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Liz Coleson

Liz Coleson
Avg Rating

(Based on 53 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 $640. -- 4-30min semi-private lessons $540. -- 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 2017-- 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 2017.

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 $640. two people (semi-private) 4-30 min lessons $540. 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 53 reviews)
Booking of Lesson
91% of Survey Respondents said Booking of Lesson was "Excellent"
2% of Survey Respondents said Booking of Lesson was "Average"
8% 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"

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.

Never too old to learn swimming

By Matilda O. on 02/12/2016
Booking of Lesson: Excellent
Quality of Instruction: Excellent
I am so glad to find Liz. I am 73 years old and never learned to swim but always wanted to learn. I figured I was too old but my doctor said I needed a low impact activity since my joints were taking a beating. I signed up for lessons with Liz and learned the balance and efficiency of the freestyle stroke and the side breathing. Liz recommended a special type of small swim fins to strengthen my leg & joint muscles. Now my quality of life is so much better. I can do more activities and walk the dog for an hour with no problem and feel better all day. I just don’t know why I waited so long.

Building confidence in his life as well as his swimming

By Madie on 09/28/2015
Booking of Lesson: Excellent
Quality of Instruction: Excellent
My neighbor recommended Liz and I am so grateful. My son was fearful of going under the water. He had gone through many group and private county lessons without success and had developed an anxiety towards even seeing a pool. I took him to Liz for a lesson and he actually said he had fun at the end of his first lesson. We have now had many lessons my son is very comfortable in the water and has learned many self-rescue and life skills. I now see my son’s confidence come through in other aspects of his life as well as his swimming.

There is no price for a life

By JR on 09/15/2015
Booking of Lesson: Excellent
Quality of Instruction: Excellent
Both my children took lessons last summer with Liz and now enjoy the water so much more that the previous summer when they were both terrified due to our canoe flipping over in the Potomac river. Liz taught my children to tread water, swim safely and also educated them on what to do when their boat flipped over. My oldest now a swim with a local swim team and my youngest is a confidant swimmer and can tread water for 10min. Swim lessons with Liz was a life changing experience and a much-needed skill. You cannot put a price on a life. I am so glad I found the swim whisperer!

Building confidence, style, and speed.

By Chuck on 06/14/2015
Booking of Lesson: Excellent
Quality of Instruction: Excellent
Liz is a very intuitive instructor. My child learned skills to improve his swimming this winter and was able to try out and successfully be chosen to be on our summer swim team. Liz has the ability to analyze a swim style and change it gradually to improve style, endurance and speed. My son was so excited to be selected for the development swim team at our division 1 summer swim team. I cannot believe the change in his confidence level. Time and money well spent!