Ready… Set… Jump! Best Swim Lessons to Kick-Start Pool Season

Whether your family plans to spend the summer poolside or beachside, your water bugs need to be safe in the water. Lucky for us, Seattle has plenty of swimming schools to fit every type of swimmer. From indoor to outdoor to group to private—you’re sure to find lessons to suit your kiddo’s age, skill level and personality. To make the search easier, we’ve compiled a list of places where you’ll find awesome swim lessons, so you can have a safe and happy swimming season.

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photo: Kristina Moy

Seattle Indoor Public Pools

Meadowbrook Pool
The City of Seattle Parks and Recreation offers group and private swim lessons as an inexpensive option and there are several facilities to choose from. One of the more popular indoor pools is Meadowbrook in Northeast Seattle. The instruction program includes tot lessons for kids ages 6 months to 4 as well as beginning swimmer for ages 6-16, kinder lessons for ages 4-5 and private and semi-private lessons.

Cost: $3.50 to $12.50 for a 30-minute lesson; $36 for a 30-minute one-on-one lesson. 5-10 week sessions start the week of June 22, 2015.

10515 35th Ave. N.E.
Seattle, Wa 98125
Online: seattle.gov/parks/Aquatics/Meadowbrookpool.htm
Summer schedule: seattle.gov/parks/Aquatics/Pools/meadowbrook/swimming_lessons.pdf

Queen Anne Pool
Queen Anne Pool is another great option for Seattle families. This pool, complete with two diving boards and a water temperature of 85 degrees, offers a variety of classes for kids ages 6 months to 4 as well as parent/tot lessons, kinder, beginner youth and advanced youth lessons as well as private and semi-private lessons and synchronized swimming.

Cost: $3 to $12.50 for a 30-minute lesson. 5-10 week sessions start the week of June 22, 2015.

1920 1st Ave. W.
Seattle, Wa 98119
Online: seattle.gov/parks/aquatics/queenannepool.htm
Summer schedule: seattle.gov/parks/aquatics/Pools/queenanne/swimming_lessons.pdf

Southwest Pool
If you live near West Seattle, Southwest Pool is great option for swimming lessons. In addition to two diving boards, 85 degree pool temps, a large hot tub next to the pool and fab swim instructors, this pool offers a variety of tot lessons for kids ages 6 months to 4 as well as kinder lessons, beginning and advanced youth lessons for ages 6-16 and summer swim team.

Cost: $3 to $12.50 for a 30-minute lesson. 5-10 week sessions start the week of June 22, 2015.

2801 S.W. Thistle St.
Seattle, Wa 98126
Online: seattle.gov/parks/aquatics/Swpool.htm
Summer schedule: seattle.gov/parks/aquatics/pools/southwest/swimming_lessons.pdf

Rainier Beach Pool
If you’re in South Seattle, the remodeled Rainier Beach Pool offers swim lessons for tots ages 6 months to 4 as well kinder lessons, beginning and advanced youth lessons for ages 6-16 and swim league for ages 7-18. This pool also includes a waterslide, baby pool, lazy river and spray and play park which makes the time before or after lessons even more awesome.

Cost: $3 to $12.50 for a 30-minute lesson. 5-10 week sessions start the week of June 22, 2015.

8825 Rainier Ave. S.
Seattle, Wa 98118
Online: seattle.gov/parks/Aquatics/rainierbeachpool.htm
Summer schedule: seattle.gov/PARKS/Aquatics/Pools/rainierbeach/swimming_lessons.pdf

Seattle Parks and Recreation Pools

photo: Seattle Parks and Recreation

Seattle Outdoor Public Pools

Lowery C. “Pop” Mounger Pool
If you want to be outdoors, Seattle’s two outdoor public pools offer swim lessons during the summer months. Mounger Pool has age-based lessons for tots, three-year-olds, kinder kids, and beginning and advanced youth. Mounger also has the Little Pool, which is a great place to introduce little water bugs to the water.

Cost: $7 to $8.50 for a 30-minute lesson; $36 for a 30-minute one-on-one lesson; $48 for two swimmers to one instructor; $60 for three swimmers to one instructor. 5-10 week sessions start mid-May.

2535 32nd Ave. W.
Seattle, Wa 98199
Online: seattle.gov/PARKS/aquatics/mounger.htm
Summer schedule: seattle.gov/PARKS/aquatics/Pools/mounger/summer.pdf

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photo: Kathleen Helms

Colman Pool
Located at Lincoln Park in West Seattle, this pool received a renovation three years ago and is Seattle’s only outdoor saltwater pool. Colman offers a variety of swim lessons for kids ages 6 months to 4 years old as well as kinder lessons, three-year-old lessons and beginning and youth lessons for ages 6-16. Colman Pool also offers its visitors fab views of Puget Sound, a diving board and a super-fun tube slide. Psst! Be sure to bring your bucket and shovel so you can explore the beach before or after your lesson.

Cost: $7 to $12.50 for a 30-minute lesson; $36 for a 30-minute one-on-one lesson. 5-10 week sessions start the week of June 22, 2015.

Colman Pool
8603 Fauntleroy Way S.W.
Seattle, Wa 98136
Online: seattle.gov/parks/aquatics/colman.htm
Summer schedule: seattle.gov/parks/aquatics/Pools/colman/summer.pdf

Insider Tip: If you decide to go with a Seattle Parks and Recreation swim lesson program, it’s important that you keep track of class changes due to budget cuts.


photo: Seattle Parks and Recreation

Pools Beyond Seattle

Mountlake Terrace Pool
If you are out in the suburbs or are willing to drive, there are great inexpensive group lesson options outside Seattle. Many parents are willing to take the trip up north to take part in the award-winning aquatics program at the City of Mountlake Terrace Indoor Pool. They offer classes for kids ages 9 months to 12 years old as well as lessons for teens and adults. Plus, it’s more than a swimming pool—it’s a warm, family-friendly facility with lots of bells and whistles including slides, a splash area with water toys and a lazy river. Psst! If you decide to continue lessons into the fall and winter, consider adding a Playtime Passport, so your kiddo can stay and play in the Leisure Pool 15 minutes following his or her lesson.

Cost: $61 to $74 for nine lessons.

5303 228th St. S.W.
Mountlake Terrace, Wa 98043
Online: cityofmlt.com/cityServices/recreation/indoorPool/indoorPool.htm
Summer schedule: cityofmlt.com/cityServices/recreation/indoorPool/swimLessons.htm

Mountlake Terrace Pool

photo: Lynnwood Recreation Center & Pool

Lynnwood Recreation Center & Pool
Also north of Seattle, the Lynnwood Recreation Center Pool offers swim lessons for all ages and swimming abilities. To ensure swimmers are placed in the proper class, a swim placement test is required before registration. In addition to lessons, this super-popular pool includes two big water slides, sprayers, a lazy river, inner tubes, diving boards, water playground, spray fountains and a family hot tub plus a lap pool and warm-water therapy pool. Little ones will especially love “Beach Swim” when the shallow play area is open with a water depth up to two feet.

Cost: $6 per 30-minute class; $6.50 per 45-minute class. Summer registration begins June 19, 2015.

18900 44th Ave. W.
Lynnwood, Wa
Online: ci.lynnwood.wa.us/PlayLynnwood/RecCenter.htm
Summer schedule: ci.lynnwood.wa.us/PlayLynnwood/RecCenter/Aquatics/SwimLessons.htm


photo: Safe N Sound Swimming Facebook page

Henry Moses Aquatic Center
We think the City of Renton’s Henry Moses Aquatic Center is definitely worth the drive. With two pools, 26-foot high water slides, a lazy river and a wave machine, it’s safe to say that the kiddos will want to stay awhile after their lesson is over. The pool is scheduled to open on June 20, 2015 and will stay open through Labor Day. Lessons are offered for kids ages 9 months to 12 years old.

Prices: $5.50 to $9 per lesson, depending on the session and whether you’re a resident of Renton. Weekly sessions start June 29, 2015.

Henry Moses Aquatic Center
1719 S.E. Maple Valley Highway
Renton, Wa
425- 430-6780
Online: rentonwa.gov/living/default.aspx?id=190
Summer schedule: rentonwa.gov/uploadedFiles/Living/CS/REC/Summer%20Splash.PDF

henry moses aquatic center

photo: Henry Moses Aquatic Center Facebook page

Bellevue Aquatic Center
For families on the Eastside, the Bellevue Aquatic Center is another fabulous facility that offers swim lessons along with two pools. The Blue Lagoon Pool has six lap lanes, a diving tank, a 10-foot slide and a 5-foot slide for tiny tots. The Warm Springs Pool has a wheelchair ramp, average waters temps of 91 degrees, and was built for therapy and rehabilitation, but is available for public open swim and is a great place to warm up after lessons. Classes meet Mondays/Wednesdays, Tuesdays/Thursdays or Fridays and Saturdays. Sunday morning and afternoon classes are also available.

Prices: $83.20 to $87.20 for a month of parent/tot lessons on Mondays/Wednesdays or Tuesdays/Thursdays; $94.40 to $124 for eight weeks of preschool lessons or youth lessons, depending on the number of sessions per week.

601 143rd Ave. N.E.
Bellevue, Wa 98007
Online: bellevuewa.gov/aquatic_center.htm
Summer schedule: ci.bellevue.wa.us/pdf/Parks/PksTrimester2-2015-Web.pdf


photo: Bellevue Aquatic Center Facebook page

Snohomish Aquatic Center
Opened in 2014, the Snohomish Aquatic Center just might become your family’s new summertime hangout. This awesome facility not only offers swim lessons, but a giant waterslide, a lazy river, a spray area and a FlowRider surf machine where your lil’ surfer can learn how to hang ten this summer. The Aquatic Center offers 30-minute parent/tot lessons, preschool lessons, progressive lessons for ages 6 and older and pre-competitive swim lessons. Choose between twice-weekly evening lessons, daily morning lessons or Saturday morning lessons.

Prices: $48 for eight evening sessions; $54 for nine morning sessions; $24 for four Saturday sessions; $30 for a 30-minute private lesson; $75 for eight pre-competitive swim lessons.

516 Maple Ave.
Snohomish, Wa 98290
Online: snohomishaquatic.com
Summer schedule: cdn2.assets.sites.launchrocketship.com/34182baf-0a13-402a-8d94-7d1a4c152fa4/files/298798ca-ce15-46cd-b4fd-00fa4692a796/summer_swim_lessons_-_flier_and_schedule.pdf

safe n sound swimming fb page

photo: Safe N Sound Swimming Facebook page

Private Options

Safe N Sound
If you’re looking for one-on-one lessons, Safe N Sound offers 15 or 30-minute private lessons for swimmers ages two and older. Loyal parents say this intense, individualized approach makes a big difference. In addition to the cost of lessons, families pay an annual membership fee; $55 per student or $110 per family (two or more kids).

Cost: $25 for a single introductory lesson; $94 for four lessons; $188 for eight lessons. Sign-up for three months of ongoing one-on-one lessons and save money on lessons, pay no registration fee and receive complimentary towel service.

2040 Westlake Ave. N.
Seattle, Wa 98109
Online: snsswim.com

Angelfish Swimming
Located in a cozy backyard pool in the Kirkland Highlands neighborhood, Angelfish Swimming offers lessons to children of all ages, including adults. Children from 6 months and up are taught how to love the water and how to be safe as they learn to swim. Class sizes are limited to four children per half-hour and follow the swim school’s philosophy of taking the fear out of the water and giving swimmers the tools they need to be safe and to have fun. Classes are offered every 30 minutes on weekdays from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and all instructors are all trained by Connie Chapin who is an American Red Cross Certified water safety instructor. Bonus: Pool parties are available to registered families and can accommodate up to 10 children.

Cost: $30 per group lesson; private lessons available for special circumstances. Email missconnie@angelfishswimming.com for registration info.

10203 116th Ave NE
Kirkland, Wa 98033
Online: angelfishswimming.com

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photo: Jennifer B. Davis

Additional Programs to Consider

Water Babies
Water Babies is a swim program committed to providing quality family-centered aquatic education, focusing on family bonding, touch-communication, water safety and the latest in Learn-to-Swim techniques. One of the largest programs in our area, Water Babies offers infant, preschool and youth classes and has Eastside locations in Bellevue, Kirkland and Sammamish as well as Mill Creek. For more information call 425-643-3533.

Online: waterbabiesusa.com
Class schedule: waterbabiesusa.com/classschedule.html

Stroum Jewish Community Center
The Stroum Jewish Community Center (SJCC) is another great option on the Eastside for group or private or semi-private lessons. SJCC offers preschool and youth swim lessons for kids ages 3 to 10 and pre-competitive swim team. For additional information, contact SJCC Aquatics Director Andrea Selix at AndreaS@sjcc.org or 206-388-0821.

3801 East Mercer Way
Mercer Island Wa 98040

Online: sjcc.org
Summer schedule: sjcc.org/aquatics/kids-group-lessons

The YMCA is another great option for swim lessons for infants, toddlers and teens. Instructors use a child-centered approach which offers more active involvement and a better understanding of swimming. Swim lessons are available in group, private and semi-private formats and classes are available for children with special needs.

Check the YMCA website for the facility nearest you.

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photo: Kristina Moy 

Good to Know
There are also a handful of private clubs that open their doors to non-members during the summer for swim lessons, including Wedgwood Swim Club (206-523-8211) in the Wedgwood neighborhood, View Ridge Swim and Tennis Club (206-524-3500) in North Seattle and Arbor Heights Swim & Tennis Club (206-244-6557) in West Seattle.

NOTE: The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that you don’t start formal swimming lessons until kids are 4 years old. This is the age children are thought to be developmentally ready for swim lessons. Starting kids very young, though, can be a fun activity as the weather warms up.

Did we miss your favorite pool for swim lessons? Let us know in the Comments below. 

— Kristina Moy