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Test the waters with local swimming lessons

Whether you’re looking for the little ones or for yourself, these local swimming instructors will help keep your summertime safe and fun.

A circle of swimming caregivers and children in a pool during swimming lessons in Asheville

Swimming alongside caregivers can make lessons easier for the little ones.

Photo by @swimgently

As summer gets underway, folks all over the city are turning to local pools or favorite swimming holes to beat the heat. But if swimming is uncharted waters for you or your little ones, this is the perfect time to take the plunge and learn. We’ve gathered a few spots for swimming lessons in Asheville, so dive on in — the water’s fine.

Swim Gently
Swim coach and instructor KJ Hawk offers a variety of public and private classes, including an inclusive eight-week series called Bodies, Boundaries & Bathing Suits which starts Sunday, July 7.

British Swim School of Asheville
Regardless of age or experience, swimmers will learn to be safe in the water and master swim strokes with fun + gentle methods.

YMCA of Western North Carolina
Explore a full schedule of lessons for kids ages 6 months to 12 years as well as adults, available in private, group, and parent/child formats.

East Asheville Recreation Club
Introduce your little one to the water or let your advanced swimmer strengthen their skills during week-long, lifeguard-led classes.

Shalene Swim School
The certified instructor’s technique involves a story, a song, and three tries to give kids the confidence to swim safely.

Asheville Jewish Community Center
JCC Annual Members can choose from group or private lessons for the kids, plus diving lessons for 5 to 7-year-olds.

Infant Swimming Resource
This drowning prevention program is specially designed for children ages 6 months to 6 years — email the instructor to join the lesson queue.

Asheville Racquet Club
Swim lessons for the kids fill up fast, so give the club a call to see about availability at either the downtown or the south location — plus, you can join the waitlist for instructor CJ O’Reilly’s private lessons.

LPC Fitness & Aquatics
The center currently offers private lessons for any age and ability, for getting used to the water or gaining confidence.

Pro tip: Once everyone is comfortable in the water, explore our guide to local pools + swimming holes.

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