We are a family-run swim business located in Boise, Idaho that has been serving families from all over the Treasure Valley for more than 15 years. We are passionate about educating children and adults of all ages about water safety, basic swimming skills, and stroke development in a safe, positive, encouraging, and FUN environment. We teach small classes in a warm, heated pool with excellent, motivated teachers who work very hard to ensure that children learn how to really SWIM!


Cindy (Cathy's mom) always says that Cathy started swimming before she could walk.  After receiving her Water Safety Instructor Certification from the Red Cross in 1998, she opened Cathy's School for Lil' Fish.  In the summer of 1999 she worked in Florida under the tutelage of her grandmother (see "About Us" tab).  She has also taught at the YMCA as well as other private swim pools.  She received her Bachelor's degree in History and Spanish education from BYU in 2002, and has taught everything from kindergartners to grandparents in all sorts of subjects including history, Spanish, math, swimming, ESL, basic adult education, and piano.  She is also the mother of four busy boys! She is a teacher at heart and LOVES teaching swimming lessons.

Cindy is Cathy's mom and pretty much taught her everything she knows; from being a good swimming teacher to being a good parent to being a good person.  Cindy learned as a teenager how to be an amazing swimming teacher from her mom, Miss Gwen (see "About Us" tab).  In college she ran the aquatics program for the YMCA in Orem, UT and later taught in her own pools in Mesa, AZ and Davie, FL.  She has her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from BYU, and has taught every subject under the sun to kids over the years as a teacher at Challenger School, a homeschooling mom, cubscout leader, Sunday School teacher and preschool teacher.  She currently teaches preschool to 3 and 4-year-olds at Miss Cindy's Preschool during the school year.  She is a highly experienced, passionate teacher!

Susie, another one of Cindy's daughters, grew up in the swim business (assisting since she was 11) and took over her own classes 3 summers ago, where she quickly became a favorite!  Susie is an achiever.  She recently completed her first year at BYUI on scholarship and maintained nearly perfect grades.  She is leaving to serve a mission for the LDS Church in Houston, TX this July and plans to continue studying nursing after she returns.   She is the 6th of the seven Ries kids so she's been an aunt since she was 5 and has learned a lot about using positive reinforcement and encouragement to get her nephews to listen and learn new things.   Now she brings that knowledge, experience and her love for swimming to our students.  

Diana is another of Cindy's daughters.  She received her Water Safety Instructor Certification as well as her Senior Lifesaving Certification from the Red Cross in 2007.  She has worked at the Boise West YMCA, Cathy's School for Lil' Fish, and the Hay Harbor Country club (a private resort off the coast of Connecticut).  Diana graduated from BSU in communications in 2011 and is currently living back east with her husband.  She is a very experienced swim teacher who is absolutely AMAZING with kids.  Growing up, Cathy always said that she was "the fun one", and it's still true today!  We will miss her terribly this summer!