The school is owned and operated by Gail Der Ananian. As a Physical Education teacher at Pike School (pre-k through 9th grade) for over 26 years, she is highly qualified to work with children of all ages.
Gail is a certified Red Cross Swim Instructor as well as an Instructor in CPR and First Aid, Sports Training and Lifeguard Training.
She taught swimming classes at the YMCA and was the Waterfront Director at Camp Leslie in Georgetown, Massachusetts. She was actively involved with the Hurricane Swim Team at the Andover YMCA.
"Mrs. D is the BEST!! I highly recommend her to ALL! Both my girls are now strong confident swimmers thanks to Gail's program. If you want your children to be safe in the water for life, send them to Mrs. D's."
"Thanks to Mrs. D, I love to swim and am currently on two competitive swim teams."
"Mrs. D has taught me so much about how to conduct myself in and out of the water. I learned first as a student and now each summer as a teacher. Thank you, Mrs. D!"
"Prior to lessons at Mrs. D's, I literally was not sure our boys would ever become proficient swimmers. We had started swim lessons at ages 3 and 4. We did group lessons, private lessons, indoor pool lessons, pond lessons, outdoor pool lessons. By ages 9 and 10, they were still not strong swimmers and I was at my wit's end. A good friend recommended Mrs. D's swim school.The drive to Andover is 35 minutes from our house, and it was worth every minute."
"Mrs. D. herself provides clear instructions and expectations at each level, an organized checklist of each skill to be mastered in order to pass each level, a home pool atmosphere, kindness and tough love when needed, and out of pool teaching of pool and water safety. These things combined, made our swim school experience an excellent and successful one. I am so thankful that we found her swim school."
"My name is Jason N of Haverhill MA father of 2 and I will be forever greatful to Mrs D for what she taught me and is now teaching my 2 children. There is no one better in my opinion."
"THE CHILDREN REALLY LEARN TO SWIM! I was so tired of paying for swimming lessons for my daughters, year after year, and not seeing much improvement! In two weeks at Mrs. D. my daughters learned more than years at other places!!"
Each student has a personal instructor who dedicates the 45 minutes to teach the student what she needs to learn to do better and progress in her learning. What is better than that?
"My daughters are always looking forward to attend Mrs. D. In the summer, to learn, to do better, and to be able to teach and use what they have learned to help others. Swim with Mrs. D. teaches them to progress and to make themselves useful out of their own progress and effort. It is a wonderful program!"
"I love Mrs.D's because she and the teachers always push you to do your best"
"I have been going to Mrs. D's for two years. This is now my third year in the program and my first year teaching thanks to both Mrs. D. and my teachers who pushed me to try harder until everything was done correctly. Now I can give back to Mrs. D., my teachers, and the new students, by teaching what I was taught. Thanks to Mrs. D. I learned how to swim correctly."
"Before I knew about Mrs. D, my children both tried other lessons with no success. Swimming with Mrs. D had them above water after one session and confident swimmers by the end of the training. Thank you Mrs. D!"
"I was one of the first students to learn how to swim at Mrs. D's pool, 40+ YEARS ago!! Mrs. D is old school and that is what makes her so special. Her approach is tough love but it works. I may have disliked Mrs. D back then but she helped me face my fears head on and gave me the courage to believe in myself. I still to this day remember everything she taught me and I can't thank her enough. So when you look at Mrs. D and you think she is just a swim teacher, you've got it all wrong. There is so much more than meets the eye. Look deeper and you will find a woman with a kind heart who always gives this program 150%. A woman who leads by example but most importantly someone who truly loves every student past and present."
"ps - Both my kids also graduated from Mrs. D's swim school and presently teach every year. Her ` program works too! It reinforces skills and helps develop leadership attributes. "
"All three of my children started swimming at Mrs D's swim school. They started as scared little swimmers and graduated there as swim instructors (teachers) fully confident about any adventures or misadventures the water could throw at them. For over 10 years now Mrs D's pool has been a big part of our summers. Our kids love Mrs D. "
"I put my daughter in lessons at other programs, and at the end of the lessons she was still afraid of the water and unable to swim. I was recommend to Mrs. D from a friend. Mrs D. is wonderful, tough but caring. This is my third year, and currently my oldest daughter is a swim assistant/teacher, my other daughter who was terrified of water is working on level 4, and my twin boys are working on level 2. I highly recommend Mrs. D. and will be returning for years to come myself."
"Mrs D's swimming is a wonderful way to learn to swim. The instruction is enhanced by the adolescent instructors who have previously completed the swim course. My children have learned quickly and enjoy the big kids help and encouragement. It is a terrific learning environment."
"My kids went to the YMCA for many years to learn to swim, and swam OK,... but then we discovered Mrs D's Swim School. WOW what a difference! In just one session the kids learnt more and showed a significant improvement in technique and overall swimming capability than many years of lessons at the Y. Now two of them are volunteers there and love it. I'd highly recommend Mrs D's Swim School."
"I was one of Mrs. D's first students and cannot express to you how effective her swimming school is. She is simply amazing with how she runs her program and takes the time to work with each and every student. Your child will learn how to swim in just two weeks and then followed with so much more if you complete all six levels. In addition, your children can have the opportunity to teach swimming which helps refresh all their strokes and learn life lessons which include learning how to teach young students, how to be responsible, how to work with other teachers to achieve the same goals, etc."
"I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to learn how to swim and teach at Mrs ds swim school and now my children do too. It is their favorite part of their summer and they always look forward to going back each year. "
"We can't thank Mrs D enough for all she has done for our family and we, without a doubt, highly recommend her swimming school,"
"I went to Mrs. D's 35 years ago. We started going to her because my 7 cousins all learned under her guidance. I became a very confident swimmer and even went on to complete my lifeguard course. She gave me all the necessary skills I needed and today I feel very fortunate that I know what I do. I am proud to say my oldest son is learning from her as well as my cousins kids who attend and are instructors. Her approach may be different but swimming / learning and knowing what to do in an emergency can be a life or death situation. Swimming / knowing how to swim in't a joke, Mrs D puts all of her love and passion into it. She's the BEST! "
"Thank you Mrs. D!"
"An amazing program that has taught all 3 of my children how to swim properly and how to safely be in the water."
"My six-year old son had gone to every swimming school in town, yet he was still afraid to let go of the side, adult, float. On day two with Mrs. D he was going down the slide and swimming across the deep end on his own! Now I can’t get him out of the water!"
"All 3 of us have gone through Mrs. D's swimming program, from level 1 to teaching. It not only helped us learn how to swim, but to help pass on these skills to others."