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Swimming lessons for kids in NYC

Whether you have expert swimmers or total newbies on your hands, these swimming lessons will have kids totally prepped for fun in NYC's pools and beaches

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We’re certainly ready to be spending some time at sweet public swimming poolswater parks near NYCand the best NYC beaches this summer (and you’ll also find us diving into some great indoor swimming pools year-round). Whether your little water bugs are just learning to swim or are looking to become even stronger swimmers, these special swimming lessons will help get ‘em ready to float, dunk and dive just about anywhere.

Swimming lessons for kids

Free Learn to Swim at NYC Parks

It’s hard to beat the price of NYC Parks’ Learn to Swim offerings year-round. Did we mention they’re all free? With sweet deals also comes stiff competition—you’ll need to stalk the website for their exact sign up dates (and make sure to sign up in a timely manner to be entered in a lottery system). In summer 2015, there are three sessions: Session I from July 7­–July 21, Session II from July 23–August 6 and Session III from August 10–August 21 (with age groups 1.5–5, 6­–17 and adults 18+). Lottery registration opens 4am Monday June 15 for Session I, noon on Monday, July 13 for Session II and noon on Monday, August 3 for Session III. Those who register will find out if they have been selected for a free class on June 30 for Session I, July 15 for Session II and Aug 5 for Session III. Various locations (nycgovparks.org). Free. All ages.

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Swimming lessons at Asphalt Green

Asphalt Green offers a number of classes for kids in the 0–4, 5–8 and 9–14. You’ll find programs like Advanced Water Babies ($315 10–week program with Tuesday classes), where your littlest can practice holding their breath, blowing bubbles or floating on their backs with assistance, or Swim League ($504 10–week program for Monday and Wednesday classes), where kids can refine competitive swim strokes and practice interval training in two age groups. Private lessons ($70–$146) are also offered for kids in the facility’s 50-meter Olympic pool and Teaching Pool. Various locations (212-369-8890 or 212-298-2900, asphaltgreen.org). Various prices. All ages.

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Swimming lessons at 92Y

When it comes to swim lessons, 92Y has it all! It’d take forever to list all of their amazing offerings, but some of their highlights include private and semi-private swim lessons (packs of six, twelve and eighteen classes, $330–1,062), private and semi-private swim coaching (one class or three, six and twelve packs for $75­–840). Aquatics classes for little kids include Polliwogs (6–18mos), Minnows (18–36mos) and Guppies (3–5) divisions, and there are also various classes available for kids 6–12, 9–14 and special needs classes in most age groups. Various locations (212-415-5500, 92y.org). Prices vary. Ages 6mos–14.

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Swimming lessons at Imagine Swimming

At Imagine Swimming, everybody’s in on the action. Kids ages 6–18mos and 19­­–35mos can join Mom or Dad to learn basic lessons timed to music, plus the company also offers classes tailored to three-year-olds (no yes or no questions, only guided choices!), 4–6-year-olds (1:4 teacher/student ratio, basic stroke, breathing and kick instruction) and 6+ (emphasis on mastering all four strokes, learning dives, endurance). Various locations (212-253-9650, imagineswimming.com). $44 per class. All ages.

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Swimming lessons at Aquaskills

Aquaskills offers hour–long private or semi private (up to four children) classes and group classes (one instructor to 3–4 students) for kids. Small instructor-to-student ratios offer an amazing opportunity for swim education in three age groups (ages 4–6, 5–8, 8–15), plus they offer swim classes in a range of locations around NYC, including the UWS, UES, Tribeca and Financial District. Last, Aquaskills offers fun Mommy or Daddy & Me classes on weekend mornings and weekdays until 4pm, which can be especially great for those bringing young children for a class. Various locations (212-206-6976, aquaskills.com). Pricing available upon e-mail registration. Ages 4 and up.

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Meg L
Meg L

I have been wanting to put my kids into swimming lessons. Not only is this a great skill to have, but I think that this would be a fun way to get my kids out of the house. The swimming lessons at Imagine Swimming really caught my eye. In the description, it talks about how they learn basic swim lessons that is timed to music. This is such a unique method to teach kids how to swim, but it is engaging and fun for everyone involved. I will definitely look more into this place for my kids. Thank you for the insight! http://www.cincinnatiymca.org/swim-lessons