What Is the “Shark Pups” Program?

The Shark Pups program is designed for kids who are comfortable in the water but not yet ready for swim team. It is a program that guides the children through the first stages of stroke development. Overall, at the end of the program, it is hoped that the child is water safe and/or on the right path to water safety, independent swimming for given distances and comfortable in the water.

Is My Child Ready For Shark Pups?

Keep in mind that every child makes progress at different rates. That is to be expected, and does not reflect future ability. A child who learns slowly at an early age may very well leap frog her friends by the end of a session. I would suggest that if your son or daughter feels comfortable simply being in the water, they will do fine. Please note that parents are not allowed in the pool with their children during this program. The instructors are very experienced and will provide the necessary supervision to ensure the children’s safety. Kids should be a least 4 year olds.


Each Shark Pups Session consists of approx (8) 30 minute classes. Classes will typically run Tuesday and Thursday each week between 4 & 5p. During some sessions we have two Shark Pups classes back to back. You will be asked to choose your preferred time block when signing up through the registration portal. 

Instructors are in the water with swimmers and we also have platforms that allow the swimmers to stand in the water.  We try to keep a 1:4 instructor to swimmer ratio. 

Location: San Rafael High School Pool, 185 Mission Ave, San Rafael, CA 94901. *Next to the tennis courts



Shark Pups 2022 Session 2 Registration- Will open Tuesday May 17th at 8:00a




If you have any questions please email the Swimarin Board