Living in the land of sunshine means that LA babes need to be water safe at a young age. Luckily, LA has lots of swim schools to fit every type of swimmer, and they’re available all year. From Parent and Me to private lessons in your own pool, the options are plentiful—you’re sure to find lessons to suit your kiddo’s age, skill level and personality on our list of the best swim lessons in town.
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KidSwim specializes in developmental swimming lessons tailored to the needs of each child. They also welcome kids with special needs. Little swimmers will begin with basic water-safety skills, learning proper breathing techniques and then on to more advanced lessons to propel themselves through the water. KidSwim offers private lessons and parent and me classes at your own pool or at one of its 5 locations in Mar Vista, Hollywood, Miracle Mile, North Hollywood and Reseda. KidSwim CEO, Lisa Cook also offers free water-safety seminars, which will help you get acquainted with the KidSwim style.
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The Water Whisperer
Founder, Emily Cohen created her Water Whisperer technique after teaching her own kids to swim independently. With a lifelong background in the arts and years of experience in children’s education, Cohen has crafted a unique style of teaching that include toys, fins, puppets and songs and encourages students to develop a personal swimming style. Lessons begin as young as 5-6 months and the Whisperer has a 95% success rate of teaching the kids 3 & up to swim within ten lessons. So you can check this off your list! Classes are available year-round in Sherman Oaks and Woodland Hills. Custom schedules are also available.
22725 Ventura Blvd.
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Rose Bowl Aquatics Center
If it’s variety and lots of scheduling options you need, head up to the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center in Pasadena. This complex hosts classes for everyone from 6 months old on up to teaching you, if you need a refresher in technique, and there are 2 and 5 week sessions available. Babes can begin with “Rubber Ducky” classes that introduce them to the water and create a comfort level. From there, kids can learn to put their heads under the water, blow bubbles and then move on to preschool and school age classes to develop swimming readiness skills, stroke proficiency and beyond. It’s also a great place to get kids excited about all the possibilities for a life of swimming; you can watch the high dive and water polo teams work out after lessons!
360 N. Arroyo Blvd
Los Angeles City College
While you may think LACC only offers community college classes, think again. LACC is a community resource, and providing affordable swimming lessons for the older set is one of the ways they serve the community. Private and Semi-private lessons are available for kids 7 & older and group lessons are offered to those 5 & up. LACC has an expansive outdoor pool and is centrally located in East Hollywood just blocks for the Metro Red Line. (And right near Scoops ice cream, for post-swim treats..)
855 N. Vermont Ave.
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Head Above Water
One-on-one lessons are the ticket at Head Above Water, which offers lessons either in your own private pool or at one of their four pools in West LA, Venice, Westwood and Toluca Lake. HAW offers beginner, intermediate and advanced classes to help kids gain a new skill set at each level and individual classes allow instructors to craft lessons based on each child’s specific needs (and/or fears). If your littles are still getting comfortable, parent and me classes are also available.
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Lenny Krazelburg Swim Academy
The Lenny Krazelburg Swim Academy was founded in 2005 by 4 time Olympic Gold Medalist Lenny Krazelburg. The center focuses on the SwimRight Method, which uses the swim-float-swim technique to help your wee water ones develop the skills and confidence to be safe in and around water. Kids learn to first flip to their back to float if they were to fall in water or get in trouble during swimming. After learning these basics skills, swimmers can advance to more advanced lessons like learning the 4 competitive strokes: freestyle, backstroke, butterfly and breaststroke. Get your future Olympians started here!
5870 Olympic Blvd.
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Swim To Me
Conrad Cooper has developed quite a reputation for teaching tots and adults alike to swim. Cooper has 45 years of swimming experience and is a skilled scuba and skin diver. The Swim To Me techniques are rooted in group classes and Cooper offers lessons in his own pool as well as at private pools with a minimum of 8 kids. Cooper emphasizes the importance of water safety, floating, breath control and propulsion. Swim To Me also provides an intimate home environment, complete with a lovely garden and music. It’s a truly unique LA experience. Session consist of 5 one-hour sessions.
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YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles
Lest we forget, the YMCA is still here for the community. Along with gyms, and workout classes many of the Los Angeles branches also provide swimming lesson. These include parent and me, preschool and kids 6-12. There are a variety of levels offered for everything from the completely inexperienced to experienced “sharks” looking to prep for swim team. In addition, joining the YMCA provides the family with tons of other amenities. Check out your local branch schedule today.
There are multiple locations all over the city, find the one closest to you on their website.
Do you have a favorite secret weapon that got your kids water safe and happy in a snap? Please share your swimming tips in the comment section! Then, if you’re looking to go practice those new skills, check out our favorite community pools.