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Swimming with Sharkey
from 10 reviews
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Kim B.
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My husband and I have been taking water aerobic classes with Ms Sharkey for about a year or so and love them. She is very knowledable of how to exercise safely and to really see results. She has also taught swim lessons to our 3 and 4 year old grandchildren with awesome results. They love working with her. I would highly recommend her for any aquatic needs.

Alex's Swim Lessons
from 9 reviews
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Sherry R.
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I could not believe the professionalism of Alex's swimming lesson company. She communicates so well with us regarding everything. If rain is coming she texts us to let us know she may need to cancel if there is lightening! Wow!! I tell you, she's amazing!! we give her 6 out of 5 stars!

  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Bota S.
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She is very responsible and easy going. I would recommend her as a swim instructor.

Dwayne Spires
from 1 review
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
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Dwayne demonstrated good knowledge of teaching swimming. He was punctual and communicated well.

Agness Walker
from 1 review
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Rose J.
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We love her and trust her giving our children swim lessons.


I have been giving swim lessons for the past couple of years. Prices vary on location, length of lesson and amount of children per lesson. I have been swimming in a competitive team since I was 7, and I love to help kids find their love for swimming just like I did!

  • 3 years in business

I have been teaching swim lessons for 4 years. I was a competitive swimmer for 6 years. I work as a lifeguard at an aquatic center so I am always around water. I fell accomplished when I can teach a child to swim. Learning to swim is an important skill.


I teach any level of swimmer. I have been teaching children and adult lessons for 5 years. I also have taught water aerobics. With me, it will be fun and personal learning experience. We will set goals at the beginning, and by the end, you will have far surpassed those goals.


I have an extensive swimming background. I have been swimming since I was old enough to be in a pool and have been competing for 15 years, including varsity swim team and coaching high school swim team and summer leagues. I am currently a master swimmer. I have been teaching students anywhere from 1 year to 86 years of age. I have been CPR certified several times and lifeguard certified.


I am a former dancer and dance teacher, and a current high school diving coach. I was also a swimming lesson instructor for ages of 12-17. I will focus on you or your child's specific needs and teach in a way that works best for you!


I love working with children of all ages! I've been teaching kids how to swim for 5 years now, and I plan to major in early childhood education at the University of Kansas in the fall. Swimming is such an important skill and also a vital one when it comes to staying safe. I aim to make sure your children feel safe and comfortable in the water while also improving their abilities to the point that they can swim longer distances, do different strokes, and improve their underwater abilities.


I offer private swimming lessons for all ages. However, babies must at least be 6 months old. I have 25 years of experience. I will be hands-on in the available water instruction.


I've been playing the guitar for 18 years and spent the last 5 years playing in touring bands. I am great with kids and have excellent patience to teach. I help my 10-year-old niece with her homework all the time. She actually prefers me over her parents because I can show her in a way she can understand it. I have also been an avid swimmer all of my life and could easily teach any child how to do it. The neighborhood kids all know me as Uncle Mike, so when I go to our pool, I never get a moment alone.


Hi! My name is Emma, and I teach swim lessons all over the metro area. I have an extensive background in not only swimming but also in teaching, coaching and working with children and teenagers. I swam competitively for over 10 years for the Kansas City Blazers and also for the Lee's Summit North High School Varsity Swim Team. I have taught swim lessons for 7 years. I have taught for a variety of ages. I was the swim lesson coordinator for Lee's Summit Parks and Recreation, Summit Waves water park, Adventure Oasis water park, and The Springs water park. I just finished course work at Drury University where I majored in music therapy. My passion is working with children with developmental disabilities and love teaching lessons to these kiddos. I would love to teach to all ages and ability levels.


I teach swim lessons for children of all ages! My overall goal is to teach everyone how fun swimming can be. I have swam my entire life and have been teaching and coaching for close to 5 years now. Also I am certified with the American Red Cross in FirstAid/CPR/AED, Lifeguarding, and as a Water Safety Instructor.


I am a swim coach to all ages to support strong swim skills. I teach breaststroke, freestyle, backstroke, and butterfly.


I will be a certified personal trainer soon. I am well-versed in basketball, tennis and swimming. I am a certified lifeguard.

Q & A

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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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