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Learn to Swim

Learning how to swim improves your health and fitness, keeps you safe in and around the water and prevents drowning. To help teach New Yorkers to swim, Parks is offering free swimming lessons for people of all ages at our indoor pools.

All participants in the Learn to Swim program must have a NYC Parks recreation center membership. Tot participants must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who also has a membership.

Learn more about recreation center membership.

Classes

Fall Session: October 21, 2013 - January 4, 2014

Winter Session: January 21, 2014 - March 29, 2014, Registration Opens: Wednesday, January 8

Registration for Gertrude Ederle Pool will be from Wednesday, April 16 - Tuesday, April 22

Spring Session: April 7, 2014 - June 14, 2014. Registration Opens: Wednesday, March 26

About Our Registration

Registration for Learn to Swim is conducted through a free online lottery using a secure site. You must have a valid email address to register.

Registration for the fall session begins at 4:00 a.m., on Wednesday, March 26 and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. Winners are chosen at random. Applicants who are not chosen will be placed on a waiting list. You will be notified by email of the lottery results by Friday, April 5.

  • After the lottery is drawn, any remaining spots will be available on a first come, first served basis through a walk-in registration at the center on April 5 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Do not enter the lottery more than once per Session. Doing so will not increase your chances to win. It will automatically disqualify you or your child from the lottery.
  • Parents should submit one application for each of their children. Parents applying for their children can rank their preference for Saturday or Afterschool classes. Lottery selections are non-transferable. If you or your child has won a spot, you cannot give this spot to another person, even if it's another family member.
  • If you don't get a spot, we encourage you to apply again for an upcoming session.
  • The waiting list will be used to replace anyone who drops out of the program, replacements are chosen from the waiting list randomly. Two consecutive absences without notifying the Citywide Aquatics office will result in the person being replaced by a waitlisted candidate.

Online Registration Assistance

If you need assistance using a computer, Aquatic Specialists staff will be available to help you enter the lottery at each indoor pool at the following times:

  • Wednesday, March 26, 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.: Metropolitan, St. John's, St. Mary's, Asser Levy, Chelsea, Hansborough
  • Thursday, March 27, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.: Tony Dapolito, Recreation Center 54
  • Saturday, March 29 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.: Metropolitan, St. John's, St. Mary's, Asser Levy, Chelsea, Hansborough, Tony Dapolito, Recreation Center 54
  • Monday, March 31, 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.: Metropolitan, St. John's, St. Mary's, Asser Levy, Chelsea, Hansborough
  • Tuesday, April 1, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. : Tony Dapolito, Recreation Center 54

Learn to Swim Sites

NameRegistration Dates
St. Mary's Learn to Swim: Adults03/26/2014 - 04/01/2014Registration for this program has ended.
St. Mary's Learn to Swim: Children03/26/2014 - 04/01/2014Registration for this program has ended.
St. Mary's Learn to Swim: Tots03/26/2014 - 04/01/2014Registration for this program has ended.
NameRegistration Dates
Brownsville Learn to Swim: Adults03/26/2014 - 04/01/2014Registration for this program has ended.
Metropolitan Learn to Swim: Adults03/26/2014 - 04/01/2014Registration for this program has ended.
St. John's Learn to Swim: Adults03/26/2014 - 04/01/2014Registration for this program has ended.
Brownsville Learn to Swim: Children03/26/2014 - 04/01/2014Registration for this program has ended.
Metropolitan Learn to Swim: Children03/26/2014 - 04/01/2014Registration for this program has ended.
St. John's Learn to Swim: Children03/26/2014 - 04/01/2014Registration for this program has ended.
Brownsville Learn to Swim: Tots03/26/2014 - 04/01/2014Registration for this program has ended.
Metropolitan Learn to Swim: Tots03/26/2014 - 04/01/2014Registration for this program has ended.
St. John's Learn to Swim: Tots03/26/2014 - 04/01/2014Registration for this program has ended.
NameRegistration Dates
Gertrude Ederle Learn To Swim Adults03/26/2014 - 04/22/2014

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Gertrude Ederle Learn To Swim Children03/26/2014 - 04/22/2014

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Gertrude Ederle Learn To Swim Tots03/26/2014 - 04/22/2014

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54 East Learn to Swim: Adults03/26/2014 - 04/01/2014Registration for this program has ended.
Asser Levy Learn to Swim: Adults03/26/2014 - 04/01/2014Registration for this program has ended.
Chelsea Learn to Swim: Adults03/26/2014 - 04/01/2014Registration for this program has ended.
Hansborough Learn to Swim: Adults03/26/2014 - 04/01/2014Registration for this program has ended.
Tony Dapolito Learn to Swim: Adults03/26/2014 - 04/01/2014Registration for this program has ended.
54 East Learn to Swim: Children03/26/2014 - 04/01/2014Registration for this program has ended.
Asser Levy Learn to Swim: Children03/26/2014 - 04/01/2014Registration for this program has ended.
Chelsea Learn to Swim: Children03/26/2014 - 04/01/2014Registration for this program has ended.
Hansborough Learn to Swim: Children03/26/2014 - 04/01/2014Registration for this program has ended.
Tony Dapolito Learn to Swim: Children03/26/2014 - 04/01/2014Registration for this program has ended.
54 East Learn to Swim: Tots03/26/2014 - 04/01/2014Registration for this program has ended.
Asser Levy Learn to Swim: Tots03/26/2014 - 04/01/2014Registration for this program has ended.
Chelsea Learn to Swim: Tots03/26/2014 - 04/01/2014Registration for this program has ended.
Hansborough Learn to Swim: Tots03/26/2014 - 04/01/2014Registration for this program has ended.
Tony Dapolito Learn to Swim: Tots03/26/2014 - 04/01/2014Registration for this program has ended.
NameRegistration Dates
Roy Wilkins Learn to Swim: Adults03/26/2014 - 04/01/2014Registration for this program has ended.
Far Rockaway Learn to Swim: Children03/26/2014 - 04/01/2014Registration for this program has ended.
Roy Wilkins Learn to Swim: Children03/26/2014 - 04/01/2014Registration for this program has ended.
Roy Wilkins Learn to Swim: Tots03/26/2014 - 04/01/2014Registration for this program has ended.
NameRegistration Dates
Wagner Learn to Swim: Children03/26/2014 - 04/01/2014Registration for this program has ended.

About the Classes

Toddler Classes: 1½ to 5 years Old

Developed for children 1 ½ to 5 years, Parks Toddlers Aquatic program helps young children get ready to swim by emphasizing fun in the water. Children learn elementary swimming skills including water entry, bubble blowing, front kicking, back floating and under water exploration.

There must be one parent or guardian for each tot at each session. In order to stay enrolled in class, we must see proof of age on the first day of class. Your tot must be 1½ years of age on the first day of class to participate. Please make sure to bring a birth certificate, passport, or photo identification with date of birth listed for the child on the day of the first class. Documents will be returned after verification is completed. Toddler classes are held on Saturdays.

Child Classes: 6 – 17 Years Old

  • The program is designed for children and youth 6-17 years of age. Children learn basic water safety and helping others in an emergency, in addition to stroke development. A water test on the first day of class will determine placement in level 1 or 2 as well as class time.
  • Your child must be 6 years of age on the first day of class in order to participate in the children's program. Please make sure to bring a birth certificate, passport, or photo identification with date of birth listed for the child on the day of the first class. Documents will be returned after verification is completed. There are classes available at two different times: on Saturdays, and afterschool from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • All 6-17 years old Saturday lottery winners must attend water test on October 19 to determine class level.

Adult Classes: 18+ Years Old

Adults must be at the beginner level in order to participate in Learn to Swim classes. A water test will be conducted on the first day of class to determine eligibility. Adults learn basic level swimming and safety skills including the development of breath control, floating, gliding, kicking on front and back, rotary breathing, arm strokes on front and back, safety skills, and entries and exits.

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 YorkCity.

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