“We are so grateful for you! Swimming was always my least favorite activity at camp - and it is her favorite.
The best part is her confidence and knowing she can do it. She came home with a yellow wrist band at first and was totally cool with it - but then last week she came home one day and said she asked to retest again to show them she could do it! And she did!!
Can’t wait to give Tatum the same strong foundation! I have a feeling she’ll be a quick study...she already loves going under and jumping in!!!"
“OMG... Gale worked with my two youngest children... 10 and 4 years old.
I was as nervous as I could possibly be... She helped my 10 year old ( who was very uncomfortable around the water) become a MUCH stronger swimmer ..
With my 4 year old....( who had never swam alone ) within a month or so... I was amazed to see him completely SAFE around the water.... and even showing me what he could do!!!
Gale has a saying... If you try ... You CAN DO IT...
to this day ... when he is nervous about something... He says....
IF I TRY .... I can do it.
Thank you Gale... for everything...
The Ulrich Family"
"Coming from Seattle my 3.5 year old had not spent much time around water. I enrolled my 8 month old as well. Late in the summer we went to a pool party where everyone was amazed at what a strong swimmer the 3.5 year old was and asked why does she need swimming lessons (after 4 months of lessons). Wait a little longer and my now 14 month old walks off the step in our pool chasing a toy and immediately rolls over to her back and floats. While it was just a few seconds while I grabbed her, my peace of mind with my kids in the water is worth everything! Thank you Gale!"
“Last summer I started training with Gale to do a triathlon. I have always been a competent swimmer, but never able to really go the distance. Gale improved my stroke enough that I was able to swim the distance without even feeling tired. Her methods were warm and encouraging. She always made me feel like I could do anything and adapted her methods to meet my needs.
When my baby was born in March I made sure that Gale had a space in her schedule for us. My daughter is now 12 weeks old and already starting to flip over on her own. Gale's pool is warm and safe for my little one. She is gentle and encouraging and makes my baby girl feel safe. We will be coming to Gale for all of our swimming needs forever. I highly recommend her to anyone who needs swim lessons, whether a novice or experienced, Gale can help you be a better swimmer.”
“What a pleasure to watch my son! I am in love with you. Don't know if my wife told you, but the other weekend we were at the pool with 2 of Sammy's friends. They had floaties on and of course Sammy didn't. One of the kids was trying to get the edge and was pulling on Sammy to get over. I think she thought he had floaties and wouldn't go under. Sammy had the ability to keep going below and coming backup for air until I was able to separate them. He got a little scared but was safe. That's all because of you. Things could have turned out a lot worse if not for what you taught Sammy."
“I love this woman and this program. Gale's approach is very fun, loving, and disciplined. She taught my then 4 year old son and 2 year old daughter that "If you try, you can do it" and now they are both great swimmers. My son, at first, was scared of the water, having had numerous unsuccessful lessons with two other instructors. He was not only reluctant, but he is not the best listener. She was always very direct and patient, and made being in the water fun. I have honestly NEVER heard my son laugh as hard as when he was in the water with her. She kept him cracking up!! She also really knew how to intellectually reach and teach him.
Similarly, my daughter was very resistant to being in the water. She would scream "Mama!!!" for me to take her out of the water at the beginning. Miss Gale's approach was loving and calm and now my daughter is a great swimmer!!
Lastly, I decided to have Miss Gale teach me how to swim since I saw how much success she had with my kids. I had never learned how to swim properly and have always had a fear of the water. She had me swimming in only one month!!
Gale is the BEST.”
“We started with Gale in mid May after EVERYONE we knew was currently attending her classes. My son is very scared of the pool and classes. She had him in the water and kicking away by the end of his first session. We are now half way through July and he is swimming. Kicking,blowing bubbles, using his arms, and most importantly gaining confidence in the water every week. I think Gale has a calling for this. I'm grateful to have found her and will be continuing through the summer and returning next. I also want to add my son actually runs to the door to go to swim class. ;)”
“Just wanted to take a minute to tell you how happy we are that Leighton is doing so well swimming with you! When her mommy saw the videos from yesterday she cried tears of joy! You are a very special person and a gifted teacher.
Look forward to seeing you tomorrow!”
“Gale has changed my life... I spent 25 years of my life unable to swim and frightened to even walk around a pool. With Gale's patience and encouragement, my fears are gone. She always gave me the confidence and reassurance that I've needed. Gale teaches from her home in a warm salt water pool (which definitely helps get you in!). I recommend Gale to anyone of any age. Thank you Gale for all that you do!”
“This our 3rd year coming to Gale for swim lessons. My son loves to play in the sandpit before class and Gale has been magic. Both my kids are swimming thanks to her direction and expertise. Her heated pool is fabulous and she has tons of toys to motivate. I really appreciate that she has taught me and my family water safety.
I will keep coming to Gale for all my families swim needs.”
Look forward to seeing you tomorrow!”
"My husband and I met surfing, and water has been a huge part of our life for the last eight years. When I was pregnant, talks about water safety and teaching our little one to swim were some of the first things to come up. My husband found Gale, and I have been so thrilled with her level of professionalism and how much she cares about our little one. He started lessons at three months old, and after a year of lessons, he is jumping in on his own, floating on his back, diving (with assistance) for toys, and absolutely loves the water.
Gale stresses safety and survival in the water, and it's incredible to watch her implement those skills with our toddler as well as the other children we see, whether they be three or five. I have the peace of mind that should my little guy fall into the water, he will be able to get himself on his back and stay breathing. There is no one I'd rather trust with this lifesaving skill than Ms. Gale. Thank you for all that you do!"
Kirsten D'AgostaroLocal Guide · Level 4
"I feel so fortunate to have Gale in our lives. The water/ocean has brought me so much joy in life it's very important that my son has access to enjoying life in the water as well. Gale started with our son when he was 3 months old and now 6 weeks later his progress is plain to see. As soon as he touches the water he's laughing, smiling and erupting with stoke. He is comfortable on and under the water and his journey is just beginning. Be sure to call Gale early as she fills up super quick. Thank you so much Gale, we look forward to many wonderful years with you."
Warren ShookLocal Guide · Level 5
"I can't say enough about Gale-she has turned my son who was so scared of getting into the water passed his ankles, into swimming across the pool swimmer! I was so nervous going my first time as my son cries easily and is not the easiest to convince of doing new things. I was in awe by the second lesson she had him holding onto her arm and kicking away from the edge! She has build up his confidence and water safety ability so much that he LOVES coming to her pool twice a week. He jumps up and down and claps his hands with joy. Gale is a warm, sweet, and very caring woman. I trust her 150% with my child. Swim is the only activity that I don't believe we can give the choice of wether to do or not to for our kids. Water safety is THE most important thing to have. Gale is not only teaching these kids how to swim but how to be safe and strong swimmers. I am already excited to sign up for next summer and see how far my son will come with another session with this gifted lady!!! Gale you are A++++"
"Pretty much all the kids in the family have learned to swim with Mrs. Gale. Our daughter is currently learning and is having a great time!"