Best Swimming Lessons Washington Near Me

SafeSplash Swim School - Columbia Heights SafeSplash Swim School - Friendship Heights Washington-Liberty Aquatics Center Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington, DC WeAquatics George Washington Rec Center Livingwell Health Club ADA Francis Outdoor Pool SwimBox Bender JCC of Greater Washington Marie H Reed Recreation Center Big Blue Swim School Parkview Recreation Center Equinox Sports Club Washington, D.C. Goldfish Swim School - Fort Washington

1. SafeSplash Swim School - Columbia Heights - Washington

· 5 reviews

3100 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20010

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SafeSplash Swim School - Columbia Heights: what do users think?

Greta Miner: I am a very proud Grandma and taking both my little ones to swim class is the delight of my day. I chose Safesplash for the location(they have many), the owners Jennifer and Michael, and the competent and caring instructors. The girls have been taking lessons since they were about 6 months old and now the 4 1/2 year old is doing freestyle swimming the entire length of the pool and the 2 1/2 year old is catching up rapidly. I am beyond thrilled with their progress and it’s a testament to the owners and their staff.

Lauren Coonen: I took my 8 month old here for his first swim class. Tyra and Sydney were the instructors and they were excellent! They were knowledgeable and friendly. At this age your just getting your baby used to the water. Bouncing them, getting their ears and face wet, holding their belly’s and encouraging them to kick. They had toys and a large floating surface for the babies to take turn playing on. Highly recommended!

Aja Shabazz: Jennifer was very helpful and understanding! Great small business

2. SafeSplash Swim School - Friendship Heights - Washington



· 21 reviews

4300 Military Rd NW, Washington, DC 20015

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SafeSplash Swim School - Friendship Heights: what do users think?

Antonina Bernstein: Our son Tad has been attending Safe Splash for over a year. Initially he was a child slightly scared of water, disliked getting his face wet and didn’t want to let go of the adult helping him. He now jumps into the pool fearless & actually swims. The staff was always attentive, cheerful and passionate about helping their students master or hone their skills. The 30 minute private lessons are definitely the way to go!

Amanda Gilman: My children came to swimming at a later age, 9 and 10. Safe Splash was absolutely perfect for them! They were able to learn together in a non competitive environment with caring instructors. They both loved learning to swim, and my son overcame his fear of the water! After a year, they both qualified for swim team! I cannot recommend the company more highly!

Ashra Maude: Our children have been taking classes with SafeSplash for a few months now and we are extremely delighted with their progress. The coach has been wonderful and nurturing with them. The staff is supportive and fun to be around. We were, at first, a little scared to start swimming lessons because of the pandemic, but the owners, Michael and Jennifer, have done a tremendous job at following the safety protocols that ensure everyone can enjoy swimming safetly.They are communicative, flexible and just lovely people. We highly recommend SafeSplash.

Gen R: SafeSplash has been amazing for my 3 year old son. He has been taking lessons for nearly 2 years and has made so much progress. He is now very comfortable in the water and has started to swim on his own. He always loves his instructors and they have been really great about helping him come out of his shell. They are very supportive and encouraging and let him go at his own pace while still challenging him when they know he can do it! We LOVE SafeSplash and are so grateful for the care they put in teaching our son how to swim and be safe in the water. THANK YOU! They have also made sure to be very cautious when it comes to COVID. Our son is in a class with only 1 other student who we know and who’s family is as careful as we are about taking precautions. We are also so grateful that the staff is willing to wear masks to protect our children.

Caitlin Clark: We have been with Safe Splash for over a year and are so happy to be back safely after time off due to Covid restrictions. Not only have the owners been incredibly transparent about all the precautions they are taking but the instructors have been so reassuring to my twins who were excited but nervous to start back up again after months off from lessons. I highly recommend these swim lessons. They teach children how to swim in a very thoughtful and strategic way.

Melissa Kaplan: I’ve been taking my daughter to Safe Splash for years and it’s been an amazing experience. The instructors are kind and encouraging, making the lessons productive but also a fun experience for my daughter. The owners, Jennifer and Michael, run their business with care and professionalism and are clearly invested in making the experience valuable for their clients. The price is a very good value compared to other swim schools in the area. We love Safe Splash!!

3. Washington-Liberty Aquatics Center - Arlington

· 156 reviews

1301 N Quincy St, Arlington, VA 22201

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Washington-Liberty Aquatics Center: what do users think?

Brenda Fonseca: Clean, water is not cold (it is nice to see my daughter swiming without purple lips or shaking).

Nassim Safadi: This pool is very nice. Have a big changing room with shower and a locker space for you belonging. The kids swim lesson is fun the instructors are very knowledgeable they take time with kids to learn how to independent swimmers

Sarah Cox: We had a blast with our 5yo son. The pool was a bit cold. It worked well when our hotel who advertised a pool did not have one! Thank you!

Vinni: This is a great pool, with six Lanes, sometimes eight Lanes, but it certainly gets crowded Monday through Thursday evening after work. Be ready to swim 3 to a lane on those evenings. Best times to go for it not being crowded is Friday night

Mason Eoyang: The kids area gets real crowded in the evenings with classes, and so. Times its a struggle to find a lane, but the facilities are nice, well staffed and reasonably clean for a public pool. Arlington county residents get a discount for entry, all others pay full price (check website for current prices)

Sofía Fonseca Muñoz: It is a very nice pool and they are very organized for avoid contact due to covid. The booking system is nice, I just wish that you could book two days in advance or so.

Michael Goldring: Washington-Lee is a great facility. I always get a good workout there. The competition pool is very well designed and maintained. The water quality and temperature are excellent. The staff is friendly and helpful. It is open both to residents and non-residents. I travel a lot, and swim in many pools. Washington-Lee is one of the best anywhere.

john jonson: 10 swim lanes open seven days a week. It can get crowded so plan on having to share the swim lane. It could be improved by better management as there are often multiple classes going on at once with 1 lane open for everyone else.

4. Brookland Swim Academy - Washington

· 5 reviews

125 Michigan Ave NE, Washington, DC 20017

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5. Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington, DC - Washington

· 22 reviews

1529 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

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Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington, DC: what do users think?

Eric Hanson: The gym is a "hidden gem" in Dupont Circle. Small but has everything you need. Off-peak hours discount avail.. The whole gym will be yours if you go before 4pm. Ms. Howell is really nice.

Lisa Paquette: The DCJCC overall is a wonderful place. First, the gym was recently renovated and has good equipment. They also offer a nice variety of exercise classes such as spinning, zumba, body pump and more. The best part about the gym is that the price of membership is less than that of other gyms in DC, so you really get your monies worth. The JCC is also a great venue to see shows or attend any of the other awesome cultural events they host. The staff are friendly and welcoming. You feel like part of a great community!

Nicole Lohr: Saw a play here and it was a great, intimate playhouse. Friendly staff.

Sam Greenberg: Great, friendly resource.

אלי מגן: (Translated by Google) An excellent community center for everyone. (Original) מרכז קהילתי מצוין לכל אחד ואחת.

6. WeAquatics - Douglas MacArthur

· 6 reviews

Chinquapin Park Recreation Center, 3210 King St, Alexandria, VA 22302

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WeAquatics: what do users think?

James Keller: We love WeAquatics and highly recommend the ISR classes! Coach Brad has been phenomenal with our 18 month old son and we are amazed at what he has learned over the course of the last 6 weeks. We can’t wait to continue with maintenance courses and for him to learn even more. Coach Brad and David are great and if you are thinking about ISR classes look no further, you will love WeAquatics!!

Shawn K: David at WeAquatics is a phenomenal swimming coach for infants and kids. We started working with David about 4 years ago when our first son was about 10 months old after David had been highly recommended to us from a friend who had herself 3 boys who he had coached. He was extremely pleasant and friendly and took things on a gradient so that my son warmed up to him after a few sessions- and he was totally willing to work with us on our input as parents because seeing our kid get accustom to swimming as new parents was terrifying :) After that, we had David back each summer after to teach our 8 month old daughter and then the year after for our second son- and he gave touch up lessons to the older ones too. It all worked out great and Dave was totally cool and flexible on everything from schedule, to multiple lessons, etc. We actually just had him back again this summer for another set of touch up lessons- he really is committed to doing what it takes so that our kids ended up as confident swimmers. Thank you David! ML, The Kimmels

Kimberlee Simpson: We had already tried 5 other rounds of swim instruction in various other states before landing with WeAquatics in Alexandria, VA. The ISR lessons with WeAquatics were by far the best swim instruction we have received. After 6 weeks both of our boys can rescue themselves if they were to accidentally fall in the pool. My 4 year old can actually swim and is working on strokes now. My baby loves the water and is so proud of himself that he can flip over and float. Both kids are confident in their skills and there is really no price you can put on the value of their safety. If you are on the fence about the time commitment just go for it! It is so worth it!

Diplomatic ERA: We initially tried other swim schools in the DMV and were less than impressed with the level of instruction and lack of progress we saw in our son’s ability to learn how to swim. We felt like the classes for small children/babies consisted of parents in the pool with their children doing a lot of splashing, playing, singing and just about everything other than giving our son swim skills. Not that playing with your kids in the pool isn’t fun, but we don’t need to pay a swim school to do that. Anyway, all that changed when we found We Aquatics and started classes with Mr. David. We started with the ISR lessons and within the first week we saw great progress. Since then my son has mastered ISR and is now working on perfecting different swim strokes. Mr. David is an exceptional teacher and his calm demeanor, expert knowledge and teaching skills makes this the best option in the DMV area for swim school. The other instructors are also top notch. Our only regret is that we didn’t discover We Aquatics earlier!

Hossein Noshirvani: David and his team are courteous professional and are quite frankly amazing at what they do! Next step is turning my toddler into the next Michael Phelps!

Tanya Smith: The staff were great with the kids and very pleasant.

7. George Washington Rec Center - Mount Vernon

· 70 reviews

8426 Old Mt Vernon Rd, Alexandria, VA 22309

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George Washington Rec Center: what do users think?

Ry French: Ms. Beth is amazing!!! If you are looking for swim lessons she is who you want! She is the perfect mix of strict & sweet. My daughter is on her 11th week with Ms Beth and has learned more than I could have imagined! Highly, highly recommend!

Manuel Posada: Very good place to swim, large pool and little people 👍

Steven Murane: Came here for SCUBA Training through Patriot SCUBA of Occoquan. Really nice facilities

Stephanie J: I came here many years ago when my son was an infant. I brought him here today, he is almost 8. He is having a good time. We have a free pool around the cirner

Marianne Loves Banner: Nice pool with friendly staff and great atmosphere.

8. Livingwell Health Club ADA - Washington

· 10 reviews

1919 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009

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Livingwell Health Club ADA: what do users think?

susan forsyth: I have been a member for years. The pool is excellent and the gym is great too.

Dave Giefer: Nice machines. Could use some fans on the cardio equipment.

mike Appello: Nice, clean, no stress or bs.

9. Francis Outdoor Pool - Washington

· 123 reviews

2435 N St NW, Washington, DC 20037

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Francis Outdoor Pool: what do users think?

Sam Odle: We came for dog swim day at the end of summer and our pup had a blast.

beth peralta-reed: Great pool. Lap swimming available. Kid pool with a beach entrance. Maditory rest time for kids so that adults get some time in the pool without kids. The deep end opens around midday during the week. My only complaint is that the restrooms are kinda gross. One of the stalls in the women’s locker room has been locked for a couple weeks, two of the stalls don’t lock at all and none of the stalls have working toilet paper holders so the roll of toilet paper always ends up on the floor.

Jiya Sohal: It’s a beautiful poop and it’s not too crowded and if it is it’s mostly people sun bathing so the pool is very open and it’s separated in three parts so if your child is playing in water it won’t go to the deep end. I mostly loved how deep it goes and so you can challenge your self if you are trying to dive down to touch bottom and it goes down to 12feet and 5 inches. I was also surprised how clean it was even though there’s many tree near it and you definitely go there except on Tuesday there closed that day and this is my go to pool

Bryan De Rosa: I just discovered this park as part of my kickball league. have not used the pool, but have had a number of practices and watched a few games. great location, close proximity to Georgetown, trader joes, and other cool places. this is perfect for families

10. SwimBox - Arlington

· 74 reviews

5183B Lee Hwy, Arlington, VA 22207

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SwimBox: what do users think?

Saraubi Harrison: There aren’t enough words to describe how much I love Swim Box. I am an adult learn to swim swimmer and I’ve enjoyed each and every one of my sessions. I train with Dominic and he’s absolutely amazing. He makes all my sessions fun and I can see my growth after every session. I’ve also met a lot of the staff and they’re all super nice and super knowledgeable. Coming to swim sessions has truly become my favorite part of the week. No matter if you’re new to swimming like me, trying to improve your swim skills or you’re a competitive swimmer, this is the place for you.

Kim Le: I’ve always been a little uncomfortable in water and within four lessons, Dominic has helped me overcome most of my fears! In just a few short weeks, I was able to learn breathing, floating, and swimming techniques other swim coaches have not been able to do for me. I can’t wait to go deep dive this summer (ok maybe not yet, but I now believe anything is possible). Truly has built my confidence in the water and has been life changing!

Sam Watzman: Coach Megan really helped me out during our sessions. I came thinking I had a pretty efficient freestyle but was quite off. She helped me fix a lot of things I was doing wrong and gave me suggestions for drills during my weekly swims. Looking forward to testing them out in my next race.

Aileen Roder: I highly recommend Swimbox. I work regularly with Coach Dominic Latella. His knowledge and experience are invaluable. His sense of humor and kindness make lessons both fun and helpful. I cannot say enough good things about him. He and all the swim coaches at Swimbox tailor lessons to the swimmer’s skill level and goals. Britany Fisher and Lissa Latella have made scheduling lessons easy. Give Swimbox a try!

11. Bender JCC of Greater Washington - North Bethesda

· 43 reviews

6125 Montrose Rd, Rockville, MD 20852

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Bender JCC of Greater Washington: what do users think?

Osvaldo Burgos García: This has been a wonderful discovering. It has both an indoor and an outdoor pool and both are open all year round. The gym is very well equipped and it has basketball and other courts. The staff is very kind and friendly and all the community is very welcoming. I think will keep visiting this place daily for a long time.

David Whitnah: Outstanding community and wonderful staff! You will thoroughly enjoy your experience from the moment you enter and meet the staff at the front desk. We joined a little more than one year ago and this was because of our initial meeting and tour with Rena Silbert who is so customer focused! We have stayed as the folks who work here are exceptional. Recently we have seen such dedication in people such as Ryan Grant who actually runs fitness & membership, but picked up a shovel after 3 inches of snow fell in order to shovel off the pool deck for the safety and use of the members that is impressive! A special shout out to the Director of Aquatics, Caroline Cardullo who is more than a blessing to all who use both the outdoor and indoor pools! She always is there for the members. The JCC is more than a place to work out as it is a wonderful welcoming community!

Bahruz B: Our daughter went to after school program at JCC for 3 years. Overall it is a great facility with so many different classes to keep your kid busy. That being said I feel their annual membership is very expensive.

12. Marie H Reed Recreation Center - Washington

· 76 reviews

2200 Champlain St NW, Washington, DC 20009

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Marie H Reed Recreation Center: what do users think?

Michaela Wieser: I enjoyed the pool at Marie Reed. They did a great job during the renovation. Loved the music they were playing as well. Not too crowded, but I also went super early in the morning. Planning on going there regularly.

cesar maxit: Great playground, basketball, tennis, soccer, swimming spot too.

Ilhan Tanir: Good managed school. Our daughter is going to Marie Reed, in one of Spanish classes. Renovated building, big enough space, two playgrounds and bigger field. School staff are friendly and helpful. We are also happy with our Spanish teachers. It is no surprise the school received 5 stars from OSSE this year.

Milan Predojevic: Went for swimming, staff is awesome, friendly, locker room spotless clean. Recommendations..

Jamie Dailey: I have been swimming here for two years. It’s definitely a hidden gem. The new renovation is fantastic, and it’s free for DC residents!

Stephen Cox: Great public pool! Except I wish showers had shelves and better water pressure

Arash Arabasadi: Awesome, age-appropriate park for my toddler up to maybe 10yos.

13. Big Blue Swim School - Seven Corners

· 23 reviews

6112-A Arlington Blvd, Falls Church, VA 22044

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Big Blue Swim School: what do users think?

Jihyun Yang Harris (Sunny): I’ve been sending my two kids to Big Blue for almost a year: One in the Bold Blue (6 and up class) and the other one in the Baby Blue (0-3YR class). I am happy with their programs in general. Unfortunately the instructors have been changed frequently but it was pretty much the same at the other swim school I sent my kids a year ago. Staff members, however, are very kind and friendly and especially Jackie has been extremely helpful! Whenever I have issues or requests she finds a way to resolve or meet my needs. Having her assistance at the Big Blue made my experience with them better.

beatriz mena: This review is for Claire and Sean! They were amazing with my son who has high-functioning autism. They were so patient with him and Claire gave me the peace I needed. Super clean as well.

Ginia Hurh: We started at the Tom Dolan swim school about 2 months ago. My 4 year old twin boys look forward to this lesson every week. We feel safe and we feel glad to have found this activity to burn off some energy. Thank you to all the staff and especially our swim teacher Storm!

Kiersta Navarro: Today was our first lesson! My little one is almost 6 months, and she really enjoyed her first class! Benjamin was very friendly and made the class super enjoyable for all of the kids. The staff was even kind enough to take pictures with my phone for me while we had the class! I can’t wait to keep going 😊

Audrey Staples: Lessons constantly canceled due to an “incident” in the pool. Better to book first lesson of the day…Obviously not staff fault.

14. Parkview Recreation Center - Washington

· 98 reviews

693 Otis Pl NW, Washington, DC 20010

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Parkview Recreation Center: what do users think?

Michelle Lemon: Pool is fantastic for littles plus there’s a playground, basketball court and field!

maria johnson: Me and my grandchildren really enjoyed ourselves the field was beautiful and the people were so nice I love our city thank you DPR.

justrenia23: Big area for my daughter to ride her scooter, lots of seating and adult workout area, tennis court,basketball court and soccer field

MrandMrs Mateen: Perfect outdoor pool for small children,toddlers.

James Salt: Great little park with soccer field, basketball court, playground, indoor rec center with air hockey and restrooms. There is a small swimming pool open in the summer, but the staff is somewhat indifferent to customer service expectations.

Diana Delgado Vélez: It is very nice but some afternoons and during weekends are several teenagers smoking inside the park. They do not care about babies and children.

15. DC Department of Parks and Recreation - Washington

· 29 reviews

1275 First St NE, Washington, DC 20002

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DC Department of Parks and Recreation: what do users think?

Olivia A. Chase: DPR takes on an intergenerational approach with my family and many families like mine. I am a grandmother raising a grandchild. They generate many programs that are suitable for this type of family. As an example, DPR has various Swim Teams in all 8 Wards of Washington, DC. DPR not only organizes Swim Meets each week; in addition, transportation to the Swim Meets is also provided making it possible for families to engage in the swimmers activities. This also allows families to participate as time keepers or to volunteer their time and energies in various other and sundry ways. Personally, I was ecstatic to be able to CHEER MY SWIMMER ON TO VICTORY!!

16. Equinox Sports Club Washington, D.C. - Washington

· 148 reviews

1170 22nd St NW, Washington, DC 20037

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Equinox Sports Club Washington, D.C.: what do users think?

David Gershman: Today I signed up and had a great experience. Mike, in membership, not only showed me around- they answered every question with full clarity, gave me far more insight than I expected, and was simply very nice and sweet. I knew I was going to get a membership going in, but it’s nice to get warmth and comfort instantly upon arrival. Felt like I was one of the regular folks

TPMT Associates: Love it here as usual - they take care of the place and most importantly, the people who works out here take care of the place and is clean and tidy and doesn’t trash the place. As usual, it’s the people who come to gyms that are the messy/dirty and this place doesn’t have those ppl - not that I saw anyways!

John Heinemann: You get what you pay for. This gym doesn’t make sense for everyone, no one is a better person for going here, and a free gym in an apartment building is going to do 90% of what Equinox does. But the other 10%? I actually look forward to working out more when there’s both a sauna and a steam room, a saltwater pool, luxury bath products, memory foam floors for stretching, and refrigerators full of Eucalyptus infused face towels. I go for the amenities, and then I just decide to work out because I’m already there.

17. Goldfish Swim School - Fort Washington - Upper Dublin Township

· 180 reviews

185 Commerce Dr, Fort Washington, PA 19034

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Goldfish Swim School - Fort Washington: what do users think?

Molly Cassidy: If I could give 10 stars, I would! We absolutely love Goldfish swim school! We have been bringing our 2 year old here for 3 months now and the staff is always friendly, the facilities are clean, and communication is always wonderful. We love Miss Vanessa our teacher. Thank you for making us feel like family from the second we walked in the door! Highly recommend!

S G (TooGoode): The instructor truly cares for my child. I like how she champions for the children with high fives, smiles, and other positive reinforcement. My child loves the water and even though less than 10 classes have been completed, my child practices when possible. The front desk staff is great. Also, the kids get a free prize every week. I look forward to seeing the progression of my child.

tiffany lerch: My daughter is 8 years old and has been with Goldfish for about 2 years now. (Including pandemic). Within a few weeks at Goldfish she learned the strokes and skills needed to keep her safe in water. She is still just working on her confidence and a few sills to graduate lessons. The small group sizes allow her to be in the water almost the entire practice. She is very comfortable with t instructors who make the lessons productive and fun!

Kelly Conaway: The teachers and staff at Goldfish are so warm and welcoming. They do a great job making all of the kids feel comfortable in the pool and confidence to keep working on their skills.

James Edinger: My daughter loves her instructor Em and is always excited to go. She’s been learning a lot and even practices in the bathtub. Always asks how many days until her next class!

Faith King: I love this swim school for Madison. Everything is centered on student safety and learning. Madison was terrified at first. During her 1st session, she cried so loud it broke my heart & I wanted to pull her out then and there. The team and her instructor remained calm, consistent and persistent while respecting her boudaries and words (you had to see it). Soothing her & challenging her without blame or shame from the second she entered the pool. She came back the very next session still timid but no tears. By the end of the 2nd session, she claimed she was a "schwimmer now" & motions for me to wait so she can get her last moments in!! She goes to each session, now, excited to wave at her instructor through the glass (interrupting his current session) & he readily waves back. Thank you so much!!

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