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Major Steve Pougnet

Steve Pougnet:
Mayor of Palm Springs

“Because we believe that children who
grow up around swimming pools must
learn to swim at an early age, we had
our twin children in lessons with Helene
Barker since they were six months old.
While our daughter immediately took to
the water, our son was much more hesitant.
Now that our twins are almost four
and have been with Helene regularly, both
absolutely LOVE to swim! Helene worked
with both children, together and individually,
and their progress has exceeded our
expectations. We look forward to removing
our pool fence at an age when many
children still haven’t started swimming.”


Marion Boyd Kelowna, BC

“Helene has a wonderful approach–she
encourages you to progress but she can
easily tell if you are not comfortable and
will never push you to do something you
aren’t ready to do. She is an excellent instructor and you will notice a difference in
your swimming abilities starting with your
first lesson. As an adult taking lessons, I
am very happy with my progress. Thank
you Helene!”


Pat Mealey La Quinta, CA

“Helene is an excellent instructor. She
helped me achieve a life-long goal–to
learn how to swim. I overcame 50 + years
of fear of the water. She was patient,
kind and very supportive. Plus she has a
nice big heated pool. I highly recommend
Helene.”


The DeKock and Lockett families

"We have four children ages 4-7 in our two families and wanted to make sure they were all water-safe for ocean swimming and in their home pools. Helene's flexibility with classes allowed us to keep our kids with their friends while ensuring they learned to be proficient swimmers. Helene has a wonderful teaching technique that inspires trust. She has prepared our children to excel at water sports and given them the confidence to safely enjoy any water activity. We are grateful for Helene's instruction and know our kids will utilize their swimming skills throughout their lives."

Mark & Eva Karlstrom (Parents of Kent - 2 1/2 years)

"We are very impressed with the results at Helene's - Learn to Swim. Our son looks forward to every lesson. The progress has been amazing. Helene is a wonderful teacher and gets to know every child and what they are capable of each week. She pushes them to learn, but still makes it fun. WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND HELENE TO ANYONE THAT IS LOOKING FOR A FANTASTIC SWIM INSTRUCTOR! "

Matt and Tara Huffman

"Tyler and Austin (4 & 2 years now) have been taking lessons with Helene for two seasons. Helene has taught them water safety and has given us a piece of mind knowing that they are able to float or swim to the edge if they were ever to fall into a body of water. Her no nonsense approach to teaching children is wonderful. Her knowledge and vast experience allow her to adapt her teaching to each student so that they progress and feel proud of their achievements. She is more than just their swim teacher, Helene is an adult they respect, trust and have grown to love. Our children look forward to going to their lessons every week. A HUGE thanks for all you do for our boys, you continue to bring much joy to their lives through swimming!"

Laura Macleod

"I want you to know how much I appreciate your professionalism and your caring nature towards my son. He has completed his first six lessons and it has been a very positive experience for him. He has worked with other instructors and has never been excited to go to swimming lessons, to say the least. Since he has been taking lessons with you, he has been very motivated and wanting to learn. We highly recommend you!"

Kent and Missy McCarthy

"We have known Helene for six years as our one-year-olds took their first swim lessons with her back in 2004. She has since taught all three of our children and I can happily say that they are strong swimmers today. While Helene is serious about swimming, she makes the learning fun, challenging and adventurous. She is good with kids, being firm, but nice and is oh, so patient! She not only teaches children how to swim, but also the rules around water safety. If you want your children to be confident swimmers, Helene is the simply the best!"

Lorna Mother of Triplets

"As a Mother of triplets I am so pleased with the progress my children made with Helene. They began lessons with Helene at three years old and were proficient swimmers by the end of the first summer. Helene has each childs developmental stage in mind as she progresses through her lessons. My children really benefited from Helenes swim lessons."