Teaching the science of swimming since 2003!


What Makes Us Unique

Why choose PhD Swim School?

"The object of teaching a child is to enable him to get along without his teacher." -- Elbert Hubbard

  • Our program works:  At PhD  Swim School, your child will learn to independently handle themselves in the water in a matter of weeks, regardless of their age.
  • Dedicated, knowledgeable teaching:  Coach Katie has been teaching swimming for fifteen years.  I only hire instructors who I have trained personally, and new hires must undergo over 50 hours of intense in-water and academic training before allowed to teach with supervision, and at least 30 more supervised teaching hours before they may teach independently. We hire only career swim teachers who are mature adults (minimum age 21) and serious about their craft.  Teaching swimming is all we do.  This is our life's passion, not our summer job.
  • From Survival to Strokes:  Some programs teach only stroke technique with little regard for skills that will actually save a student's life in a real water emergency.  Some programs teach only survival skills with a poor understanding of competitive stroke technique.  We are the ONLY swim school in the Triangle and one of the only schools in the state of North Carolina that teach survival skills that grow into beautiful competitive stroke technique.
  • Safety-first teaching styles:  Our number one priority is for you and your children to be safe in and around the water.  Traditional swim lessons do not teach children to survive in the water.  This is because they teach children to rely on goggles, their teacher or flotation aids to solve aquatic problems.  We teach our students to solve these problems themselves and reinforce it in every level.  This works because we use a science-based approach to learning.
  • Results! Other swim schools are designed to keep students in lessons indefinitely.  PhD  Swim School will transform your children into happy swimmers in weeks, not years.  We believe in empowering YOU the parent to become their new teacher.  We want to graduate students into more advanced, more fun programs rather than force you to spend time and money on session after session  while your precious children remain at risk of drowning.  Our students speak for themselves:  they are confident and competent in the water, and they LOVE to swim!