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The best swimming lessons for kids in NYC

Get kids prepped for fun time at NYC's best swimming pools this summer

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Need some recommendations for swimming lessons for kids this summer? You've come to the right place.

We’re certainly ready to be spending some time at sweet public swimming poolswater parks near NYC and the best NYC beaches this season (and you’ll also find us diving into some great indoor swimming pools year-round). That's why it's time to ditch the swimmies in favor of doggie paddle and freestyle this summer with the help of these great swimming lessons for kids.

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 really 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). NYC Parks offers learn to swim and adapted swimming instruction in sessions throughout the year. 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, where your littlest can practice holding their breath, blowing bubbles or floating on their backs with assistance, or Swim League, where kids can refine competitive swim strokes and practice interval training in two age groups. Private lessons 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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Swim lessions at JCC Manhattan

With so many activities to choose from, this UWS institution is many a local parent’s designated go-to. JCC leads excellent swim classes for kids 6mos to five years, offering everything from kicks and backfloats to basic strokes, plus the sessions incorporate fun games and songs! Ages 6mos-5 years.

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Swimming lessons for kids at the YMCA

When it comes to swim lessons, the Y has it all! It’d take forever to list all of its amazing offerings, but some of the highlights include private and semi-private swim lessons and private and semi-private swim coaching. 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 (ymcanyc.org). Various prices. Ages 6mos–14.

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SwimJim swimming lessons for kids

SwimJim swimming lessons for kids

SwimJim offers amazing swim classes for kids across the city at places like the Skyline Hotel and Yorkshire Towers. With five locations in total, SwimJim offers one hour group sessions, half hour group sessions and half hour private sessions to NYC kids. Various locations (212-749-7335, swimjim.com/new-york-city). $41 group sessions. All ages.

Swimming lessons at Imagine Swimming

At Imagine Swimming, everybody’s in on the action. There are two locations (one in Manhattan and one in Brooklyn), and each offers Parent & Me classes (baby swim classes with parents present), classes specifically for three-year-olds, stroke enhancement classes for those ages 8 and up and a squad program for kids 10-18 that practice a few days per week. Various locations (212-253-9650, imagineswimming.com). Various prices. 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