About Start Swimming Swim School


Start Swimming Swim School

Serving Houston, Cypress, Spring, and Tomball

It is our life’s passion to share our own love and respect of the water with as many people as possible at our swim school.
We see the positive effect swimming has on children and adults, every single day in our pool. It’s never too late to learn and it’s also never too early!

Our History

Coach Barbara and Coach Jason have taught at swim schools and coached in the northwest Houston area for many years. They have served as private and group instructors, summer league coaches and competitive league coaches.
Barbara has over 45 years experience in the swim industry. She has trained and certified instructors for over 17 years. Over the years Barbara managed many swim schools in this area. She was also the first coach of the Texas Terrapins Swim Team in Fairfield.
Coach Jason started teaching and coaching at an early age with a summer swim team, then Fleet FIRST. He then went on to coach the Texas Terrapins Swim Team for 10 years.
Barbara Harold and son Jason Harold opened Start Swimming in 2015, utilizing rental spaces. In 2019 they started building out their own facility where Start Swimming now calls home.

Our Facility at Start Swimming

Coming soon.

Our Swim School Coaches & Staff

Start Swimming Coach Jason

Coach Jason

Coach Jason got his first coaching experience at the age of 15 helping coach the 6 and under group of his swim team that he competed on. He got his first full time teaching job as a teacher at the age of 19. He taught only swim lessons for the next 4 years when he then became a full-time competitive swim coach for a USA swim team. He coached for the Texas Terrapins swim team for 13 years while honing his knowledge and experience to help create swimmers who would go on to bigger and better things. One of his swimmers that he coached for 8 years went on to swim at the Olympic trials in 2022. His passion for swimming brought him back to the learn to swim program and he and his family decided to open their own swim school in 2015. In his spare time, he loves spending time with his family, friends and 3 giant dogs!

Coach Barbara of Start Swimming Swim School

Coach Barbara

Coach Barbara has over 45 years of experience. She has been a training and certifying instructors for 20 years. Barbara has managed many swim schools in the Houston area: George Campbell’s Olympic Swim Academy, FINS, and Fleet FIRST. She was also the first coach of the Texas Terrapins Swim Team in Fairfield. She strongly believes children should learn how to keep themselves afloat and how to swim at an early age and is happy to bring that goal to Start Swimming and all students who learn at her swim school

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Coach Kathy

Coach Kathy has been a coach and instructor since 1999. She has coached several swim teams and at a few different swim school facilities before we scooped her up! Coach Kathy even swam for her own summer league team back when she was a kid! She teaches because she has always had a love for the water. She became an advocate for water safety when her daughter nearly drowned when she was young, so she felt it was important for her children and others to know how to swim. In her spare time Coach Kathy loves spending time with her family and her dogs by her new pool. She loves pilates, coffee and traveling.

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Coach Kim

Coach Kim is our Office Manager as well as an instructor and Lifeguard.  She came to us with 12 years of prior experience from lifeguarding to teaching to running aquatic programs.  She is also a certified Official and Starter for USA Swimming and an Official for NWAL. She is very passionate about water safety and loves teaching others about the importance of being safe in and around water. Coach Kim can be found around the pool in her crazy outfits and shoes with Cosmo the Bearded Dragon. She loves arts and crafts and going to swim meets. In her spare time, she loves spending time with family.

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Coach Graham

Coach Graham is the newest addition to START Swimming.  He was a competitive swimmer from the age of 6 through high school. He was even coached by Coach Jason! After high school he went into the US Navy and was a rescue swimmer. He is now back in school and coaching for us. He is a certified lifeguard and a WSI.  He has several years of experience and loves teaching the Learn to Swim Level 3’s and higher.  In his spare time, he loves playing Dungeons and Dragons and spending time with family and friends. He also loves anything superhero related!

Swim School Lessons

All of our coaches do such a fabulous job with our swimmers of all ages! The teach classes for:

  • Babies & Kids
  • Adults
  • Families
  • Water Safety Talks
  • Certification Programs
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Coach Dusty

Coach Dusty comes to us with 29 years of experience! You name it and Coach Dusty has done it or taught it! She has known Coach Jason and Coach Barbara since Jason was just 18. On top of being our Aquatics Director she holds many certifications including WSI instructor, Lifeguard Instructor, CPR, First AID, AED and O2 instructor among others. She teaches to promote water safety for all and believes you are never too old to learn to swim.  Coach Dusty has a husband also named DUSTY! She spends her free time with her two dogs and family.

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Coach Lola

Bio Coming Soon...

Start Swimming Coach Xander

Coach Xander

Coach Xander has been teaching with START Swimming for over a year now.  He has been a Lifeguard for going on 2 years. He is great with kids of all ages but loves working with Preschool Level 2 the best. He currently holds certifications in Lifeguarding, CPR, First Aid, AED, and O2. He is also a certified WSI. Coach Xander loves teaching swimming at our swim school because he likes helping children become safe in the water. In his spare time Xander loves gaming and hanging out with his friends. He also loves writing and Star Wars.

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Lifeguard Molly

Molly has been with START Swimming since February of 2021. Molly was a year-round competitive swimmer for 5 years. She met Coach Jason when she was swimming summer league for her neighborhood team and later became STARTS first lifeguard. She enjoys working at START swim school because she likes to make sure kids are safe and having fun! Molly is a senior at Cy-Fair High School and is an avid writer for the journalism program and a PAL. In her free time, she enjoys ice skating and Tae Kwon Do. She is also the owner of Cosmo our Safety Dragon!

Frequently Asked Questions

Our Classes

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Babies & Kids



Water Safety Talks

Certification Programs

We have something for everyone!

"My daughter has been attending swim lessons at Start Swimming for about 6 months now. She absolutely loves all of the staff and it has become the highlight of her week. All of the instructors are great with kids of all ages. They also have (free) open swim time throughout the week for extra practice."

Carrie C., Yelp Review

"Recently switched to StartSwimming after several years swimming at a larger program in the area and have been beyond pleased with that decision. Super impressed at the quality of swim instructors, the cleanliness of the facility and most importantly, the kids LOVE swim lessons again. Lessons are affordable and they even have a lane for the kids to independently play/practice before and after their lesson. highly recommend Start Swimming!"

Stacy G., Yelp Review

"Coach Jason turned my 3yo from being timid in water and clinging to me, to jumping in and swimming to me under water in a short time. We previously went to big chain school and my daughter would cry and ask to leave before we even finished the lesson. Swimming lessons are the highlight of her week. They are patient, teach safety, and actually have FuN with the kids during lessons and during open swim time."

Selina B., Yelp Review

"We love it at START Swimming!! My 3 year old was terrified to even get in the water much less get his face wet. We signed him up hoping for the best. We absolutely got the best coaches and experience. My terrified son who usually takes a long time to adapt to new people was jumping in the pool, going under water, and trying new things by the second lesson. The coaches are absolutely phenomenal- patient, knowledgeable, and reliable. We wouldn't go anywhere else now."

Amber S., Yelp Review

"This place is so great! Convenient location and a great facility! Very clean and well maintained. All of the swim instructors are wonderful! Both my boys love it here. You will not regret getting your swim lessons or water aerobics classes here!"

Tess M., Yelp Review

"My wife and I have tried 4 different swim schools for our daughter and this is the best one we have been to so far!  The instructors are amazing and personable and they work with swimmers of all ages.  There is a true family environment and all of the students seem to enjoy and actually learn to swim.  Try this place out, it is awesome!"

Justin J., Yelp Review

"We come here twice a week and have now for months and are very thankful that it is here. The coaches are wonderful and the peace of mind is priceless. We are confident in our children being around the water now...we will be able to start one son in swim team this year (very early at 4) and his older brother has been going as well and he's definitely a much stronger swimmer now and will be more prepared to enjoy swim team this year.

Clint H., Yelp Review

"My 4 year old went from not being able to swim last fall, to being able to swim across the pool completely by herself. I am so glad I found this place. Between both of my kids, we have worked with most of the coaches. They are all so amazing and great to work with. My son has a chromosome disorder and was terrified of water before coming here. The owner is now his current coach. I am so thankful that they are helping him get over this fear, as we are a very big water family. We will continue to go here for a very long time. I recommend them to anyone we know."

Brandy K., Yelp Review

"This is an awesome family owned swim school. We have been attending their classes for two years! The instructors are excellent. Students can practice their skills before or after lessons too! No more wrangling siblings while they wait for their turn."

Kacey C., Google Review

"Such wonderful, patient, and knowledgeable instructors. My oldest son learned to swim at 5 year's old and was afraid of putting his head underwater. Now he's a fish swimming to the bottom of the pool. Started my youngest in their parent/child class and he's now in their preschool class. He learns so much every class and looks forward to swim class every week. The instructors are gentle but firm which helps my strong willed boy learn."

Sophia G., Google Review

"Coach Jason, Coach Barbara, and Coach Kathy have been instrumental in shaping our boys into the swimmers they’ve become. We started with intro to water safety courses when they first opened, and now have our oldest (age 8) in the stroke and turn level to refine his skills for competitive swimming. We have absolutely loved this school, and the small classes/competitive pricing has kept us around since they opened!"

Keaton S., Google Review