Raise a water bug by getting into the pool early with your little fishie—these New Jersey classes all start as young as six months.

Berkeley Swim School 

629 Central Ave., New Providence
908-464-1995; berkeleyaquaticclub.com
Cost: $30 and up

“Baby and Me” classes start at six months old. Water orientation (ages two and up) is an active 30-minute class that teaches little fishes kicks, basic arm strokes  and blowing bubbles. 

Elite Gymnastics 

80 Fifth Ave., Hawthorne
973-423-4040; elitegymnasticsinfo.com
Cost: Starts at $135 for seven classes

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

HRC Fitness Aquatics

30 Brower Ln., Hillsborough
908-359-3600; hrcfitness.com
Cost: Starts at $70 for six weeks

Babies six months old and up get their feet wet in group or private lessons that run for an hour every day of the week.  

Into the Swim

Various locations 
866-307-SWIM; intotheswim.com
Cost: Call for prices

The “Baby and Me” program here gets your little fish comfortable in the water by teaching him how to blow bubbles and get his face wet in small, semi-private classes. 

KimSwim Pool Academy

Rte. 46 W., Rockaway
973-586-1124; kimswim.net
Cost: $160 for eight weeks

Toddlers adjust to the water by using flotation devices, going underwater and getting in and out of the pool alone. 

Kristie’s School of Fish

182 Rte. 10 W., East Hanover
973-887-7011; kristieschooloffish.com
Cost: $315 for nine weeks

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 (of course).

NJ Swim 

Locations in Florham Park, Manasquan, Roxbury, Sparta and Warren
Cost: Call for prices

Babies learn to control their breathing by putting their heads underwater in “Water Babies I” (ages six–15 months old) with you by their side. In “Water Babies II” (ages 16–30 months old) they learn to move in the water. 

Somerset County YMCA

140 Mt. Airy Rd., Basking Ridge
Cost: Call for cost

In the "Skippers" parent/child classes for ages 6 to 16 months old, children learn basic water skills through developmentally appropriate songs and games. Classes are 30-minutes long. 

Stevens Aquatics

1 Castle Point Terr., Hoboken
201-216-5590; Hoboken 
Cost: $125 and up

She gets used to everything splish-splash in this “Mommy and Me” class with fun, musical games designed for your mini-me six months and older.

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