Swimming Lessons for Kids

Last summer, our 3-year old son fell into the deep end of a pool while trying to reach for a beach ball floating in the water. It happened so fast, and he was fortunately surrounded by adults who jumped to his rescue. While he recovered quickly and re-joined his buddies in the pool, we were traumatized.

With summer around the corner, we thought it would be helpful to share a list of swimming lessons in the Lowell area. We haven’t taken any of these yet, but we’ll likely be signing our son up for lessons soon. Also, here are some helpful water safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

  • Greater Lowell YMCA: The Greater Lowell YMCA (35 YMCA Drive, Lowell) offers group swim lessons, and the Spring I session runs from April 23 to June 10. Parents can join their kids in the pool from ages 6 months to 5 years. For kids ages 3 to 15 years with more experience swimming, they can take classes at a range of levels without their parents. The cost for classes is $58 for YMCA members and $116 for non-members. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify. For more information, call 978-454-7825.
  • Greater Lowell Technical School: The Greater Lowell YMCA also offers group swim lessons at the Greater Lowell Technical School (250 Pawtucket Boulevard, Lowell). These classes follow the same schedule as listed above, and the same rates apply. Like the classes listed above, registration for the Spring I session begins on April 16, 2012.
  • UMass Lowell: Swimming Lessons: Campus Recreation at UMass Lowell also offers private and group swim lessons for children and adults at the Costello Gym Pool (261 Riverside Street, Lowell). The spring session has concluded, but the program will start up again in fall 2012. An 8-week swim lesson costs $100 per person. For more information, please contact Justin Lawler at 978-934-2332 or e-mail Justin.

Happy swimming and stay safe this summer!

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