Swim Classes and Lessons

We offer half hour, 45 minutes and one hour swim classes. Each level is designed to stimulate interest and motivate students to advance to the next section.

Click here for information on dates and rates of Winter 2020 swim classes. 

To request a private or semi-private swim lesson, click here!

The Red Cross has established swimming lessons for kids and adults that allow everyone the opportunity to learn in a safe environment, at their own pace. The Learn-to-Swim Program focuses on building skills one step at a time. By giving participants the opportunity to master one element before advancing on to the next, our swim classes make it easy to build confidence in the water. There are five levels in this program that offer a wide variety of activities. Skills taught include: personal safety, rescue skills, diving skills, and stroke skills. To be able to accommodate everyone’s needs, we offer half hour, 45 minutes and one hour classes. Each level is designed to stimulate interest and motivate students to advance to the next section.

For more advanced swimmers, we participated in USA Swimming sanctioned competitive Swim leagues, for multiple skill levels. Click here for more information.

For more information or to register please contact Lior Harpaz at (718) 268-5011 ext. 502 or by email at [email protected] or Mira Nitzberg at (718) 268-5011 ext. 504 or by email at [email protected]

We also offer group and private swim lessons at our private pool clubs in Bayside and Little Neck during the Summer!

Private Swim Lessons

To request a private or semi-private swim lesson, click here!

One-on-one learning with a water safety instructor. Lessons are 30 minutes long and are designed to meet individual needs. To make an appointment for a lesson, stop by the Health & Fitness Desk or call ext. 500. Please do not register for private lessons online before first speaking with someone at the Health and Fitness desk.

*1 Lesson: $40 members/ $50 non-members
*5 Lessons: $175 members / $225 non-members
*10 Lessons: $300 members / $400 non-members

Semi-Private Swim Lessons (2 people)

*1 Lesson: $60 members / $75 non-members
*5 Lessons: $265 members / $355 non-members
*10 Lessons: $475 members / $575 non-members


*Please note: A $20 insurance fee is mandatory for all swim classes. Insurance is paid once per fiscal year (July 1 – June 30).

Infant & Toddler Group Classes

Pamper Paddlers

Ages 7-24 months, with parent or caregiver

Introduce your child to the water through fun activities. Skills covered include kicking, bobbing and blowing bubbles. Doctor’s note required at registration if child is less than 7 months. Children in diapers must wear rubber pants or bathing suit.

9 Sun. beg. Jan. 5
12:00-12:30 p.m.
$158.40 members / $198 non-members

8 Mon. beg. Jan. 6
11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
$140.80 members / $176 non-members

9 Thurs. beg. Jan. 9
12:30-1:00 p.m.
$158.40 members / $198 non-members

Swim Time with Mommy

Ages 7-36 months, with parent or adult female

With songs and water toys, your child will learn such skills as the arm pull, kicking, blowing bubbles and water safety. Children in diapers must wear rubber pants or bathing suit. Class is given during female only swim time.

9 Sun. beg. Jan. 5 (Co-Ed)
1:30-2:00 p.m.
$158.40 members / $198 non-members

9 Thurs. beg. Jan. 9 (female only)
9:30-10:00 a.m.
$158.40 members / $198 non-members

Little Fishes

Ages 2-3 years, with parent

Teach your youngster to become more independent in the water with the use of games and small equipment. Children in diapers must wear rubber pants or bathing suit.

9 Sun. beg. Jan. 5
12:30-1:00 p.m.
$140.80 members / $176 non-members

Early Childhood Group Classes

Fantastic Fishes

Ages 3-4 years, non-swimmers with parent

Familiarize your youngster with the water in this fun class. Swimming skills such as the arm pull, kicking, blowing bubbles and water safety are taught.

9 Sun. beg. Jan. 5
1:00-1:30 p.m.
$158.40 members / $198 non-members

9 Thurs. beg. Jan. 9
12:00-12:30 p.m.
$158.40 members / $198 non-members

Junior Fishes

Ages 3-5 years, without parent

For graduates of Fantastic Fishes and those who are comfortable in the water, this class will work on safety skills through kicking, blowing bubbles, back and front floating. Introduction to basic front and back crawl.

9 Sun. beg. Jan. 5
12:30-1:00 p.m.
1:30-2:00 p.m.
$158.40 members / $198 non-members

8 Mon. beg. Jan. 6
12:00-12:30 p.m.
$140.80 members / $176 non-members

9 Wed. beg. Jan. 8
4:30-5:00 p.m.
$158.40 members / $198 non-members

9 Thurs. beg. Jan. 9
11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
3:30-4:00 p.m.
$158.40 members / $198 non-members

Open Swim

Free to registrants of Pamper Paddlers, Swim Time with Mommy, Little Fishes, and Fantastic Fishes only.

9 Wed. & 9 Thurs. beg. Jan. 9
10:30-11:30 a.m.

Swim Levels (for ages 5 and up)

Water Exploration (Level 1)

For first-time swimmers or children fearful of the water. Skills include safety, floating, bubbles, kicking and arm action.

Ages 5-7
9 Sun. beg. Jan. 5
12:00-12:30 p.m.
$158.40 members / $198 non-members

8 Mon. beg. Jan. 6
4:30-5:00 p.m.
$140.80 members / $176 non-members

9 Wed beg. Jan. 8
4:00-4:30 p.m.
$158.40 members / $198 non-members

Ages 3-11
9 Sat. beg. Jan. 11
10:00-10:30 a.m.
10:30-11:00 a.m.
$158.40 members / $198 non-members

45 min swim class
9 Tues beg. Jan. 7
3:30-4:15 p.m.
$216 members / $270 non-members

One hour swim class
9 Sat. beg. Jan. 11
11:00-12:00 p.m.
$252 members / $315 non-members

Ages 8-11
9 Sun. beg. Jan. 5
12:30-1:00 p.m.
$158.40 members / $198 non-members

9 Thurs. beg. Jan. 9
3:30-4:00 p.m.
4:30-5:00 p.m.
$158.40 members / $198 non-members

Primary Skills (Level II)

For children ready to learn to swim independently. Skills include floating, front & back glide & crawl stroke. Children must be comfortable putting their faces in the water.

Ages 5-7
9 Sun. beg. Jan. 5
12:00-12:30 p.m.
12:30-1:00 p.m.
1:00-1:30 p.m.
$158.40 members / $198 non-members

8 Mon. beg. Jan. 6
3:30-4:00 p.m.
4:30-5:00 p.m.
$140.80 members / $176 non-members

9 Wed beg. Jan. 8
4:00-4:30 p.m.
$158.40 members / $198 non-members

9 Thurs. beg. Jan. 9
4:00-4:30 p.m.
$158.40 members / $198 non-members

Ages 3-11
9 Sat. beg. Jan. 11
10:00-10:30 a.m.
10:30-11:00 a.m.
$158.40 members / $198 non-members

Ages 5-11
9 Sun. beg. Jan. 5
1:30-2:00 p.m.
$158.40 members / $198 non-members

45 Min Swim Class
9 Tues beg. Jan. 7
3:30-4:15 p.m.
4:15-5:00 p.m.
$216 members / $270 non-members

One Hour Swim Class
9 Sun. beg. Jan. 5
2:00-3:00 p.m.
$252 members / $315 non-members

9 Sat. beg. Jan. 11
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
$252 members / $315 non-members

Ages 8-11
9 Sun. beg. Jan. 5
12:00-12:30 p.m.
$158.40 members / $198 non-members

8 Mon. beg. Jan. 6
4:00-4:30 p.m.
$140.80 members / $176 non-members

9 Wed beg. Jan. 8
3:30-4:00 p.m.
$158.40 members / $198 non-members

Ages 12+
9 Sun. beg. Jan. 5
1:30-2:00 p.m.
$158.40 members / $198 non-members

9 Wed beg. Jan. 8
7:00-7:30 p.m.
$158.40 members / $198 non-members

Stroke Readiness (Level III)

Children learn rotary breathing, backstroke, water safety and improve upon skills learned in Level II.

Ages 5-7
9 Sun. beg. Jan. 5
12:00-12:30 p.m.
$158.40 members / $198 non-members

8 Mon. beg. Jan. 6
3:30-4:00 p.m.
4:00-4:30 p.m.
$140.80 members / $176 non-members

9 Wed beg. Jan. 8
3:30-4:00 p.m.
$158.40 members / $198 non-members

Ages 3-11
9 Sat. beg. Jan. 11
10:00-10:30 a.m.
10:30-11:00 a.m.
$158.40 members / $198 non-members

Ages 5-11
9 Sun. beg. Jan. 5
1:30-2:00 p.m.
$158.40 members / $198 non-members

45 Min Swim Class
9 Tues beg. Jan. 7
4:15-5:00 p.m.
$216 members / $270 non-members

One Hour Swim Class
9 Sun. beg. Jan. 5
2:00-3:00 p.m.
$252 members / $315 non-members

9 Sat. beg. Jan. 11
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
$252 members / $315 non-members

Ages 8-11
9 Sun. beg. Jan. 5
12:30-1:00 p.m.
$158.40 members / $198 non-members

9 Wed beg. Jan. 8
4:30-5:00 p.m.
$158.40 members / $198 non-members

9 Thurs. beg. Jan. 9
4:00-4:30 p.m.
$158.40 members / $198 non-members

Ages 12+
9 Wed beg. Jan. 8
7:30-8:00 p.m.
$158.40 members / $198 non-members

Stroke Development (Level IV)

Learn rhythmic breathing, crawl stroke, backstroke; survival floating and safety skills are improved. Breaststroke and sidestroke are introduced.

9 Sun. beg. Jan. 5
1:00-1:30 p.m.
$158.40 members / $198 non-members

9 Thurs. beg. Jan. 9
4:30-5:00 p.m.
$158.40 members / $198 non-members

One Hour
9 Sat. beg. Jan. 11
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
$252 members / $315 non-members

LEVEL IV/V (ONE HOUR)
9 Sun. beg. Jan. 5
2:00-3:00 p.m.
$252 members / $315 non-members

Stroke Refinement (Level V)

Children learn breaststroke, turns and rescue skills, improve their front crawl, back crawl, and endurance. The purpose of this class is to facilitate lap swimming skills.

9 Sun. beg. Jan. 5
1:00-1:30 p.m.
$158.40 members / $198 non-members

One Hour
9 Sat. beg. Jan. 11
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
$252 members / $315 non-members

Adaptive Swim Programs

Adaptive Swim Lessons for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) ages 6-12 years old offers:
– private 1:1 instruction
– nurturing skilled instructors
– an encouraging and supportive environment
– focus on water safety and swimming skills

9 Sun. beg. Jan. 5
3:00-3:30 p.m.
$158.40 members / $198 non-members

Create-a-Class

Create your own class! Any time…whatever you want…however you want it! Swimming for all ages! Find 3 or more interested individuals and we will find you an instructor. Create-A-Class is contingent upon pool availability. Class runs for a minimum of 1⁄2 hour and requires at least 3 sessions. $20 members/$25 non-members per swimmer (per 1/2 hour lesson)

Open Swim

Come to an open swim session with parent. Toys and equipment will be available at the pool. Free to registrants of the courses in swimming classes for ages 7-36 months (Pamper Paddlers, Swim Time with Mommy, Little Fishes, and Fantastic Fishes).

Water Exercise Aquadynamics

Both adults and senior adults with any type of arthritis can benefit from this enjoyable recreational water exercise program. Participants are led by trained personnel through a series of specially designed exercises that can provide some relief and improve joint flexibility. Beneficial for people who are overweight or suffering with back problems.