Learn to Swim

Knowing how to swim improves your health, fitness, and safety. To help teach New Yorkers how to swim, NYC Parks is offering swimming lessons for people of all ages at our indoor pools.

Cost

Participation is free with an NYC Parks Recreation Center Membership. All Learn to Swim participants, including children, adults, and the parents of toddlers, must be members of an NYC Parks recreation center. Memberships are free for kids and teens younger than 18 years old. Learn more about our recreation center membership

Program Dates

  • Fall Session: October 15, 2018 – December 29, 2018
  • Winter Session: January 7, 2019 – March 21, 2019
  • Spring Session: March 25, 2019 – June 6, 2019

How to Register

Registration for Learn to Swim is conducted through a free online lottery. Winners are chosen at random. You must have a valid email address to register.

Registration Dates

  • Fall Session: Registration opens at noon on October 1 and ends at 11:59 p.m. on October 8, 2018.
  • Winter Session: Registration opens at noon on December 22, 2018 and ends at 11:59 p.m. on December 29, 2018.
  • Spring Session: Registration opens at noon on March 11, 2019 and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 18, 2019.

You will be notified by email of the lottery results by Tuesday, October 9 for the fall session, Wednesday, January 2 for the winter session, and Thursday, March 21 for the spring session. Applicants who are not chosen will be placed on a waiting list.

Registration Rules

  • 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 as a duplicate.
  • Parents should submit one application for each child. 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 or your children are not selected in the online lottery, you will be placed on a waiting list for this program, and will be emailed if a slot becomes available. We are not able to tell you your current place on the waiting list. If you don't get a spot, we encourage you to apply again for an upcoming session.
  • Swimmers who are absent from two consecutive classes will be dropped.

To register for the lottery, please choose from the Learn to Swim Sites section below.

Learn to Swim Sites

There are currently no programs available for registration at this time.

About Learn to Swim Classes

Toddler Classes: 1 1/2 to 5 years Old

Teach your toddler to be ready to learn to swim! In this class, we'll get your tot used to the water, with the help of one of our Aquatic Specialists. Parents or guardians help their kids get familiar with the water, become comfortable floating on front and back, and be able to control their breath by blowing bubbles or submerging under water.

Please note: Parents of toddlers participating the the program must be NYC Parks recreation center members. Learn more about our recreation center membership

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

Level I: Children at this level learn basic aquatic skills. They'll learn how to safely get into and leave the water, how to control their breath by blowing bubbles, how to float and kick on front and back and move through the water. They'll also learn how to stay safe around the water and what to do in case of an emergency.

Level II: Children at this level learn to move their arms and legs together in a swimming motion. We'll work on teaching children to swim without assistance, and improve on skills that they learned in Level I. They'll be able to understand dangerous water conditions and how to assist a swimmer in a water emergency.

Please note: To determine class level, all 6-17 years old Saturday lottery winners must attend a water test on October 13 for the fall session, January 5 for the spring session, and March 23 for the winter session.

  • 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.
  • Missing the water test will result in a first absence.
  • If a child misses the water test and the first day of class they will be dropped from the session.
  • Participants who miss two consecutive classes will be dropped from the program.

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.

  • Swimmers who are absent from two consecutive classes will be dropped.