Rich Kempster Swim Program

Rich Kempster Swim Program

Children with developmental, musculoskeletal, and neurological limitations learn water safety, survival skills, and foundational swimming concepts. Individual lessons are modified to allow the students to achieve success on a regular basis.


Hours: Monday – Friday 11:30 – 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 – 2 p.m. Lessons are 20 minutes.

Sessions: Lessons are scheduled by quarters 

Fees: Individual lessons $20. Scholarships are available.


Our swim instructors:

  • Teach children to learn to swim in a safe and positive environment. 
  • Adapt lessons to each child’s specific needs and limitations.
  • Ensure that children progress at their own pace and move on only after they’re ready for a bigger challenge
  • Personalize lessons to help children develop skills as well as conquer fear or self-doubt.
  • Red Cross Lifeguard and/or Water Safety Instructor certified CPR/First Aid trained and have a passion for working with the children.

Levels of Instructions: 

  • Young children learn basic skills through fun activities, such as blowing bubbles and playing with water toys.
  • Level 1 helps children become comfortable in the water and learn basic water safety.
  • Level 2 introduces fundamental skills such as floating, kicking, and swimming back to the side of the pool.
  • Level 3 focuses on coordinating arm and leg movements and improving skills learned previously.
  • Levels 4 – 6 provide training on stroke development, improvement, and refinement.

Rich Kempster had a special connection to Tichenor Clinic. He served on the Board of Directors of Tichenor Clinic from 2002-2004 and he is also a former patient, having received treatment for polio at the Clinic as a child. A Long Beach native, avid yachtsman, and organizer of the annual Seal Beach Roughwater Swim, Rich loved the water. We honor his memory with the Rich Kempster Swim Program and know that he would be thrilled to see our pool filled with happy children!

Now Offering Parent & Me Classes!