We offer a variety of swim programs, ranging from learn to swim lessons to recreational swimming to training for swim team competitions.
Our swim programs are held at our free outdoor pools during the summer and at our indoor pools during the fall, winter, and spring. Our summer swim programs are free. A recreation center membership is required to take classes in the fall, winter, and spring.
To find indoor pools and outdoor pools near you, please visit our Pools page.
Learn to Swim
We offer learn to swim classes for adults and kids, as well as toddlers. Participants will learn basic swimming and safety skills. While schools are out for mid-winter recess and spring recess, we also offer a free, weeklong Holiday Learn to Swim program for kids ages six to 17.
Our Adapted Swim Programs for People with Disabilities offer aquatic exercise therapy that ranges from gentle water walking to aerobic-type exercise. The program also includes swim instruction that focuses on learning basic swimming and safety skills.
Youth Swim Team
We’re looking for kids ages six through 18 to join and compete in our swim teams. Participants will develop swimming skills and learn competitive swimming strokes, starts and turns, and team sportsmanship concepts.
Indoor Pool Programs
In addition to our learn to swim and adapted swim classes, our indoor pools offer a variety of programs, from open swim to lap swim to water aerobics. Check our indoor pool schedules to find additional aquatics programs.
During the summer, we offer free lap swim hours at some of our free outdoor pools. Adult lap swim hours gives fitness-minded adults the chance to take to the water without interruption from other swimmers.
Our free summer water aerobics classes provide a fun way to keep cool while keeping fit. You do not need to know how to swim to participate in water aerobics exercises. All water aerobics classes will be held in the shallow end of the pool. Please check back next summer for more information about our Adult Water Aerobics classes.
During the summer we offer free, modified water exercise classes and swim instruction for seniors. The program is available at select free outdoor pools around the city, and is open to everyone over the age of 62.
For more information about our swim programs, please call NYC Parks Citywide Aquatics at (718) 760-6969.