Here are the best places around Columbus to find swimming lessons for kids. Dive into our list of swim schools where babies and kids of all ages learn to become comfortable in the water, master strokes, and have a splash while learning this lifelong skill.
YMCA of Central Ohio
Katie G.: The YMCA of Central Ohio offers swim classes for all ages, from infants to senior citizens. Certified swim instructors and life guards will help teach children how to be safe around the water and learn the life skill to help them live an active lifestyle. Group lessons are offered at various swimming levels. Multiple days and times are available. You do not have to be a member of the YMCA to take swim lessons. Parents can register online or visit their local branch to sign up.
Ages: infant - senior citizen
British Swim School
Tracy Snyder Molina: The Columbus British Swim School offers highly trained instructors that teach fun, gentle methods in small class settings. Combine these benefits with warm-water, indoor pools and you’re guaranteed the best possible learning environment.
Ages: 3 months - adult
Pricing: $82 per month for 1 class/week & $154 per month for 2 classes/week.
Annual membership fee: $36 individual & $50 family. Call for family discounts.
SafeSplash Swim School
Katie G.: SafeSplash takes swimming seriously. Certified and passionate instructors will teach your child to become safe, happy, confident, lifelong swimmers. With many locations throughout Columbus and a variety of lesson times available, SafeSplash is convenient and works with your schedule. Classes are offered from Parent-N-Me through Level 8 (swim team ready). Swim camps, adult lessons and special needs classes are also available.
Ages: infant - adult
Pricing: $79 per month for one 30-minute lesson per week
Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus
Katie G.: The Jewish Community Center in downtown Columbus swim lessons strive to teach kids and adults safety in and around the water. The American Red Cross certified program has the following classes: parent/tot (age 6 months - 2 years), just for two's (age 2), preschool (age 3-5) and learn to swim (age 6 and above). Session length depends on the class you choose. Private and group private lessons also available.
Ages: 6 months - adult
Pricing: $72 per session, you must be a member of JCC to take lessons.
Aqua-Tots Swim Schools
Katie G.: With years of experience, the Aqua-Tots Swim Schools concept strives to teach children and adults the important life saving skill of water safety. The indoor facility has water temperatures set at 88-90 degrees so kids feel comfortable in the water. The qualified and certified swim instructors teach a variety of classes from Parent/Tot through swim team preparation. Locations in Westerville & Powell.
Ages: Infant - Adult
Pricing: Powell: $84 & Westerville: $82 per month for one lesson a week, discounts for siblings available.
Goldfish Swim School
Katie G.: The trained and certified instructors at Goldfish Swim School make learning fun for kids in the water. There are many features that sets Goldfish apart from the others including the shallow pool (only 4" deep), 90 degree water temperatures, tropical theme atmosphere and gift shop, private changing huts and a separate viewing area for parents. There are a wide variety of group, semi-private and private classes offered from the parent/tot program for babies as young as 4 months old to the recreational swim team for children 5 to 12.
Ages 4 months - 12 years
ISR Self-Rescue Survival Swimming Lessons
Kelly R.: Infant Swimming Resource's Self-Rescue program teaches water survival skills. Different from traditional lessons, the one-on-one instruction is focused on preventing drowning in children, the leading accidental cause of death in kids under 4. Kids 6 - 12 months learn to roll onto their back to float, rest, and breathe. Kids 1 - 6 yrs learn a pattern of swimming, rolling onto their back, and swimming until reaching the pool's edge. Lessons are 10 minutes a day, 5 days a week, for 4-6 weeks.
Age: 6 mo - 6 yrs
Cost: $100/session & annual registration fee: $105/first timers & $35/returning
Columbus Aquatics Center
Katie G.: The Columbus Aquatic Center is an indoor pool facility located in downtown Columbus. Lessons are available for all ages and taught by the American Red Cross Safety Instructors. Infant and toddler classes require parent participation and will help little ones get comfortable in the water. Preschoolers ages 3-5 will learn stroke development and breathing. And kids ages 6 and above will be tested the first day of class to determine which level of the Learn to Swim program they will be placed in as they continue to improve their skills.
Ages: 6 mths+
Cost: Free for ages 3+
Katie G.: Worthington Pools offers indoor swim lessons through the Red Cross Learn to Swim Program focusing on water safety and stroke development. Classes run for 8 weeks with classes meeting once a week. Additionally, 1-2 open swim times are offered per session and free to those registered for lessons.
Ages: 2 - adult
Pricing: $60 per session
Northwest Swim Club
Katie G.: Northwest Swim Club is a private pool located in Northwest Columbus. Swim lessons are offered to both members and non-members, from group classes to private lessons. Utilizing the American Red Cross swim levels program, lessons are available to kids as young as 18 months and all skill levels. Northwest Swim Club also offers diving lessons, stroke clinics and lifeguard training for teenagers.
Ages: 18 months - Adult
Cost: $55 - $80/child
Premier at Sawmill Athletic Club
Katie G.: Premier at Sawmill Athletic Club offers group, semi-private and private swim lessons for kids as young as 6 months old. The American Red Cross Certified instructors teach swimmers how to build their confidence around the water and to be safe. Lessons are offered year round in 6-week sessions. Various days and times are available throughout the week.
Ages: 6 months - adult
Pricing: $78 per session for member, $98 per session for non-members
Aquatic Adventures Ohio
Katie G.: Aquatic Adventures offers swim lessons for all ages with the American Red Cross Learn to Swim Program. Classes include Parent/Child (6-36 months), Preschool (3-5), School Age (6 and older), Advanced Lessons (6 and older), private lessons and adult lessons.
Ages: 6 months - Adult
Pricing: start at $56 for tots - $96 for school age kids for a 4 class session
Katie G.: Metro Fitness swim lessons are part of the American Red Cross Learn to Swim Program. Classes are available for ages 6 months and above and are offered seven days a week during the mornings, afternoons and evenings taught by certified instructors. Sessions are offered for 5 or 6 weeks and pricing is variable based on the number of classes per week.
Ages: 6 months and up
Pricing: 5 week session, 1 lesson/week: $95 & 6 week session, 1 lesson/week: $115
Dublin Community Recreation Center
Katie G.: Swim lessons at the Dublin Community Recreation Center are open to residents and non-residents and follow the American Red Cross Learn to Swim Program. Lessons start at the parent/child level beginning at 3 months old. Preschool classes (ages 3-5), learn to swim classes (ages 6 and over), adult classes (ages 14 and over)and special needs classes (ages 5-14) are also available. Classes run 8 weeks and are offered year round.
Ages: 3 months - adult
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