Lakeland & Polk County Swimming Lessons

Lakeland & Polk County Swim Lessons

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 ISR (Infant Swimming Resource) survival swimming. Lessons are available for kids 6 months and up. Click on the type of lessons to see the listings below.

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.

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City of Lakeland Swim Lessons


Swim lessons offered in spring & summer for ages 6 months and up. Lessons are provided in 2-week sessions, Monday – Thursday, each lesson is 45 minutes (Preschool learn to swim 30 minutes).

$50 per 2-week session

Spring Swim Lesson Schedule

Preschool Aquatics 5:30 – 6 pm
Youth Learn to Swim Levels 1 & 2 5:30 – 6:15 pm
Parents-Child Aquatics (Session 2 Only) 5:30 – 6:15 pm

Session 1: March 9 – March 19 
Session 2: April 6 – April 16
Session 1 & 2 classes will be rescheduled to a later date.
Session 3: May 4 – May 14

Summer Swim Lesson Schedule (Gandy & Simpson Pools)
Summer Swim Lesson Registration will open April 13 at Gandy Pool (for both pools)

Session 1: June 1 – 11
Session 2: June 15 – 25
Session 3: July 6 – 16
Session 4: July 20 – 30

Gandy Pool Times & Levels
8 am – Preschool Swimming, Youth Learn to Swim Levels 1 – 5
9 am – Preschool Swimming, Youth Learn to Swim Levels 1 – 5
10 am – Parent & Child, Preschool Swimming

Simpson Pool Times & Levels
9 am – Youth Learn to Swim Levels 1 – 3

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

For more details visit the website –, contact the Aquatics Operation via phone 863-834-3157 or email for information.

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.
Saturdays April 4, 11, 18, 25

Fee: $50

Florida Southern College Swim Lessons

**Florida Southern College has made the difficult decision to cancel 2020 summer swim lessons.**

For more information and any future updates visit:

Florida Southern College offers group swim lessons for kids beginning mid-May running through the summer. All Florida Southern College instructors are experienced & trained in the sport of swimming, making them knowledgeable & equipped to teach safely and effectively. Class sizes are kept small with student to instructor ratios being 6:1 for the upper levels and 5:1 for the younger levels, ensuring that each child receives the attention necessary to complete each level’s required skills.

– All children must be at least 3 years of age and 100% potty trained to participate.
– Swim lessons run 4 days a week, Monday through Thursday, for the two-week session.
– Each swimmer will receive a Family summer pool pass as part of the cost.
– All classes are 45 minutes long.

Swim Dynamic Aqua Tots
Swim Dynamic

Swim Dynamic is celebrating 11 YEARS of swim lessons!

At Swim Dynamic, our 5-day program is the most popular. This series of swim lessons is considered an “accelerated teach-to-swim” program and consist of five one-on-one sessions, 30 minutes each for five consecutive days. We are aware that every swimmer, just as every human, develops at a different rate. Our one-on-one lessons allow our instructors to focus on each swimmer and use our “tool box”, choosing whatever “tool” is needed to make each individual a successful swimmer. At the end of the sessions, we will “showcase” the skills your swimmer has learned and provide you with the basic information you need to help keep these skills a splashing success. We believe that equipping parents with a skill set and an education has helped with our swimming success!

We also offer private sessions and group classes in a Mommy & Me format, for swimmers 6-18 months old, and private adult lessons.

Although, there is no such thing as “drown-proofing”, we are confident in our training and experience and have had great success teaching swimmers of all ages for the last 10 years!

Our swim season typically runs April-September, with a soft opening in March. During our peak season, we have several instructors and our available lessons are posted online at

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. Registration for lessons begins on April 13 for the upcoming swim season.

Evening classes begin in May. Classes from 9:15 AM until 7:15 PM, at different times throughout the day and evening will begin when school is out for the summer months. For registration information and prices: e-mail at or call 863-858-7434.

Mom/Dad and Tot classes: 4 classes total (M-Th) $64. Each class is 30 minutes long.
Pre-School Beginners: 8 classes total (M-Th for 2 weeks) $128. Each class is 45 minutes long.
Pre-School Advanced: 8 classes total (M-Th for 2 weeks) $128. Each class is 45 minutes long.
Red Cross Level: 8 classes total (M-Th for 2 weeks) $128. Each class is 45 minutes long.

Group Lessons
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.

Activities for Ages 5 & Under (Music, Dance, Sports, etc.) | After School Programs | Basketball | Camps - School Holidays
Lake Wales Family YMCA
Activities for Ages 5 & Under (Music, Dance, Sports, etc.) | After School Programs | Baseball | Basketball | Camps - School Holidays | Preschool / Daycare for Ages 2 & Up | Flag Football | Group Lessons | Gyms with Childcare | Volleyball

Check out our full Spring Activities Guide for more things to do in Lakeland, Polk County, and Central Florida from January – May.