Welcome to Michael Phelps Swimming Michael Phelps is passionate about growing the sport of swimming and getting more children in the water. As a child, he learned to swim in a school in North Baltimore, called North Baltimore Swim School. It was there that he learned water safety and overcame his fear of water. Now, after many accomplishments, both in and out of the water, he is able to invest in the very program that taught him. A program he fully supports and believes in. This swim school gives Michael a direct opportunity to reach his personal goals for the sport, while giving back to the community.
The foundation of this program launched nearly 30 years ago, under the name North Baltimore Swim School (NBSS). Leveraging her degree’s in child psychology and early childhood education, Cathy Lears (now Cathy Bennett) developed a program that focused on comfort and feeling-of-the-water. First, the program was conducted out of Timonium, MD, but the program was expanded to Meadowbrook in 1995, when the indoor aquatic facility was completed.
Over the next 13 years, the program continued to grow in size, continuously evolving the the scope of the program to match the changing needs of the students, while keeping up with the latest trends in child safety and health. NBSS also picked up 3 “Best Of Baltimore” awards along the way. In 2009, Michael Phelps returned to Baltimore, with Coach Bob Bowman, and began to invest in his dream, to grow the sport of swimming and get more children in the water.
In the fall of 2009, Michael began to make his dream a reality, teaming up with NBSS to grow the program and offer best-in-class instruction.