Don’t let summer sneak up on you without getting your little guppies back in the swim of things with a couple of lessons. Whether you want to ease them in with warm, indoor pools or dive right in when the season starts at an outdoor oasis, you have plenty of locations, class configurations and price points to choose from. We’ve rounded up 7 swim schools to check out so that your kiddos can safely make a splash this summer.
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Swim Atlanta specializes in developmental swimming lessons tailored to the needs of each child at the newly renovated Piedmont Park Aquatic Center. After the lesson—they offer group, private, and semi-privates—reward them with some fun in the sun in the pool’s current channel and zero-entry that’s perfect for sea pups. If you’re looking for warmer waters for first time swimmers, you can also sign up for a Swim Atlanta class in seven other locations that boast 90-degree teaching pools, seven days a week.
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Swim with a Purpose
With lessons developed by former NCAA Division All-American collegiate swim team members, Swim With a Purpose instructors mean business. Look for year round private and group lessons at Highland Athletic Club (261 Parkway Dr. NE), and every summer at Glenwood Park (943 N. Ormewood Park Dr. SE), Ebster Pool in Decatur ( 440 W. Trinity Pl.), and Garden Hills (335 Pine Tree Dr. NE). But just because Swim with a Purpose takes the task of training new swimmers seriously, don’t be intimidated. They offer plenty of Mommy & Me classes as well as SWAP CARES classes—designed for kids and adults with a range of challenges.
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Atlanta Swim School
Sign up for one of the Atlanta Swim School’s five-week sessions in the evenings during summer at the Grant Park Pool (840 Cherokee Ave.), and at Washington Park Pool (102 Ollie St., N.W.) year round. From first timers to advanced swimmers who need a little extra stroke work, Atlanta Swim School has a class for everyone. Founded by Sabir Muhammad, 10 time American Swimming Record Holder and NCAA Champion at Stanford University, it’s no surprise that they even offer specialized lessons for swimmers training for a triathlon.
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Chastian Park Athletic Club
Perfect for a pre-summer pick me up, the swim lesson packages offered by the Chastain Park Athletic Club at Chastain Park Pool (235 West Wieuca Rd. NW) are available in packages of 3, 6, or 9 lessons—regardless of whether you’re little is learning how to swim, in need of a stroke clinic, or just in need of a little guided encouragement before taking the plunge this summer. The best perk of all for those swimming at the Chastain Park Pool this summer? The proximity to the newly renovated playground, just down the road—the perfect place to dry off before jumping in the car at the end of a fun day a the pool! And be sure to ask about the summer swim team the Tidal Waves for kids ages 5 and up who are looking to perfect their flip turns at inter-city meets.
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Eagle Community Swimming
Eagle Community Swimming’s roster of instructors is packed with Emory swimming and diving coaches and student-athletes, and summer group swim lessons are available at the outdoor pool only on the Clairmont Campus’ Student Activity & Academic Center (SAAC) (1946 Starvine Way). Lessons range from infants to advanced swimmers, and are offered in the afternoons and early evenings. Private lessons are offered year-round for both children and adults, and can be taught at either the SAAC facility or at the indoor Woodruff PE Center (26 Eagle Row) pool on the Emory main campus.
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In addition to their commitment to making swimming fun for learners, Swimmerman offers indoor heated pools (helps make it fun for sure on those chilly mornings), multiple class configurations, and an added bonus of practice sessions for all swimmers enrolled in lessons. They are welcome to swim in any of the open practice sessions outside of regular swim lessons (parents of swimmers under 16 are required to join students in the water) at their three locations in Atlanta—Midtown (553-2 Amsterdam Ave.), Smyrna (1318 Concord Rd. SE), and Jonesboro (9144 Sioux Ct.).
Midtown: 678-515-3793, Smyrna: 770-434-6914, Jonesboro: 770-210-0136
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If you’re looking to stay indoors, Atlanta area YMCAs offer group and private swim lessons as an affordable option with several facilities to choose from. One of the more popular locations that has indoor lesson facilities is the Carl E. Sanders Family YMCA (1160 Moores Mill Rd.). You don’t have to be a member to sign up for lessons—you’ll just be issued a program card that will grant you access for up to 20 minutes prior to the class start time. But if you are a member of the Y, a visit to the Carl Sanders—with its epic swirly slide, water feature loaded, zero-entry outdoor pool post-lesson will guarantee you’ll never have to ask them twice to find their goggles. Plus, they’ve just opened a brand new outdoor playground near the pool, just in case you need a little extra bargaining.
Where do you take your guppies for lessons? Tell us in the comments section below!
—Phebe Wahl & Shelley Massey