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Baker Aquatics
from 5 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Pamela F.
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I really enjoy my beginner adult swim lessons with Angela. She makes me feel very comfortable in the water and breaks everything down into manageable steps. I've tried to swim many times before. I think Angela has approach I need.

Soar to Success
from 4 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Betsy R.
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Soren is giving my 3 1/2 year old grandson private swimming lessons. We've been impressed with his approach with a pupil who is not afraid of water but stubborn with his reluctance to submerge his face. Soren is patient but not a pushover. We see progress with every lesson.

  • 36 years in business
Leila P.
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Luciana is deeply knowledgable and clear and concise in conveying knowledge to her students. She emphasizes proper alignment so as a student, I don't have to worry about hurting myself in poses, or even worse, developing a pose with poor alignment. I feel that Luciana teaches the whole practice to the whole person. She has a deep understanding of all aspects of yoga and teaches it all, not just the popular poses or practices. She is adept at working with limitations and helping students find a place that is accessible for them, as well as helping them move beyond their limitations to deepen their practice. I feel that she pays very close attention to each student's body and mind in the practice and adapts lessons to address each student's individual needs.

Angela's Swim Lessons
from 2 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Sawan P.
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We have had a fantastic experience with Angela. Angela has deep experience and a warm mannered approach to make you feel comfortable. I communicated with her mostly via text and booked my sessions easily.She explains the reasoning behind each gesture and positioning, and then breaks down the movements into isolated exercises so that you can really get the feel and gain muscle memory before putting it all together. My wife had no experience with swimming and I knew a little bit. Angela managed it exceptionally well to train both of us. In few sessions we were able to do freestyle and other strokes. I would highly recommend Angela for swimming lessons.

Mt Park HOA
from 1 review
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Audrey N.
Verified review

Private swim lesson. Great instructor. Made my son feel very comfortable in the water


With 5 years of teaching experience, ranging from babies all the way to adults, you can trust that you will receive the best lesson and technique around.


I have been competitively swimming year-round in a club swim team for 5 years now and would like to offer the knowledge I have gained to the surrounding community.

  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack

I teach all levels of American Red Cross Lifeguarding and CPR for the Professional Rescuer. I have managed Aquatic facilities in Central texas for 10 years and am extremely experienced in aquatic environments. I have worked professionally as an American Red Cross (ARC) Water Safety Instructor and Special Olympics of Texas Aquatics Coach for over 8 years. I teach all aspects of swimming including diving, fitness training, and competitive coaching. I have worked with all ages but prefer adults and seniors. I have 4 years of experience coaching Special Olympics of Texas Aquatics and am apt to modify strokes to the individual I am working with. Like learning all new skills, consistent practice will be the key to your success. It will be important that we collaborate on a training schedule that helps you achieve your goals. Individuals MUST be prepared to practice independently if they desire rapid progress and comfort in aquatic environments. It is always a good practice to swim either with a friend or at a guarded facility. Cross training and learning all of the competitive strokes isn't always necessary. Don't waste your own time if that is not the kind of swimming that you want to learn. Even a few, short lessons can help lifetime swimmers refine their style to be more efficient and boost endurance.


I am a certified water safety instructor, which provides me the knowledge of water safety, all American Red Cross strokes, and methods on how to teach swimming.


We provide the following: * Basketball Lessons * Golf Lessons * Horseback Riding Lessons * Personal Training * Pilates Training * Surfing Lessons * Swimming Lessons * Tai Chi Lessons * Tennis Instruction * Yoga Lessons * Other Fitness Lessons


I am providing private swim instruction to all levels and ages of learners. I have over 30 years of experience. References are available.


Hello, my name is Zac. I teach beginner to intermediate guitar lessons, computer use lessons, and chainmail. Yes, it is like the armor.


I am a qualified American Red Cross water safety instructor with more than 10 years of experience. I teach all levels, from adults at beginning levels to stroke refinement for all ages. I can promise that after two sessions, you will be floating and treading the water.

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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