Gabe and Staci Woodward founded Bakersfield Swim Academy in the summer of 2012 in hopes of sharing their love for swimming with the surrounding community. As an Olympic Bronze Medalist, a 4x All American Athlete, a former Swim Team Captain for USC, and a father of 4 young children, Gabe’s passion for swim lessons reaches far beyond water safety. While Gabe and Staci believe that water safety is the primary goal of swim lessons, they hope to serve the Bakersfield community in more than just lowering annual drowning rates. Ultimately, they hope to provide a place where families can make memories together, a place where children can build character through hard work and dedication, and a place where people of all ages can learn to swim, all while encouraging families to live healthy and active lifestyles.
In serving the surrounding community, Bakersfield Swim Academy currently offers a large variety of aquatic services including: swim lessons for all ages, water aerobics, beginners water polo, a summer rec swim team, a wonderful venue for private swim parties, and public swim clinics conducted by current and former US Olympic swimmers.
While providing diversity in aquatic services is important, it is not the variety of services offered but the quality of services offered that sets BSA apart from other aquatic facilities in Kern County. In order to provide the highest quality customer service possible, Gabe and Staci make sure to hire hard working, dedicated, and servant minded individuals. They also ensure that all BSA swim instructors are highly trained in water safety education, that they love swimming, and that they are passionate about sharing their love for swimming with others.