ParrotFish Swim School

The best swim school in Northern Virginia! Fly through the water. ParrotFish Swim School is the Premier swim school in Northern Virginia, teaching the latest in the science of swimming.

Our northern Virginia swimming classes teach progressive proficiency in the water. Students master each technique before proceeding to the next level, gaining confidence and having fun every step of the way.

[08/22/20]   Greeting All,
I hope this message finds you all in good health and high spirits!
Claude Moore has opened up some lanes for me but with the following procedures and restrictions. TO ENTER THE BUILDING YOU MUST; 1. Be wearing a mask. Mask can be removed once you enter the pool area. 2. Answer some health questions. ONCE YOU ARE IN THE POOL AREA YOU ARE REQUIRED TO FOLLOW THESE RULES AND PROCEDURES; 1.Teachers / Instructors are not allowed in the water. So beginner swim lessons will be limited to those people that can be taught by me sitting poolside giving you verbal instruction. 2. Students / Swimmers must exercise social distancing in the lanes at all times. That means 6 feet apart at all times. 3. The bathroom/locker rooms are to be used only in emergencies. You cannot shower or change clothes. I am sure as the weather gets cold Claude Moore we revisit this rule. Time will tell when things get back to normal. HERE IS THE CLASS SCHEDULE / We start on Saturday, September 5th / Please pick two class times. Remember I am trying to schedule the better part of 20 - 30 people so I need options from you when putting together the schedule. Thank you Monday / Wednesday / Thursday / Friday 8-9 pm DEEP WATER (Its above your head) Tuesday / 7-8 pm DEEP WATER Saturday / 3-4 pm / 4-5 pm / 6-7 pm SHALLOW WATER (You can stand up) Sunday / Classes start at 11 am and are 1 hour long. The last class starts at 3pm. If you have any questions or do not see a day or time that works for you please call me at 703-999-0196. Do not worry about class levels at this time I will group like-kind skill level with like-kind schedule requests. I am trying my best to be all things to all people but that is not possible. PLEASE RESPOND ASAP! DEADLINE IS WEDNESDAY AUGUST 26th to submit schedule requests. THANK YOU!!!

[06/22/20]   We are now offering lesson at private backyard pools. You come to our outdoor pool or we come to yours. Call 703-999-0196 for more information.

[01/12/19]   No Swim Class Sunday, January 13th. The Pools are closed.

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AAAO

The story of Ray Bussard, the 1978 National Championship team, and recovering its history.

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How To Swim Freestyle by Shinji Takeuchi - Recovery

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This video focuses on the recovery phase of freestyle.

[02/16/18]   Please contact me for information about joining the year-round USS Swim Team that I will be Coaching. 703-999-0196 We are only excepting 10 swimmers the first year so act fast.

[01/08/18]   Recently someone asked me to name the six swimmers that I have coached that where Olympians. Here is the list plus a bonus.

Melvin Stewart USA
William Douglas Schwenk, III USA

Raymond Brown Canada

Jose Carlos Souza Brazil

Salvador Vassallo Puerto Rico
Manuel Guzman Puerto Rico

Eric Topp USA
He was Top Ten n the World 200 Meter Butterfly and was on the USA National Team.

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Passages: Andy Coan, Former World Record-Holder and Tennessee Vol Loses Fight With Cancer https://www.swimmingworldmagazine.com/news/passages-andy-coan-former-world-record-holder-and-tennessee-vol-loses-fight-with-cancer/

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Slow Motion Anthony Ervin Ink Swimming (Video)

Anthony Ervin graces the cover of SwimSwam's INK issue. If you want the SwimSwam Magazine tattoo issue with the Anthony Ervin cover, you must be a subscriber...

Side Breathing Butterfly. Try it.........

Win If You Can.
Lose If You Must.
But Never, Ever Quit.





Athlete: @michaelweiss23
#MotivationMonday #Motivation #Motivated #FeelthePower #Swimming #CompetitiveSwimming #USASwimming #Freestyle #Racing #StayHungry #Legend #A3legend #a3performer

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[12/12/16]   Saturday, December 24th and Sunday the 25th we will NOT have swim classes. Have an outstanding Christmas. Classes RESUME on Monday, December the 26th.

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Alexander Popov swimming technique

Former World Record Holder in the 50-meter Freestyle.

FOLLOW me on INSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/mortenkohler A closer look on A. Popov's swimming technique (Popov Phases)

[09/18/16]   Alexander Beltran was an adult student that was an absolute joy to teach. His willingness to learn and eagerness to perfect the different skills presented was a most delightful experience to be a part of. Here are Alexander's thoughts about having me as a teacher.

"Almost everything is based on the mastery of fundamentals. I had been swimming for many years and had taken a few lessons from a couple of instructors that really didn't do much for my advancement. Although I liked swimming, it was always a struggle because I had never really learned proper form, or gained a structured understanding of the dynamics that take place while swimming. Those months working with Dan were instrumental in me being able to reach the next level where I could not only enjoy the sport more but fully derive the benefits that swimming offers. Often these benefits are not possible unless you have the proper guidance and instruction, and I cannot think of anyone better at providing such direction than Dan. The time spent with him was not only educational and helped me progress, but the man has an ability to impart excitement, fun, and joy to the process of learning and practice that I had not experienced before. Had it not been for the fact that I moved from the area, I would still be working with Dan on a regular basis, and enjoying every minute of the experience. It was great fun all around." Alexander Beltran, former student.

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She Danced for the Night: A collection of art and poetry

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Check out what one of my students is doing on Kickstarter.

kickstarter.com Rising high-school junior, 16-year old Sarah combines stunning artwork with breathtaking poetry to transport you to her unique world.

[08/01/16]   Got this text from one of the father's about his son, James.

Parrotfish Swim School Rocks!
Coach Dan, wanted to thank you for the great coaching and skill training. Really made a world of difference for James. In his summer league, he was undefeated in butterfly and swam the top 4 times in the league and just won the All-Stars as well. All the other top swimmers are year round club swimmers except James. He was also the only side breather thanks to you and that drill for kicking made him more powerful than anyone by a longshot (despite the sloppy arms that didn't quite get corrected). Monkey toes and all. Thank you for the great work with little time! Your contributions were evident. Eric

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Is Swimming Fair?

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youtube.com Mel Stewart comments on the nature of swimming at the 2015 NCAA Championships.

[05/24/16]   ParrotFish Swim School now carries the full line of A3Performance swim suits / goggles and training aid and backpacks. Check out the A3Performance web site www.a3performance and as me about how much money you can save!

[05/06/16]   Greetings,

Summer swimming is fast approaching.

I am very pleased to announce the Team Parrotfish summer swim schedule.

Please note that we will be meeting from 6:30 pm - 8 pm; Monday / Tuesday / Thursday.

6:30 pm - 7 pm will be drylands exercises. Body weight exercises concentrating on Body CORE development.

7 pm - 8 pm will be water training. Starts / Turns / Stroke Development and Race Strategy.

We will also provide Underwater Filming of your swimmer with On The Spot Analysis. Your child will be filmed and them will review the film side by side with the coach.

Space is very limited only 10 swimmers allowed.

The cost of the program is $105 for a Monday/Tuesday/Thursday (No Monday on 4th of July). Please PICK the WEEKS you are not on vacation and submit them with you return e-mail.

Respond to this e-mail ASAP to reserve your swimmer a spot. The first 10 people to respond will secure a spot.

The cost is $105 a week and a 50% deposit is due May 21st.

JUNE 27th - JULY 28th Summer of 2016

Monday TuesdayThursday
JUNE
27 28 30
JULY
5 7
11 12 14
18 19 21
25 26 28
August
1 2 4
8 9 11
15 16 18
22 23 25

Please note that if I have to cancel or the pool closes make ups will be done on Friday of the same week. Also, the pool does not close during lighting storms.

Please feel free to call me with any questions at, 703-999-0196.

Take Care,

Dan

[01/22/16]   CLASSES are CANCELED for Saturday Jan / 23 / 2016

[08/27/15]   He is what Leif Engstrom, a Two time USA Swimming National Champion. 12 time NCAA Div. 1 All American. Represented the USA National Swim Team in three international competitions. Had to say about the two years I coached him; Dan Dakus is a very experienced and effective swimming coach/instructor. Dan understands that different swimmers have different abilities and he's an expert at working with those abilities to get the best outcome for each person. Dan was very helpful in my swimming career and I highly recommend him.

[07/27/15]   Thank you Brian Tobin for the kind words; Dan Dakus was instrumental in my development as a swimmer and as a person. He is capable of breaking down complex concepts into simple parts, and not only explaining how to execute skills but getting people to perform them exceptionally well. It's been over twenty years since I swam for him, but his lessons still ring true today!

[07/24/15]   Good luck to all ParrotFish student past and present as you head into the ALL-STARS Meet. Stop by if you need to work on anything.

[07/01/15]   Pool CLOSED For Yearly Maintenance
August 31st - September 13th.

Classes RESUME Monday September 14th!

Please take notice.

[06/11/15]   NEW ADULT Class Schedule
Starting Tuesday June 23rd and Thursday the June 25th
CLASS TIME will be 8 pm - 9 pm
Regular Class Time on Sundays 3 pm.
PLEASE NOTE!!!

[06/11/15]   Adult Swim Classes will not meet Next Tuesday the 16th and next Thursday the 18th. The 6:30 pm - 8 pm Team ParrotFish Class will meet.

[06/06/15]   Please note the pool will be close due to a swim meet, from Friday June 12 through the entire day of Sunday June 14th. NO CLASS these days!

[05/18/15]   Please note NO Swim Classes May 23,24,25! Enjoy the long weekend.

[04/23/15]   Greetings,

Summer swimming is fast approaching.

I am very pleased to announce the Team Parrotfish summer swim schedule.

Please note that we will be meeting from 6:30 pm - 8 pm; Monday / Tuesday / Thursday. Please view the schedule below.

6:30 pm - 7 pm will be drylands exercises. Body weight exercises concentrating on Body CORE development.

7 pm - 8 pm will be water training. Starts / Turns / Stroke Development and Race Strategy.

New this summer is Underwater Filming of your swimmer with On The Spot Analysis. Your child will be filmed and them will review the film side by side with the coach.

Space is very limited only 10 swimmers allowed.

The cost for the 7 week program is $735 per swimmer.

Respond to this e-mail ASAP to reserve your swimmer a spot. The first 10 people to respond will secure a spot.

JUNE 15 - JULY 30th Summer of 2015

Monday Tuesday Thursday
Lane 20 Lane 16 Lane10

JUNE
15 16 18
22 23 25
29 30
JULY
2
6 7 9
13 14 16
20 21 23
27 28 30

Please note that if I have to cancel or the pool closes make ups will be done the first week of August. Please note the pool does not close during lighting storms.

Please feel free to call me with any questions at, 703-999-0196.

Take Care,

Dan

[01/11/15]   Regular class schedule today!

[01/01/15]   To the ParrotFish Swim School Family, Happy New Year and all the Best for 2015!!!

[12/21/14]   Last message should read caught not catch.

[12/21/14]   Sorry everyone, but I catch a bad cold and have to cancel todays lessons. See you on January 9th.

[12/17/14]   Please note that due to the Holiday's we will not have GROUP LESSON's from 22nd of December to the 9th of January. Enjoy the Holiday's!

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