Parks provides a variety of free aquatics programs for all ages and levels, ranging from swim lessons
to recreational swimming to training for swim team competition.
For information on registration, and which programs still have space open, visit our Registration page.
July-August, Ages 1½-5, 6-17 and 18+
Summer Learn to Swim is a free instructional program that runs at New York City’s public outdoor pools. The program teaches tots (ages 1½-5), children (ages 6-17), and adults (18+) of all ages basic water safety and swimming skills. Check our Swim Program Registration page for information on session dates and registration.
July-August, Ages 18+
The annual outdoor adult lap swim program gives adults the chance to take to the water for health and fitness without interruption from other swimmers. Participants who swim 25 miles or more over the summer will receive a free t-shirt, and prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female distance swimmers at each pool program. An awards party will be held at the end of August to celebrate distance champions and the health and fitness accomplishments of citywide lap swimmers.
Youth Swim Team
Fall, Winter/Spring, and Summer sessions, Ages 6-18
The free Swim Team program trains swimmers and organizes teams for the Five Borough Championship during the outdoor and the Borough Cup Championship during the Indoor swim seasons. Youth between the ages of 6-18 who can swim 25 meters outdoors or 50 yards indoors in reasonably good form will be able to participate. Participants will develop swimming skills and learn competitive swimming strokes, starts and turns, and team sportsmanship concepts. Teams compete during the fall, winter/spring and summer seasons. Call Aquatics at (718) 760-6969 for information on registering.
July-August, Ages 62+
The Senior Splash program offers water exercise classes and swim instruction for senior citizens. It helps alleviate pain, improve circulation, and promote healing and muscle development for those suffering from physical ailments resulting from injury, disease, or aging. The program is open to everyone over the age of 62.
July-August, Special Needs - Various Ages
This free program offers swim instruction for mentally and physically challenged persons. The program is open to those with physical and developmental disabilities.
Afterschool Learn to Swim
Fall/Winter/Spring sessions, Ages 6-17
These free swimming lessons for children, offered at our indoor pools (except Flushing Meadows Corona Park Aquatics Center), are held on weekdays from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Check our Swim Program Registration page for information on session dates and registration.
Saturday Learn to Swim
Fall/Winter/Spring sessions, All Ages
The free Saturday Learn to Swim program offers classes for toddlers (1½-5), children (6-17), and adults (18+) of all ages at our indoor pools, pools (except Flushing Meadows Corona Park Aquatics Center). Check our Swim Program Registration page for information on session dates and registration.
Vacation Camp Learn to Swim
(School breaks, All Ages)
While school is out, Parks offers free Learn to Swim classes for children as part of a weeklong vacation camp. Visit the Vacation Camp page to find a site near you.
Our indoor pools offer a variety of programs for adults – from open swim to lap swim to water aerobics. Check each center’s schedule for information about specific programs. Membership is required for participation in all indoor pool programs.
Adapted Aquatics for People
This free program offers aquatic exercise therapy that ranges from gentle water walking to aerobic-type exercise which improves range of motion, flexibility, mobility, muscle tone, coordination, focus and strength. The program also offers swim instruction that focuses on becoming comfortable in the water and learning basic swimming and safety skills.
Participants must be members of a NYC Parks Recreation Center. No more than 12 people per group. For more information or to register, call (718) 760-6969 ext. 0. Visit the Adapted Aquatics page for more information.
For more information about Parks' swim programs,
call Parks Citywide Aquatics at (718) 760-6969.
For general information about Parks & Recreation,
call 311 or (212) NEW-YORK from outside New York City.