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Sink or Swim School is 1 of 3 schools in the Charleston area certified to teach children under 3 years survival swimming skills. Our focus is drowning prevention! Safety with proper breath control, confidence with swimming, and skills to save yourself in the water are our specialties. We also train and prepare students for the swim team. Our staff is experienced and enjoys working with all ages and abilities.

Sink or Swim School works with children as young as 6 months. We recommend infants reach the milestone of crawling before beginning lessons. 8-10 months is a common age to start.

Stranger anxiety or simple separation anxiety is common with new experiences. We have toys and cookies to help comfort the students plus BIG smiles. Small steps toward confidence are our approach. If we need to work on the steps for a few days, we do what is best to help the students feel comfortable and learn these skills!


We have a strict NO REFUND policy. Once we reserve one of our lesson spots for the student, it becomes a spot we cannot sell to other customers. Please be sure to check your schedule for conflicts before committing to a session.

Swim lessons that result in a “no show” will be counted in your lesson package. If you didn’t purchase a package and you are a “no show” there will be no refunds or credits. A 5-day notice of your lesson time is required to cancel and/or reschedule. Anything less than 5 days will result in a credit of 50% of your lesson fee. When you view your schedule on your portal page, you will see a cancel button on all lessons that are at least 5 days away. You are able to remove your own lessons and reschedule as needed.

Infants/toddlers (ROOKIE) must attend at least 3 weekly lessons; attending more is also an option. Many young students required 30-40 lessons.

Students 4 and older (BIG ROOKIE), we recommend 2-3 weekly lessons. Many students require 15-20 lessons to complete the program. Students with zero experience could vary.

Sink or Swim School is experienced in instructing all abilities. If you have a specific question to help you choose a program best for your child with special needs, please contact our staff!

Of course, there is no price to drowning prevention; peace of mind is priceless. In addition, this is not a one-time program. Refresher lessons are recommended every 4-6 months. Expect a minimum of $600 for your first program if you have zero swimming skills. Most ROOKIE students require 30-40 lessons and refreshers can be as few as 6-9 lessons. Lesson fees are collected weekly.


Students will receive a 10% discount on swim lessons for each ADDITIONAL enrollment after the first child is registered. We offer military discounts of 10% and you must be an immediate family member for the military discount to apply and must submit proof to [email protected]. Only one discount applies to lessons. Military and sibling discounts do not apply to packages since they are already discounted.

We have never experienced a student suffer from dry-drowning nor seen a case of dry-drowning a.k.a. secondary drowning. Read Dr. Hensley’s theory of dry-drowning in the article linked here.

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