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Swimming Lessons in Westchester

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Swimming Lessons in Westchester

Learning to swim is one of childhood’s most important challenges—and it isn’t exclusive to summer. While kids can certainly learn to swim at one of these incredible Westchester summer camps, they will greatly benefit from a year-round, indoor lesson taught by a professional. Westchester swimming lessons, either small group or private, keep children safe and help them master technique. Plus, they are fun, social and improve kids’ physical and mental health. Here is where you can find swimming lessons for kids in Westchester.

Goldfish Swim School, a chain of state-of-the-art swimming facilities, has a center in Yorktown Heights and one in New Rochelle — which opened last year. They teach small classes with a play-based curriculum for kids aged 4 months – 12 years old, from Jump Start Clinics to a competitive team called Swim Force. Goldfish’s pools are maintained at 90-degrees and parents can watch from comfortable viewing galleries equipped with free Wi-Fi and snacks.

JCC of Mid-Westchester in Scarsdale has year-round private and semi-private classes for kids 12 months-18 years old, which range from beginner to competitive. They are offered weekday afternoons and Saturday & Sunday from 11:30am-3pm. The Shames JCC on the Hudson in Tarrytown also offers swim lessons for kids 6 months to 12 years old. See their website for a class schedule or to inquire about private lessons.


Splash Buddies, located in Rye Brook, provides individual 45-minute 1:1 private lessons in our beautiful outdoor pool, from July 5 – August 12, 2022. Lessons are available for both weekly and single-day sessions. Swim lessons for children with special needs available. Call Nadira Bryan for more details, 914.937.3800 x224, or email at [email protected]


SwimLabs in Elmsford gives innovative lessons in small, warm-water pools, with a 360-degree video feedback technology used by Olympic athletes. Lessons are for all ages and feature the most up-to-date swimming techniques to help students learn while prioritizing water safety. There are programs for kids with special needs, and free trial classes are available. 


Swim Tank, with two locations in Westchester (West Harrison and Mamaroneck), emphasizes the emotional and physical development of children (ages 4 months to 13 years) by breaking lessons down into small achievable milestones. Students are challenged individually, based on their own personal progress and goals, and then earn badges when they master a specific group of skills.  


The Boys and Girls Club of North Westchester in Mount Kisco offers affordable lessons five days a week for toddlers with parents, preschool-age kids and kids ages 5-17. The classes for older kids range from an intro class to one in stroke refinement. Registration for spring session (seven weeks) opens April 28.


Students are guaranteed to swim at the end of six weeks at Swimfinity in White Plains. The schedule is intense (private 10-minute lessons four days a week), but it works (or you continue for free.) And the instructors don’t just throw kids in the pool, either. They aim to make learning fun by teaching children to be independent, so they can feel comfortable and confident in water.


Aquabilities with Jennifer has several locations in Westchester and is opening a new center soon in White Plains. All-star swimmers teach weekly group classes for all ages and levels, plus private and semi-private lessons on demand. Their Aqua-Fast Track program uses personalized 15-minute lessons to help new swimmers acquire skills faster than group lessons. There’s also occupational therapy and competitive swim strategy classes. 


Members of the YWCA of White Plains, as well as the YMCA of Rye and the YMCA of New Rochelle, can enroll in swimming lessons for kids ages 6 months to 18 years old. Group classes are offered in a range of levels and include water safety instruction. Private lessons are also available. More advanced swimmers can sign up for lifeguard training and/or join the Y’s competitive swim team. 


If you are lucky enough to have your own pool, or want to team up with a friend who does, consider Sunsational Swim whose highly professional instructors (certified in CPR and First Aid) are mobile and flexible. Packages for kids 6 months and older are available in six, 12 or 18 lessons. 


You’ve heard it before: Drowning is the second most common cause of death among kids under the age of 14. And while that is a good reason to learn how to swim, these lessons are more than just precautionary. They are an opportunity to learn a new skill in a fun environment — and to get a jump start on the quickly approaching summer ahead.