by Mabel Sterritt
With plenty of beach and pool opportunities during the summer, you want your children to be as safe as possible while still having fun. Year-round swim lessons are a great way to get children comfortable in the water. Here are 10 local facilities around Boston that offer swimming lessons to children of all ages:
YMCA of Central Massachusetts
766 Main St., Worcester; www.ymcaofcm.org/locations/central-community-branch
The Central Community Branch offers group and private swimming lessons for children and adults, with beginner, intermediate and advanced lessons.
The Thoreau Club
275 Forest Ridge Rd., Concord; www.thoreau.com
Swimming lessons at The Thoreau Club seek to teach children how to swim while helping them get over their fears of the water. The club offers group lessons, private lessons, Red Cross water safety instructor classes and even has its own swim team.
Evelyn Kirrane Aquatics Center
60 Tappan St., Brookline; firstname.lastname@example.org
This center offers private, semi-private and group swim lessons. The center also has a swim team that children and teens can join.
Swimming Pool at UMASS Boston
100 Morrissey Blvd., Boston; www.umb.edu/athletics/fitness_recreation/swimming
Those not attending UMASS Boston can purchase a membership through the Clark Athletic Center. Swimming lessons are offered by trained lifeguards, and the pool also offers pool basketball and aquatic group exercise classes.
The Valley Swim School
52 Round Hill Rd., Northampton; http://thevalleyswimschool.com
The Valley Swim School offers swimming lessons, water aerobic classes, lifeguard training, water safety instructor certification, recreational swim time and children and adult fitness swimming programs. All instructors at the school have extensive experience in the water.
Mark’s Swim Academy
100 Cook St, Billerica; http://marksswimacademy.com
249 Lexington St #1, Waltham
With two locations in Billerica and Waltham, Mark’s Swim Academy has swimming lessons for children and adults year-round in an indoor pool. All skill levels are welcome, and the pool offers group lessons, parent and toddler lessons, adult swim lessons and private lessons.
The Kennedy Pool
5 Cherry St, Somerville; www.somerville.k12.ma.us/education/dept/dept.php?sectionid=1229
Located in Somerville, the Kennedy Pool has two pools and offers lessons to toddlers, children, teens and adults. The pool also offers a recreational swim time for families.
YMCA of Greater Boston
316 Huntington Ave., Boston; www.ymcaboston.org
Boston’s YMCA offers swimming lessons to teens and adults. The center puts a focus on helping teens with their personal fears of water and helping them overcome them. The YMCA welcomes swimmers of all levels and skills.
16 Aldrin Rd., Plymouth; www.plymouthfitness.com
Plymouth Fitness offers group, semi-private and private swimming lessons with a focus on personal attention and growth for swimmers. Sessions are made up of six to eight 30-minute sessions to guarantee maximum retention.
The Boys and Girls Club of Woburn
1 Charles Gardner Lane, Woburn; www.bgcwoburn.org
Offering both swimming lessons and their own swim team, the Boys and Girls Club of Woburn is a relaxed, nurturing environment to bring a young swimmer into. They also offer after-school programs and a summer camp.