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Lakeland & Polk County Swim Lessons

Swimming Lessons in Lakeland + Polk County

Here in Florida we are surrounded by water – pools, lakes, the ocean – and every child should learn to swim!

We’ve put together a list of places for kids of all ages to take swimming lessons in Lakeland, Bartow, Winter Haven, Lake Wales & across Polk County. Both group and private lessons are listed below, as well as toddler swimming lessons, infant survival swimming, parent/child lessons, and adult swim lessons. Swim lessons for kids start at 6 months and up.

We STRONGLY encourage you to do your own research before selecting an instructor AND a specific type of swim lessons. These listings are for informational purposes and do not constitute an endorsement or indicate personal experience.

Always remember that swim lessons are just one part of drowning prevention. Pool fences and safety alarms are also important, with adult supervision being the most important aspect of water safety.

Looking for a place to practice after your swim lessons? We’ve got a list of public pools in Lakeland and Polk County.

Use the 3 bars on the top left to filter by location. Use the map below to find Swimming Lessons Near Me.

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City of Lakeland - Swim Lessons

The City of Lakeland offers Swim Lessons in the spring & summer for ages 6 months and up. Lessons are provided in 2-week sessions, Monday – Thursday, each lesson is 30-45 minutes. Lessons cost $50 per 2-week session. Visit the City of Lakeland website for upcoming dates and times.

Swim Lesson Level Descriptions

Parent-Child Aquatics (Ages 6 months – 2.5 years)
The instructor will help participants begin to develop positive attitudes and safe practices around water. Swim diapers required under a bathing suit.

Preschool Aquatics (Ages 3 – 5)
Beginner class designed to be the first class without parents. instructors will evaluate and determine the appropriate level for your child.

Youth Learn to Swim (Levels 1-3 / Ages 6 – 12) 
Beginner to intermediate class with participants learning fundamental aquatic skills such as floating, gliding, and simultaneous arms and leg motions all while doing this independently of an instructor’s support.

Youth Learn to Swim Level (Levels 4-5 / Ages 6 – 12)
Advanced class with participants improving their aquatic skills and increasing their endurance using the following swim strokes: front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke.

Adult Beginner Swim Lessons 
Participants will be introduced to basic aquatic skills and swimming strokes, including the front crawl, breaststroke, and elementary backstroke. Participants will also learn the skills and concepts needed to stay safe around water.

For more details visit the website – http://www.lakelandgov.net/swimlessons, contact the Aquatics Operation via phone 863-834-3157 or email Aquatics@Lakelandgov.net for information.

404 Imperial Boulevard, Lakeland, Florida 33803
1725 Martin L King Junior Avenue, Lakeland, Florida 33805
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YMCA of West Central Florida

For over 50 years, the YMCA has been the only cause-driven wellness center in our area to offer programming for the whole family that focuses on the spirit, mind and body. Facilities include: a weight room, a gym for basketball and exercise classes, an indoor swimming pool, locker rooms, racquetball courts, a craft room, childcare facility, group exercise room, gymnastics center, and more. Programs include swim lessons, sports leagues for kids and adults, childcare, after school care, group fitness classes, and much more.

3620 Cleveland Heights Boulevard, Lakeland, Florida 33803
2125 Sleepy Hill Road, Lakeland, Florida 33810
City of Bartow - Swim Lessons

Group Swim Lessons and Mommy, Daddy & Me lessons offered during the summer. Open swim hours daily all summer. Check website for pool opening dates and prices, as well as swim lessons schedule.

2250 South Floral Avenue, Bartow, Florida 33830
City of Haines City - Swim Lessons

The Lake Eva Aquatics Center offers a variety of swim lesson classes through the American Red Cross Learn to Swim program. Classes held May – September and taught by American Red Cross certified Water Safety Instructors.
Parent & Child Lessons: Ages 6 months – 3 years
Preschool Lessons: Ages 4-5
Learn-to-Swim: Ages 6 – 14
Other Lessons: Adult Classes, SNAP Classes, Private Lessons

City of Winter Haven - Swim Lessons

The City of Winter Haven offers swim lessons during the summer months at both Rowdy Gaines Pool and the Recreational & Cultural Center Pool.

210 Cypress Gardens Boulevard, Winter Haven, Florida 33880
801 Avenue T Northeast, Winter Haven, Florida 33881
Brooke Bennett Swim School

We can accommodate within any family budget, affordable and effective swim lessons: private, semi-private or group the goal remains the same; to make every child water safe. Beth Geohagan has been teaching swimming for over 25 years. In-home swim lessons through Brooke Bennett  Swim  School.

Florida Southern College Swim Lessons

For 2021, Florida Southern College is offering 1-on-1 private swim lessons for ages 3 – 15. Lessons will be 30 minutes each, 5 sessions total, $100 per child. In-person registration only on specific dates. For more information visit the website.

111 Lake Hollingsworth Drive, Lakeland, Florida 33801
Lake Wales Family YMCA

Our Mission: To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy, mind and body for all. Our facility features: Wellness Center, Weight Room, Sauna, 25-Meter Outdoor Heated Pool, Swim Lessons, Covered Outdoor Basketball Court, Group Exercise Studio, Group Cycle Room, Childcare for gym visits, Softball Field, Daycare Center (Before/After School, Preschool, VPK), and more.

Semper Fish Aquatics ISR

Infant Swimming Resource’s Self-Rescue program teaches children from 6 months to 6 years of age how to survive if they were to reach the water alone. Focused on your child’s stage of development and readiness, each one-on-one ISR lesson is customized to your child’s abilities in the water.

4940 Maple Drive, Lakeland, Florida 33810
Swim Dynamic

Swim Dynamic is celebrating 12 YEARS of swim lessons! Offering “accelerated teach-to-swim” program with five one-on-one sessions, 30 minutes each for five consecutive days. Also offering Adult Swim Lessons and Mommy & Me.

Swim Totts Winter Haven

Swim TOTTS offers survival swimming for infants and young children in Winter Haven and surrounding areas with a trained and certified Master Instructor. Lessons are available for infants and children ages 6 months to 6 years.  All lessons are private.

Tom Grothouse - ISR Nationally Certified Infant Survival Swimming Instructor

The ISR program is for children 6 months to 6 years of age. Infant Swimming Resource’s Self-Rescue® swimming program is scheduled 5 days per week, for 10 minutes each day for an average of 6 weeks.

Veronica McNamee-Kerst - ISR Swim 4 Life Drowning Prevention

Veronica McNamee-Kerst – Certified Drowning Prevention Instructor – welcomes you to ISR, survival swimming for infants and young children ages 6 months – 6 years in Lakeland and parts of Polk County Florida. Every lesson for every child is individualized one on one with me, the instructor. I teach children ages 6 months to about 6 years old. Students attend short private lessons five days a week.

1631 East Edgewood Drive, Lakeland, Florida 33803
Watch Me Swim

Watch Me Swim with Jenn. We teach Survival Swim Lesson. Our lessons are Monday-Thursday at a designated time. Lessons are 10 minutes of one-on-one instruction time with Ms Jenn. Lessons will take 5-6 weeks to accomplish the swim survival readiness. For more details, please go to watchmeswim.com.

SWIMSAFE with April Cox

I offer small group lessons in my home (heated pool) for children 6 months and older. I have been teaching swimming for more than 30 years and have experience with special needs (ESE) and those who have had negative and/or near-drowning episodes.