Calling all Add Janes Swim School alums – a reunion is being planned

by Linda Hubbard on April 13, 2015

Update: The reunion is scheduled for Saturday, September 26 from 12-4 at the Burgess Swim Center and will be catered. Emails Brian Ferrin: “We are making great progress on contacting past members, coaches, and staff.”

A group of swimmers who hung out at Add Janes Swim School, which was located on Willow Road in Menlo Park, are organizing a reunion for anyone who swam there, whether it was for lessons, on the swim team, or recreationally.

Add Janes with kidsWe stopped by the Dutch Goose a couple weeks back to talk to the organizers (left to right) Brian Ferrin (breast stroke), Sandy Pachaud, (butterfly), Kathy Baxter Tullus (breast stroke) and Sue Annand Sbardellati (breast stroke). They are leaning toward a Fall event, probably September.

To reach other former Add Janes swimmers, they’ve created a Facebook page, where they will be posting reunion details.

For those not knowing what an “Add Janes” is, it’s the name of a person. Addison Janes (pictured in the water with children) opened the swim school in 1953 when his closest neighbor was the Foremost-McKesson Dairy. He operated it through 1984.

In a touch of irony, two of his management staff, Jeff Lapierre and Carol Ford, (the latter of whom supplied the historical photos), live just a hop, skip and jump from where the swim school once stood. As the reunion gets closer, we plan to talk to them about why Add Janes left such an positive impact on so many lives.

Add Janes Swim Club 1966



Craig K April 13, 2015 at 10:35 am

I went to Addison’s swim school for several years, around the 1954-56 time period. I learn all my techniques as well as how to compete in the swim meets. Add was a kind and patient man dealing with all those kids. I do believe some of our meets were at Burgess Park if not most of them.

Sandra Pachaud July 08, 2015 at 2:39 pm


If you’re able, you MUST come to the reunion. Love to meet you.

Craig K July 08, 2015 at 11:46 pm

Sandra, since I live in another state, it may be difficult for me to attend the Sept.26 event, but I would love to be there. Not sure I would recognize anyone or that anyone would recognize me!!!
My Woodside HS reunions were fun for sure!

Vicky Scalf-Daniels July 18, 2015 at 6:42 pm

I am in the swim club photo; I was 11 yrs old Wonderful memories.

Garen September 21, 2015 at 2:32 pm

I’m in there too! Sitting right next to Add (on his right).

Mark matteson January 11, 2016 at 6:06 pm

I would have been 15 in the pic. I started out with lessons, was on the swim team, life guarded, and did general maintenance work foe the school. Add, his wife and the staff taught me about work ethic and trying new thing. Add learned to snow ski at 60.

Faye McCulloch Svedeman December 26, 2016 at 10:09 pm

Hello Vicky Scalf-Daniels. We were neighbors on Oak Court until 1964.

Bruce Leahy July 02, 2017 at 3:21 pm

Taught from 1964 to 1973.

Del A October 11, 2017 at 9:37 am

First row, second from right.

Scott Campbell November 20, 2017 at 7:39 am

Living in Denmark, I’m afraid I missed the reunion news – and therefore the reunion, but recognize with great memories many of the names connected with the swim school and the swim team. Very best regards to you all and to a wonderful legacy!

Scott Campbell November 20, 2017 at 7:42 am

Keep me in the loop where possible. SC

Sandra L Latimer April 01, 2019 at 12:17 pm

I learned to swim and was on a swim team where I received many blue ribbons. Haha. My family would free swim on Sundays when I would challenge myself to 100 laps and also to holding my breath for a full lap in the outdoor pool! Very good memories. Always comfortable with a safe and warm pool inside also! I’m sorry to have missed the reunion. I just now googled to find the spelling as I was referring to the School in a cover letter and wanted to make sure I had the spelling correct. Funny, I thought it was “Add James.”
I think the years of our membership would have been as early as 1961 when I was 4 years old. I had attended another swim school prior to Add Janes but don’t know the name. I could dive off of their diving board before I could speak. Have always loved to swim.

Andy Elliott January 25, 2020 at 8:52 pm

Used to swim in the club around junior high. Then served on the staff as an instructor, life-guard, and all-round maintenance from 1982 until the closing, which was December, 1984. Add was one of the kindest people I ever worked for, very grand-fatherly.

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