About DeMont Family Swim School

Our Mission

The DeMont Family Swim School is founded upon the belief that aquatic safety and skills are invaluable life lessons for everyone to achieve. Our clients can expect to receive quality year-round instruction and measurable results through our dedication to providing a fun and developmentally appropriate learn to swim environment.

In June of 2003, Rick and Carrie DeMont began creating in their mind the ultimate learn to swim facility and program. We are very proud to present to you the result: The DeMont Family Swim School. Together we have over 50 years of experience in working with children and teaching children how to swim.

We love what we are doing. We love the advantages of being an indoor facility. We love teaching and working with every student that enters our doors. Everyday there is a new success story, a new smile, a frightened child that begins to understand the aquatic world. We work to build smiles, confidence and success.

It is crucial that a learn-to-swim program be part of every child’s life. We offer weekly, year-round, half-hour swim lessons for children 2 months and up using an internationally recognized, proven, systematic, fun and developmentally appropriate method for teaching children to learn to swim. We believe that consistent exposure to instruction offers students the greatest long-term benefit: simple steps and solid building blocks lead to long-term success.

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Meet Carrie and Rick DeMont

Carrie DeMont:

A former age group swimmer, Carrie DeMont has been working with children for over 20 years. She received a BSED in “Communication Sciences and Disorders” and “Child and Family Development” from the University of Georgia. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Special Education & Rehabilitation from the University of Arizona. From 1996 – 2005, Carrie worked at the Center for Hearing Impaired Children at the Arizona State School for the Deaf in Tucson.  There she taught 2-5 year old deaf and hard of hearing children and provided home based support services to their families. Since her first daughter was born in 2005, Carrie has been teaching swimming lessons and creating the DeMont Family Swim School.

Rick DeMont:

Rick DeMont has 45 years of involvement in swimming as a participant, competitor, student, teacher and coach. He has collected numerous titles, including National, Pan-American, World and Olympic champion. Following his senior year in high school, he was named World Swimmer of the Year. DeMont also pioneered negative split swimming (swimming a faster second half of a race than the first). Rick DeMont is currently starting his 28th season as the head coach of the Arizona Wildcat swim team. Arizona won both the men’s and women’s NCAA Championships in 2008. Rick coached Gold Medalists and world record holders in the 1992, 2000, 2004 & 2008 Olympics. Considered a world-renowned sprint freestyle coach, DeMont has been the subject of feature stories and up-and-coming swimming technique articles in numerous publications, such as Swimming World, Swim Technique, Splash and Men’s Health magazines. In addition, DeMont has given lectures on swimming technique in countries all over the world. He is an inductee into the International Swimming Hall of Fame, The Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame, & The University of Arizona Sports Hall of Fame. DeMont is also an artist whose paintings have been shown locally and nationally.

For more on Rick’s 1972 Olympic story, click here.