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Swim Classes & Camps for NYC Kids

Finding swim classes may seem like a daunting task when you are raising your kids in New York CIty.  Yet, the city has excellent options for swim classes and camps whether you are looking for your babies, toddlers, or older kids.  Here are great choices to help you find the right program for your kids and help them become confident swimmers.  

FREE Swim Event

Upper East Side

Asphalt Green will host its Big Swim Big Kick event on Saturday, April 28 from 11:00 AM – 4:30 PM. Kids ages 6-10 can participate in a swim race and soccer festival as part of the nonprofit’s annual fundraising event.  The swim races for kids start at 12:00 PM.

The event will also feature meet-and-greets with five-time Olympic swimming gold medalist Dana Vollmer and University of Florida women’s head soccer coach Becky Burleigh. Participants receive a medal, a t-shirt, and ice cream.

REGISTER here for Big Swim Big Kick  

Swim Classes

Bowling Green, FIDI, LES, East Village, Midtown East, Midtown West, UES, Harlem

Physique Swimming has every level possible from Beginner under age 5 to Swim Team Prep for kids age 6+.  You will be hard pressed to find a bad review of Physique’s expert swim classes.  Their program is designed to advance young swimmers from one level to the next as they progress at their own speed.  Physique also offers a summer camp co-hosted with Nory (see below) and Mommy/Daddy and me classes.

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Summer Camp

Battery Park/FIDI/Tribeca, Midtown East

If you’re looking for a full-day camp with a unique combo of Swim Classes and STEM learning, this summer camp partnership between NORY and Physique Swimming is your dream come true.  This camp was a huge success last summer and they are back for a second year.  Your kids can learn to swim and make robots!

 Brooklyn

Aviator Sports and Events Center Summer Day Camp is located within Floyd Bennett Field in aviatorswimBrooklyn.  This is the place you imagine when you think of summer camp – a wide open space with the whole gamut of activities. Aviator offers swim classes and much more including, dance, music, nature, yoga, fencing, soccer, basketball, rock climbing, STEM, gymnastics, etc. There are field trips and Carnival Day.  Your kids will forget that they are city kids at this rewarding summer experience.

4 Tips for Pool Safety This Summer

Mother and baby playing in a swimming pool
On hot summer days, a cool, refreshing pool is exactly where you want to be. Plus, it’s the perfect family activity! Kids love playing and splashing around and let’s be honest, adults do too. However, as with many outdoor activities, there are important precautions we all must take to ensure that our kids are not just happy, but safe as well. Before your next pool trip this summer, keep these four tips for pool safety in mind.

Load on the sunscreen. Whether it’s the sunniest day of the year or there are clouds in the sky, the sun’s UV rays are always there—and they’re strong. Not only should you load up your kids (and yourself) with sunscreen before heading outside, but also be sure to reapply every two hours. There are tons of great sunscreens on the market, many made specifically for kids’ sensitive skin, so it’s easy to find the best one for your child. Skin safety is important—make it a priority before taking that dip in the pool!

Swim early and late. Besides putting on sunscreen, another way to avoid prolonged exposure to the sun’s harmful rays is planning pool time around when the sun is at its strongest—between the hours of 10am and 4pm. An early morning or late afternoon trip to the pool will ensure that you and your little ones aren’t basking in the sun’s strongest UV rays. Of course, it’s still important to put on sunscreen and reapply!

Use floats (but don’t depend on them). Using swim floats (either arm floats or puddle jumpers) allow little ones independence in the water to splash around and learn on their own. It also makes it a easier on us adults, who don’t have to carry our kids around the pool the entire time! While floats are fantastic, don’t depend on them alone—it’s important to be close by while your children are using them so you can help at a moment’s notice.

Swim Lessons. The best thing you can do for your kids is teach them to swim at an early age so they can help ensure their own safety in the water. There are tons of great programs on Kidz Central Station that provide lessons for kids as young as six months old, so little ones can become comfortable in the water and grow up to be confident swimmers. Simply search the site using the category for swimming to find private, semi-private, and group lessons for kids of all ages from programs like Physique Swimming, Penguin City Swim, and Island Swimming. No matter what age they start, your kids are sure to have a blast!