POPPKiDZ provides a comprehensive, progressive collection of Aquatic classes, workshops, and training for students of any age. A variety of life-saving skills are included in every level of programming from the novice swimmer to the competitive athlete. Each class is designed to educate the student in FUN, developmentally appropriate ways while nurturing their thirst for learning and love of the water!

POPPKiDZ students enjoy very small class sizes, professional instructors, experienced coaches, well-maintained facilities, and NO additional registration or equipment fees. To learn more about the exceptionally qualified POPPKiDZ team, see the ‘about us’ tab or simply talk with a team member. To be the first to know about new programs, events, and announcements, visit the website often and follow POPPKiDZ on Facebook!


See detailed descriptions below for the following programs:

Infant/Toddler Drowning Prevention Workshop

Swim Lessons

Technique Clinics

Summer Swim Team


SwimFit and Aquatic Exercise

ENROLLMENT: POPPKiDZ offers on-going, open enrollment and customized scheduling for most programs. Schedules and class times are continually revised to reflect programming demands. Families with multiple children, playgroups, or specific class time requirements are encouraged to enroll early for the best selection of scheduling options. For current availability, class times, and pricing, email POPPKiDZ at or speak with a member of the POPPKiDZ Hospitality Team at (520) 989-9589 TODAY!



For families with children ages 0-23 months, POPPKiDZ offers FREE drowning prevention workshops to introduce infants and toddlers to the water, discuss water safety, and learn about specific and unique risks associated with very young children in the water.  During these workshops, everyone gets in the water for hands on training in basic survival skills! These unique weekend workshops are designed to provide valuable information on water safety in and around the house, residential pools, and commercial aquatic facilities.  Each workshop concludes with the opportunity to ask questions and an open discussion about swim lesson programs currently available in Tucson.

There is NO FEE for this 45 minute workshop with a completed registration 48 hours prior to the workshop. Check in begins 15 minutes prior to each workshop. All caregivers are encouraged to attend, including older siblings.

If you are a member of a playgroup, parent’s organization, or other child friendly group, contact us to schedule a private water safety workshop for you and your friends!  There is a 6 student minimum for private workshops.

*Other requirements and tips
  • Each child that is required to wear a swim diaper at all times, unless completely potty-trained.
  • Sunscreen should be applied at home prior to your departure for class and again if spending an extended amount of time outside.
  • Protective sun wear is highly recommended including protective sun shirts or rash guards with an SPF of at least 50, wide brimmed hats, and sunglasses with UV protection.

We care about YOU!  Sun safety recommendations apply to students, parents, caregivers, and siblings too!

2018 Workshop Schedule

Saturdays April 28, May 12, June 9, August 18, and September 15     Check in begins at 10am, class is 10:15am-11am



POPPKiDZ’s very small classes allow each student to enjoy personalized instruction in an environment that stimulates peer learning and teamwork as they celebrate each other’s accomplishments. Expert instruction combined with classes three times per week provide the necessary knowledge and frequency for even the most apprehensive student to learn and retain the skills necessary to survive a water emergency.  The specialized POPPKiDZ curriculum includes developmentally appropriate, progressive water safety skills, survival strategies, and foundational techniques crucial to becoming a smart, independent swimmer. Real life scenarios are practiced and FUN games and activities are incorporated to keep the students engaged, learning, and HAPPY to come to class! Private lessons and customized schedules are available by request.

For advanced students, curriculum includes stroke technique, pre-swim team skills and vocabulary, and jr. lifeguarding skills. Stroke refinement, starts, and turns are introduced and developed for students wishing to advance to a recreational or competitive swim team program. See also, clinic descriptions.

YES, we offer adult lessons! All adult lessons are private and provide a customized curriculum based on your goals. All schedules are customized and require a minimum purchase of 4 lessons.

ABSENCES:  POPPKiDZ continues to adhere to a firm no make-up policy to ensure consistency and minimize disruptions in your student’s class. However; if you have pre-planned vacations or absences, we are happy to offer a partial credit voucher for missed classes when discussed at the time of registration.  Exceptional circumstances are evaluated on an individual basis.

CHOOSING A CLASS: To ensure your student is placed in the most appropriate class, the knowledgeable POPPKiDZ hospitality team will guide you through a short series of questions to determine the best class for your student prior to your start date. Once your student has begun, the experienced POPPKiDZ instructional team is dedicated to teaching to their individual needs, even in a group class; however, if adjustments need to be made for safety reasons, they are done so quickly and discretely.  To contact the hospitality team for information and to register, call (520) 989-9589.

SPLASH! 2018

All 2018 swim lesson students and their families are invited to celebrate their accomplishments at SPLASH! 2018!  Student awards, games, family swim, and a few surprises await everyone who attends!  Each student attending this special event will receive a free POPPKiDZ t-shirt!  Save the date – Saturday July 21 1pm-4pm!

2018 Swim Lesson Schedule

POPPKiDZ, 2045 W Omar Drive offers open enrollment for morning, afternoon, and evening classes Monday-Saturday, small group lessons, private lessons, and competitive aquatic training.  Customized schedules are available April – October 2018!

*A limited number of Saturday only classes are available, restrictions apply

2018 SPRING BLOCK – April 2 through May 26, 8 weeks, 24 lessons

2018 SUMMER BLOCK – May 28 through July 28, 9 weeks, 27 lessons

2018 FALL BLOCK – August 6 through September 29, 8 weeks, 24 lessons


POPPKiDZ WEST, 5245 N Camino de Oeste offers open enrollment for afternoon and evening classes three times a week for small group lessons, private lessons, and competitive aquatic training.  Customized schedules are available May 21 through September 7 2018!

2018 1st SUMMER BLOCK – May 21 through July 13, 8 weeks, 24 lessons

2018 2nd SUMMER BLOCK – July 15 through September 7, 8 weeks, 24 lessons


TECHNIQUE CLINICS – Starts, Turns, and Strokes

POPPKiDZ is pleased to welcome Justine Schluntz!  A 16 time All American and 5-time NCAA Champion, Justine offers extensive personal experience and expertise as a swimmer and a coach.  All clinics are on Saturdays 1:45pm – 2:45, pre-registration is required.  Clinics are available to competitive swimmers ages 8-18 regardless of club affiliation or membership.  Summer swimmers, Club swimmers, and youth tri-athletes are encouraged to participate!

2018 Technique Clinics

April 7 – Freestyle and Backstroke

April 21 – Breaststroke and Butterfly

April 28 – Starts and Turns

May 5 – Freestyle and Backstroke



POPPKiDZ swimmers enjoy a challenging 16-week season building character, making new friends, improving their swimming skills, and having FUN!  Appropriate for swimmers ages 5-18, minimum requirements include swimming freestyle and backstroke 25 yards (many swimmers do this for the very first time at their evaluation!).  Practices are Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays beginning April 2.  Completing a skill assessment at the time of registration will determine your swimmers developmentally appropriate practice group and schedule.

Attendance at registration is not a commitment to join the team – it is the perfect time to ask questions and find out what makes the POPPKiDZ team different!  For those swimmers where swim lessons are recommended, scheduling options will be available.  In addition, there are a limited number of sibling swim lessons available at the same time as swim practice!

POPPKiDZ Summer Swim Team Fees are all inclusive.  Each registered swimmer’s fees include a team swim suit, a team swim cap, SAAA registration fees, meet fees, coaches gifts, swimmer awards, etc.  Volunteering is a crucial part of any youth sport, swim team included.  However; you will not be asked to participate in outside fund-raising activities at this time.  When you choose to register for swim team, there are a few things you can do to be prepared:

  • a COPY of your swimmers birth certificate for team records is required at the time of registration or before the 1st day of practice, there are no exceptions to this requirement
  • you will be provided with practice times available for your swimmer based on their skill assessment, bringing your family calendar can be helpful in making the final selection and securing your schedule
  • sample swim suits will provided at each registration day and each swimmer will be fitted for a team suit
  • completing registration may require 20 minutes for a returning athlete and up to an hour for a new swimmer; however, all swimmers are required to complete a skill assessment
  • payment is expected at the time of registration, cash, check, and major credit cards are accepted
    • For athletes starting practice April 2-April 28, the all inclusive 2018 season fee is $445
    • For athletes starting practice April 30-May 26, the all inclusive 2018 season fee is $395
    • For athletes starting practice May 28 or later, the all inclusive 2018 season fee is $345

For POPPKiDZ swimmers living closer to, or who prefer to practice at, POPPKiDZ West, practices at that location will begin May 21.  However, swimmers are highly encouraged to begin practice at our main campus April 2 and transfer to the West Campus once it becomes available.  All Saturday practices are on the main campus.

2018 Swim Team Registration Dates

Swim Team Practices begin Monday April 2, continue through Championships in July and conclude with our annual team celebration July 14.  For swim team swimmers with siblings who need swim lessons, there are a limited number of lessons available at the same time as swim team practice.  Enroll early to secure your lessons!

Saturday March 31, 1:30-3:30 at POPPKiDZ main campus, 2045 W Omar Dr

Saturday April 28 9am-10am at POPPKiDZ main campus, 2045 W Omar Dr

Wednesday May 16 3pm-4:30pm at POPPKiDZ West, 5245 N Camino de Oeste

Friday May 18 3pm-4:30pm at POPPKiDZ West 5245 N Camino de Oeste

Registration is also available every Saturday on the POPPKiDZ main campus April 7 – May 26 3-4:30

**if you need an alternate time for your swimmers evaluation and/or registration, please contact the POPPKiDZ hospitality team at (520) 989-9589 to schedule an appointment**


CLUBSWIM – NEW in 2018!

Swimmers ages 5-18 enjoy a challenging 50-minute swim team inspired workout without the pressure of competition!  Workouts offer light to strenuous conditioning sets, endurance training, and exceptional coaching customized to the specific needs and goals of the athlete.  Perfect for the cross-training athlete! Available April through October.

Training fees include as many or as few practices you can attend up to three times per week, $125 per month


SWIMFIT – NEW in 2018!

The newest in our family of aquatic programming, SwimFit offers a unique opportunity for adult swimmers to enjoy aquatic workouts, lap swimming, walking, or simple range of motion exercises at their own pace.  Coaching and aquatic workouts are provided by request for those who desire that extra nudge of accountability and encouragement!  Workouts are scheduled Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings April – October.

Purchasing a SwimFit membership includes as many or as few morning workouts as you can attend as well as unlimited Tuesday night Aquatic Exercise classes, $45 per month



Available Tuesdays 6:15pm-7:15pm beginning April 2, this class will get your heart pumping and your body moving!  Certified personal trainer and fitness instructor, Timmery Lee provides a high-energy workout with modified movements for all skill levels!  Check in begins each Tuesday at 6pm, students must be at least 18 years of age, and a personally labeled water bottle is highly recommended.  Invite your friends and get moving together!!!

$10 per student per class, cash or check payable at the time of check in