NYC’s Best Swimming Programs

The Dwight School swimming lessons
The Dwight School swimming lessons

Editor’s Note: If your little one is swimming this summer, click HERE and HERE to read about water safety.

Though it may be hard to remember after the long, chilly winter that NYC had this year, summer in the city can get pretty hot! And what’s the best way to beat the heat? By diving into awesome local swim programs. Not only is swimming a quintessential part of any child’s summer experience, but it’s also a great skill to have in the long-term. Whether you’re looking for a parent-baby program for the smallest of tots, or you need lessons for an older child or tween—the pools of New York have the perfect fit for your family.

The 14th Street Y has a variety of aquatic programs for children of all ages. From their Baby Beluga’s program for newborns to the Aqua Jet Swim Team to their private swim lessons, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

The 92nd Street Y has swim instruction for all ages! They offer thePolliwogs program (for 6-18 months), the Minnows program (for 18-36 months), the Guppies program (for 3-5 years), and Nursery School Swim (for 3.5-5 years). Additionally, 92Y offers aquatics classes for older kids of all levels, as well as private swim instruction and the Flying Dolphins Swim Team, for kids ages 6-12.

Aqua Skills has customized swim lessons for children over the age of 4 with small and large classes. There are year round classes for kids and teens from beginners to more advanced swim teams. There are even Mommy and Daddy swim lessons for parents and babies.

Asphalt Green
Asphalt Green

Asphalt Green has a variety of sports and fitness programs for the whole family, including swim programs from babies to teens. The program is perfect for beginners and for older children searching for competitive swim team and diving lessons.

The Dwight School Swimming Lesson Program offers classes for kids ages 6 months to 12 years and adult classes. From toddler classes to a competitive swim team, there is something for every member of the family.

Imagine Swimming has a great deal of swim lessons for your babies up until kids ages 6 and up. Locations are spread throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn where classes meet once a week.

The Swim Academy at New York Sports Club is sure to have your child water-safe in time for summer. Their experienced instructors work one-on-one with students to ensure they become safe and confident swimmers. NYSC offers programs for tots (including their Water Babies class for ages 6-18 months, all the way up to Advanced Beginner Swim for ages 6-8.

Enroll your little ones in NYU Swim Camp for the summer so they can learn to swim and have a lot of fun doing so. There are two pool sessions held each day and kids will be taught swimming at their appropriate level. Other activities include basketball and soccer when the kids aren’t in the pool!

Physique Swim School has a variety of classes for kids of all ages! From beginner classes to competitive swimming to parent-child bonding lessons, there is something for the whole family that is sure to fill your summer with good memories.

The Royal Swim Team is a competitive swim club for kids ages 5-18 and older. The mission of the team is to provide a safe, competitive program that is perfect for the whole family and swimmers of every age.

Swim Jim
Swim Jim

Now’s the perfect time to dive in at SwimJim and start perfecting those swimming skills. SwimJim’s Learn to Swim Beginner program, SwimKids, offers beginners the chance to enjoy the water, gain confidence, and learn valuable skills. It is never too early or too late to learn to swim.

Swim Swim Swim I Say has swimming lessons from 6 months all the way to adulthood. Everything from beginner classes to competitive lessons are available to the whole family.

Take Me To the Water offers a series of baby classes for parents to bond with their newborns and toddlers starting at 6 months. Children will be able to start beginner courses and learn how to swim in a family-friendly environment with experienced teachers.

The YMCAs (city-wide) offer swim lessons for all ages, as well as family swim, competitive swimming teams, and adaptive swim programs for kids with special needs. The Y’s many programs include Parent-Child Swim Lessons for tots ages 6-36 months (with their caregivers) all the way up to Swim Lessons for Teens for ages 12-17.