Established in 2005, Jim Montgomery Swim School’s goal is to provide first-class swimming lessons and classes for youth and adults in Dallas. Through his years of Olympic training and Master’s coaching, Jim Montgomery has developed an award-winning program for all swimming levels from beginner to competitive.
From your child’s first splash in the water to swimming the length of the pool, the Jim Montgomery Swim School (JMSS) helps students reach personal goals in a safe, confidence-building atmosphere. Achieving goals comes naturally to Coach Jim Montgomery. Winning three gold and one bronze medal from the 1976 Montreal Olympics, Coach Jim was the first man to break the 50-second barrier in the 100-meter freestyle. Coach Jim shares his knowledge and lifelong love of swimming with you and your child! He’s taught thousands of children and adults how to feel safe in the water, get fit and love to swim. Now it’s your turn!
Start with Baby Swim classes at 3 months and grow as a swimmer through our Kid Swim and unique Developmental Swim League programs. We even help adults learn to become self-confident around water. Our supportive instructors will guide you every splash of the way. (Read our make-up policy here.)
Jim has been a consistent champion throughout his swimming career; he has held 10 world records and won 9 World Championships, 14 Masters World Championships, 14 national titles and 7 N.C.A.A. titles. As a member of the 1976 U.S.A. Olympic Team, Jim won three gold medals and one bronze medal, and was the first man ever to break 50 seconds in the 100-meter freestyle.
In Jim’s post-Olympic career, he has taught adult swim for fitness, coached high school varsity teams, led people in overcoming their fear of water, and taught anywhere from babies to pre-teens.
Sailfish Pre-competitive Team Spring session April 18 - May 25 6 weeks Tue/Thu 6 - 7pm
JMSS is the best swim program in the Dallas area. Their professional staff is doing an amazing job of teaching my 4 year old daughter proper swim techniques and their swim team is definitely building her self-confidence. I believe that JMSS is truly succeeding where the other swim programs we have attended have come up short. She has always liked to swim, but after we started attending JMSS, she LOVES to swim. Our daughter’s smile is always a little bigger on swim days and we are proud to see her grow and develop under their guidance.Swim Mom
The class that you teach is truly remarkable. The concept works. This was one class that I absolutely hated to see come to an end. The concept of conquering the fear of water seems so obvious yet I have never heard of anyone else who teaches it. You are correct that once the fear is gone, you can concentrate on beginning to learn to swim. The first two days, I sat in your class incredibly nervous. Yet, your patient, calm and personable way of teaching soon would change my nervousness and apprehension into the most enjoyable and successful swim class that I have ever experienced. Your calmness is so contagious and makes a world of difference. John was also an incredible instructor, his sense of humor broke a lot of tense moments in the classroom as well as at pool side. Both of you complement each other and make such a successful team. Once again, thank you. I feel so privileged that I came across your website and found your swimming instruction classes. I will highly recommend you.Mary, Dallas
Driving home from our last class I had tears in my eyes. Fear of water was gone. My tears were not tears of sadness for the loss of fear. My tears were for what I had accomplished, what I had experienced, and the journey I had successfully navigated…Later that afternoon, my wife and I went to a party at an acquaintance’s house to celebrate the graduation from high school of their two daughters. I had never been in their backyard. As I walked out to the backyard, I saw their pool. In the past I would have approached a pool and checked for steps, where the shallow part ends and the dreaded deep begins, and the location of ladders. I would also have experienced a certain amount of tenseness as I approached the pool and thought about it. This time my first thought was, ‘It’s too small.’ Can you imagine? It’s too small! I stood and looked calmly at the pool and thought, ‘Sorry, but you’re not big enough for me to enjoy.’Tim, Arlington
When you take a class from an Olympian, you figure the name is a marketing ploy. But I can speak for this class; they know what they’re doing.Radha, Dallas
I really enjoyed my first official swim class in 20 years! The Introductory course definitely eased some of my anxiety since I’ve never been able to float in a horizontal position with my face in the water before until today. I felt great today after the class because of what we were able to accomplish in the brief time frame. I also thought that the pace was just right for me and liked your teaching and instruction style. I understand that I still have a long way to go, but it was a new beginning for me in that I finally got into a swimming pool and started this quest to conquer my fear of water. I’m looking forward to taking the full beginning class soon.Fred, Dallas
Just wanted to give a quick thanks JM Swim School. After completing the adult Beginning Swimming class on 3/12/16, I gained the confidence and skills needed to continue learning and achieve my goals. I have since purchased a home with a pool and have enjoyed many swims with my boys. I also just completed a PADI Open Water SCUBA certification and will be travelling for a dive trip soon.
Floating on the surface of the lake this past weekend, and diving down to 40 feet to explore, I smiled to remember practicing in the shallow pool just a few months ago in class. Thanks for your simple and effective teaching that has helped unlock a new range of experiences for me.John, Dallas