You’ve heard the saying “a picture’s worth a thousand words. Well this is especially true when teaching stroke development to small children! Children, like most of us, are very visual learners. But sometimes when they watch a stroke being demonstrated in the pool, it’s hard for them to completely grasp the technique because they are only seeing it from one angle.

Underwater taken by photographer Kari Polak can capture the stroke in action so that students can see how it should look and adapt their technique accordingly. Plus, we think they’re just so cool to look at! And it seems we’re not the only ones. Kari’s photo of one of our students, Cameron Giles, and instructor Kellie Kolde was featured in May’s Houston Magazine. You can see the two page spread online here.

We’re so excited to see Kari’s talent publicly showcased and thought we would follow it up by sharing a few more of her amazing photos here. These photos from a recent under water photo shoot at the academy   show a few of our swimmers in action, demonstrating strokes or just being silly. Enjoy!

See more of Kari’s amazing work at her website!


Texas Swim Academy is the best swim school near me offering result-oriented swimming lessons in Katy that cater to all ages and abilities. Our well-trained and experienced swimming instructors provide a variety of programs for infants through adulthood. For the little ones, we offer swimming lessons for babies and swimming lessons for toddlers focused on survival swimming skills to build a strong water safety foundation and foster water confidence at a young age. Once your child knows how to swim, our swim lessons for children will help refine techniques and build endurance, as the consistent practice of their swimming skills is an imperative part of becoming a strong swimmer. 

Our adaptive aquatics program is designed for children of all ages and abilities to ensure every child, including children on the autism spectrum, can benefit from these fundamental skills and enjoy the water in a safe and comfortable environment. Adults seeking to improve their swimming prowess or learn how to swim for the first time can enroll in adult swim lessons tailored to their specific goals.

Our swim lessons near me are a convenient and accessible way for you and your family to learn how to swim in a comfortable environment. Our dedicated instructors are passionate about teaching and ensuring your progress in the water. Take a few minutes to view Our Swimmer Stories to learn more about what other families are saying about their experience with Texas Swim Academy. 

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