Swim lessons are very important for children. Safety is of course the most significant factor here, especially since the Indy area has swimming pools, lakes, and ponds galore. But in addition to putting caregivers’ minds at ease, learning to swim opens up a whole world of summer fun for kids!
Here are all of our favorite places to learn to swim in Indy, including Mommy and Me/Daddy and Me classes, infant classes, toddler classes, and swim lessons for older children.
Big Blue Swim School
Big Blue Swim School teaches kids ages three months to 12 years how to be safe, happy, and confident swimmers. They offer a transformational swim lesson experience, developed by competitive swimmers and taught by professional swim instructors. Scheduling swim lessons is ultra convenient with their proprietary scheduling technology and multiple skill and age levels are offered at the same time. From the warm 90-degree pools; to the comfortable, Wi-Fi-enabled viewing areas; ample changing rooms; and convenient parking; you’ll soon see what sets Big Blue apart from the rest!
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Indianapolis Healthplex offers American Red Cross swimming lessons for adults and children. Classes are available for all ages and swimming abilities.
3660 Guion Rd, Indianapolis
Goldfish Swim School
Goldfish Swim School ensures a safe, personal experience by keeping class sizes small. Beginning with toddler classes, student/teacher ratios are 4:1. Parent and child classes are offered for infants, allowing caregivers to engage with their little ones as instructors introduce them to water basics. Water in the pool is kept at a warm 90 degrees, which may encourage anxious new swimmers to jump on in! Students can practice their skills at Family Swim and the pool can also be booked for parties.
Goldfish Swim School Fishers
11581 Geist Pavilion Dr, Fishers
Goldfish Swim School Carmel
271 Merchants Square Dr, Carmel
Goldfish Swim School Greenwood
1675 West Smith Valley Road, Greenwood
Aqua-Tots Swim School
Classes are no larger than four children and the pool is 90 degrees. This swim school offers flexible schedules, and free make-up lessons, and all Water Safety Instructors are extensively trained. Register children as young as 4 months old for parent/child classes. You can also sign an older kid up for a Fast Track clinic for a week of daily lessons to help hone skills before a family vacation or the start of summer.
4825 E. 96th Street, Indianapolis
Monon Community Center | Carmel Clay Parks
The Monon Community Center in Carmel offers swim lessons for children as young as 6 months and as old as 14. In parent/child classes, caregivers learn how to guide babies and toddlers under age 3 in learning foundational swimming skills. 3-4 lesson sessions are offered regularly in varying schedule types, including weekly, twice a week, and 3-4 consecutive days in a single week. Families can choose from lessons held in the indoor aquatics pool or outdoors at the Waterpark pool.
1235 Central Park Dr. E, Carmel
Butler University Swim Lessons
Butler University’s Aquatics Center offers parent/tot, group, private and semi-private lessons. Group classes are limited to 4-6 students per teacher, while semi-private lessons allow a more personalized curriculum for 2-3 children. Check out their “At Home Swim Lessons” lesson plans for tips on how to teach young kids swimming basics from your bathtub!
530 West 49th Street, Indianapolis
Carmel Swim Club/Carmel Aquatics
Carmel Swim Club offers group, private, and semi-private swim lessons for children aged 3 and up at various locations. More advanced swimmers can enroll in Stroke Technique or Swim Club Prep classes. Apply for free swim lessons if your family is in need of financial assistance.
Stony Creek Swim Center
Stony Creek believes in teaching children to swim as early as possible, so they offer free swimming classes for babies aged 4 weeks up to 6 months. While Stony Creek technically has 3 locations, Noblesville is the only one that offers year-round classes. Enroll in infant and toddler swim lessons, group lessons for ages 2 and up, or join the swim team. Book their main location in Noblesville or their Fisher’s outdoor pool for birthday parties. A third summer-only outdoor location in Carmel offers 2-week SPLASH lessons. Financial assistance is available to those who need it.
Stony Creek Noblesville
15550 Stony Creek Way, Noblesville
Stony Creek Fishers
10601 Cumberland Road, Fishers
(317)773-7399 ext. 20
Stony Creek Carmel
1463 Queensborough Drive, Carmel
Lawrence Swim Team Lessons
Classes are offered at Lawrence Central and Lawrence North High Schools. Register for 6-week sessions with 30-minute lessons offered on three different days of the week. Student/teacher ratios are kept to 4:1 for safety and to ensure your student receives the attention they need to learn and achieve their goals. Discounts are offered for siblings registered simultaneously, as well as for families who currently qualify for free or reduced school lunches.
7300 E. 56th Street, Indianapolis
7802 Hague Road, Indianapolis
Richard A. Carlucci Recreation and Aquatic Center
Swim lessons offered at Plainfield’s Aquatic Center come highly recommended! Parent-tot classes incorporate songs and games to help babies as young as 6 months and toddlers get comfortable in the pool. Children ages 3-12 can register for private or semi-private classes or group lessons. Most sessions last 8 weeks, however, you can opt for more intensive courses that include 8 total lessons over 2 weeks. The Aquatic Center also offers Junior Lifeguard courses for swimmers aged 11-15.
651 Vestal Road, Plainfield
YMCA of Greater Indianapolis
The YMCA has multiple locations throughout the Indianapolis area and offers a variety of swimming programs for all ages and skill levels. They have certified swim instructors who focus on technique and safety. They also offer private lessons and aquatic fitness classes.
Contact the YMCA branch near you, or call the Association Office
The JCC Indianapolis offers Starfish Swimming lessons for kids and teens and Stroke School for preschoolers and youth. Private and semi-private swim lessons are also available. Lifeguard certification is also offered at the Indianapolis JCC as well as other special interest aquatics programs like SCUBA diving, Synchronized, and Artistic Swimming. Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts can earn their aquatics badges at the Indy JCC.
6701 Hoover Rd, Indianapolis
Infant Swimming and Self Rescue
Children from 6 months to 6 years of age learn how to use Infant Swimming Resource’s Self-Rescue skills to save themselves.
Multiple Indy Locations
More information here
Indy Parks Swim Lessons
During the summer months, Indy Parks and Recreation offers swim lessons at many of their outdoor pools. During the winter, swimming lessons are offered at the indoor pools and aquatic centers.
George Washington Community School Pool
2215 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46222
Indy Island Aquatic Center
8575 E Raymond St, Indianapolis
4649 W Vermont St, Indianapolis
Center Grove Swimming Lessons
Center Grove Aquatic Club offers swim lessons year-round, focusing on safety, water awareness, swimming skills, stroke technique, water comfortability, and learning to love the water in a 1:1 setting.
Center Grove High School
2717 S Morgantown Rd, Greenwood
Fishers Area Swimming Tigers
The Fishers Tigers use the Starfish Aquatics Institute Learn to Swim programs. Swimming lessons are available for ages 4-14 years old.
Fishers High School
13000 Promise Rd, Fishers
British Swim School
Swim lesson programs for children ages 3 months through adult.
Southeastern Swim School
Learn-to-swim lesson program for children ages 3+ (that are potty trained) and follows the ASCA Swim America curriculum. The ASCA curriculum offers 10 different levels of swim skills all focusing on a wide range of skills and abilities. This format allows families with children at different ability levels to participate in classes at the same time.
Hamilton Southeastern High School
13910 E 126th St, Fishers
The Riviera Club
Private club with private swimming lessons.
5640 North Illinois Street, Indianapolis
Lifetime Fitness offers children’s swim lessons and swim clinics. Lessons are group lessons, private lessons, and semi-private lessons.
8705 Castle Creek Pkwy E Dr, Indianapolis
Jaguar Swim School at IUPUI
Swimming lessons for ages 24 months to age 17. Lessons follow curriculum designed by SwimAmerica.
901 W New York St, Indianapolis
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