Dive In! Sensational Swim Lessons for Seattle Kids

Whether you plan to spend the summer poolside or beachside, your bathing babes 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 water bug’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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Seattle Indoor Public Pools
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 tots lessons for kids ages 6 months to 4 as well as kinder, youth and competitive stroke lessons.

Prices: $7 to $12.50 for a 30-minute lesson; $36 for a 30-minute one-on-one lesson, siblings add $12; 5-10 week sessions start the week of June 23, 2014.

Meadowbrook Pool
10515 35th Ave. N.E.
Seattle, Wa 98125
206-684-4989
Online: seattle.gov/parks/Aquatics/Meadowbrookpool.htm

Queen Anne Pool is another great option for Seattle families. This pool, complete with two diving boards and a pool temperature of 85 degrees, offers a variety of classes for ages six months to four years as well as private lessons, semi-private lessons, and springboard diving lessons.

Prices: $7 to $12.50 for a 30-minute lesson; 10 week sessions start the week of June 23, 2014.

Queen Anne Pool
1920 1st Ave. W.
Seattle, Wa 98119
206-386-4282
Online: seattle.gov/parks/aquatics/queenannepool.htm

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If you live near West Seattle, Southwest Pool is great option for swimming lessons. In addition to two diving boards, 85 degree pool temps, and fab swim instructors, this pool offers a variety of tot lessons as well as kinder, youth and private lessons, youth competitive stroke lessons, and springboard diving lessons.

Prices: $7 to $12.50 for a 30-minute lesson; $36 for a 30-minute one-on-one lesson; 6-10 week sessions start the week of June 23, 2014.

Southwest Pool
2801 S.W. Thistle St.
Seattle, Wa 98126
206-684-7440
Online: seattle.gov/parks/aquatics/Swpool.htm

If you’re in South Seattle, the newly remodeled Rainier Beach Pool offers swim lessons for tots ages 6 months to 4 years old as well kinder, advanced kinder, beginning and advanced youth lessons, and pre-competition and swim league. 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.

Prices: $7 to $12.50 for a 30-minute lesson; 9-10 week sessions start the week of June 23, 2014.

Rainier Beach Pool
8825 Rainier Ave. S.
Seattle, Wa 98118
206-386-1925
Online: seattle.gov/parks/Aquatics/rainierbeachpool.htm

Seattle Parks and Recreation Pools

Seattle Outdoor Public Pools
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 youth. Mounger also has the Little Pool, which is a great place to introduce little swimmers to the water.

Prices: $7 to $8.50 for a 30-minute lesson; $36 for a 30-minute one-on-one lesson. 5-10 week sessions start June 2, 2014.

“Pop” Mounger Pool
2535 32nd Ave. W.
Seattle, Wa 98199
206-684-4708
Online: seattle.gov/PARKS/aquatics/mounger.htm

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Colman Pool, located at Lincoln Park in West Seattle, received a renovation two 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, tot and adult lessons, and youth lessons for swimmers ages 6 to 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.

Prices: $7 to $8.50 for a 30-minute lesson; $36 for a 30-minute one-on-one lesson. 5-10 week sessions start the week of June 23, 2014.

Colman Pool
8603 Fauntleroy Way S.W.
Seattle, Wa 98136
206-684-7494
Online: seattle.gov/parks/aquatics/colman.htm

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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.

Pools Beyond Seattle
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 12 years old. 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. Add a Playtime Passport to any weekday swim lesson in the spring or fall and your kiddo can stay and play in the Leisure Pool 15 minutes following his or her lesson.

Prices: $61 to $74 for nine lessons

City of Mountlake Terrace Indoor Pool
5303 228th St. S.W.
Mountlake Terrace, Wa 98043
425-776-9173
Online: cityofmlt.com/cityServices/recreation/indoorPool/indoorPool.htm

Mountlake Terrace 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.

Prices: $44 to $55 for 8-10 lessons. Summer registration begins June 16, 2014.

Lynnwood Recreation Center & Pool
18900 44th Ave. W.
Lynnwood, Wa
425-670-5REC (5732)
Online: ci.lynnwood.wa.us/PlayLynnwood/RecCenter.htm

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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 a while after their lesson is over. The pool is scheduled to open on June 21, 2014 and will stay open through Labor Day. Lessons are offered for children ages 9 months to 12 years old.

Prices: $20 to $68 depending on the session and whether you’re a resident of Renton. Weekly sessions start June 24, 2014.

Henry Moses Aquatic Center
1719 S.E. Maple Valley Highway
Renton, Wa
425- 430-6780
Online: rentonwa.gov/living/default.aspx?id=190

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The Bellevue Aquatic Center is another fab 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 Saturdays. Sunday morning and afternoon classes are also available.

Prices: $72.80 to $83.20 for a month of parent/tot lessons; $82.60 to $118 for eight weeks of preschool lessons or youth lessons; $90 to $112.50 for pre-competition swim lessons.

Bellevue Aquatic Center
601 143rd Ave. N.E.
Bellevue, Wa 98007
425-452-4444
Online: bellevuewa.gov/aquatic_center.htm

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The new 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 parent/tot lessons, preschool lessons, progressive lessons for ages 6 and older, and pre-competitive swim lessons.

Prices: $30 for a 5 week parent/tot session; $30-$60 for a 5 week preschool or progressive session; $30 for a 30-minute one-on-one lesson; $100 for 10 pre-competitive swim lessons.

Snohomish Aquatic Center
516 Maple Ave.
Snohomish, Wa 98290
360-568-8030
Online: snohomishaquatic.com

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Private Options
Safe N Sound offers one-on-one 15 or 30-minute 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/child for the first two swimmers.

Cost: $25 for a single introductory lesson; $93 for four lessons; $186 for eight lessons.

Safe N Sound – Seattle
2040 Westlake Ave. N.
Seattle, Wa 98109
206-285-9279
Online: snsswim.com

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Water Babies is one of the largest programs in our area. It offers infant, preschool, and youth classes and has eastside locations in Bellevue and Sammamish. For more information call 425-643-3533. The Stroum Jewish Community Center (SJCC) is another great option on the Eastside. SJCC offers preschool and youth swim lessons for kiddos ages 3 to 10 and pre-competitive swim club. Register online or call 206-388-0821.

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), View Ridge Swim and Tennis Club (206-524-3500) and Arbor Heights Swim & Tennis Club (206-244-6557).

The YMCA is another great option for swim lessons for children from infants and toddlers to 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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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 a comment below. 

–Kristina Moy

Photo credit: Safe N Sound Swimming Facebook page, Bellevue Aquatic Center Facebook page, Seattle Parks and Recreation, Henry Moses Aquatic Center Facebook page, Kenna Konoske & Kathleen Helms