 August 10th September 5th

Priority Registration: Monday, July 27th
Open Registration: Monday, August 3rd

Session #7 6 **September 8th October 17th

Priority Registration: Monday, August 24th
Open Registration: Monday, August 31st

October 19th-October 24th
Session #8*** 6 October 26th December 12th

Priority Registration: Monday, October 12th
Open Registration: Monday, October 19th

December 14th-January 2nd

* NO CLASSES Monday, May 25th for Memorial Day
** NO CLASSES Monday, September 7th for Labor Day 
*** NO CLASSES Monday, November 23rd - Saturday, November 28th for Thanksgiving

Lessons are 35 minutes, one day a week. All Swim School and Stroke School classes will have a maximum of four children per class. StarBabies & StarTots may have up to ten student/parent pairs per class.

Our Instructors

Melanie Cano
Starfish Swim Instructor Level 1

Alex Feather
Starfish Swim Instructor Level 1


"Originally from Santa Clarita, CA. Communication Studies major. Teaching experience: been at Timpany since August 2013."

Sarah Hawkins
Starfish Swim Instructor Level 3, Starfish Swim Instructor Trainer and Program Director, ATRI Children With Challenges Faculty


Sarah serves as the Program and Operations Director for the Timpany Center.  She is responsible for training and certifying all swim instructors.  She has been in the aquatics industry since 2004 and holds multiple certifications from the nation's leading aquatics organizations.  Her favorite level to teach is Swim School White.

Allie Kimura
Starfish Swim Instructor Level 1

Brittany Manrubia
Starfish Swim Instructor Level 2 

Stephanie Olson
Starfish Swim Instructor Level 1

Jose Rangel
Starfish Swim Instructor Level 1


Carina Rodriguez
Starfish Swim Instructor Level 1



Karen Villanueva
Starfish Swim Instructor Level 1


Program Policies

Make-Up Policy

If a lesson is canceled by Timpany Center (instructor illness, facility closure, etc.), a make up or credit will be offered.

If a student misses a class due to medical reasons, a makeup can be scheduled during the designated make up week after receipt of proper documentation.

If a student misses a class due to vacation or other scheduling conflict, credits or refunds are not offered. If a spot is open in another class with the same level, the student may be able to schedule a make up within the current session. This option is only available for group lessons and availability is not guaranteed.

Program Withdrawal

CLASS REFUND POLICY: All refund requests must be submitted in writing to the Timpany Center. Full refunds (minus a $25.00 processing fee) will be issued if the request is postmarked at least 7 business days in advance. If payment was received via check, there is a 2 week waiting period before the original check is processed and mailed. Credit card refunds will be credited back to the original card account within 3 weeks of processing refund request. Requests after the 7 day period must be submitted and will be handled on an individual basis.

Returned Checks & Declined Credit Cards

If a check is returned, or a credit card is declined, Timpany Center management will contact the individual on the account and notify them about the transaction. There will be a $25 processing fee for ALL returned checks and declined credit cards additional to the already due amount.  If a credit card is declined, or a check returned two consecutive sessions the Timpany Center management will ask that the session be paid with cash only.

Open or “Free” Swim Before/ After Class

Please note that swim lesson participants are not permitted to enter/remain in the water before or after their swim lesson. A child may visit the pool during OPEN SWIM hours but must follow all age requirement rules and pay proper entry fees.  These fees are not included within the swim lesson registration cost. Inquire at the front desk about obtaining a drop-in pass, monthly pass, or monthly family membership if you or your child is interested in swimming during OPEN SWIM times.  We offer discounts on drop-ins for swim lesson students.

Proper Swim Gear

All Children under the age of 4 or children/adults who have known (or the possibility of) fecal incontinence, must use an approved swim diaper/retainer before entering the pool. Approved diapers/retainers for most ages can be purchased at the Timpany Center.  If you wish to purchase this item outside of the Timpany Center, please confirm with staff that you are purchasing an approved style.  Instructors and/or deck coordinators will confirm with parents/guardians/attendants, of participants who fall in the above categories, that the proper swim diaper is being used.  Goggles are not required; however, they are strongly recommended. Girls with hair medium or long hair must wear their hair pulled back.

Designated Parent Seating Area

To insure the quality of your child’s class, we ask parents/guardians to please remain in a designated area during all classes.  Approved areas include: the parent area near the patio doors on the pool deck, the blue benches placed around the pool deck, or the tables placed in the pool/front lobby area.  Please avoid interrupting the class while it is in session. If you have any questions, please wait until the end of class to approach the instructor. Violation of this policy may result in two warnings, and dismissal from the pool area.  Parents must remain on site during the entire lesson.

Designated Student Waiting Area

Students are NOT allowed in the water without their instructor at anytime. Instructors will meet their students at the top of the steps of the pool area. Please be sure that students are on time and remain with your child until the instructor arrives to greet the children in their class.