About Harrison Swim School and Who We Are…



Our Mission

Water Safety Begins Here, With Personalized Private Swim Lessons

To help every swimmer become more comfortable, confident and competent in deep water by teaching the necessary basic water safety skills, swimming skills and water safety education to both parents and children.

Hello! I’m Ginny Harrison

 Certified Swim Instructor & Trainer

The Harrisons are the owners of Harrison Swim School. The year 2020 marks Ginny’s 50th year as a swimming instructor. That’s an estimated 10,000 kids and adults that she has taught to swim in a decade! Jim Harrison handles all the behind the scenes work and loves to encourage the kids in their swimming.

 Originally from Miami, Florida, Ginny has taught in the Central Florida area for over 30 years. She is a certified American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor qualified to teach babies as young as 6 months and all ages including senior adults. Ginny is also a Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Trainer and has certified more than 50 individuals to teach swimming.

 One of her passions is working with swimmers with special needs.  She is a certified Adaptive Aquatic instructor through Swim Angelfish (www.SwimAngelfish.com) and is currently working  with the Central Florida Dreamplex as the Director of Adaptive Aquatics.

 Ginny is a certified Montessori teacher (AMI) and brings her 10 years of Montessori experience to the water classroom.  Ensuring that children have the skills they need to succeed in the digital age is one of the most important issues for 21st century education. Incorporating the Montessori method and the Four C’s of success (Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Creativity and Communication) helps to foster “self-disciple”, responsibility, creativity and individuality through freedom of choice and a focus on independence. These are strong foundations for teaching any child.

Ginny serves as a member of the Water Safety Advisory Committee, created by the Lake County Board of County Commissioners.  The committee advises the Board of Commissioners on the issues related to water safety and drowning prevention.

Parent participation is encouraged in every lesson as together the instructor and parent will work as a team to help instill self-confidence in every swimmer.  Adults learning to swim have great success with Ginny’s program as they are encouraged to practice under proper supervision and perfect the skills in their own time.  The goal is to see every student become comfortable, confident and competent in deep water.

Hello! I’m Sierra Summers

Sierra is twenty-two years old and has enjoyed swimming ever since she was a child. She took her first formal swim lesson at around six years old. When she was eight she joined the club swim team at the National Training Center in Clermont, FL. She was a part of the NTC swim team until her sophomore year of high school where she then joined the high school swim team. She was co-captain her junior year and captain her senior year.  In college she worked as a deep-water lifeguard for 3 years at Adventure Island. In 2018 she received her bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida. For the past year she has been teaching swim lessons to both children and adults while also lifeguarding at the community recreation center. She has recently received her temporary teaching license and will be teaching elementary school in the coming year. Sierra also has experience working with and teaching clients with special needs. In her free time she swims as a member of a masters swim team. Sierra has trained for 70+ hours under Ginny Harrison and is certified in Red Cross lifeguarding, CPR and first aid, as well as Water Safety Instructor (WSI) certified and Swim Angelfish certified (Special needs aquatics).

Hello! I’m Jim Harrison

Jim Harrison was honorably discharged from the United States Army in 1964.  He recently retired as a General Contractor after 44 years in the Construction Industry.  His work included both residential and commercial.

Jim and Ginny have been running Swimming for Life, LLC/Harrison Swim School together for over 25 years. Jim works behind the scenes by maintaining the cleanliness of the pool and overseeing the bookkeeping for the business.

 Jim was the founder and CEO of the not- for- profit Straight Forward Ministries DBA Swimming for Life. He and Ginny together, worked to make it possible for low-income families to receive scholarships for swimming lessons. Hundreds of children benefited from their work together to reduce drowning in Lake and Orange counties.

Today, Jim is retired and enjoying the life of doing odd jobs around the house and traveling in the RV with Ginny and the dogs. Life is good!

   Our Experience

  • Certified American Red Cross Water Safety Instructors.
  • Over 50 years teaching babies, toddlers, school age children, teenagers and adults.
  • Offering swim lessons in the Central Florida area for over 30 years.
  • Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Trainer.
  • Certified Adaptive Aquatic Instructors through Swim Angelfish.
  • CPR and First Aid Red Cross certified.
  • Lifeguard Red Cross certified.
  • Grade school classroom experience