Over the last 18 years, Star Swim Club has earned a reputation as one of the most esteemed swim schools in the Tampa Bay. Our swim lessons are result-oriented, interactive, safe, and fun! We tailor our swim lessons to each student based on age and skill level.

We developed our highly-effective swim program based on decades of experience. Our instructors–Ms. Olena and Mr. Igor–are accomplished athletes, with college degrees in sports and physical education, and over 30 years of swimming instruction experience each.

Our indoor heated pool is ideal for swim lessons year-around. Both instructors always stay inside the pool with their students. Parents are invited to observe lessons from the comfort of our air-conditioned observation deck.

Star Swim Club has been operating in Tampa Bay since 2004 and has helped thousands of children of all ages become avid and confident swimmers.

Our Mission Statement

Safety is always our primary goal. Our mission is to teach your child how to feel and behave safely in any type of aquatic environment. We aim to instill in all our students an unwavering confidence in their swimming ability that can only be acquired through mastering proper swimming technique.

Our Method

Safety is our number one priority. Here, at Star Swim Club, we strongly believe that a feeling of complete safety is an essential prerequisite to an effective learning process. For this reason, much is done to ensure that each baby, toddler, and child is ”friends with the water” and is absolutely comfortable in the aquatic environment, prior to any actual swimming taking place.

Star Swim Club swim lesson with Ms. Olena and Mr. Igor
Star Swim Club swim lesson with Ms. Olena and Mr. Igor

Individual attention is a must in any type of a learning process, and swimming is not an exception. In order for a child to learn and progress, the child must receive extensive personal attention, encouragement, and positive reinforcement. It is also crucial that all mistakes are detected and corrected at early stages. This is why we keep our class sizes small and are always personally present inside the pool. Our classes are formed such that children of similar age and skill level are grouped together, thus encouraging social and competitive interaction between children to achieve outstanding results in a fun, friendly, and safe environment.

Our Instructors: Meet the Dream Team

Star Swim Club Founders & Instructors

Both Igor and Olena are former aquatic athletes themselves: Igor was an accomplished diver, and Olena had an exceptional career as a finswimmer. Igor was a member of the Ukrainian junior national diving team, while Olena was a member of the Soviet Union national finswimming team. Olena achieved some of her most impressive athletic accomplishments at the finswimming World Championship in Bologna, Italy in 1980: she won the gold medal in 50 meter underwater dive, silver in 800 meter swim, and bronze in 1500 meter swim. Olena also set two world records in relay finswimming in 1979.

Olena with medals
Retro photo of Olena with her medals

The story of our swim school

Olena and Igor met in Kiev, Ukraine while attending the National University of Physical Education and Sport. After graduating in 1983, their athletic talents and love for children and swimming evolved into successful and rewarding lifelong careers as swim instructors, first in Ukraine and, then, in the United States.

When Igor and Olena moved to the United States in 1999, they continued their careers as swim instructors in South Tampa. Their unique approach to swim lessons earned the respect and recognition of the swimming community, and, in 2003, Olena received the prestigious Outstanding Teacher award from the United States Swim School Association.

In 2004, Olena and Igor started a new chapter in their lives. They founded Star Swim Club in Tampa, materializing their most coveted dream of having their own swim school. Olena and Igor take immense pride in their craft and truly enjoy teaching swimming and working with children. Their dedication, patience, and effectiveness is the reason behind Star Swim Club’s success. Your child deserves an opportunity to learn from the best!

Star Swim Club instructor Ms. Olena

Ms. Olena

Founder & Instructor

Star Swim Club instructor Mr. Igor

Mr. Igor

Founder & Instructor

What our members say

We are very grateful for our perfect 5-Star Rating on Google!

Andrea Eifel

5 Star Rating

“My girls have been coming here for swim lessons for a few months and they absolutely love it. The instructors are fantastic!”

Katie Sickle

5 Star Rating

“My twins have been taking lessons with Igor and Olena at Star Swim for a year now and they love it so much! They very quickly went from hating the water to LOVING it. (The swim instructors are great at handling kids when they cry- most do for the first few lessons). We started with the basics and then moved on to arm strokes and diving for toys. The classes are so fun, incorporating songs and bubbles, all while learning to swim! They dive for toys and then count them, talk about colors, etc- educational and fun! I can’t say enough great things about Star Swim Club!”

Sabrina Schaller

5 Star Rating

“Wonderful instructors and facility! The children have so much fun and are super comfortable with the teachers. They make it engaging and educational as well. Highly recommend!”

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