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How Much Do Swimming Lessons Cost?

 
low costGroup: $20-445 per sessionaverage costInfant: $30-$174 per sessionhigh costPrivate: $54-$330 per session
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Swimming provides recreation, exercise, safety and a feeling of accomplishment for children and adults. Community organizations, universities and private clubs offer a variety of swim instruction programs.

Typical costs:

  • At $20-$445 per session, group lessons are the most popular offering. They allow students to learn through participating as well as by watching others demonstrate swimming skills. For example, a four-week session for children that includes two lessons each week costs $30 for members of the public at the University of South Florida Waterfront Swim School[1] , and the Copley Family YMCA in California charges $32 for members and $45 for non-members for a four-week group session; classes are offered once a week and are 30 minutes long. For $445, instructors from Arizona's Kidtastics will come to a family's backyard pool to provide eight in-home lessons for a group of four students.
  • One-on-one private lessons typically cost $54-$330 per lesson and allow students their instructor's undivided attention and the chance to progress more rapidly. For example, a package of six private lessons for members costs $140 at the PNC YMCA[2] in Pennsylvania. The Somerset Valley YMCA in New Jersey charges members $129 for four private swim lessons, while non-members pay $199. In Arizona, Kidtastics charges $330 for eight private swim lessons.
  • People with private pools can hire swim instructors to come to their home, condo or apartment complex from $40 per lesson to more for session packages. The Bridgewater Family YMCA[3] in New Jersey charges members $150 for four weekly swimming lessons for one participant. In Texas, the YMCA of Arlington charges $325 for two-week sessions for up to six participants; classes last 50 minutes.
  • Classes for children as young as six months cost about $30-$174 per session. In Texas, the YMCA of Arlington charges members $30 for four "Parent/Child" classes while the Chicago Swim School charges $165 for 12 classes. These programs require a parent or caregiver to be in the pool with the infant at all times.
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What should be included:
  • Students are put together by age and ability and student-to-instructor ratios vary. There's one instructor to five or six children for preschoolers aged three to five at the Copley Family YMCA. For age 14 to adult, the student-teacher ratio there can be as many as 1:10. Michigan's Troy Family Aquatic Center's instructor ratio is 1:6 for classes without parents and 1:15 for parent-tot or parent-infant courses. At Kidtastics in Arizona, swim pupils learn in groups of three or four.
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics supports formal swimming lessons for most children 4 years and older. California's Sequoia YMCA created these objectives[4] for its swim students, based on the YMCA's national curriculum.
  • Many swim centers require their instructors to have completed training programs offered by the YMCA or the American Red Cross. The University of Minnesota's swim program[5] requires instructors to hold certifications in first-aid and CPR.
  • Here's a checklist for what to look for in quality swim lessons, according to Babycenter.com[6] .
Additional costs:
  • At most YMCAs, non-members often can take lessons, but might pay more. At the PNC YMCA[7] , that "program fee" costs an additional $50 annually, according to the center's staff.
  • Non potty-trained children must wear protective disposable or re-useable swim diapers while taking lessons in the pool. Both products are widely available at stores including Target[8] and online sites such as Diapers.com[9] for less than $10.
Discounts:
  • All YMCAs, including California's Sequoia YMCA[10] , charge on a sliding scale based on family income.
  • The Washington District of Columbia Jewish Community Center[11] gives discounts to members and non-members who buy packages of five private swim lessons.
  • The University of South Florida[12] extends discounts if more than one child from a family is enrolled in swim lessons. Colleges also typically charge students, faculty, staff and alumni lower fees.
  • YMCA members get discounts on swim lessons and the annual cost of family memberships, varying by region. Annual family memberships cost $909 at the Bridgewater Family YMCA in New Jersey and $864 at the Southwest Family YMCA in Colorado.
Shopping for swimming lessons:
  • Contact local branches of the Red Cross[13] and YMCA[14] to find nearby aquatic centers offering swimming and water safety courses. The United States Swim School Association[15] trade group also lists its members.
  • Observe a swim class before enrolling to ensure a good fit, according to Megan Block-Brewer, aquatics director at the Sequoia YMCA: "Some styles are very competitive, others emphasize fun."
  • Once enrolled, many swim programs do not offer financial refunds or pro-rate fees for classes missed, give program vouchers or extend make-up lessons. Before signing up, make sure to understand all terms.
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External Resources:
  1.  www1.usfsp.edu/waterfront/swimschool.htm
  2.  www.ymcaofpittsburgh.org/
  3.  www.ymcasomersetvalley.org/pdf/backyardpoolbridge.pdf
  4.  www.ymcasv.org/pdfs/SEQswimlessons_youth.pdf
  5.  www.recsports.umn.edu/aquatics/learntoswim.html
  6.  www.babycenter.com/404_what-should-i-look-for-in-a-swim-class_70461.bc
  7.  www.ymcaofpittsburgh.org/
  8.  www.target.com/p/huggies-little-swimmers-baby-diapers-jumbo-pack-select-size/-/A-11177183
  9.  www.diapers.com/p/finis-reusable-swim-diapers-16432?site=Cl&cm_mmc=cse-_-googlebase-_-s...
  10.  www.ymcasv.org/pdfs/SEQswimlessons_youth.pdf
  11.  www.washingtondcjcc.org/sport-and-fitness/aquatics/
  12.  www1.usfsp.edu/waterfront/swimschool.htm
  13.  www.redcross.org:80/find-your-local-chapter
  14.  www.ymca.net
  15.  www.usswimschools.org/ssdirectory.php
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