Private Lessons

If you would like to schedule a private lesson with a DAM coach please read the following bios and pick a coach to contact directly by email for your private lesson request. To better serve your swimming needs, please include the following information in your email to the coach:

  • - Level of past swimming experience
  • - What you hope to learn in your lesson and/or what goals you have for the lesson (for example to improve my stroke/breathing technique for lap swimming or triathlon training)

Coach Jim Montgomery

Jim Montgomery

Jim is currently co-owner and Head Coach of the Dallas Aquatic Masters Swim Club, one of the top adult fitness exercise programs in the country. He teaches all swimming levels from beginner to advanced competitor and triathlete.  Jim has also excelled in sports, having been a consistent champion throughout his swimming career; he has held 10 world records and won 9 World Championships, 14 Masters World Championships, 14 National Titles and 7 N.C.A.A. Titles. As a member of the 1976 U.S.A. Olympic Team, Jim won three gold medals and one bronze medal, and was the first man ever to break 50 seconds in the 100-meter freestyle.

Private lessons with Jim take place at several locations in the Dallas area. The Jim Montgomery Swim School located at 14902 Preston Rd. Suite 1000E, Dallas, TX 75254 (SE corner of Beltline and Preston Rd. in the Pepper Square Shopping Center) Here you will find complete details on a variety of swim classes designed specifically for adults who have a fear of water, limited or no no swimming skills, or simply need a 10-minute evaluation to determine what swim level is best for you.

Fees: $125 for one hour, $95 for 45 minutes, $65 for 30 minutes

Contact Jim at  


Coach Bobby Patten

Bobby Patten

A native of Colorado and a High School All American, he earned a scholarship to compete at Southern Methodist University.He was a five-time NCAA division I All American. While at SMU Bobby was a member of the US Open and American Record 400 Medley Relay swimming the butterfly. He represented the USA on national teams including the 1982 World Championship team and the 1987 Pan Pacific Championship team.Patten is an experienced open water swimmer and has been the overall winner of the Waikiki Roughwater Swim, the Alcatraz Sharkfest Swim, and the Lake Minnetonka 5-mile Open Water National Championship Swim. Bobby holds Masters World and American Records in several events including the200 butterfly, 1500 meter freestyle and the 10,000 meters.

Patten has coached swimming for over 25 years and is the co-founder and head coach of the Dallas Aquatic Masters. He also coaches the Hockaday School Daisies Swim Team.

Fees: $60 for 30 minutes and $100 for 60 minutes
Pool Location: The Verandah Club pool
Contact Bobby at .