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Why are swimming lessons important?

Swimming lessons have major health and safety benefits, not to mention the fact that swimming is really fun. Here are some of the many reasons swimming lessons are important:

  • Life saving: Knowing how to swim can help you save your own life or the life of someone else. Prevent drowning by learning to swim.
  • Improved health in seniors: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that water-based exercise can decrease disability and maintain bone density in seniors.
  • Good mental health: Swimming can improve moods in both men and women, according to the CDC. Swimming can help with depression, can create bonds in families and can promote mental wellness in pregnant women.
  • Arthritis relief: Water-based exercise can ease joint and other physical pain in people suffering from arthritis, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Whole-body workout: Swimming works all your muscles — without the impact of a sport like running.
  • Water safety: It’s important for swimmers of all ages to learn about water safety. Swim lessons provide the proper pool and water etiquette to help keep everyone safe and having fun.  

At what age should you start swim lessons?

From 6 months to 96 years old, no one is too young or too old to benefit from swimming lessons. Once your baby is six months old, they are eligible to take “parent and me” swimming lessons from most swim schools. When babies are between six months and several years, you or another guardian must be with the baby throughout the entire lesson for safety reasons. Even if babies can’t walk, they quickly adapt to moving in water, so familiarizing them early means more fun for everyone and keeps them from being afraid of water later on. It also helps with water safety and drowning prevention. As for adults and seniors, it’s never too late to start swimming. Knowing how to swim can not only save your life, it provides an impact-free way to safely exercise and keep muscles and joints limber. Swimming can even help relieve pain from chronic diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most swimming schools offer group or private instruction, so if you’re shy about learning a new skill, you can do so one-on-one.

How much are swimming lessons?

Not only is swimming fun, but knowing how to swim can save your life by preventing drowning. The average national cost for swimming lessons ranges between $40 and $50. Swimming lessons can vary in price depending the type and length of lesson you select. Private swimming lessons, where you receive one-on-one coaching with a swim instructor, will cost more than group lessons. The longer the lesson, the more it will cost. Swimming lessons are available for people of all ages, so if you’re an adult just learning to swim there are beginners’ classes suitable for you. There are also advanced classes for adults who are training for races or want to hone their skills. Pricing can vary depending on where you live as well as the amenities offered by the pool. For example, a pool with private locker rooms and a hot tub may have higher rates than a basic swimming pool. Here are some examples of the average costs of adult swimming lessons:

  • Private lessons for adults:
    • 30-minute lesson: $35-$50.
    • 60-minute lesson: $55-$80.
  • Group lessons for adults:
    • Ongoing 60-minute lessons: $90-$110 per month.
    • 60-minute drop-in lesson: $25-$40 each.

How do you prepare for infant swimming lessons?

There are several steps you can take to prepare both yourself and your baby for the exciting adventure of infant swimming lessons. Start by introducing your baby to being in the water via the bathtub. There are no immunizations specific to swimming that your child needs before playing in a public pool, but do research to confirm the pool is well-maintained and has a clean bill of health. You’ll need the right swim gear; proper attire can include swim diapers and protective swim pants. Be prepared to check regularly and change soiled diapers as needed. The CDC warns against allowing your child in a public pool if they have any symptoms of diarrhea; swim diapers and swim pants can’t protect against transmission of germs in this case. For outdoor pools, apply water-resistant sunscreen to the delicate skin on your baby’s face and body approximately 30 minutes before pool time to prevent burns. For the health of your baby and other children, it’s important for your child to be in good health when attending swim lessons. If they have a cold or fever, it’s better to keep them home. Finally, be prepared to have fun.

How early can babies start swimming?

Most swimming instructors and swim schools offer infant swimming starting at six months. Although it is not formal swimming, the lessons familiarize your baby with moving in the water, and also teach you the basics of keeping your baby safe in the water. You or another guardian will stay with the baby in the water throughout the entire lesson.

The American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend formal swim instruction until one year old, but taking your infant to regular swim class can be fun, safe and helpful for developing baby’s coordination and awareness of water. Experts urge parents not to become overconfident in their children’s water skills. Keep in mind that most children aren’t really able to swim on their own until they’re at least four years old. Even if they’ve had swim lessons, always watch younger children when they’re in the water and be ready to react in case of an emergency.

How much are swimming lessons for babies?

Swimming lessons for babies and young toddlers will vary in price depending on where you live, whether you pay a monthly or a drop-in rate, how long the lesson is, and whether it is group instruction or a private lesson. Many swim schools start providing lessons to babies starting at six months of age and older, although there are some locations that have infant classes for two- to five-month-olds. Swimming lessons for babies are typically less expensive than swimming lessons for adults. Learning to swim takes practice and repeat exposure, so many schools offer monthly tuition, which allows your child to attend at least one group class per week. Higher tuition can be paid for unlimited monthly group classes. An average price range for monthly group swimming lessons for babies may be between $50 and $95, depending on rates in your region and how often your child attends. Average drop-in fees for infant group swimming lessons can range between $15 and $25, depending on the school. Average drop-in fees for private instruction may range between $30 and $60. Average monthly tuition for private instruction could range from $150 to $250 or more, depending on the swimming school. Most swimming lessons for young children and infants are 30 minutes long.

Reviews for San Diego swim instructors
Amrita R.
Chris is very patient with kids, knowledgeable. Easily connected with 3 kids of different age so that it was kind of fun and enjoyable swimming lesson. Glad to have him as a swimming instructor.
Bianca U.
We’re on our second week of swim lessons for my nephew (12) and my daughter (1), and Corine has been fantastic. My nephew, who has ADHD, wasn’t comfortable putting his face in the water and really has trouble following instructions has found her to be very easy to communicate with and follow. He get excited to show off his skills and to show up for swim lesson. He is doing amazing. My daughter has already started to swim underwater and she love to give Corine high fives! We are so pleased! She is patient, nice, and above all flexible with each child’s needs!
Adult/older children swim lessonsAdult/older children swim lessons
Lena C.
Amanda is a great instructor. I just started swimming last September and want to fine tune my freestyle and backstroke and learn breaststroke and butterfly. Looking forward to more lessons. Would recommend Amanda for adults.
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Kristine S.
Kris is very easy going and easy to work with. He is very enthusiastic about swimming and enjoys being in the water. This enthusiasm is contagious. You can tell he loves teaching and is very interested in creating a safe learning environment. My daughter is 2 1/2 yrs old and was shy at first when she met Kris, but by the end of the lesson she felt safe and was very excited to swim with Kris and do the "tiger crawl". I would highly recommend Kris as a swim instructor.
Darlene A.
Kris successfully changed my fear of water to one of eagerness. He taught me to tread water on the first lesson and I have hopefully been improving every since. I intend to continue until I'm comfortable swimming in the ocean.
Jurgen S.
Corine has been absolutely fantastic teaching my 7 and 10 year old kids how to do freestyle, breast stroke and other swim moves. The kids love the lessons with her and love to practice their newly gained skills when she is not around.
Adult/older children swim lessonsAdult/older children swim lessons
Thumbtack Customer
Shelby has been professional from the very start. My 2 1/2 year old took to her right away which was a blessing after a disasterous first swim lesson with another instructor. She reads him well and challenges him just the right amount without scaring him. After his first lesson, he told me his favorite part of the day was the pool with Teacher Shelby.
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Betsy E.
Lucas was perfect for my five year old grandson and two and a half y/o granddtr. He knew how to skillfully push while kindly knowing to change task if child became overwhelmed. He provided enthusiastic praise. The kids looked forward to the lessons while originally being reluctant. Grandson was swimming after 3 lessons! Granddtr diving down to retrieve fish on pool bottom! I can HIGHLY recommend!
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