Swimming is my passion! I have spent my career spreading my joy of all things swimming, and helping swimmers find their strengths in the water. I founded the Buckeye Swim Team in 1990 and have spent numerous years managing a local swim school. I look forward to offering my vision and philosophy to our neighbors with our first full swim school at the Powell Aquatics Center.
I earned my B.S. in Mathematical Sciences at Ohio State where I swam the distance and IM events. Growing up in Columbus, I swam for 14 years in summer league, college, AAU, USS and at Worthington High School where I was team captain. My swim coaching and teaching career began in 1983 at Worthington Pools and local summer league and USS teams. I live in Powell with husband Rick, my business partner in this venture! Our two children both graduated from Olentangy Liberty and live and work in Cleveland.
The Buckeye Swim team was founded by Laurie Karr in the fall of 1990. The team has a history of success at the smallest and largest stages. In 2022 we were recognized as one of the top 150 swim clubs in the US.
Our alumni list includes the current Head Coach of Alabama, US National Team members, Division 1 swimmers, State Champions, YMCA Champions, Olympic Trial Qualifiers and one Japanese National Record Breaker.
The swim school has been a passion project of Laurie Karr's for well over 10 years. Through many years of career development, planning, and saving it is finally coming to life! Our mission is to reduce dorwnings and save lives through teaching swimmers to be safer in and around the water. We strive to spread our passion for all things SWIM.
Payments Terms and Conditions
Payment must be made in full for a participant to enroll in a class. By providing an electronic payment form during registration customers agree to be auto-charged for lessons on the 26th of each month. Buckeye Swim School charges a one-time $25 registration fee per student or a maximum of $60 per family. Tuition and registration fees are non-refundable. Tuition is prorated each month to reflect holiday closures. Tuition will be higher on months that offer additional classes (e.g., 5 days within that month rather than 4). Once you are enrolled in classes, you will continue to be billed monthly until you notify us of your desire to withdraw from classes. Tuition for your first and last month will be prorated according to the number of classes left in the month and will be billed immediately.
Tuition Paid by Third Party
Tuition can be paid through a third party. An electronic payment method is required to be on file for all customers paying for swim lessons by an individual third party.
Customers are responsible for tuition if the funding expires, or we do not receive the payment from the third party.
We also accept funding from agencies such as DCBDD.
To withdraw from lessons please send a message in the parent portal or email us at email@example.com your desire to do so no later than 10 days prior to billing (the 16th of each month). You will be removed from classes at the end of the current month or can choose to participate on a specific date in the following month and receive a prorated fee in that month.
In the case that a facility is closed due to inclement weather or maintenance, a make-up class maybe be scheduled, or your account will be credited for the classes canceled. All credits will be applied to future tuition for lessons at Buckeye Swim School and cannot be converted to cash or transferred to any other party.
Customers are eligible for one make-up every calendar month due to an absence. Participants must be actively enrolled in classes to schedule makeups. The make-up must be completed within one year from the date of the absence and is subject to availability as determined by Buckeye Swim School. No credits will be given if the student is unable to attend their make-up class and are not transferable to any other party. Private lessons may be made up with their current instructor with two weeks advance notice if the instructors' schedule allows. We believe strongly in the connection between student and teacher in the private lesson setting and will do our best to honor such requests. Semi-private lessons may also reschedule with their instructor if both students have a makeup and can schedule together.
Instructor and Class Changes
We do our best to accommodate specific instructor requests. However, specific requests for instructors are not guaranteed. Instructor substitutions, modifications, and changes can occur at the sole discretion of Buckeye Swim School. If classes are not booked to capacity, we reserve the right to combine classes to fill the class. We reserve the right to cancel or change the lesson day, time, or level at any time at our sole discretion.
Swim Lesson Safety
It is our mission to teach your child to safely enjoy the water. This includes learning to swim and learning pool and water safety rules. Our swim instructors are the front line to managing a safe swim class. Students that are struggling to follow class safety rules may be asked to sit to the side in order to assure swimmer safety within our classes.
In addition, the participant’s parent/guardian must remain at the facility during the entire duration of each lesson.
Suit: Anyone entering the pool is required to wear appropriate and snug-fitting swim apparel. Street clothing is not permitted.
Goggles: We highly recommend that all swimmers wear goggles in class.
Swim Cap: All students with hair longer than chin length are required to wear a swim cap.
Towels: We do not provide towels.
Students that are not fully potty trained are required to wear a disposable swim diaper covered by a reusable swim diaper.