Our Story

our Mission

At Arkansas Swim Academy we believe swimming is a fundamental life skill that provides numerous benefits at every age. Our goal is to inspire a passion for swimming by teaching students a proven curriculum which develops strong, confident and safer swimmers. Our year-round, indoor swim lessons provide continual improvement of swimming techniques in a safe, fun and comfortable environment tailored to meet the needs of small classes and the individual.

Swimming is part of life, jump in and enjoy it.


Owners, Whitney and Jennifer, met and became friends over 20 years ago while attending the University of Arkansas. After they both became moms, they understood the struggle to find a facility in Northwest Arkansas offering quality year-round swim lessons with a flexible schedule. After commiserating over this subject, it sparked the idea for Arkansas Swim Academy.

Whitney’s background with swimming runs deep. She was raised in a “swimming family” that strongly supported Arkansas Swimming and has two family members that were inducted into the Arkansas Swimming Hall of Fame. Whitney swam competitively throughout her childhood and high school years.


Jennifer Sutherlin


Whitney Lloyd

Whitney and Jennifer founded Arkansas Swim Academy with the goal of teaching the children of NWA how to safely enjoy the water. Between the two of them, they have five children that they want to be strong, confident swimmers. They love being surrounded by water and are happiest when at the ocean, lake, river or swimming pool.

Whitney and Jennifer want their children to experience the same enjoyment of water activities and know they are safe. They hope to give their children and the children of NWA the confidence needed to safely immerse themselves in the aquatic environments and activities they will encounter throughout life.

71% of the earth’s surface is covered by water.
Let us teach your children to swim.