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Take the Plunge: Swim Lessons for Seattle Kids

Regardless of the temps outside, swim lessons go hand in hand with the spring and summer months. 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 little 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 to fit every budget. So dive in, and have a safe and happy swimming season.

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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 kiddos six months to four years of age, as well as kinder, youth and competitive stroke lessons.

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

Prices: $3.50 to $12.50 for a 30-minute lesson; $36 for a 30-minute personal (one on one) lesson

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.

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

Prices: $3.50 to $12.50 for a 30-minute lesson; $36 for a 30-minute personal (one on one) lesson; $48 for a semi-private lesson; $63 to $125 for a 10-week session

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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.

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

Prices: $3.50 to $12.50 for a 30-minute lesson; $36 for a 30-minute personal (one on one) lesson; $48 for a semi-private lesson; $63 to $125 for a 10-week session

Outdoor Public Pools
If you want to be outdoors, Seattle’s two outdoor public pools offer swim lessons in 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.

Mounger Pool
2535 32nd Avenue West
Seattle, Wa 98199
206-684-4708
Online: seattle.gov/PARKS/aquatics/mounger.htm

Prices: $3.50 to $12.50 for a 30-minute lesson; $36 for a 30-minute personal (one on one) lesson

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Colman Pool, located at Lincoln Park in West Seattle, received a renovation last year and is Seattle’s only outdoor saltwater pool. Colman offers a variety of swim lessons for kiddos six months old to four years of age as well as kinder lessons, tot and adult lessons, and youth lessons for kiddos ages six to 16. Colman Pool also offers its visitors fab views of Puget Sound, a diving board, and a super-fun tube slide.

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

Prices: $59.50 for one week of kinder lessons; $62.50 for one week of 3-year old lessons; $56 for eight tot/adult lessons; $49 for one week of youth lessons

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. There are classes offered for swimmers from nine months to 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 and your kiddo can stay and play in the Leisure Pool 15-minutes following his or her lesson.

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

Prices: $61 to $67 for nine lessons

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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 15, 2013 and will stay open through Labor Day. Lessons are offered for children ages nine months to 12 years old.

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

Prices: $20 to $68 depending on the number of lessons per week

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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.

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

Prices: $72 for a month of parent/tot lessons; $86 for eight weeks of preschool lessons (Saturdays or Sundays); $86 for four weeks of preschool lessons on Mondays/Wednesdays or Tuesdays/Thursdays

Private Options
Safe N Sound offers one on one 15-minute lessons for kiddos ages two and older. Loyal parents say this intense, individualized approach makes a big difference. There are two Safe N Sound locations to choose from—one in Seattle and the other in Issaquah. In addition to the cost of lessons, families pay an annual membership fee; $50/child or $100/family.

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

Safe N Sound – Issaquah
2115 NW Poplar Way
Issaquah, Wa 98027
425-312-7007
Online: snsswim.com

Cost: $23 for a single introductory lesson; $88 for four lessons; $176 for eight lessons; $252 for 12 lessons; $336 for 16 lessons.

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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 three 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).

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 & Sabrina Kang

Photo credit: Erin Kliphardt, Water Babies Facebook page, Marcy Grantor, Safe N Sound Swimming Facebook page and Bellevue Aquatic Center Facebook page

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