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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Here is our list of the best swim lessons in Los Angeles.
photo courtesy of Hall Swim Academy

Hall Swim Academy
Your pool or
Maggie Gilbert Aquatic Center
15777 Bowdoin St., Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

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 their location.

Swimming Los Angeles
Four locations – El Segundo, Encino, Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica

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.” Swimming LA is a life member of the United States Swim School Association.They offer parent/child classes for infants and toddlers as well as adult swim lessons. Check the website for details and locations. 

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 for all ages and all abilities. Lessons are designed as a “balance between learning how to swim and having fun.” Select from group swim lessons, private swim lessons (for ages 2 1/2 and up), and semi private lessons (for ages 3 and up). Check the website for details and registration information. 

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 the “belief that learning to swim is an opportunity to develop a valuable life-saving skill, promote physical and emotional development, and open the door to a lifelong love of the water.”

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. “Skills are built in layers within a structure, step-by-step carefully designed curriculum that helps children thrive and feel safe in the water.” A ten-day intensive program is recommended for new swimmers with “maintenance lessons” recommended. Check the website for details.

SwimRight Academy (formerly 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 and

1914 S. Bundy Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90025

At the SwimRight 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.

KidSwim
Your pool or
one of their locations (private residences)

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).


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
Your pool or one of their
locations including
Verdugo Aquatic Facility
3201 W. Verdugo Ave., Burbank, CA 91505

One With the Water, a non-profit organization, was founded in 2011 “with the mission of providing greater access to the lifesaving skill of swimming.” They also offer specialty lessons for “all special needs, service-disabled veterans, and adaptive athletes.” A variety of different swim lessons are offered.

Waterworks Aquatics
Several locations including
Culver City, Diamond Bar, Rancho Palos Verdes, Torrance, and more

Waterworks Aquatics offers swim lessons for children as young as 3 months old. Lessons are taught in 1:1 or 2:1 student-to-teacher ratio and instructors “encourage children to have fun in the water while improving their water skills.” Lessons are about 20 minutes long, and a variety of 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.” The Herrick Method is “based on core principles of trust, comfort, and consistency” and has proven effective for “children of all learning styles and physical abilities, including special needs.”

LA Surf & Swim
Several locations including West Los Angeles, Santa Monica, and Venice

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” which involves children becoming “comfortable and balanced in a horizontal position on their stomach and back. This position will allow them the best opportunity to master the art and athleticism of bending the water to create forward motion.” They offer Tot-N-Me classes as well as one-on-one lessons. 

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. Lessons for children older than 2 1/2 are generally 30-45 minutes long and are purchased in sets of twelve.

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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