Welcome to Bakersfield Swim Academy where our motto is "From Infants to Olympians". Making the 2004 Olympic Team and earning a Bronze Medal as part of the 4x100 Freestyle Relay was a tremendous joy and blessing. However, the joy and blessing I have received from those achievements were only a continuation of blessings I have had in and around the pool. When I was only an infant, my parents saw the importance of passing on their love for the water and desire for me to be safe. That is where it all started, not the day the doors to the Academy were opened.
Water can be involved in so many amazing times in our lives. Think back to times around the pool growing up with siblings on hot summer days, taking a nap by the pool on the warm cement after playing for hours on end, or the many times you might have spent at the beach playing in the sand, surfing, or snorkeling. Maybe it was on a lake with your family, on the boat, learning to ride on an inner tube, water skiing, or jet skiing. Maybe your dream was like my dream, where you enjoyed many of these same water activities, however you did desire to make it to as high a level as you could attain, racing on the summer recreation team then competing for a college scholarship and on to the Olympic Games. These are all fun activities where memories are made and water is enjoyed.
Welcome to Bakersfield Swim Academy!
Gabe Woodward, Founder
2004 Olympic Bronze Medalist