38 Places to Teach your Kids to Swim in Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia

38 Places to Teach your Kids to Swim in Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia

One of the 6245 pieces of parenting advice that Baby_divingmy mother told me that you probably heard too is that swim lessons at an early age is required. Failure to do swim lessons can clearly result in any number of horrible incidents and thus by taking swim lessons you avoid a good portion of them. While I now seriously call into question many of the statements my mother told me while growing up such as eating Halloween candy before bed will give me nightmares or eating my carrots will give me great eyesight, my mom and yours was right that swim education is very important. Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S. among kids under 5 and that it only takes 2 inches of water for a child to drown in. Now that you are as sufficiently freighted as I am and want to sign your tot up for swim classes as soon as humanly possible, we compiled a list of swim classes for kids, toddlers, and babies in Washington DC, Northern Virginia, and Maryland to help find the right class for you. Let us know if there are any additional classes we should add.

Wilson Aquatic CenterWilson
Information: The Wilson Aquatic Center is DC’s premier indoor aquatic facility. The center offers one large swimming pool 50 meters by 25 yards, one leisure pool, one whirlpool, men’s and women’s locker rooms, a viewing gallery, and much more. They have a number of different programs for toddlers and small children that introduces water safety and fun
Address: 1250 U Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009
Website: http://app.dpr.dc.gov/dprmap/details.asp?cid=3

Washington DC JCCJCC
Information: The Washington DC JCC offers swim classes and water safety training for kids ranging from 4 months to 5 years old depending upon skill and interest. Early swim education requires a caregiver to join the child in the water. The JCC also offers private swim classes for kids 3 years old and above.
Address: 1529 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036
Ages: 4 months+
Website: http://washingtondcjcc.org/sport-and-fitness/aquatics/

YMCA of Metropolitan WashingtonYMCA
Information: The YMCA stands out as one of the most popular places kids have learned to swim. Preschool swim lessons teach children valuable life skills, including personal safety, personal growth, stroke development, rescue, water sports, and games. YMCA swim lessons focus on positive values in a fun and caring atmosphere and Preschool swim lessons teach basic skills progressing through four levels. In addition to preschool swim, the YMCA offers great classes for getting your baby comfortable in the water (and you comfortable with taking them in).
Address: Multiple
Ages: 6 months +
Website: http://www.ymcadc.org/programs.cfm?core=04

Lowell SchoolLesson
Information: Whether you are part of the community of Lowell families or just a member of the community, the Lowell school welcomes all. Their staff of highly qualified lifeguards, swim instructors, and maintenance personnel make their program exceptional. Swim classes are small in size, setting the stage for maximum progress.
Address: 1640 Kalmia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20012
Ages: 6 months +
Website: http://www.Lowellschool.org

British Swim School- MarylandBritish Swim
Information: One of the largest swim programs in the DMV, the British Swim School rents out private pools (usually sports clubs or hotel pools) for its award winning lesson programs. Their classes range from introducing infants to the water to reduce fear, water survival, and having fun! With the exception of their infant class, all other classes for kids are limited to 4 students.
Locations in Maryland:
6711 Democracy Boulevard, Bethesda, MD, 20817
2500 Research Boulevard, Rockville, MD, 20850
16601 Roundabout Drive, Gaithersburg, MD, 20878
602 Quince Orchard Road, Gaithersburg, MD, 20878
324 Copley Place, Gaithersburg, MD, 20878
20025 Century Boulevard, Germantown, MD, 20874
20500 Seneca Meadows Parkway, Germantown, MD, 20874
11010 Veirs Mill Road, Wheaton, MD, 20902
8727 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD, 20910
Ages: 3 months +
Website: http://britishswimschool.com

Kennedy Shriver Aquatic CenterKennedy S
Information: Eunice Kennedy Shriver and Sargent Shriver Aquatic Center is conveniently located in North Bethesda near the White Flint Metro station and the 1-270 corridor. The Center provides a variety of recreational water activities for all ages. Their pool features include: an 8-lane L-shaped main pool, divided into two 25-meter swim areas, a warm water leisure pool, two separate hydrotherapy pools, a 10-meter diving platform an interior water slide, exercise room, locker and shower facilities, saunas, lighted outdoor jogging trail. We personally put our tot through swim classes here and were very impressed by the facility, staff, and cost!
Address: 5900 Executive Boulevard, N. Bethesda, MD
Ages: 3 months +
Website: http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec/thingstodo/aquatics/montgomery.html

Martin Luther King, Jr. Swim Center (Indoor Pool)MLK
Information: The Martin Luther King, Jr. Swim Center is located in the Colesville-White Oak area conveniently located near Rt. 29 and the Beltway. Our swim center includes an eight-lane 25-meter stretch pool with a movable bulkhead, allowing for a separate diving area, diving boards and a five-meter platform, a Teach Pool for children and a hydrotherapy pool. The facility promotes health and exercise opportunities, teaches life-time water skills, provides a social outlet for our customers and is completely handicapped accessible. The MLK Pool is fully programmed daily and on weekends. There are times available for lap swimming, recreational swimming, water fitness classes, swimming lessons, kayaking, lifeguard training, water safety and lifeguard instructor courses, CPR and much more!
Address: 1201 Jackson Road, Silver Spring, Maryland
Ages: 3 months +
Website: http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec/thingstodo/aquatics/martin.html

Martin Luther King, Jr. Outdoor PoolMLK Outdoor
Information: This facility features a six lane, 50-meter L-shaped Main Pool, with an eight lane, 25-meter course into the diving area, which offers one half-meter and one-meter boards. The separate Leisure Pool consists of a shallow water lagoon with slides and water play features, surrounded by a circular “Lazy River” for riding inner tubes with the current. A separate Tot Pool and lawn areas with shade structures.
Address: 1201 Jackson Road, Silver Spring, Maryland
Ages: 6 months+
Website: http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec/thingstodo/aquatics/outdoor.html

Piney Branch Public PoolPiney
Information: For more than 40 years, Piney Branch Pool in Takoma Park has served a diverse and intricate area of southern Montgomery County. The 25-yard indoor pool, which is attached to Piney Branch Elementary, is home for recreational swimmers, swim lessons, seniors, scuba lessons, kayak clubs, water fitness and high school swim teams. The facility averages around 1,600 visitors a month. The pool features six lanes at a depth of 3.5 to 10.5 meters, plus two slides and backstroke flags. The water temperature remains at 85 degrees. The pool is also available for private rental events. Piney Branch Pool is operated by the Adventist Community Services of Greater Washington in conjunction with Montgomery County Recreation.
Address: 7510 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park, Maryland
Ages: 6 months +
Website: http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec/thingstodo/aquatics/piney.html

Germantown Outdoor PoolGermantown
Information: Facilities include an eight lane, 25-meter Main Pool with one-meter and diving boards, a separate Leisure Pool featuring two water slides and two cross walk features, Tot Pool, snack bar, bathhouse, and lawn areas. For specific class information, please contact the pool or checkout the website.
Address: 18905 Kingsview Drive, Germantown, Maryland
Ages: 6 months +
Website: http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec/thingstodo/aquatics/outdoor.html

Long Branch Outdoor PoolLongbranch
Information: Includes a six lane, L-shaped 25-meter Main Pool, a Teach Pool, a Tot Pool, and a snack bar, bathhouse and lawn areas. For specific class information, please contact the pool or checkout the website.
Address: 8700 Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring, Maryland
Ages: 6 months +
Website: http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec/thingstodo/aquatics/outdoor.html

Upper County Outdoor Pool Swim Lesson 2
Information: This facility includes an eight lane, 25-meter Main Pool with two one-meter diving boards; a separate shallow water Leisure Pool with a water slide, Tot Pool, snack bar, bathhouse and lawn areas. For specific class information, please contact the pool or checkout the website.
Address: 8211 Emory Grove Road, Gaithersburg, Maryland
Ages: 6 months +
Website: http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec/thingstodo/aquatics/outdoor.html

Wheaton/Glenmont Outdoor PoolBabyswim
Information: Facilities include a six lane, 50-meter Main Pool and an eight lane, 25-meter swim course, with one-meter and half-meter diving boards. A separate shallow water Leisure Pool has fountains, sprays and kiddie slides. An Activity Pool has two flume slides and crosswalks. A Tot Pool, snack bar, bathhouse, and lawn areas are also provided. For specific class information, please contact the pool or checkout the website.
Address: 12621 Dalewood Drive, Wheaton, Maryland
Ages: 6 months +
Website: http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec/thingstodo/aquatics/outdoor.html

University of Maryland Eppley Recreation CenterU of MD
Information: The Eppley Rec Center at University of Maryland offers a wide range of Learn to Swim classes throughout the year. Classes are taught in a fun and friendly atmosphere at the state of the facility. Most kids and toddler classes last 40 minutes and focus on appropriate water skills and comfort based on the age of your child.
Address: 1115 Eppley Recreation Center, College Park, MD 20742
Ages: 6 months +
Website: http://www.crs.umd.edu

Quince Orchard Swim and Tennis Cluborchard
Information: Swim instruction is offered for all ages and abilities. Most of their swim lessons are held in the 2′ – 3′ deep area of the pool where students can easily stand. Students spend their class time in the water — not sitting on the side of the pool waiting for “their turn.” Parents can sit at the tables on the pool deck and watch their child’s swim lesson or they can sit upstairs in the lounge while their child is in class. Classes are broken up by age and ability. Their program has 5 levels–each level has specific skills students must accomplish before moving to the next level. Students also learn a Safety skills at every level. Most classes range from 4-6 students.
Address: 16601 Roundabout Drive, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878
Ages: 18 months +
Website: http://www.qostc.com/swim.htm

Tom Dolan Swim SchoolDolan
Information: Founded by Olympic Medalist Tom Dolan, this swim school provides kids with water-safety education, self-esteem and confidence in the water. Their programs are based on water comfort levels. Early classes focus on paying games, singing songs, and assisting kids with feeling safe and confident in the water. Class sizes for small children are capped at 7 children. To help promote the importance of starting your baby on the pathway to Swim Thru Life (their slogan), the Tom Dolan school offers their intro class to all 3-6 month old babies Free of Charge!
Address: 22000 Dulles Retail Plaza #104, Sterling, VA 20166
Ages: 3 months +
Website: http://tomdolanswimschool.com/

Yorktown Aquatics CenterYorktown
Information: The facility offers an 8-lane x 25 yards competition pool with a fully decoupled diving well, and a separate instructional pool. A wet classroom, available for pool party rentals. The facility also offers full locker rooms with individual showers as well as four separate and fully equipped family changing rooms, two of which are fully accessible. Community Swimming instruction such as group learn-to-swim, children and adult classes and adult and senior adult water fitness classes are offered by the Arlington Department of Parks & Recreation.
Address: 5200 Yorktown Blvd, Arlington, VA 22207
Ages: 3 months +
Website: https://parks.arlingtonva.us/sports-aquatics/

Wakefield Swimming Poolwake
Information: The facility contains two pools, a wet classroom and a large capacity spectator gallery. The facility is fully accessible and also offers 4 family changing rooms. Community Swimming instruction such as group learn-to-swim, children and adult classes and adult and senior adult water fitness classes are offered by the Arlington Department of Parks & Recreation.
Address: 1325 S. Dinwiddie Rd, Arlington, VA 22206, 703-228-2395
Ages: 3 months +
Website: https://parks.arlingtonva.us/sports-aquatics/

Washington-Lee Swimming Poolwl
Information: The W-L facility contains a 25 meter x 25 yard competition pool equipped with a moveable bulkhead dividing a semi-coupled diving area. The pool’s moveable bulkhead allows us to set up for Water Polo games and to separate the diving well and instructional areas from the lap lanes. There is also a separate instructional pool, kept at 83-85 degrees, a wet classroom, and a spectator area with capacity for 175 spectators overlooking the pools. The locker room facilities offer individual shower stalls and there are four family changing areas, two of which are fully equipped and handicap accessible. Community Swimming instruction such as group learn-to-swim, children and adult classes and adult and senior adult water fitness classes are offered by the Arlington Department of Parks & Recreation.
1301 N. Stafford Street, Door #7, Arlington, VA 22201
Ages: 3 months +
Website: https://parks.arlingtonva.us/sports-aquatics/

SwimKids Acquatics CentersSwimtots
Information: At Swimkids they offer classes 7 days a week at all times of the day to meet your family’s needs at one of their many locations in the DC Area. Many families go year round to allow their kids to advance their swimming, but they have a wide assortment of classes which we love at their indoor pool. Their children’s lessons programs, SwimTots and SwimKids, are kept very small, with classes no larger than 3-5 swimmers in a group class to an instructor. The program moves at your child’s pace; as soon as your child achieves the goals of the current level, he or she will advance immediately to the next level and pick a prize from the SwimKids Treasure Chest! Each level is broken down into easy to achieve skills so that your child will constantly be receiving positive reinforcement as they learn to swim.
Address (Woodbridge): 14531 Potomac Mills Rd, Woodbridge, VA 22192
Address (Leesburg): 681 Potomac Station Drive, Leesburg, VA 20176
Address (Leesburg #2): 1608 Village Market Blvd #115, Leesburg, VA 20175
Address (Fredericksburg): 212 Butler Road Fredericksburg, VA 22405
Ages: 2 months +
Website: http://www.swimkids.us/

British Swim SchoolBritish Swim
Information: One of the largest swim programs in the DMV, the British Swim School rents out private pools (usually sports clubs or hotel pools) for its award winning lesson programs. Their classes range from introducing infants to the water to reduce fear, water survival, and having fun! With the exception of their infant class, all other classes for kids are limited to 4 students.
Locations in Virginia:
6200 Little River Turnpike, Alexandria, VA, 22312
11220 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway, Fairfax, VA
1000 E Broad Street, Falls Church, VA, 22046
12300 Price Club Plaza, Fairfax, Virginia, 22030
2722 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA, 22180
13000 Sport and Health Dr, Woodbridge, VA, 22192
Ages: 3 months +
Website: http://britishswimschool.com

Potomac Swim SchoolPotomac
Information: At Potomac Swim School you will find a facility that was built for the sole purpose of teaching swim lessons. Potomac Swim School has warm water, 91 degrees and warm air, 93 degrees. The temperatures are conducive to young children learning to swim because they are extremely comfortable. Our shallow pool is perfect for children to learn to swim. It gives them enough depth that they cannot touch the bottom, which aids in learning to swim, but we do use platforms in the pool on which they can stand when needed. Swim lessons taught at an early age benefit children with safety, water comfort and the development of gross motor, emotional, intellectual, and socials skills. It is fun and easier to teach children at an early age how to swim before they develop fear or apprehension of the water. With a focus on beginner swimmers, PSS continues to work with children whose skills advance to the refinement of such strokes as freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly. Each class level is specifically designed to provide age-appropriate instruction.
Address: 21730 Red Rum Drive, Suite 107, Ashburn, VA 20147
Ages: 6 months +
Website: http://www.potomacswimschool.com