It is the mission of the FAST Falcon Swim School to provide safe, fun instruction while building confidence for all swimmers of all ages.




Children must feel safe and trust their instructor before we can expect them to learn new skills in the water. Instructors are certified through Jeff Ellis Swimming (JES) with ongoing training and a lifeguard will always be on deck to keep athletes safe.



Children who feel supported, loved and respected will learn the skills in a compassionate environment and will learn to love the water. All instructors will provide space and love for children to grow in the sport of swimming.



Children developing into young adults must learn discipline. Discipline includes refining technique, practicing to improve, stamina to enhance skills and an understanding of how to follow basic directions to be safe in the water.



The more a child practices their skills the more confident they are in the water. We encourage year-round participation in lessons and aim to foster confidence in each child.

Learning To Swim Starts At Florida FAST



Water skills and safety tips that stay with them throughout all swim lessons. (*2 instructors per 4 swimmers)

  • Face in the water
  • Blowing bubbles
  • Float on your back
  • Comfort in the water
  • Fun in the water
  • Pass backs from one instructor to the other supported, face in the water


Beginning stroke technique skills to build a foundation for freestyle. (*1 instructor per 4 swimmers)

  • Streamline push from the wall, face in the water to instructor
  • Splashing kicks
  • Rotate from streamline kicks to backfloat
  • Rotate from backfloat to face in and streamline kick to the wall
  • All Bronze level skills


Continue stroke technique skills for freestyle, begin backstroke technique foundation.

  • Freestyle arm development
  • Streamline push from wall into freestyle stroke
  • Rotate from freestyle swim to backfloat
  • Learn timing for freestyle breath
  • Backstroke push from the wall
  • All Silver level skills


Freestyle and backstroke technique refined.

  • Backstroke arm development
  • Push from wall, freestyle to backfloat, to wall
  • Freestyle technique refined full 25 yards
  • 25 yards proficient backstroke
  • All Gold level skills


For ages 2 & under with a parent in the water with them.

  • Parent in the water with their child
  • Water exploration
  • Getting face wet
  • Blowing bubbles
  • Splashing
  • Floating on back
  • Swimming from instructor to parent with support

ADULTS (18+)


  • Safety Skills – Learning the basics to be safe in the water


  • Refining strokes to become active in the water


  • Refining strokes to be able to swim on our Masters team or recreationally



● 30-minute sessions

● Schedule:
◌ Saturdays 10:30-12:30 – 1x a week– $60 for the month
◌ Tuesday/Thursday 3:30-5:00- Month of June or July — $120 for the month
◌ Wednesday/Friday 3:30-5:00 Month of June or July –$120 for the month
◌ Tuesday-Friday 9:30-12:30 (two-week program)– $120
◌ Start dates for each 2 weeks: May 31st, June 14th, June 28th, July 19th

● All age groups

● Sign-ups include: 4 sessions $60 and 8 sessions for $120 total


● 30-minute sessions

● Schedule:
◌ Every Saturday — $60 for 4 Sessions

● For ages 2 & under with an accompanying parent in the water

● Sign-ups include: 4 sessions $60

ADULTS (18+) SUMMER: June/July

● 30-minute sessions

● Schedule:
◌ Saturdays: 12:30-1pm – 1x a week – $60
◌ Tues/Thurs: 9:00-11:00am or 5:00-5:30pm – Month of June or July – $120 for the month
◌ Wed/Fri: 9:00-11:00am or 5:00-5:30pm – Month of June or July – $120 for the month
◌ Tues-Friday: 12-1pm – $120
◌ Start Dates for each 2 weeks: May 31, June 14, June 28, July 19th

● All adults 18+

● Sign-ups include: 4 sessions $60 and 8 sessions $120

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Gemma Fleming, Director of FAST Falcons Swim School

Gemma Fleming, (Spofforth) is an English former competition swimmer who represented Great Britain in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, FINA world championships and European championships, and England in the Commonwealth Games. Gemma is the former world record-holder and 2009 world champion in the 100m backstroke and won a total of eight medals in major international championships. She is a Hall of Fame 2020 inductee for the University of Florida, she was also a five-time NCAA champion, NCAA Record Holder, 18-time All-American Selection, 2009 SEC Female Swimmer of the Year, eight-time All-SEC Selection, four-time SEC Champion, and four-time SEC Record Holder.

She has taught lessons under SwimAmerica of Gainesville for 12+ years. Gemma is ESE certified and worked in the public education system as a school counselor for 7 years. Her philosophy for life is “empathy and kindness, together with hard work and dedication will take you far.”