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Fitness Garden
from 12 reviews
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Jayme B.
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Jayme, 24 Bartender Training since 3 months Goals: To improve muscle definition and overall tone through incorporating weight lifting into my cardio-dominated workout regime. Reason for starting/continuing: I was having a hard time staying motivated at the gym due to the fact that nearly all of my routines were cardio focused. I was ready to get off of the hamster wheel of treadmills and elliptical machines and work more technical and effective exercises into my routine. I realized quickly that my lack of experience and confidence in weight training was hindering my fitness goals. Once I started training with Drew at Fitness Garden, I became aware of the results I was capable of achieving through learning proper technique and dedicating myself to weight training workouts. I began to see changes in my muscle tone and overall personal confidence and energy within weeks of beginning my training. Such results have only further motivated me to continue training with Fitness Garden. Thoughts on Training Methods: I appreciate the expertise that Drew provides in terms of every exercise that he works into my sessions. His knowledge on technique and safety is extremely reassuring in instances of self doubt or physical capability. Drew is also very good at providing high intensity sessions; I always leave feeling accomplished. What do you like about Fitness Garden? I like the personal experience that is provided by Fitness Garden. There are an endless number of certified personal trainers, however, it is difficult to find one that understands your goals and has a passion for helping you achieve them. Drew is extremely attentive and helpful inside and outside of the gym. He is encouraging, compassionate, and flexible which are all attributes that I have failed to find in other gyms and trainers. Overall, working with Drew and observing his obvious ambition and enjoyment of fitness has further motivated my own fitness journey.

  • 19 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Gloria R.
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I've known Julie for years, and when I started looking for private swimming lessons for my son, who has autism, I went to her to get recommendations for where I should take him. She said that she was hoping to begin working with people with special needs, and asked if we'd like to try her out with our son. Well, we couldn't be happier with our son's progress. Because of his disabilities, it is a slow process, but Julie is eternally patient, and he continues to become more confident in the water every week. I am no longer a nervous wreck every time we're near a pool or lake. My son looks forward to her lessons every week, eagerly. One day he came home from school and wanted his iPad. The battery was dead and if you know any kids on the spectrum, you know this is a recipe for disaster. I told him that we needed to get ready for swimming lessons with Julie and immediately he lit up and forgot all about the iPad. He was goin' swimming with Julie!

Kicks N Flips Swim School
from 10 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Molly T.
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Best swim instruction in Minnesota! Kids as young as 3 years old learn to swim actual strokes! Much improvement from getting tied up in noodles and doggy paddling that we experienced at the Y. My 6 yo has been taking them for 3 years. She confidently swims the front crawl, backstroke, elementary backstroke and breaststroke!

Kimakazi Fitness
from 5 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Bryan G.
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4-years ago I asked Kim to teach me how to swim as I wanted to do a Sprint Triathlon. I could barely swim to the end of the pool. She told me to swim back to the other end the first day and I wanted to get out and walk back to the other end. From there, we did drills, worked on technique and most of all she worked on my confidence in the water. We did weekly training and I progressed. As we moved on she would get in the water with me to really see what I was doing to further improve my swim. October of 2016 I completed a full Ironman Triathlon. Completing the 2.4-miles swim portion was all possible due to her training. Kim brought me along slowly so I never had a setback or injury in my swim training. That was really important to me as I started to work with her when I was 49-years old. Great trainer, great positive attitude and as an experienced athlete she understands when to push you and when to back off to avoid injury.

Kicks N Flips Swim School
from 2 reviews
  • 22 years in business
Miryha M.
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This is our first experience with swimming lessons and it's been AMAZING! My 4 year old daughter wouldn't put her face in water. But on her first class she was going under and putting her face in. Since than every class she gets more confident and excited to try new skills. I would recommend this class if you want your child to learn to swim and have confidence in their abilities!

  • 15 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Michaëlle A.
Verified review

I love Griffin lol! He's such a great instructor and makes me feel comfortable in the pool. After a traumatic accident, I was terrified to go in the deep end or even attempt to swim across the pool. But that has changed a lot this past few weeks. It really helps that he is patient while providing constructive feedback on my form and speed. Thank you Griffin! :D

Jill M.
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Maria makes those she teaches feel very comfortable. She is knowledgeable, experienced, and cares deeply about making sure both children and adults are aware of how to be safe around the water.


I have been teaching swimming for over 30 years. I have worked with all ages and abilities. From as young as 6 month to 86 years old and from and infant to tri-athletes. As a mother of 4 children with Autism, I know how to work with children with special needs.


I teach swimming lessons to people of all ages. From simple water safety to competitive swimming, I can teach it all. Having me teach would be great because I have been teaching for 6 years at different places, so I know a great variety of how to teach and different skills to teach, along with the best ways to teach them.


I'm fun but productive

  • 4 years in business

I am a certified lifeguard with significant experience in teaching swim lessons. I am willing to teach any age/level.


I teach private adult and/or youth swim lessons, so they learn to balance in the water without exerting too much energy. Swimming is a lifelong skill which will give you peace of mind in the water. I also train triathlon for the swim portion of the race.

  • 14 years in business

Do you or your child need help learning to swim, or maybe you already swim but would like help perfecting your technique? My name is Traci, and I teach swim lessons to all ages in Brooklyn Park, MN. Swimming is an amazing sport and has always been a huge part of my life. I swam competitively from ages 8-18 and participated in many State and Zone meets for club teams. I also swam at the State meet in High School for Wayzata, and was captain of the Park Center Swim Team my senior year. I currently swim with I SWIM, a "Masters" swim club. I have done lessons for the past 11 years, and am now coaching for a swim club in Eden Prairie. I am a LVL 1 Certified Swim coach, and my CPR/AED and First Aid are up to date. I love helping people learn to feel comfortable in the water; whether it be for safety, or for sport. Please contact me if you are interested in either!


I work with people of all ages and abilities. My top priority is safety and making sure that being around the water is fun.


My personal work really reflects my personality. My work for clients truly represents the branding they want to showcase. I am very passionate about diving in head first into a company and learning everything about them so it makes the marketing a breeze!

  • 2 years in business

My passion for health and wellness drive me. My own personal experiences with athletics, weight loss, pregnancy, cancer among other things drove me to teach swimming and physical training. I have been teaching swimming for 20 years and have been fitness training individuals and groups for more than 10 years. With experience as an EMT and as a lifeguard, I provide safe, professional service. My training is for those who might want to lose weight, increase strength and balance, post-operative, during or after chemotherapy, during and after pregnancy, sports specific and other areas. My clients for swimming have ranged from 6 months of age to 80+ years of age and fitness training 6th graders to 95 years of age.

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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.

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.  

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.

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