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Swimming Lessons for Kids in NJ


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Whether you have a kid who's dying to get into the pool this summer or is afraid of getting his feet wet, one of these local swimming programs will teach him all he needs to know. 

Berkeley Aquatic Club

629 Central Ave., New Providence
908-665-7946; berkeleyaquaticclub.com

Get them started early in Baby and Me classes, where they start learning at six months. Water orientation (ages two and up) is an active 30-minute class that teaches kicks, basic arm strokes and blowing bubbles. Children 3 and older learn to cross the pool on their backs in the 30-minute Get Wet class. There’s also an Advanced Beginner class for kids 4 and up who’ve mastered kicking and rotary breathing and an Intermediate I course for those 9 and older who want to learn fly and breaststroke.  

Elite Gymnastics 

80 Fifth Ave., Hawthorne
973-423-4040; elitegymnasticsinfo.com

Lessons are available for infants four months to a year old in the safety-centric Polliwog program. Fishies-in-training (1 to 3 years old) learn to swim with a parent close by before graduating to Tadpole School, where they’ll hammer down the basics and perfect their stroke. 

HRC Fitness Aquatics

30 Brower Ln., Hillsborough
908-359-3600; hrcfitness.com

Babies 6 months and older get their feet wet in group or private lessons that run for an hour every day. There are group lessons for swimmers of all ages and skill levels, and a choice of semi-private or private lessons. 

Into the Swim

Various locations 
866-307-SWIM; intotheswim.com

The Baby and Me program gets your little one comfortable in the water by teaching him how to blow bubbles and get his face wet in small, semi-private classes. Future pros start at Level 1 with putting their heads under water and learning to kick on a board, then work their way up to Level 12 where they learn breaststroke and start swimming 100 yards or more. 

Kim Swims Pool Academy

424 Rte. 46 W., Denville 
973-947-6298; kimswims.net

Toddlers adjust to the water by using flotation devices, going underwater and getting in and out of the pool alone. The older set learns freestyle and backstroke at their own pace. Kids can also sign up for diving classes that tackle everything from spring to racing dives. 

Kristie’s School of Fish

182 Rte. 10 W., East Hanover
973-887-7011; kristieschooloffish.com

Pint-sized swimmers get used to the pool with Mom on-call in the Parent and Child class, where they go underwater and splash around. Check out classes like Sea Horse 1, geared towards little ones 2 to 3 years old ready to hop in the pool alone, or Tadpole 2, a more advanced class for children 3-and-a-half and up that teaches future Olympians to roll over and float on their backs. 

Little Dolphins Swim Academy

424 Vosseller Ave., Bound Brook
732-560-8000; swimldsa.com

Kids as young as two months splash around with Mom in the Bathtime Babies class geared towards teaching pairs to bond and socialize in water. Once she gets a little older, sign her up for the Toddler & Me class or group lessons, where she’ll learn to float without help and how to safely put her head underwater. Older kids ages 6 to 12 learn backstroke and how to swim. 

Making Waves Swim School

Multiple locations
888-422-SWIM; startmakingwaves.com

Beginners will practice holding their breath underwater, floating and kicking. There are semi-private and private lessons available for little fishies who get hooked. If you have two kids, try the sibling lessons. 

New Wave Aquatic

901 Rte. 10, Whippany​
973-487-7917; newwaveaquatic.com 

Your mini-me gets an intro to water basics in the Water Babies course before graduating to the Goldfish class (ages 2 to 3). Once she nails the basic mechanics, put her in Dolphins, which caters to kids 3 to 5 years old, or let her get competitive in the Sharks program.  

NJ Swim 

Locations in Florham Park, Manasquan, Roxbury, Sparta and Warren
njswim.com

Babies control their breathing by putting their heads underwater in Water Babies I (ages 6 to 15 months) with you by their side. In Water Babies II (16 to 30 months) they learn to move in the water. The summer program uses a smaller pool to help them get comfortable. 

Princeton Fitness and Wellness Center

1225 State Rd., Princeton
609-683-7888; princetonfitnessandwellness.com

Get your 3-and-up water bugs started in 30-minute Mommy and Me classes before they hit the pool for basic swim lessons. There’s also Competitive Stroke for kids ages 6 to 17, which is all about improving endurance, strength and speed through drill work. Private and semi-private instruction is available. 

Safe Splash Swim School

Various locations
safesplash.com

Kids get comfortable in the pool in the Parent-n-Me class that focuses on water safety and bonding with baby. This school has 10 additional levels that teach guppies everything from floating to freestyle to long distance swimming. There’s a summer camp and swim team open to the older set. 

Stevens Aquatics

1 Castle Point Terr., Hoboken
201-216-5590; stevensducks.com

She gets used to everything splish-splash in this Mommy and Me class with fun, musical games designed for your mini-me of 6 months and older. There are also group lessons available for the older kids. 

Take Me to the Water Swim School

Locations in Englewood, Montclair,
Morristown and Park Ridge
888-794-6692; takemetothewater.com

Babies as young as 6 months old get to splish and splash with Mom by their side in Baby and Me. Once they’ve mastered the basics, sign them up for group lessons for beginners ages 5 and up. There are private lessons for kids with hydrophobia and other special needs. 

YMCA of Montclair

Park Street Branch
25 Park St., Montclair; 973-744-3400

Geyer Family Branch
159 Glenridge Ave., Montclair; 973-783-7640;
montclairymca.org

Choose from Swim Starters (ages 6 months to 3 years) where little ones build confidence, Swim Basics (all ages) so children get comfy in the pool and Swim Strokes (school-aged) to help them nail a mean breaststroke. 

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