A Guide to Swimming Lessons in New Orleans

Swimming Lessons in New Orleans

Swimming lessons are a necessity in our house; my kids have been in a pool since birth. We have done both group lessons and private lessons. For me, the importance of swimming 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 water. Second, I wanted to start swim lessons early so that my sons were comfortable and confident in the water. It is never too early for kids to learn the importance of safety near the water.

Knowing that your child can swim to the side should they 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.

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 skill set, credentials and fit with your family. Finally, think through whether you prefer an indoor or outdoor pool.

Our friends at Little Fins offer some great tips on getting your kiddos started. 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.

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)454-3934

Ages: 3 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)864-7375

Ages: Infant to Adult

Facility: Indoor pool

Location: 31 McAlister Dr, New Orleans

Phone: (504)314-2860

Age: 3 and up

Facility: Indoor pool

Jefferson Parish

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

Phone: (504) 416-0431

Ages: 6 months to adult

Facility: Indoor

Location: 2716 Winifred St., Metairie

Phone: (504)430-4201

Ages: 10 months to adult

Facility: Outdoor 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: 504-256-6554

Ages: 16 months and up

Facility: Indoor pool

Note: They do also offer swim lessons in Hammond and New Orleans

Location: 4709 Airline Drive, Metairie, LA 70001

Phone: (504)909-2220

Ages: 6 months 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

  • Ms. Bubba

Location: 2002 Toledano St., Kenner

Phone: (504)400-6544

Ages: 6 months to adult

Facility: Outdoor pool

Note: Please text to schedule

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

Location: Kenner or YOUR HOME

Phone: (504)427-6122

Ages: 6 months to adult

Facility: Outdoor pool

More resources for New Orleans Swim Lessons ::

Swim Lessons at Love Swimming

Why This Mom Loves Swim Team

One Mom’s Experience At Love Swimming

Five Reasons To Swim All Year Long

Beach Swimming Safety With Kids

Why My Daughter Does NOT Wear a Puddle Jumper

Importance of Swim Lessons

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

Amanda Blaum
Amanda is her name and sequins are her game. She can never be too extra with fashion or fun. Boymomming keeps her busy. In between playdates and ballpark games, she enjoys dates with her husband of 8 years and girls nights with her mom squad.

19 COMMENTS

  1. 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.

  2. 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?

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