A strong swimming foundation is a strong foundation for physical activity.

Swim lessons build character, develop unique motor skills, and prepare your child for a wonderful and safe future in the water. They are also a great outlet for your child’s energy! Here are just a few benefits of learning to swim at a young age:


1. It's an essential life skill

Swimming is an essential life skill. Everybody should learn how to swim. Drowning is the second-leading cause of unintentional, injury-related death among children ages 1 to 14. A 2009 study found kids ages 1 to 4 who had taken swimming lessons showed a reduced risk of drowning by 88 percent.


2. It can help eliminate the fear of water

Participating in swim lessons at a young age can prevent or overcome fear of the water. The first developmental component of swimming is comfort. Classes focus on instilling comfort and confidence in swimmers. An instructor will focus on small successes like proper body position and breath control to make the water a place of fun and enjoyment.  


3. Kids can progress at a comfortable pace

Young swimmers can progress at their own pace. Some swimmers develop more quickly than others — and that’s OK. There are a variety of options for children of different levels. A class with a parent or guardian in the pool is the best starting point, and as a swimmer becomes more comfortable, he or she will progress to a level that will focus on more advanced technique.


4. Swimming makes kids smarter

Haven’t you heard? Swimming is the new brain food. A study from the Griffith Institute of Educational Research in Australia found children who learned to swim at a young age have more advanced physical and cognitive abilities. Research revealed 3-to 5-year-olds who took swimming lessons scored higher in mathematics, reading, oral expression, story recall, visual motor skills (cutting paper and drawing shapes and lines), and understanding directions. In some instances, children who participated in swim lessons were 20 months ahead of those who had not participated in swim lessons.


Swim with us!

Ready to sign your little one up for swim lessons? Classes for kids start as young as 4 months old! Browse all of our youth swim offerings at one of our campuses today:


Upper East Side


Battery Park City