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Top 10 swimming classes in Santa Monica, CA

Students agree: these Santa Monica swimming lessons are highly rated for knowledge, experience, communication, and more.
Swim With Jen

Swim With Jen

2 hires on Lessons
Serves Santa Monica, CA
Julia B. says, "Patient, not pushy, had great strategies for kids and adults! Highly recommend her services. It was a class for my babies and she helped me learn how to jump in the pool without plugging my nose 😂" Read more
Coach Eugene's Swim Lessons

Coach Eugene's Swim Lessons

20+ years in business
Serves Santa Monica, CA
Stephanie Z. says, "I'm thrilled to share my fantastic experience with Eugene as my swimming instructor! His expertise, patience, and dedication were instrumental in helping me conquer my first triathlon. Eugene's personalized guidance and unwavering support made every training session enjoyable and productive. Thanks to his coaching, I not only improved my swimming skills but also gained the confidence to successfully complete the triathlon. Eugene's passion for teaching and his ability to inspire are truly commendable. I'm grateful for his guidance on this incredible journey and highly recommend him to anyone seeking a top-notch swimming instructor." Read more
Champion Gym Trainers Southern California

Champion Gym Trainers Southern California

22 hires on Lessons
8+ years in business
Serves Santa Monica, CA
Chris C. says, "Hired Champion Gym Trainers for swim lessons for my 3 kids ages 4, 6, and 9. Coach Amina came over to our apartment complex pool and helped my kids become floaty free for the summer! We are so happy with the results" Read more
Lilly's Blue Fin Aquatics

Lilly's Blue Fin Aquatics

New on Lessons
4+ years in business
Serves Santa Monica, CA
We exemplify patience, kindness, and understanding throughout each lesson. We incorporate games, rewards, and drills to create a fun learning environment.

Your Swimming Lessons questions, answered

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Lessons.

How much do swim classes cost near me?

Swim classes cost $40 to $80 per hour for private lessons or $100 to $160 per month for weekly classes with a small group of people. Fees increase for extended sessions longer than 1 hour and for teachers who were professional competitive swimmers.

What should you expect during a swim class?

During a swim class that's typically 30 to 60 minutes long, you should expect to learn:

  • Floating techniques
  • Breathing practices
  • Basic kicking styles
  • Treading water
  • Basic swimming strokes
  • Diving and underwater swimming techniques
  • Long-distance swimming methods
  • Rescue, CPR, and snorkel training for advanced lessons

What should I wear and bring to a swimming class?

Supplies to bring to a swimming class include:

  • Swimwear that fits properly
  • A swim diaper for children who aren't potty trained
  • Tote bag to keep your clothes dry and store your things
  • Flip-flops to keep your feet clean around the pool area
  • Sunscreen if the outdoor pool gets direct sunlight
  • Swimming cap and hair ties
  • Flotation devices
  • Toiletries for showering
  • Plastic water bottle
  • Towels
  • Goggles
  • Earplugs

Extra tips: The swimming pool may offer some of these items for free or at a fee. For girls learning to swim competitively, a 1-piece bathing suit is necessary.

How many swim classes do I need to learn swimming?

People without a fear of water need 15 to 20 hours of swim classes on average to learn swimming. Those who must also overcome their fears of drowning will need more time and practice to swim confidently.

What is a good age for a child to take swimming lessons?

A good age for a child to take swimming lessons is from 2 to 5 years old. After this age, the lungs of children are strong enough to hold their breath underwater long enough to swim.

Good to know: Introducing a child to the water at 1 year old helps them feel comfortable in a pool, although they won't be able to swim yet.

Are infant swim classes safe?

Closely supervised infant swim classes are typically safe for children from the age of 6 months onward. However, infant swim classes don't guarantee that a child will learn enough to stop themselves from drowning.

Note: Some doctors also caution that children prone to respiratory infections shouldn't swim in chlorinated pools until they are more than 2 years old.

Can I get swimming lessons as an adult?

You can get swimming lessons as an adult at most pools with private instructors. Call ahead to ask for the schedule of adult classes, age requirements, and a list of anything you should bring with you.

How do I find a good swimming class?

Use this checklist before booking classes at the local pool to find a good swimming class:

  • Compare class prices from 3+ teachers or pools near you.
  • Ask for proof of their water safety education, lifeguard training, and other related credentials.
  • Read their reviews on Lessons and Google.
  • Check that the swimming pool facility has liability insurance.
  • Keep a copy of the terms and conditions of the swimming lesson contract and refund policy.
  • Beware of the lowest prices that can indicate low-quality lessons.
  • Don't make a full season payment upfront for lessons unless you can get a partial refund later.

What questions do I ask a swim class instructor?

  • How long have you been teaching people to swim?
  • What’s the minimum amount of experience required for a teacher?
  • Can students warm up in the pool before classes begin?
  • Is swimming practice time at the pool outside of lessons included in this price?
  • Will I get a locker to store my things in during class?
  • Do you offer discounts for families?
  • How long does it typically take to teach a child to swim?
  • What should I work on to swim better?
  • Which exercises should students practice at home that help to learn swimming faster?
  • Can you create a customized training plan for each student?
  • How do you describe your teaching style?
  • What do you do to help children overcome their fears of water?
  • Are goggles or swim caps required for all lessons?

Reviews for Santa Monica swimming classes

Recent success stories from people in the Santa Monica area.
Sarita P.
Outstanding Swim Teacher Who Turned My Fear Into Confidence! I am in my 40's and recently embarked on a journey to learn how to swim. Thanks to the phenomenal teaching of my swim instructor, Jennifer, I have made remarkable progress in just a few days. From the moment I stepped into the pool, Jennifer radiated patience and encouragement. Her teaching approach is simply exceptional. Jennifer breaks down each skill into manageable steps, ensuring I fully understand the technique before moving on. Her demonstrations are clear and precise, leaving no room for confusion. In just three days, I have acquired enough swimming skills to feel confident in my ability to save myself in the water. I am truly grateful for the positive impact Jennifer has had on my life. Learning to swim has been a dream of mine for years, and she made it a reality. I no longer fear the water, but instead, I embrace it with newfound confidence. If you are looking for an outstanding swim teacher who possesses the perfect blend of expertise, patience, and kindness, look no further than Jennifer. She is an absolute gem, and I cannot recommend her enough. Thank you, Jennifer, for giving me the gift of swimming and empowering me in ways I never thought possible!
Swim with Jen
Richard A.
I really improved my batting average and swing technique working with Champion Gym! I have the confidence now to make the varsity team at my high school thanks to my coach Ron. thanks for all your help.
Champion Gym Trainers Southern California
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