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  • July 25, 2015

    Swimming Lessons for Children in Bay Ridge

    Swim Lesson for babies 3 months old and up and children in Brooklyn


    swim lessons for kids in Bay Ridge Brooklyn


    1) American Red Cross Swimming Lessons at the Fort Hamilton Army Base Pool.  

    For children age 3-18 to learn to swim.     Info page

    The site says that classes have 3-5 children. $175 for 6 hours – Classes are 1 hour each and they meet twice a  week (either on Monday and Wednesday OR on Tuesday and Thursday).  Younger children need to be accompanied by a parent in the pool. 

    New swim classes start all of the time (e-mail them for the next available class:  dgrockersmusic@gmail.com) . 

    American Red Cross trained instructors – this program is run by DGRockers and you can contact them:   516-690-7898    

    DGRockers office is at: 907 72nd Street Brooklyn (They teach guitar too)



    2) Bay Ridge Aquatics Institute (BRAINS)   at Fort Hamilton High School    83 Street & Colonial Road (347) 267-9469  – Entrance is on 83rd Street – halfway between Narrows and Shore Road.

    Swimming classes  for children 5 to 7 years old    Summer 2016 –   Info page

    Pool is cool water – not heated. Children learn fast because they are consistently swimming for 9 days straight (5 days one week and then 4 days the next week). During the summer, classes start each day at 12:00 pm and then go throughout the day.   Each class meets for 50 minutes  $190

    Need to have: a bathing suit, towel and bathing cap   optional: swim goggles

    This swim class is very popular and sometimes there is a waiting list for it.

    BRAINS also has a program to teach adults to swim.


    3) St. Patrick’s Church has Swim Lessons  at Fort Hamilton High School Pool    83 Street & Colonial Road Brooklyn

    For Children in Grades K-3  – 7  Lessons are given on Wednesday evening in February and March (register in January)   $125

    E-mail: bklynstingrays@aol.com    



    4)  Poly Prep Swimming Lessons   9216 Seventh Avenue Brooklyn   (718) 836-9800

    Lessons for ages children ages 2-16.     See schedule of classes here.  

    $115 for 6 half hour lessons  

    Age 18 months to 3 years     Monday OR Wednesday from 6:00-6:30 PM (up to 15 children per class)
    Age 4 and 5 years old           Monday OR Wednesday from 6:30-7:00 PM (up to 15 children per class)

    Age 6-16               Monday OR Wednesday from 7:00-7:30 PM, 7:30-8:00 PM or 8:00-8:30 PM (30 children_

    Several instructors in the pool.  Pool is usually warm.

    Mommy and Me Classes for 2 and 3 year olds are really just splash around and get used to the water classes – not the same type of instruction as they would give a 4 or 5 year old.

    If you go in the Summer time, the swim lessons are in the outdoor pool which is only 2-3 feet deep.


    5) Dolphin Swimming at New Utrecht High School – 1601 -80th Street

    Lessons for children ages 6 and up. Adults too

    One teacher – 4 students

    Classes are 45 minutes each – $290 for Level 1 / $510 for Level 2 and up (90 minutes)

    Heated pool


    6)  JCH – Jewish House of Bensonhurst Swim Academy  7802 Bay Parkway  718-331-6800 ext. 113

    Mommy & Me for children 2.5 – 4 years old  –  Lessons for children age 4 -14

    Click here for schedule and registration for other classes as well. Has classes on weekdays.   ($290 dollars for one class per week  or  $400 for classes 2 times a week – 12 sessions)


    7) Swim Koi – They have group lessons (4 children in a lane) and individual lessons. Good reviews.

    Lessons for children 6 months and up (Baby Koi classes for children 6 months to 2 years)

    You purchase 10 group lessons for about $27.50 each plus $10 registration (see registration and prices here)

    Two locations for Swim Koi:

    • The Block Institute 376 Bay 44th street (see schedule) Pool has a low end for children to stand in then goes to 2ft deep  (347) 562-3924 – easy to park on the weekends here.
    • The other location is at East Midwood Jewish Center at 1625 Ocean Ave Brooklyn (see schedule)


    8) Gateway Sports Club meets at the Block Institute 376 Bay 44th Street Brooklyn 11214   718-776 – 5566      All classes on Saturday. $200 for various levels – site is interesting – check it out.


    9) Dolphin Swimming at Abraham Lincoln High School 2800 Ocean Parkway Brooklyn  718-359-7743

    Lessons for children ages 6 and up. Adults too

    One teacher – 4 students

    Classes are 45 minutes each – $290 for Level 1 /$510 for Level 2 and up (90 minutes)

    Heated pool


    10) Camp Olympia at 237 – 7th Avenue Brooklyn  (718) 748-7084. (the old John Jay High School) 

    Lessons for children 6 months and up. Great reviews, but our friend said the water was cold. $180 for 8 weeks

    Classes are on Saturday or Sunday for 45 minutes. They show you how to handle your baby and play in the water. It’s difficult to change here because it is a high school – it’s easy if you bring your husband or mother so that you can go to the restroom and they can watch the baby.

    Parking is difficult here.



    11) Prospect Park Y (YMCA) at 357 9th Street – Renovated place with New pool (now two pools) – Pool is heated and good for small children. This location has a family locker room. Older kids use their own pool.  Mayor DeBlasio goes to this Y so you know it is good – super clean. Supplies towels too.

    Lessons for children 6 months and up

    Mommy and Me Classes – parents swim with children.  Other swim classes for older children Registration online  Prices here



    12) Kings Bay Y (YMCA)   3495 Nostrand Avenue between Ave U and Ave. V  – heated pool     

    Swim lessons for children age 3 months and up –   Cost  $250 per child.

    Mommy and Me Classes. Adult swim classes here as well.

    Private swim classes – $50 a class


    13) Shorefront YMCA/YWCA 
    Coney Island Avenue and Brighton beach

    Lessons for children 3 months and up – adults too   

    Monday to Friday 3:30 to 7:30 pm and early Saturday and Sunday. 718-646-1444 ext. 412            swim@shorefronty.org 



    14) Dodge YMCA225 Atlantic Avenue Brooklyn   (718) 625-3136

    Swimming lessons for ages 3-18. Private lessons available.  

    See prices (around $200 for 1 day a week)

    Type of Class Class Ratios Class Length Monthly Fee
    Private 1 to 1 15 min $ 113.00
    Private 1 to 1 30 min $ 218.00
    Group 4 to 1 25 min $ 80.00
    Parent Tot 8 to 1 30 min $ 70.00
    Stroke Advance 6 to 1 30 min $ 70.00



    15) Imagine Swimming Swim School – 274 Garfield Place in Park Slope

    Lessons for children 4 years old and up  –  See schedule for classes   $44 for a 40 minutes 

    Also several other locations in Brooklyn    Mommy and Me classes –  ages 6 months up

    Students are grouped by age and comfort level in the water.  $44 for a 40 minute class – missed classes can not be made up. You are billed each month and need to send a letter 30 days in advance of when you want to stop lessons.



    16) Sunset Park Pool Lessons –  44th Street and 7th Avenue  *Summer*

    Lessons for children 1.5 to 5 years old, ages 6-17 and adults too

    NY Parks Department Free by lottery (you can win the lottery for multiple sessions)  Register here

    Three sessions available:

    • Session I: July 7 through July 21
    • Session II: July 23 through August 6
    • Session III: August 10 through August 21

    Each session is 6 lessons for the child WITH his or her parent in the water with them up to children age 5. Each session is for 20-30 minutes long.

    Parents can not be near the water with children 6 years. or older. Parents watch from the benches outside of the locker room.

    No floaties or toys (kickboards or balls) allowed in the water.

    This outdoor pool is ice cold except on very hot days. The pool is also deep so a small child can not stand up in this pool.



    17) Red Hook Pool – 155 Bay Street    *Summer*

    Lessons for children 1.5 to 5 years old, ages 6-17 and adults too

    NY Parks Department Free by lottery (you can win the lottery for multiple sessions)  Register here

    Three sessions available:

    • Session I: July 7 through July 21
    • Session II: July 23 through August 6
    • Session III: August 10 through August 21

    Lessons are 30 minutes long. They sing songs and got ythe small children accustomed to the water. Pool noodles allowed to help the children float. The water is cold but not freezing.


    18) Matchpoint – 2781 Shell Road Brooklyn (exit 7 on the Belt Pkwy)  (718) 769-0001         Lessons for children 6 years -14 . Group and individual lessons. Groups based on ability and age. Adult lessons too.

    Groupon has a deal for parent workout classes.


    19) Aquabeba – at Oliver Park Condominium 100 Masbeth Avenue in Williamsburg

    Lessons for babies 4 months old and up    917-757-3512   Facebook page 

    Parents accompany children in the pool.

    5 weeks $230 (private lessons and other rates here)

    Babies must wear two swim diapers.


    20) Brooklyn Sports Club – 1540 Van Sicklen Avenue Exit 14 on the Belt Pkwy –  20 minute drive 

    Kids Club offers lessons for children age 4 – teen through Swimania

    Swimming cost $188 for a package (Info here)  Registration here

    The gym is about $650 for parents to join – clean, not crowded, parking available – heated pool


    Also this place uses the Brooklyn Sports Club and are inexpensive:


    swim class






    21) Kingsborough Community College has College for Kids Classes (several sessions throughout the year)

    Swim lessons for children 7-13 – must be 52″ (they measure) 

    Bring towel, combination lock and towel.

    $90 for the morning/$235 all day Saturday session (includes a lot of other activities too)

    Click here and choose College for Kids on the left to see the latest offerings. 

    In the Fall and Spring, they offer these classes on the weekend. (see old one here)

    See this summer’s program – (swimming and other activities)


    22) Greenpoint YMCA – mommy and me classes good 


    23) Groupon Deal for Lessons in Staten Island2 lessons for $29 or 4 lessons for $49 at Avantis



    In April, the YMCA has Splash Week (April 6-10)  free classes to help people of all ages, especially children, to learn basic swimming skills and water safety practices.


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