Beverlywood Swim School is one of the great places to take your kids for swimming lessons in Los Angeles

It’s almost summer time which means that many families are looking ahead to a lot more time in the swimming pool. Whether your child has never been in a swimming pool, or has previously expressed fear near the water, or simply needs a swimming refresher, you can find swim lessons that will provide your family with exactly what you’re looking for.

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Beverlywood Swim School is one of the great places to take your kids for swimming lessons in Los Angeles

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Beverlywood Swim School
2612 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90034

The Beverlywood Swim School has been in business since 1951. Each lesson is “customized per student.” They teach infants to adults or as they say “we teach everyone ‘from the womb to the tomb.’“ Private lessons are 20 minutes in length and are sold as a series of five. In addition, students who take at least one lesson per week may also use their facilities for practice (up to one hour per day). They utilize the Crystal Scarborough Method which incorporates the use of fins and arm floats.

Swimming Los Angeles
15777 Bowdoin St., Pacific Palisades, CA 90272 and
601 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

Swimming LA “encourages the entire family in learning to swim because families that swim together raise children that are self-motivated to learn to swim.” They offer parent/child classes for infants and toddlers as well as adult swim lessons.

Rose Bowl Aquatics Center Swim Lessons
360 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91103

If you’re in Pasadena, the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center offers swim lessons year round. Their goal is “to promote and foster a life-long love for the water, by safely learning to swim.” Lessons include Parent/Infant swim Classes (6 months to 3 years of age), Parent/Preschool Swim Classes (18 months to 3 years of age), Preschool Level (3 to 6 years of age), School Age (6-13 years old), Junior Adult (13-17 years old), and Adult.

Water Otters Swim School
private pool on Jumilla Ave., Winnetka, CA 91306

Water Otters Swim School offers swim lessons for students 6 months old to adults. All lessons are one-on-one and are 20 minutes long. Their heated pool is outdoors and is covered. Owner Jennifer Golde opened the school in 1999 and has also been a nursery school teacher. Instruction is child-centered and is focused on three key steps — “connected and protected,” “empathetic and encouraged,” and “freedom to float and freedom to swim.”

Head Above Water
several locations including
3156 Dona Emilia Dr., Studio City, CA 91604

Instructors at Head Above Water will come to your home if you have a swimming pool. If not, lessons are offered in their pools which are all private residential pools. This means there is only one lesson taking place at a time. They offer Parent and Me Swim (for children 6-24 months) and Swim Lessons for children two and older. Some locations operate year-round while others are only available May-August. Check the website for details.

The Water Whisperer Swim School
locations in Sherman Oaks and Woodland Hills

The Water Whisperer Swim School offers lessons for babies starting at 6 months old. Owner Emily Cohen is CPR-certified, has a fine arts background, and received a Masters in Education. In addition to learning water safety skills, children are also encouraged to develop their own swimming style. A ten-day intensive program is recommended for new swimmers with “maintenance lessons” recommended.

Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy
Westside JCC
5870 Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036 and
de Toledo High School
22622 Vanowen St., West Hills, CA 91307

At the Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy, instructors use the SwimRight Method which utilizes the swim-float-swim technique as their foundation. The SwimRight Method has seven levels of learning. Students wear color-coded swim caps, chart their progress in their own student progress book, and more. The swim academy was founded in 2005 by 4-time Olympic Gold Medalist Lenny Krayzelburg.

iSwimin10
Riverside Dr., Valley Village, CA

iSwimin10 is described as “a small neighborhood swim school taught from a private home in Valley Village.” Children (aged 3 and older) are taught to swim in a total of ten thirty-minute classes. Lessons are taught with other children at the same time. (Coach Brande (the owner) has received many five-star Yelp ratings).

The Manning Method
your swimming pool

Coach Shea Manning has extensive experience, both as a swimmer and as a coach.  Children as young as 6 months can learn water safety skills. Lessons include those for Babies and Parents as well as Private and/or Small-Group Instruction. The Manning Method describes the progression of swim lessons as “safety, comfort, technique, endurance, speed, performance.”

YMCA
multiple locations including
Mid-Valley Family YMCA
6901 Lennox Ave., Van Nuys, CA 91405

The YMCA offers a variety of Youth Swim Lessons so that no matter what type of exposure your child has had to the water, you’ll find a lesson that is right. They use a “progression track based upon age and ability,” where students “build confidence to reach swimming skill milestones.” Lessons feature three different phases with multiple stages within each phase.

Hall Swim Academy
your pool or theirs

The Hall Swim Academy was founded by a family of swimmers (including Olympic medalists).They offer several swim programs including Parent-and-me, Learn to Swim (different versions for beginners, intermediate swimmers, and advanced swimmers), and more. They will come to your pool or you can choose to go to one of their pools.

KidSwim
several locations in southern California

KidSwim offers lessons in your pool or theirs. They teach children “to love the water  at each age and stage, focusing on specific motor/communication/sensory skill development.” They offer Parent/Child Classes (for babies 5-18 months), private lessons, and semi-private lessons (for children who are more advanced).

One With the Water
three locations including
Verdugo Aquatic Facility
3201 W. Verdugo Ave., Burbank, CA 91505

One With the Water is a “non-profit swim school, with the mission of creating miracles in the lives of children and adults, including those with special needs.” A variety of different swim lessons are offered including private lessons at your home, Mommy-and-me classes, children’s lessons (with no more than 3 children in each swim class), and more.

Waterworks Aquatics
several locations including
Beverly Hills, Pasadena, Torrance, and more

Waterworks Aquatics offers swim lessons for children as young as 3 months old. Their goal is “to encourage children to have fun in the water while improving their water skills.” Students are carefully matched with swim instructors, and each lesson is structured yet flexible enough to meet the needs of each individual student. A variety of swim lessons are offered including Private Lessons, Semi-Private Lessons, and Parent-and-Me Lessons.

The Jim Herrick Swim School
11846 Kling St., Valley Village, CA 91607

The Jim Herrick Swim School “began as The Sherman Oaks Swim School and is now the longest-standing, established swim school in the area.” There are two heated, covered pools at this facility. They offer private lessons as well as Parent-and-Me group lessons.

LA Surf & Swim
several locations including West Los Angeles, Santa Monica, and Lincoln Middle School

The instructors at LA Surf & Swim strive to “create a lifelong love for the water.” Children are taught using “Coach Syd’s 10 Level Water Balance Method.” They offer Tot-N-Me classes, one-on-one lessons, and semi-private lessons (2 students per instructor).

Swim Like a Fish LA
your swimming pool

Swim Like a Fish LA was established in 2008. The owner and instructor swam competitively, served as a lifeguard, was a swim team coach, and has worked in elementary schools as a behavioral instructor. Lessons are conducted in your swimming pool and are usually on a one-to-one basis, though two students may swim and learn together. Lessons are 15 minutes for children under 2 1/2 years of age. Children’s lessons are generally 30-45 minutes long.

UCLA Recreation Swim
Sunset Canyon Recreation Center
111 Easton Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90095

A variety of swim lessons are offered through UCLA Recreation Swim’s Program. Families can choose from group swim lessons, private or semi-private lessons, water babies (for babies as young as 6 months old), adaptive private instruction, and more.

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