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Liz Coleson

Liz Coleson
Avg Rating

(Based on 57 student reviews)
Instructor Schedule
  Morning Afternoon Evening
Available: Year-Round

About the Instructor

Gender: Female
Location: Arlington, Virginia

The Swim Whisperer-- Learn to swim - tame your fear of water or tame your stroke with the swim whisperer. Swim easier and longer distances with the (TI) --Total Immersion way. Great for triathlete training even if you are a beginner triathlete. Learn to confidently swim nearly any distance in nearly any body of water. Swim lessons for Children and Adults of all ages from non-swimmer through Olympic distance triathlete swim training techniques. Teaching Self Rescue techniques for infants and toddlers. I will travel to home, apartment, condo or community pools year round. -- Prices -- 4-30min private lessons $400. -- 8-30min private lessons $670. -- 4-30min semi-private lessons $550. -- 8-30min semi-private lessons $890. -- lesson fees include pool access fees for scheduled lesson time at Yorktown HS Pool & Washington-Lee HS Pool and Wakefield HS pool in Arlington, VA. References available upon request. Lesson packages expire 3 months from date of purchase. Note: 48 hour notice required for cancellation or rescheduling a lesson to avoid being charged for the missed lesson. There are no refunds on lesson packages. Swim lessons- at Arlington county Virginia pools year round. --SUMMER 2018-- I will travel to your pool. I will teach at your condo, apartment, backyard, and community pool. A few summer spots still available for summer 2018.

Teaching Approach
Students must build a trust with an instructor in order to learn effectively. Water safety skills are a must to be safe in and around water.

Age Taught
Group Size
(WSI) Water Safety Instructor
First Aid
Lifeguard Training
Other (Total Immersion Instructor (TI) American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor (WSI))
Teaching for 29 Years
Swimming for 40 Years
Languages Spoken


I can travel within a radius of 20 miles from Arlington, VA


private one person 4-30 min lessons $400. private one person 8-30 min lessons $670. two people (semi-private) 4-30 min lessons $550. two people (semi-private) 8-30 min lessons $890. Lesson packages expire 3 months from date of purchase.


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Average Student Rating
(Based on 57 reviews)
Booking of Lesson
91% of Survey Respondents said Booking of Lesson was "Excellent"
2% of Survey Respondents said Booking of Lesson was "Average"
7% of Survey Respondents said Booking of Lesson was "Above Average"
Quality of Instruction
98% of Survey Respondents said Quality of Instruction was "Excellent"
2% of Survey Respondents said Quality of Instruction was "Above Average"

swimming balance and beyond

By Shawn on 08/27/2017
Booking of Lesson: Excellent
Quality of Instruction: Excellent
I never really learned how to swim as a child. I really wanted to do a triathlon but my swimming skills were very weak. I could not even swim one length of a 25meter pool without having to stop and rest at the end. I signed up for lessons with Liz in May and have learned so much about balance, what propels your body thru the water (it’s not your kick btw). How and when to take a breath and it all added to a wonderful evolution of my freestyle. I will be ready for my triathlon in September. Liz has a lot of patience and a teaching style like no other. I highly recommend her classes and endurance training.

more learned in one lesson than the whole year with another program

By Melinna on 08/14/2017
Booking of Lesson: Excellent
Quality of Instruction: Excellent
My Children learned more in just one lesson with Liz than they learned in a year of lessons with the county. Now I am asking myself why did I wait so long. Better late than never!

The "Amazing" evolution of swimming

By Ivan on 07/10/2017
Booking of Lesson: Excellent
Quality of Instruction: Excellent
Through a series of drills designed to evolve my old style of swimming into a much faster effective style had remarkable results. Swimming was once my weakest sport.
I have since gained a strong style that is more efficient and faster using less effort than ever before. This new style has benefits beyond what I had imagined. My most recent triathlon time was 45 min faster because my legs were not tired from the swim and I had more leg strength for the bike and run. I am so impressed with Liz’s teaching techniques that I don’t know why I waited so long to take lessons. I now am really stoked that about my next triathlon this September.

My 4yr old child can swim better than a 6yr old

By L.R. on 06/04/2017
Booking of Lesson: Excellent
Quality of Instruction: Excellent
My daughter has been taking lessons with Liz since September. She has done really well and loves swim lessons. I just took her to our summer pool this past weekend and she swims better than most of the 6 & 7yr olds that were there. I am very proud of my daughter and very happy we have Liz as our instructor. Best lessons I have signed my daughter up for ever!

Best practical swimming skills for young children!

By Ciecil on 04/29/2017
Booking of Lesson: Excellent
Quality of Instruction: Excellent
Liz has made swimming enjoyable to my toddlers 3 & 4yrs old. She has helped them enjoy the lessons and grow at their own speeds. What works for my son is different than what works for my daughter. Liz has a way of picking up on each child’s interests and developing learning drills and games for each child which emphasize their strengths and work on needed skills. My children love Liz because they learn through playing her games and challenges. Her taught safety skills prepare them for real life situations.

children just love Liz!

By Thelma on 04/01/2017
Booking of Lesson: Excellent
Quality of Instruction: Excellent
My children just love Liz. She is full of energy and entertaining with each swim lesson. My oldest is so enthusiastic she can hardly wait for swim lesson day.
We have a pool in our back yard and I was hesitant about moving to a house with a pool even though the pool was enclosed within a fence. It only takes a split second for something unexpected to happen and around water is frightening. Last summer I started lessons with my older children and this year I will include my youngest for his first set of lessons. I am expecting my forth child in September and don’t have enough eyes and arms to watch everyone at once. I am now confident that my 2 oldest children are going to know how to rescue themselves if the fell into the pool even fully clothed. Liz puts them through some real life situations and helps them work through rescue solutions.

Save energy, swim faster!

By Samuel on 03/24/2017
Booking of Lesson: Excellent
Quality of Instruction: Excellent
Swimming was never my strongest sport. I am a triathlete trying to conquer an ironman distance. I found Liz at a pool in Arlington and was watching her teach another student. I signed up that day with her for several lessons. Liz was able to change part of my stroke so I now swim faster than I ever have. My swim event does not hold me back during a triathlon anymore. In fact now my swim is much stronger and I don’t feel behind after the swim nor do my legs feel worn out for my bike & run. My last competition was very successful! My Swim time is now improving monthly. LOL, Who knew that my technique would end up so different from what I was doing.

Wonderful connection with children!

By Pat on 02/23/2017
Booking of Lesson: Excellent
Quality of Instruction: Excellent
After 2 years taking lessons with the Swim Kids program with virtually no results, I signed my children up for lessons with Liz. Highly recommended on Mothers of Northern Virginia list serve, I was new to the area so thought I would give her a try.
Well so far this is the best decision and money well spent for the safety and well being of my kids. My middle child has never liked the water, but he now loves to go to swimming lessons every week. I was also surprised my 2 yr. old was able to take her feet off the bottom of the pool and swim across the pool to Liz. We will be ready for summer in no time and this year it will be relaxing.

Fun and challenging, confident building swim lessons

By Marianna on 01/23/2017
Booking of Lesson: Excellent
Quality of Instruction: Excellent
I am very grateful to have found Liz. I had tried 4 instructors in the area without success. Liz had my child and her friend swimming in 4 lessons. We have had so much fun watching the children develop and build more confidence each lesson.
With challenging but fun lessons my child can’t wait for lesson day. They have learned safety skills and are now working on swimming strokes with real technique.
I am so impressed with the patience and knowledge Liz possesses.

Finally my child progresses!

By Dan on 08/18/2016
Booking of Lesson: Excellent
Quality of Instruction: Excellent
I enrolled my child in a county class over a year ago and sadly she did not get any better in fact, she became more fearful of the water than before she started. She threw a fit before each county lesson and I was beside myself as we went to our most recent class and she needed to repeat the same class for the third time.
I found Liz through a North Arlington Mom's list serve and she came highly recommended. I now know why! She is a very knowledgeable instructor and was able to get my daughter’s confidence back and teach her to swim in only 8 lessons.