Swimming Lessons in Atlanta for Kids and Babies
Few things are as empowering for a child as learning how to swim. Even in these challeging times, families in Atlanta have a number of options to acclimate their children to the water, including individual lessons, home-based instruction, budget-friendly group lessons, and more.
We’ve rounded up 10 learn-to-swim options that are sure to inspire your son or daughter without denting your wallet too badly. Some of these are in Atlanta itself, some are in the suburbs. Either way, your child will emerge from these classes confident enough to dive right in once the swimming season begins.
Many of these classes can introduce your child to the water when he or she is less than a year old. But be advised, children who are not potty-trained will almost always be required to wear swim diapers. Prices listed are as of February 2021.
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Be advised: Many of the pools on this list have adapted coronavirus protocols that include reduced capacity, social distancing, masking, and restricted access to locker rooms. Check venue websites or call before committing to a lesson series. Keep your family and others safe by wearing masks and maintaining social distancing measures. If a class appears too crowded, try using the “nearby” search feature on our event calendar to find other exciting options. Note: Photos in this post are from prior to the pandemic.
Swimming Lessons for Kids in the Atlanta Area
Private and group lessons are held at the Piedmont Atlanta Fitness Center on Peachtree Road. Lessons begin at 6 months and continue past 6 years old. All instructors are Red Cross certified. Beginning at the “tadpole” level, toddlers develop a comfort level in the water with a parent. Ultimately, children graduate to the “shark” level, where they can try out for the swim team. Group lessons begin at $30 per session; private lessons start at $45 per swimmer.
AquatiKids Atlanta offers lessons for children beginning at 6 months of age. Classes begin at $100 per lesson for a six-week series after an $85 registration fee. A la carte reinforcement lessons are available, too. Lessons are held year round at its Ridgemore Road facility in a heated pool that is enclosed in winter.
The city maintains four indoor swim instruction centers: the C.T. Martin Natatorium in the Southwest, Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation and Aquatic Center and Rosel Fann Natatorium in the Southeast, and Washington Park Natatorium in the Northwest. Group lessons are available for children younger than 13, beginning with Aqua Tot classes (parents in the pool) through beginners and into more experienced levels. Swimmers receive one-on-one instruction from the city’s certified instructors. Classes average $65 per series; nonresident tuition is higher.
Stone Mountain and elsewhere
Group, private, and semi-private lessons are available at a number of pools across the county. See the website to pick a pool and schedule suitable for your child. Families can also enjoy water exercise and lifeguard training classes and other aquatic activities. Note: Some pools, including Best Friend Park, Dacula and Lenora parks, and Rhodes Jordan Park are open seasonally only. Classes begin at age 6 months with water orientation classes; children who are not potty-trained must wear swim diapers. A series of lessons ranges from $51 to $76 for county residents; nonresidents tuition is higher.
Marcus JCC Atlanta welcomes swimmers of all ages and abilities.
Private and small-group lessons are available here for children of all ages and all ability levels, including toddlers. Emphasis is placed on skills development while helping novice swimmers feel more confident in the water. Instructors follow American Red Cross teaching methods. Families must either be JCC members or purchase a swim lesson membership for $130, which is separate from the cost of swim lessons. Group lessons are $20 per child per session with a series of 10 lessons discounted to $170.
This diving and swim company offers monthly swim lessons Tuesday through Saturdays at its Holcomb Bridge Road location. Classes are either 30 minutes or 45 minutes per session and series of lessons are offered during school break periods. Private lessons begin at $144 and group lessons are available. Discounted tuition is offered at some midweek time periods.
With Sunsational, kids don’t go to the instructor, the instructor comes to them. Sunsational instructors travel to your pool for kids as young as 3 years old. Instruction comes with a “learn to swim” guarantee, where children who are unable to complete all lesson tasks are allowed to continue until they are, up to a maximum of four additional sessions. Each student receives a personalized lesson plan, and classes can be scheduled in half-hour or hourlong increments. Sessions can be booked in six-, 12-, or 18-lesson packages. Don’t have a pool? Sunsational instructors will meet you at one of their approved pools for an additional fee per session.
Atlanta, Cumming, Dacula, in Lawrencville, Suwanee
Lessons at these facilities are designed to make children lifelong fans of the water. SwimAtlanta says it taught 10,000 students in 2019 alone and many of its students join competitive swim teams. Private, semi-private, and small-group lessons are available and instructors are available seven days a week. SwimAtlanta’s city facility is at Georgia Tech.
Class sizes are small at Swimmerman Swim School.
Kids small-group classes here begin as early 3 months of age (Baby and Me) and continue through age 12. Class sizes are small, sometimes as few as two students at the introductory level, and gradually grow as kids become more experienced. Classes are 25-50 minutes long and more experienced kids can qualify for the club’s swim team. Lessons are available for adults and children with special needs. Classes begin at $20 per session. The Stockbridge location is new in 2021.
Multiple locations in the city and suburbs
The YMCA is the leading child’s swim educator in the country. Multiweek classes are held in several age categories and in several ability levels. With more than 20 facilities across the Atlanta metro area, chances are you will find a class appropriate for your child. Classes begin at 6 months of age with parent-assisted water acclimation classes and progress to more advanced instruction. Sessions are reasonably priced at less than $100 for YMCA of Atlanta members; nonmembers do pay more. Hint: Lessons are often cheaper for Y members at their home facilities.
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