We were absolutely blown away by our experience with Melissa and Mermaid Academy. From being super responsive to our initial call, to communicative in scheduling and rescheduling lessons, she made the process a breeze as a parent. And her skills as a swim coach are second to none! Our six year old arrived in the desert still wearing a life jacket in the pool. By day two he was doing laps, and by day six he was mastering three different strokes. After working with Melissa for three weeks, our guy is an amazingly strong swimmer, extremely water safe (can tread water, doggy paddle, etc.), and absolutely loves the water. And he loved Melissa too, who made his experience so special throughout (from bringing cool gifts and prizes, to a certificate and trophy at the end of our time there).
We were visiting the area for three weeks and had a place with a pool, so using that time for private lessons seemed to make perfect sense. In hindsight we couldn't be more thrilled with our decision, and even more so with our decision to work with Melissa. We truly cannot recommend her highly enough.