Bulldog Swim School

Swim Lessons & Technique Practices


Bulldog Swim School is ABSC's one-stop shop for learn to swim lessons, introduction to competitive strokes, and technique and fitness. From babies to teenagers and adults refining the basics of free, back, breast and fly, our swim school makes swimmers for life!


ABSC welcomed swim school Director Gabby Matthews back to our staff in Spring of 2021 to found our swim school! 

Originally from Brazil, “Coach Gabby Soraggi” was the Lead Developmental Coach at ABSC from 2003-2006, a Volunteer Assistant Coach for UGA, former Head Coach at Brenau University and has more recently overseen swim schools and coached age-group at Gulliver Prep (FL), Mission Viejo (CA) and CalElite Kids (CA).


​Coach Gabby graduated with a Bachelors in Physical Education from the University of Mogi das Cruzes, SP - Brazil and has a Masters in Science with an emphasis in Organizational Leadership from Brenau University. 

She is a USA Swimming, Red Cross, Aquatic Facility Operator, SwimAmerica Director & ASCA Level V certified coach. She and her husband Jarrod and daughter Athena are excited to return to Athens, and ABSC is excited to welcome her home!


Come join us for lessons today! 

Last Summer Session 2022
☀️ Summer Session 2: Saturdays 8/20 to 9/24
(No Class on (9/1 in observance of Labor Day Holiday. Replacement Class on 9/10)
9-9:30am: Flyppies (2-4 y/o)
9:40-10:20am: Guppies (3 y/o & up)
10:30-11am: Puppies (5 y/o & up)
11:00-11:30am Dawgies (7 y/o & up)
11:00-11:30am: Baby Gups (4 m/o & up. Parent/guardian & me)
Fall Sessions 2022 
🍁 Fall Sessions: 9/6 to 12/16
4-4:30pm: Flyppies (2-4 y/o)
4:40-5:10pm: Guppies (3 y/o & up)
5:20-5:50pm: Puppies (5 y/o & up)
5:20-5:50pm Baby Gups (4 m/o & up. Parent/guardian & me)
6-6:30pm: Dawgies (7 y/o & up)

Perpetual Sessions begin on Wednesday, 9/6/2022. Billing is on 9/1/2022.

New Registration platform will be available on 8/1/2022

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🏊‍♂️ 🏊‍♀️ Private/Semi-Private Sessions scheduled upon request via email year-round ages 4 months to adults
💦 DawgFit Pre-Competitive YWCO Fall Sessions: 9/7 to 12/16 (monthly perpetual membership)

 Schedule: Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays 4:00-5:00pm 

🍁 Fall Group Classes will be offered at the GAC: 9/6 to 12/15 (monthly perpetual membership)

 Schedule: Tuesdays & Thursdays 3:30-6:30pm and Saturdays 9:00 to 11:30am

🐾 Breaks: Spring Break, Summer Break, Thanksgiving Break and Holidays. Dates will be displayed during registration as "No Class Dates" and our office will also send reminders


Class Skill-Level Descriptions
  • Baby Gups (4 months to 2 y/o, 1 to 6 ratio). Basic water comfort and water safety skills; independent floating on both their front and back, blowing bubbles and maintaining an unassisted back float; entering and exiting the pool safely while having a lot of fun.

  • Flyppies (2 to 4, 1 to 3 ratio).  Swimmers must be potty-trained and comfortable putting their face in the water. Swimmers will learn basic water safety, water submersion, and floating from back to front and front to back. Safety Skills: getting to the side of the pool, safety jumps and exiting without assistance.

  • Guppies (3 & Up, 1 to 6 ratio). Kicking and rolling over from front to back; intro to crawl arms and backstroke arms once the swimmer is ready for this skill; swimming independently with little to no assistance.

  • Puppies (5 & Up, 1 to 6 ratio). Independent crawl arms while rolling and lifting their head up to breathe (initial side breathing); freestyle, backstroke and butterfly kick with or without board; introduction to breast kick, side breathing, butterfly with or without kick board. Swimmers will be introduced to breast arms and butterfly arms.

  • DawgFit (5 & Up, 1 to 12 ratio). This is our pre-competitive group where our swimmers will transition from 30 to 60 minutes practices. Swimmers that know freestyle and backstroke can join this group! This group is perfect for those swimmers that would like to continue practice swimming, work on fitness and can't yet commit to the year round competitive team. Just keep swimming! Think about what our clinic series used to be - very similar concept here!

  • Dawgies (7 & Up, 1 to 6 ratio). Learning proficient backstroke, freestyle, and intermediate breaststroke and butterfly; there will be introduction to starts, turns and finishes; upon legal knowledge of all 4 strokes (IM) and completion of session(s) swimmer(s) will be invited to join the Athens Bulldogs Swim Club!

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