What is the Manning Method?
The Manning Method was developed across 30+ years of personal experience and coaching. From beginners to elite swimmers, one element of swimming that has remained consistent in three decades are the ever-evolving techniques and best practices. The conversation and debate on technique will continue to grow the sport. The Manning Method was established to provide a framework that would allow for the conversation to evolve, while still highlighting the most important elements of learning how to swim.
A majority of parents that have turned to The Manning Method share frustration on not understanding the proper swim lesson progression. They have brought their children from previous classes with adorable group names, but with little to identify their child's skill set or what group it translates to across different programs. The Manning Method has simplified the terminology to make the progression easy to understand for swimmers and non-swimmers alike:
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The Manning Method is a culmination of over 30 years of swimming experience. Officially established by Shea manning in 2015, our goal is to personally tailor swimming lessons to your needs.
Coach Shea Manning grew up in Northern Virginia, outside of Washington DC. Comprising of 6 unique leagues, with over 200 independently owned neighborhood pools/teams, and nearly 50,000 athletes ages 5-18—the DC Metropolitan area has the world’s largest circuit of summer league swimming and diving programs. The success of the leagues would not be possible without early opportunities to learn how to swim in the lesson programs that feed into the competitive leagues. This is where Manning got his start both as a swimmer, and as a coach, spending a total of 21 summers involved in the largest league—the NVSL. Those 21 summers were a foundation of what Manning would eventually build on in his career and volunteer work:
- Attended Claremont McKenna College from 2003-2007 (All-Conference Performer each year)
- Assistant Coach at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges from 2008-2010—helped lead the Women’s Team to a pair of NCAA Top 10 finishes.
- Assistant Coach at George Washington University 2010-2011—Atlantic 10 Men’s Team Coaching Staff of the Year
- Head Coach and Director of Aquatics at Occidental College 2011-2015—Coached 2x NCAA Champion, Conference Athlete of the Year, Tiger Cup team award for community and campus involvement
- Aquatics Director/Assistant Program Director for Special Love Inc’s BRASS Camp—Teach lessons and organize pool staffing for a camp of 110 campers whom have siblings with cancer
- Director of Occidental College Summer Swim Lessons 2011-2015
- California Triathlon Club Swim Coach 2011-2015
pricing & availability
At The Manning Method, we believe that many young swimmers make better progress when grouped together with swimmers of similar ages/levels of experience. For that reason, we welcome up to 3 total swimmers in each time slot! Perfect for sharing with siblings or buddies, whilst saving up to 67% off the listed value per swimmer!
To check hourly rates & availability, please email us at:
Did you know that having a backyard pool is statistically more dangerous than having a gun in your house?
It is for this reason that it is our top priority to teach in pools where there is the highest risk of accidents—in your own backyard. Children as young as 6 months can start learning the foundations of self-saving skills. Fences and floatation devices simply do not compare to the assurance of knowing your child can make it to the surface and float on their own!
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Our instructors will travel to you and establish those important skills in the most important pool in which to learn them. Please contact Coach Shea directly to discuss these opportunities.
At THE MANNING METHOD, we understand that the best way to have fun in the water, is to know that you (and everyone around you) is safe in the water! As a result, we offer lifeguard staffing for any water-based events: private pool parties, beach parties & school camps, etc-- so you can enjoy your event whilst putting your mind at ease. Our lifeguards are fully Red Cross certified, meaning that they are trained to respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing & cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until EMS personnel take over.
$40 x hour x guard
Per American Cross standards & practices, we generally recommend 2 guards minimum per event, but understand that every event is different-- and a number of variables can alter the requirements to keep you safe (size of pool, depth of pool, age of swimmers etc). To get a quote for your event, contact us at:
We believe that every swimmer deserves a lesson tailored to their needs, so if you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch; we are always happy to answer any questions you may have!