A Guide to Swimming Lessons in New Orleans

Swimming Lessons in New Orleans

Swimming lessons are a necessity in our house; we started with Water Babies at 10 months and have had multiple lessons every summer since then. For me, the importance of wimming lessons stemmed from two things. One, we are raising kids in New Orleans. You basically cannot walk 10 feet in South Louisiana without coming across a body of Swimming lessons in NOLAwater. Second, I wanted to start swim lessons early so that my daughters were comfortable and confident in the water. You may be surprised to no that we refuse puddle jumpers in my home as well!

Knowing that your child can swim to the side should the fall in a pool is a tremendous relief and sense of assurance as a mom. Of course, I still worry like any mom, but I know that my kids are prepared in the event that they happen to fall into water.

There are many options to consider when determining where to take swim lessons in New Orleans. You can start with a Water Babies / “Mommy and Me” class where a parent accompanies the baby into the water for an easy adaptation. Alternatively, you can start from the beginning with official lessons whereby a parent is not in the water with the child.

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Photo Courtesy of Love Swimming

I also suggest that parents consider whether they prefer swimming lessons in a facility or in a home setting, as well as whether group or private lessons are a better fit. There are many great swim lesson options around New Orleans that happen in more official facilities, but there are also many excellent swimming teachers who instruct from the pool in their backyard. As with anything childcare related, I’d always urge parents to “interview” the instructor to gauge their skillset, credentials and fit with your family. Finally, think through whether you prefer an indoor or outdoor pool.

Our friends at Love Swimming suggest that New Orleans parents look for a school that specializes in making swim lessons fun AND effective. It’s essential that your swimmer wants to be there and that it’s something the emerging swimmer looks forward to while building their skills and self-confidence. At Love Swimming, for example, swimming lessons is their speciality and focus, and they believe it shows in the end product; great swim lessons speak for themselves.

A Guide to Swimming Lessons in New Orleans

Orleans Parish

Location: 5221 South Front Street, New Orleans

Phone: (504) 891-4662.

Ages: 6 months to adult

Facility: Indoor pool

Location: 6801 Franklin Avenue, New Orleans

Phone: 504 280-7238

Ages: 1 year to adult

Facility: Indoor pool

Location: 5342 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans

Phone: 504-897-0143

Ages: 6 months and up

Facility: Outdoor pool

Location: 6363 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans

Phone: 504-864-7539

Ages: Infant to Adult

Facility: Indoor pool

Location: 2601 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans

Phone: 504-864-7539

Ages: 16 months and up

Facility: Indoor pool

Location: 31 McAlister Dr, New Orleans

Phone: 504-865-5242

Age: 3 and up

Facility: Indoor pool

Location: Treme 900 N. Villere Street, New Orleans

Phone: 504-658-3162

Age: 6 months and up

Facility: Indoor pool

Note: Additional outdoor pools will open this summer.

 

Jefferson Parish

Location: 5728 Plauche St Suite B, Elmwood, LA 70123

Phone: (504) 416-0431

Ages: 6 months to adult

Facility: Indoor

Location: Elks Lodge Pool 2215 Cleary Ave. Metairie, LA 70001

Phone: 504-885-0787

Ages: 10 months to adult

Facility: Outdoor pool

Location: 1200 S. Clearview Pkwy Harahan, LA 70123

Phone: 504-733-1600

Ages: 6 months to adult

Facility: Indoor pool

Location: 3747 W. Esplanade Avenue, Metairie, LA 70002

Phone: 504-887-5158

Ages: 3 and up

Facility: Outdoor pool

Location: 4828 Utica St., Metairie

Phone: 504-864-7539

Ages: 16 months and up

Facility: Indoor pool

Location: 4709 Airline Drive, Metairie, LA 70001

Phone: 504-909-2220

Ages: 3 to adult

Facility: Indoor pool

Location: 6691 Riverside Drive, Metairie, LA 70003

Phone: 504-888-9622

Ages: 6 months to 15

Facility: Outdoor pool

Note: Belle Chase YMCA and West St. Tammany YMCA also offer lessons

Location: 225 Green Acres Rd, Metairie

Phone: 504-733-0353

Ages: 18 months to 14 years

Facility: Indoor pool

Northshore

Location: Covington, Hammond, Slidell, New Orleans or YOUR HOME

Phone: (985) 351-4812

Ages: 6 months to 6 years

Facility: Varies

Location: 690 Albert Street, Mandeville, LA

Phone: 985-626-9456

Ages: 6 months to adult

Facility: Outdoor pool

Location: 100 Bon Temps Roule, Mandeville, LA

Phone: 985-792-0200

Ages: 6 months to adult

Facility: Outdoor pool

Location: 1170 Meadowbrook Blvd, Mandeville, LA

Phone: 985-626-3706

Ages: 6 months to adult

Facility: Indoor or outdoor pool

 

Residential Pool Instructors

Location: Covington, Hammond, Slidell, New Orleans or YOUR HOME

Phone: (985) 351-4812

Ages: 6 months to 6 years

  • Kellen Murphy

Ages: 2 and up

Location: Kenner near Power

Phone: 504-957-0101

Do you have any local businesses to add to the list? Please email us! Info {@}neworleansmomsblog {dot} com. 

18 Responses to A Guide to Swimming Lessons in New Orleans

  1. Keri R. June 12, 2014 at 11:41 am #

    Harry’s Dive Shop starts babies at 6 months.

  2. Georgia February 28, 2015 at 5:15 pm #

    Do any of these instructors offer lessons for kiddos with special needs?

    • Anne March 1, 2015 at 1:11 pm #

      Hi Georgia,

      We offer many lessons for special needs children. Please see our website or email us for more information.

    • YMCA of Greater New Orleand March 2, 2015 at 10:07 am #

      The YMCA of Greater New Orleans is also able to provide swim lessons for children with special needs. Please email our Aquatics Director, Rachael at [email protected] for more information!

    • blaire April 14, 2015 at 7:14 am #

      Yes! I run nolaswim and have taught numerous children with disabilities such as autisim, downsyndrome, and deaf children

  3. Sally Turnipseed April 9, 2015 at 3:15 pm #

    Linzy, who did y’all use for swim lessons?
    Thx, Sally

  4. Kelly April 13, 2015 at 6:18 pm #

    South LA Swim Team offers Swim Lessons year round..Locations in Metairie, New Orleans, and Hammond. http://www.slst-seahorses.com/Home.jsp?team=laslst

  5. South LA Swim Team April 13, 2015 at 6:19 pm #

    South LA Swim Team offers Swim Lessons year round..Locations in Metairie, New Orleans, and Hammond. http://www.slst-seahorses.com/Home.jsp?team=laslst

  6. blaire April 14, 2015 at 7:04 am #

    http://Www.nolaswim.com

  7. blaire April 14, 2015 at 7:06 am #

    You forgot the best lessons
    http://Www.nolaswim.com

  8. blaire April 14, 2015 at 7:55 am #

    Georgia,
    chexk this out:
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  9. KJ May 25, 2015 at 10:11 am #

    does anyone offer lessons for 3 month olds?

  10. Luke Smith March 8, 2016 at 9:48 pm #

    I think that all kids should have swimming lessons. So that they can feel more comfortable in the water, and if they need to they can swim for their lives. I plan on putting my kids in swimming lessons when the time comes.

  11. Pamela Stein April 18, 2016 at 4:21 pm #

    I just wanted to warn other moms about Harry’s Dive Shop. My 3 year old was enrolled there and participated in 3 lessons, on the 3rd lesson the instructor had them all paddle to the deep end of the pool and sit on the the side of the pool to take turns going into the water. While working with the first child my 3 year old slipped into the water on accident. The instructor did not notice. Luckily, my husband and I both saw it happen and ran from the shallow end to the deep end of the very large pool and my husband had to jump in and pull him out. The instructor did not notice until my husband made it into the water and a manager only noticed because I was screaming while we ran. I feel that if we did not have our eyes on him and the moment he slipped in this all would have had a very different outcome. I just want to make sure other parents know about this and that they are cautious about who they use for swimming lessons and vigilant about watching their children around pools.

  12. Dora May 11, 2016 at 2:17 am #

    My son goes to Jewels pool on Barataria Blvd. She has years of experience

  13. Marie July 15, 2016 at 7:34 pm #

    Is there anyone out there that offers free lessons for 4 month olds?

  14. Lydia August 15, 2016 at 9:51 pm #

    We had a bad experience today at my 20 months old’s 2nd swim lesson. The instructor kept dunking him under the water even though he was hystetically screaming and clinging to her. He was terrified. Is this normal? I hope not. Any recommendations on facilities that do not teach this way?

  15. Emily McLaughlin July 4, 2017 at 8:53 am #

    Do any of these locations provide ISR lessons??

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