18 Places to Take Parent-Child Swim Classes in Boston

Photo courtesy of Goldfish Swim School
Photo courtesy of Goldfish Swim School

Swimming ability and water safety are so important for little ones, but it can be difficult to imagine letting your baby or toddler plunge into the pool without you. Luckily, you don’t have to because there are a plethora of places in or near Boston that offer parent-child swim lessons so you can get in the water together. If you’re looking for other ways to be active with your child, check out our post on yoga classes for Boston moms and babies.

Boston Athletic Club
Ages: 6 months to 3 years
The Boston Athletic Club offers a weekly family swim session where parents and their children can get in the water together to learn basic water safety and swim techniques. Classes are open to members and nonmembers.

Boston Sports Clubs
Ages: 6 months to 3+ years
Three levels of parent-child swim lessons are offered at Boston Sports Clubs: Water Babies (6-18 months), Water Tots (18-36 months) and Tadpoles (36 months). The classes use games, songs and other activities like bubble blowing and floating to safely teach swim skills. Classes vary by location, so check with your local BSC for the full schedule.

Boys & Girls Club of Woburn
Ages: 6 months to 4 years
The Boys & Girls Club of Woburn offers a class that allows parents and kids to get in the water together to learn basic skills like blowing bubbles and kicking their feet. The lessons focus on getting the children comfortable in the water through fun and games. 

Brookline Recreation
Ages: 6 months to 5 years
Parents and children can take swim classes at the Brookline Recreation’s Kirrane Aquatics Center. These lessons focus on helping parents acclimate children to the water safely and lay the foundations for learning how to swim.

Charles River Aquatics
Ages: 6 months to 3 years
The Tiny Tots class at Charles River Aquatics in Boston is designed to help parents and babies get comfortable in the water through music and movement. Participants will learn water safety and swimming precursor skills.

Dedham Health & Athletic Complex
Ages: 6 months to 2.5 years
The Waterbabies class at Dedham Health & Athletic Complex has parents and babies in the water together learning swimming skills through interactive water play. The lessons are designed to make getting into the water a positive experience.

Goldfish Swim School
Ages: 4 months to 35 months
Parents and children can get in the water together in two of Goldfish Swim School’s classes. The lessons provide a gentle introduction to the water, teach basic swim and safety skills and are a great way for parents and babies to bond. There are four Boston-area Goldfish locations: Braintree, Burlington, Needham, and Westford.

Image courtesy of Goldfish Swim School

Jewish Community Centers 
Ages: Varies by location, but generally 6 months to 3 years
Both the Greater Boston and North Shore Jewish Community Centers offer swim lessons for parents and children. At the Greater Boston location, babies learn the SwimRight method and classes are great for parents who want to help introduce their kids to the water. At the North Shore center, lessons include song and dance.

Kennedy School
Ages: 18 months to 4 years
The Kennedy School in Somerville offers Waterbabies swim lessons for parents and kids to both residents and nonresidents. The thrice-weekly classes have parents in the water with babies learning basic swim and water skills.

Little Flippers Swim School
Ages: 3 months to 3 years
There are two locations, Natick and Winchester, at which to experience the Little Flippers Swim School’s parent-child classes. First Flippers is a free introduction to the water for infants 3 to 6 months old, while Little Flippers is for children ages 6 months to 3 years to gain swimming readiness through games, songs, and props.

Photo courtesy of Little Flippers Swim School

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ages: 6 months to 4 years
There are three parent-child swim lessons to choose from at MIT in Cambridge. Parent-Infant uses songs and games to build comfort while teaching water safety. Parent-Toddler focuses on building swimming readiness through fun activities. Parent-Beaver instills confidence and independence in children so they’re ready for swim classes without parents in the water with them.

Suburban Athletic
Ages: 6 months to 3 years
Head to Suburban Athletic in Framingham for its Goldfish parent-class swim class. The lessons aim to get parents and children comfortable in the water in a relaxed atmosphere and work on basic swimming skills.

Sunsational Swim School
Ages: Infants
Sunsational Swim School is a little different than the other parent-child swim lessons on the list. Instead of being at one location, Sunsational comes to you, either at your home pool or a nearby community pool. You can schedule private lessons or gather some friends for a group lesson.

The Salvation Army
Ages: 6 months to 3 years
The Salvation Army offers parent-child swim lessons at the Kroc Corps Community Center in Boston. The lessons focus on getting parents and babies comfortable in, on, and around the water through fun activities.

The Thoreau Club 
Ages: 6 months to 2 years
The Concord-based Thoreau Club offers parent-child musical play-based swim lessons called Polywogs. Children learn basic water skills in this class, which is currently only open to members. Other swim classes at The Thoreau Club are open to nonmembers, so check back for updated schedules.

Wellbridge Athletic Club
Ages: 6 months to 3 years
Wellbridge Athletic Club in Cambridge offers two options for parents who want to swim with their children: Best Start, and Best Start Graduates. The classes are designed to introduce children to the water in a safe and fun environment through song and instruction.

Ages: Varies by location, but mostly 6 months to 3 years
Whether you live in Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, North ShoreSouth Shore, or somewhere in between, there’s probably a YMCA near you that offers parent and child swim lessons. The classes let babies and adults experience everything from self-rescue techniques to playing in the pool.

Top image courtesy of Little Flippers Swim School

Places featured in this article:

Boys & Girls Club of Woburn

Charles River Aquatics

Dedham Health & Athletic Complex

Goldfish Swim School - Needham

Goldfish Swim School - Burlington

Goldfish Swim School - Westford

Goldfish Swim School - Braintree

Boston Jewish Community Center - Leventhal-Sidman JCC

North Shore Jewish Community Center

Little Flippers Swim School - Natick

Little Flippers Swim School - Winchester

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