Boston Kids' Swim Lessons Where Parents Don't Need to Get in the Pool

Swim lessons for babies and toddlers where parents stay on the sidelines.
Photo courtesy of Goldfish Swim School

There are plenty of places that offer parent-child swim lessons for babies and toddlers in Boston, but that format doesn't work for all families. In some cases, parents aren't keen on the idea of getting in the pool themselves; in others, kids respond better to instructors when parents aren't around. Fewer places offer lessons for under-3-year-olds without a caregiver in the pool to participate, but many that do are highly rated by parents. Here are a few places to choose from if you'd prefer to stay dry while your little one takes the plunge.

Infant Swimming Resource’s Self-Rescue Program
Where: Norwood and Situate
Ages without a caregiver in pool: 6 months and up
Details: The Infant Swimming Resource’s Self-Rescue Program is somewhat controversial, but many parents swear by the method. In these short, frequent lessons, babies and toddlers are taught to self-rescue if they fall in a body of water. They learn to flip onto their backs and wait for someone to save them. It may sound scary, but children pick it up quickly with one-on-one instruction as parents or caregivers watch from the pool deck.

Goldfish Swim School
Where: Braintree, Brookline, Burlington, Marlborough, Milford, Needham, Norwood, Rockland, Westford
Ages without a caregiver in pool: 24 months and up
Details: The Mini 3 and 4 swim lessons at Goldfish Swim School are specially designed with 2- and 3-year-olds in mind. With only three children per class, each student gets a lot of attention from the instructor so they can learn basic swim and safety skills. No prior swim experience is required for this gentle introduction to the water.

Little Flippers Swim School
Where: Winchester and Natick
Ages without a caregiver in pool: 24 months and up
Details: There are two programs available at Little Flippers for 2- and 3-year-olds who are ready to be in the pool without their parents: Swim Stars Transitional and Swim Stars Prep. Both classes emphasize making progress on skills like breath control, independent swimming, and floating. As children advance, they continue to learn important water safety lessons alongside swimming skills.


Kids can gain confidence on kickboards. Photo by Scott & Elaine van der Chijs/CC BY 2.0

British Swim School
Where: Bedford and Stoneham
Ages without a caregiver in pool: 18 months and up
Details: Children from 18 to 36 months old can participate in the Seahorse classes at the British Swim School. With a maximum of four kids per class, the instructor has plenty of time to work individually with each student to teach skills like back floating, rolling over, pushing off from the wall, and independence from parents. Parents sit on the pool deck to participate in the lesson but do not have to enter the water.

Aquamobile Swim School
Where: Anywhere you have access to a pool, including at your home
Ages without a caregiver in pool: 3 months and up
Details: If you have a pool or have access to a pool, you can hire Aquamobile to come to you for swimming lessons. With one-on-one attention for students starting as young as three months old, babies and toddlers learn all sorts of swim and water safety skills. The lessons focus on getting kids comfortable in the pool while learning to float, submerge and enter and exit the water. 

Sunsational Swim School
Where: Anywhere you have access to a pool, including at your home
Ages without a caregiver in pool: 6 months and up
Details: Another option if you have access to a pool is Sunsational Swim School, which offers one-on-one lessons for babies and toddlers. Students learn water safety while building swim skills like holding their breath, floating and grabbing onto the wall. Sunsational focuses on making sure kids are safe in and around the water.

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Infant Swimming Resource
434 Providence Highway
02062 Norwood , MA 42° 11' 49.074" N, 71° 11' 3.3288" W
Massachusetts
Infant Swimming Resource
1004 Chief Justice Cushing Highway
02066 Scituate , MA 42° 13' 2.9892" N, 70° 47' 44.4084" W
Massachusetts
Goldfish Swim School
579 Granite St.
02184 Braintree , MA 42° 12' 39.9024" N, 71° 1' 16.5684" W
Massachusetts
Goldfish Swim School
20 Webster Place
02445 Brookline , MA 42° 20' 2.6016" N, 71° 7' 4.9512" W
Massachusetts
Goldfish Swim School
10 B St.
01803 Burlington , MA 42° 29' 52.5192" N, 71° 13' 26.5152" W
Massachusetts
Goldfish Swim School
43 Apex Drive
01752 Marlborough , MA
Phone: (484) 325-5511
42° 20' 17.538" N, 71° 35' 26.7864" W
Massachusetts
Goldfish Swim School
350 East Main St.
01757 Milford , MA 42° 9' 12.6216" N, 71° 29' 21.9552" W
Massachusetts
Goldfish Swim School
45 4th Ave.
02494 Needham , MA 42° 18' 3.0816" N, 71° 12' 47.5884" W
Massachusetts
Goldfish Swim School
128 Carnegie Row
02062 Norwood , MA 42° 10' 12.6012" N, 71° 11' 31.5672" W
Massachusetts
Goldfish Swim School
180 Weymouth St.
02370 Rockland , MA 42° 9' 33.9012" N, 70° 54' 34.3872" W
Massachusetts
Goldfish Swim School
3 Lyberty Way
01886 Westford , MA 42° 33' 35.4852" N, 71° 25' 32.2644" W
Massachusetts
Little Flippers Swim School
7 Strathmore Road
01760 Natick , MA 42° 17' 40.5492" N, 71° 23' 19.1508" W
Massachusetts
Little Flippers Swim School
29 East St.
01890 Winchester , MA 42° 28' 6.996" N, 71° 8' 9.7152" W
Massachusetts
British Swim School
121 Main St.
02180 Stoneham , MA 42° 29' 37.3056" N, 71° 6' 8.1" W
Massachusetts
British Swim School
44 Middlesex Turnpike
01730 Bedford , MA 42° 30' 31.986" N, 71° 14' 10.6224" W
Massachusetts