Drowning is a major cause of accidental death for young children and can occur in just centimeters of water. However, drowning is not the only risk; many of the different water activities families choose come with their own opportunities for disaster. That’s why water safety is so important.
On average there are ten deaths per day from unintentional drownings in the United States. One in five people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger. Dr. Miren Schinco, Trauma Medical Director at Orange Park Medical Center shares these tips to keep your family safe wherever you choose to make a splash this summer.
Jacksonville Mom has listed all the swim lessons, swim instructors, and swim schools in and around Jacksonville. Summer is soon approaching, and living in the “Sunshine State” means that swimming is a year-round option for us. Having your child (or even yourself) as prepared as possible with swim lessons from trained instructors is key to ensuring water safety. Learn how to keep everyone in your family safe, these swim schools will get you prepared and make sure you have fun while doing so. We have our list of some trusted, tried and true swim instructors in our area.
Classes around Jacksonville fill up quickly so we recommend inquiring about swim lessons as early as spring, although lessons occur all year.
Take a look at some of the swim schools for swimming lessons offered around Jacksonville!
Featured Swim Lessons & Schools
At British Swim School of Northeast Florida, we don’t just teach swim lessons. We teach water survival skills. Our curriculum-based program begins with the foundation of water survival first, followed by learn-to-swim programs. And while our students recognize that swimming is a lifelong, lifesaving skill, we also make learning exciting through a structured program of songs, games, and fun!
Our mission is to ensure that every person, regardless of age or ability, has the opportunity to become a safe and happy swimmer. We aim to instill within our students a love and respect for water and to foster abilities that can translate into lifelong enjoyment. Whether you’re looking for swimming classes for babies (3+ months), toddlers, kids, or adults, British Swim School of Northeast Florida offers a variety of swim lessons for all ages and skill levels. Be it water acclimation for your Tadpole or growing independence and survival skills as a Minnow, there’s a program for everyone. Learn more about all of our swim programs and levels from infant through to adult classes. Phone: (904) 902-2420 |Email
AQUA Swim School is a professionally operated swim school devoted to teaching the BEST of swimming to all levels and ages. Offering group, private lessons, and parent and tot year-round lessons in a heated, indoor saltwater pool. Birthday parties are also offered with separate party entrance. Free swim evaluation and free Swim Lesson for all babies 2 – 6 months old!
Check out JMB Contributor Maya’s review to learn more about her experience and for a special JMB reader offer for a free swim lesson to keep your kids safe around water and evaluate your child to see what level they should be placed in based on their current skills and previous exposure to swimming. Located 3993 San Jose Park Drive, Jacksonville, Florida. Phone: (904) 775-9400
At Swim Lesson Suzi you or your child will learn from someone who is experienced and passionate about teaching swimming. Suzi Teitelman has been teaching swim since she was 15 years old, and always dreamed of being an instructor right in her own backyard. In 2011, she made that dream come true in her Jacksonville Beach home, with a custom-designed pool for instructing her students. She has been teaching Red Cross Swimming for 25 years. Not only is Suzi passionate, but she is fun, efficient, and fast. She will teach you and/or your child the basics of swimming, proper stroke techniques and how to save yourself with water safety. Suzi offers a package of eight lessons lasting 30 minutes each, for $400, and you can add a child for only $250 more. Single lessons are $80 apiece and also 30 minutes long. Phone: (904)476-2235 | Email
The Bolles School has several swimming instruction opportunities beginning this spring. The Learn to Swim course is March 4-27 and is located on the Bolles Upper School San Jose Campus. This group introduces swimming to young children and does so in a safe, controlled environment with a small swimmer-to-coach ratio. The instructor will remain in the water at all times to provide a fun and safe atmosphere. The cost of the session is $185 and includes insurance and deposit fees. The group meets at the pool on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. or from 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m
The JR Makos Spring Session, which runs March 5 through April 18. This course is an introduction to competitive swimming program and is located on the Bolles Upper School San Jose Campus. Designed for children ages five and up, the class has two sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays. One is from 4:15 to 5 p.m. and the other is from 5 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. Swimmers in this class will learn all four strokes and must be able to kick 25 yards and swim 15 yards with their face in the water to participate. Each class is limited to six participants. The cost for new swimmers is $185, which includes insurance and deposit. Additional swim camp opportunities at Bolles begin this summer. Phone: (904) 256-5219 | Email
The First Coast YMCA has swim programs for all ages and abilities. Certified and experienced instructors emphasize personal safety, swimming skills, and endurance while guiding students with praise and encouragement. Swimming is a necessary life skill as well as great exercise and a challenging sport. Our Ys offer swim lessons for all ages, family swim, competitive swimming teams, and many kinds of adaptive swim programs for kids with special needs, so we can all safely enjoy the water.
Free swim testing is offered at any First Coast YMCA whenever our pools are open. All of the locations with pools are listed here: Clay & Baker County, Duval County, Nassau County, St. Johns County. Phone (904) 265-1775.
Check out our comprehensive list of swim lessons and swim schools in our Family Directory below!
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Orange Park Medical Center, serving Clay County and its surrounding communities, is a full-service, acute care hospital with 317 inpatient beds. Orange Park Medical Center is a Joint Commission Top-Performing Hospital, ranked as one of the best hospitals in the country for heart, lung and surgical care. For more information about services, facilities, and physicians, please visit OrangeParkMedical.com.