CONGRATULATIONS on your decision to learn to swim! Welcome to a community of relaxed, fit, confident, heart-healthy folk, swim folk! It doesn’t matter how old or young, there is a Learn to Swim Program perfectly designed for you!

This page will continually be updated. So, if your area is not represented here, just leave a comment below and we will find one for you. Now, GO SWIM!

New York City

New York City Parks & Recreation Centers https://www.nycgovparks.org/pr… Parks offer free swimming lessons for people of all ages at their indoor pools. Although the classes are free, participants must be members of a recreation center. Once a member, members can go to any NYC location. For more information, click this link recreation center membership. The highest membership (Adults 25-61) with access to all centers if $150 annually, with lower rates for people with disabilities, seniors (62 and up) and veterans, and young adults (18-24) at ($25 / year), and for youth under 18 Free membership! For Learn to Swim Programs, there is a Fall Session (October – December), a Winter Session (January – March), and a Spring Session (March – June) and there are strict registration dates and rules.

Here is a listing of pools in the NYC Learn to Swim Program:

  • Manhattan – 6 pools
  • Brooklyn – 3 pools
  • Bronx – 1 pool
  • Queens – 2 pools
  • Staten Island – 0 pools

Please note that New York City opens up free outdoor pools in all five boroughs every summer. “No recreation center membership is required to use an outdoor pool, even if the pool is located next to a recreation center.”


The Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation has over 50 State run freshwater inland beaches, 26 saltwater beaches, and 46 public pools, not to mention, the private beaches and pools; across the State from Agawam to Worcester, with most of the swimming, wading and spray decks offering Learn to Swim Programs. These Programs have three sessions; Session 1 (July 3-14), Session 2 (July 17-28), and Session 3 (July 31 – August 11) and fees vary from facility to facility.

The American Red Cross

The American Red Cross has been helping millions of people learn to swim since 1914. Red Cross swimming classes are available throughout the country. Click here and find one in your area. They have even developed a Red Cross free Swim App specifically designed to complement the Learn-to-Swim program. Users receive water safety information, access to lessons and other instruction to keep swimmers motivated and informed. Red Cross Instructors are trained to accommodate beginners with the basics or those who are seasoned and just need refinement and improvement. Please download the Red Cross Free Swimming and Water Safety Guide.


Since 1909, the YMCA has been conducting swim lessons for children (newborn-12), teens (12-17) and adults (18 +) with a wide range of swim classes specific to beginners, advanced beginners, intermediate and advanced. The Y one of the largest community-based organizations in the country, and owns or manages more than 2,000 pools. Like the Red Cross, the YMCA believes that with the world being 71% water, keeping lives safe is a priority! Here’s what they have to say about their swim programs, “Swimming is a life skill as well as great exercise and a challenging sport. Ys offer swim lessons for all ages, family swim, competitive swimming and diving teams, and many kinds of adaptive swim programs for kids with special needs, so we can all safely enjoy the pleasures of an aquatic environment.” Below is a short listing of YMCAs throughout the Country. If you do not see one listed in your area, please leave a comment below so that we may assist.

US Masters Swimming Adult Learn to Swim

United States Masters Swimming  (USMS ) is a national membership-operated nonprofit organization that benefits nearly 60,000 Masters swimmers across the country.  Having 52 Local Masters Swimming Committees (LMSCs), it supplies direct support to more than 1,500 Masters Swimming clubs and workout groups.  Their programs include the following:

  • USMS’s Adult Learn-to-Swim instructor certification program training and educating swim instructors at a cost of $250 for a  one day course with a $30 annual renewal fee.
  • USMS’s Adult Learn-to-Swim program.  Find an instructor near you.  Contact adultlearntoswim@usms.org for information and questions. There is an instructor database or Places to Swim on the USMS website. Use your ZIP code to identify places to swim and certified instructors nearby. 
  • USMS’s April is Adult Learn to Swim Month – national campaign raising awareness to the problem of adult drowning risk, and helping members of the public find quality swim lessons near them. Many U.S. Masters teams and certified ALTS instructors offer low-or no-cost lessons in April in order to reach those who might not otherwise be able to learn to swim. 
  • USMS’s Swimming Saves Lives Foundation, a charitable arm, providing grant funding and training to swim lesson providers who work with adult clients. USMS helps entire families be safer around water.
  • For learn-to-swim lessons for children, please contact the USA Swimming Foundation’s Make a Splash program.


Don’t despair if you do not see a swim class in your area; this page will continually be updated with Learn to Swim Classes.

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