Indoor Swimming Lessons for Long Island Kids

Goldfish Swim Schools in Garden City and Farmingdale offer programs for children as young as 4 months.
Mommy and Me and Kids Swim Lessons and Classes in Long Island, New York, 2018

Long Islanders often boast of long weekends at our family-friendly beaches and our opportunities for indoor aquatic activities. With proper swim instruction, children can be safe and have fun around our many waterways. From private swim classes to community pools, there are plenty of instruction destinations from which to choose. The great thing about these pools is when summer is gone, kids can continue classes and add to their skills. There are schools for those as young as 6 months, continuing through lifeguard training. 

In addition, Long Island has well-maintained outdoor pools for long days of family fun, including these on the East End. For even more outdoor adventures, see our guide to Long Island's best parks and playgrounds and our guide to LI's best amusement and water parks.


This popular franchise offers baby-and-me classes starting at 2 months of age, and small-group classes are available for kids ages 4 years and older. Individual lessons are available. Saf-T-Swim boasts pools heated to 88 degrees, and classes are available year-round. Check its website for locations and special pricing and coupons.

YMCA of Long Island
The YMCA has seven locations on Long Island, six in Suffolk County, one—Glen Cove—in Nassau. All offer swim lessons for kids of all ability levels, following the instruction template of the national organization. The YMCA is the leading provider of swim instruction in the nation. Instruction is available privately or in group sessions for those between the ages of 6 months and 13 years. Special-needs children are also accommodated. YMCA members receive discounted lessons fees. The Y's Suffolk County locations are in Bay Shore (two), East Hampton, Holbrook, Huntington, and Patchogue. 


Goldfish Swim School's Jump Start program gets kids water ready in a hurry.

Goldfish Swim School — Garden City, Farmingdale 
This facility opened in spring 2017. It offers swim programs for children from 4 months to 12 years of age. Offerings include Jump Start clinics—daily classes designed to get kids water-ready in a short amount of time. Family Swim Night offers open swim on Friday nights in which the whole family can participate. Advanced swimmers can join the Swim Force competitive team.

Hofstra University — Hempstead
Hofstra University’s Saturday Classes for Young People program offers swim lessons year-round for kids from beginner to advanced levels. For beginners, classes are held in groups of two or three children per instructor, while more advanced swimmers can start lifeguard training or join the Hofstra Junior Swim Club. Children must be at least 4 years old at the start of the session. There is a $25 early-registration discount if you sign up at least one week prior to the start of classes.

Long Island Swim School — Garden City, Syosset
As the swim school branch of the elite Long Island Aquatic Club, the school's goal is to create strong, safe, and confident swimmers for life. Kids ages 2-10 learn safety skills and swimming strokes in small classes of 3-5 children per instructor. Private lessons are available. Spring and summer sessions are available.

Nassau County Aquatic Center — East Meadow
The aquatic center in Eisenhower Park offers American Red Cross-certified swim lessons year-round for children ages 6 months through teens. Lessons are offered to Nassau County residents with a Leisure Pass only.

Swim and Scuba — Rockville Centre
Swim and Scuba offers baby-and-me, private, semi-private and small-group lessons for children 6 months and older. In addition, advanced students can take swim-team preparation classes to work on stroke efficiency and turns. Membership allows the family to swim year-round.


Introduce your child to the water at the School of Fish and Scuba.

School of Fish Swim and Scuba — Rocky Point
This school teaches swim classes to all ages. Children must be potty-trained (swim diapers are not permitted). All instructors are Red Cross water-safety-instructor certified, and swimming lessons are sold in packages of six half-hour private lessons.

Some other options

UrSwim — Huntington
UrSwim is a unique program based in Huntington. If you have a pool or access to a private pool you can schedule an instructor to come to you. Owner Marina Montes has developed a program for personal swim coaches to provide individual or group lessons from babies to adults. There are also options such as Rent-a-Lifeguard for private functions and American Red Cross training.

Southampton Youth Services — Southampton
Group, semi-private and individual lessons are available in the outdoor pool, just one part of this 55,000-square-foot recreation center located near the hamlet of North Sea. Classes are held Mondays-Thursdays for two consecutive weeks and children are grouped by age and ability levels. The remaining session for 2018 is scheduled for August 20-30. SYS members pay $100 per session; nonmembers pay $120. Classes are capped at five students; children must be potty-trained. Parents are urged to register at least one week before the start of their desired session as sessions sell out quickly.

A version of this article was originally published in September 2014. It was updated in August 2018.

Photos courtesy of the schools

Goldfish Swim School
650 Stewart Avenue
11530 Garden City , NY
Phone: 516- 267-5120
40° 43' 51.2076" N, 73° 36' 30.744" W
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Long Island Swim School
750F Stewart Avenue
11530 Garden City , NY
Phone: 516-378-8467
40° 43' 55.6248" N, 73° 36' 21.3264" W
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Long Island Swim School
​170 Michael Drive
11791 Syosset , NY
Phone: 516-378-8467
40° 48' 15.1704" N, 73° 31' 1.38" W
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Hofstra University
1000 Fulton Avenue
11549 Hempstead , NY
Phone: 516-463-7200
40° 42' 49.9896" N, 73° 36' 10.0404" W
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Swim and Scuba
490 Sunrise Highway
11570 Rockville Centre , NY
Phone: 516-872-4571
40° 39' 24.9804" N, 73° 38' 5.3952" W
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School of Fish and Swim Scuba
572 Route 25A
11778 Rocky Point , NY
Phone: 631-744-7707
40° 56' 47.8464" N, 72° 55' 39.2088" W
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315 Main St.
Huntington , NY
Phone: 11743
40° 52' 16.4172" N, 73° 25' 43.9536" W
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Saf-T-Swim Bellmore
2050 Bellmore Ave.
11710 Bellmore , NY
Phone: 516.557.2114
40° 40' 21.5832" N, 73° 31' 38.5176" W
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Saf-T-Swim East Meadow
625 Merrick Ave.
11554 East Meadow , NY
Phone: 516.538.6900
40° 42' 23.274" N, 73° 34' 8.58" W
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Saf-T-Swim Oceanside
3194 Lawson Blvd.
11572 Oceanside , NY
Phone: 516.442.2825
40° 37' 59.2932" N, 73° 39' 13.9824" W
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Saf-T-Swim Westbury
570 Main St.
11590 Westbury , NY
Phone: 516.876.0848
40° 45' 21.7584" N, 73° 33' 52.0128" W
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Saf-T-Swim Levittown
210 Gardiners Ave
11756 Levittown , NY
Phone: 516.597.5193
40° 43' 13.71" N, 73° 30' 58.6944" W
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Saf-T-Swim New Hyde Park
1 Jericho Turnpike
11040 New Hyde Park , NY
Phone: 516.519.8787
40° 43' 52.1328" N, 73° 41' 37.4784" W
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Saf-T-Swim Bohemia
3500 Veterans Memorial Hwy.
11716 Bohemia , NY
Phone: 631.580.2825
40° 47' 10.6044" N, 73° 7' 19.4664" W
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Saf-T-Swim Commack
6136 Jericho Tpke.
11725 Commack , NY
Phone: 631.462.9696
40° 50' 28.1292" N, 73° 18' 11.052" W
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Saf-T-Swim Coram
1850 Route 112
11727 Coram , NY
Phone: 631.736.6604
40° 53' 22.668" N, 73° 0' 54.7452" W
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Saf-T-Swim Deer Park
1015 Grand Blvd.
11729 Deer Park , NY
Phone: 631.254.4025
40° 45' 40.4388" N, 73° 17' 47.688" W
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Saf-T-Swim Riverhead
150-154 Kroemer Ave.
11901 Riverhead , NY
Phone: 631.727.5458
40° 55' 16.2084" N, 72° 42' 25.668" W
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Saf-T-Swim Smithtown
7 Browns Road Nesconset
11767 Nesconset , NY
Phone: 631.406.7316
40° 51' 32.7492" N, 73° 9' 16.2864" W
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YMCA Huntington
60 Main Street
11743 Huntington , NY
Phone: 631.421.4242
40° 52' 27.0912" N, 73° 24' 59.5152" W
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YMCA Patchogue
255 West Main Street
11772 Patchogue , NY
Phone: 631.891.1800
40° 45' 59.6052" N, 73° 1' 23.1456" W
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YMCA Glen Cove
125 Dosoris Lane
11542 Glen Cove , NY
Phone: 516.671.8270
40° 52' 49.8648" N, 73° 37' 52.842" W
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Great South Bay YMCA
200 West Main St.
11706 Bay Shore , NY
Phone: 631.665.4255
40° 43' 6.9384" N, 73° 15' 9.4356" W
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YMCA East Hampton
2 Gingerbread Lane
11937 East Hampton , NY
Phone: 631.329.6884
40° 57' 46.2168" N, 72° 11' 33.702" W
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Southampton Youth Services
1370A Majors Path
11968 Southampton , NY
Phone: 631-287-1511
40° 55' 39" N, 72° 23' 51.9072" W
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