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The United States Swim School Association (USSSA) is the professional organization of swim school owners who share philosophies and techniques. Its members include some of the most respected aquatic professionals in the world. Potomac Swim School is an active, life member.


Oh, the history of Potomac Swim School! We first started our program leasing space from a health club in McLean, Virginia in 82 degree water with extremely limited hours. Saturday morning, for a few hours, were the only prime time hours we were able to solidify. Our program began with five children. The first day of orientation was September 11, 2001. We all remember what we were doing that day! We cancelled the remainder of orientation and began our lessons the next week. Within the year we had reached our maximum capacity of 120 children.

During the time we were conducting lessons in the health club, I was in the process of designing and building our own facility. I did not tell a soul. I never count my chickens before they hatch! Our families came to us for the loving care their children received, our program and our four great coaches. Our reputation was building, even in cold water. Although, we had no control over the space and times we were given or the water temperature, it was a start, and that’s all I needed.

We began construction on our own facility in the late summer of 2003. The new location was in Ashburn, Virginia, 30 minutes away from McLean. I knew we needed a base of swimmers to open and hoped that our reputation had spread enough to help us gain that base through our marketing and advertising. I also hoped that some of our current clients would come with us to Ashburn, although I knew most of them lived 30 minutes or more away. Potomac Swim School opened its’ doors for lessons in mid-December 2003 with 520 students, and 85% of our clients from McLean came with us. Those original families believed in us, supported us and were extremely loyal and gracious! I will never forget all of those families. Some of whom are still with us!

We opened our doors and the general public began to ask “What the heck is a swim school and why is the pool so small?” It took a lot of marketing and educating the public for them to understand the differences between Potomac Swim School, health clubs and recreation centers. I have been in the swim lesson and coaching industry for three decades! What a wonderful journey it has been and will continue to be.

I enjoy the laughter and smiles of the children throughout the facility, talking with our parents, coaches and staff, teaching our coaches, staff and students, and most of all, watching the children develop into swimmers. We are so very fortunate that we get to teach your children to swim. Thank you all for your continued support. Thank you for sharing your children with us!  It is our pleasure to serve you!


Donna Boone