Baby and Infant Swim Lessons in Marin

February 28, 2017

infant and toddler swimming lessonsBeing safe and comfortable around water is extremely important, and it's never too early to introduce little ones to the basics of water skills. Many infants actually take naturally to the water! Infant swim classes in Marin County start as early as six months old, and are usually parent/child sessions where you or a caregiver can enjoy the water with your child. While most of these classes don't teach infants to swim per se, they do introduce parents and children to the water and important safety skills.

Below is our list of infant and toddler swim classes in Marin. Although many of the facilities listed are private clubs, unless otherwise indicated, all locations offer public lessons open to all. Most programs require pre-registration; follow the links or call to sign up or for more information.

Mill Valley

  • Infant Swim Marin
    Mill Valley
    (415) 578-0966

    Survival swimming lessons for children ages 6 months - 6 years. Lessons for a 6-12 month old focus on teaching the child to roll onto their back to float, rest and breathe, and to be able to maintain this life-saving position until help arrives. Lessons for children 1-6 years old focus on teaching the swim- float-swim survival sequence. Children learn to swim with their head down; roll onto their back to float, rest, and breathe; and roll back over to resume swimming until they reach the side of the pool, where they can either crawl out or until they can be rescued.
  • Mill Valley Community Center Pool
    180 Camino Alto
    (415) 383-1370

    The Mill Valley Swim School offers classes for ages 6–36 months. They offer private and group lessons. Both classes introduce little ones to the water with parent participation. They offer group private lessons.
  • Strawberry Recreation District
    118 E. Strawberry Drive
    (415) 383-6494

    Strawberry's Seedlings Program is a parent/child water orientation class for ages 6 months–3.5 years old. Through songs, games, and safety skills children learn to enjoy the water with their parent. Children are not expected to learn to swim in this class.

Novato

  • Rolling Hills Club
    351 San Andreas Drive
    (415) 897-2185

    Tiny Turtles provides an early introduction to swimming for ages 8 months–3 years. The course is directed towards improving the child’s comfort level in water while training parents in water safety and drowning prevention. Parents are taught how to work with their own child on water adjustment and basic swimming skills. One parent or guardian must be in the water with each child. Swim Diapers required.
  • SwimAmerica
    College of Marin Indian Valley Campus Pool
    1800 Ignacio Boulevard, Novato
    Cavanagh Pool
    8th and G Streets, Petaluma

    (415) 892-2269
    SwimAmerica offers ey also offer an Aqua Babies program is for infants 6 months–3 years in Petaluma only. Infants do not learn to "swim" but become comfortable with the water, float on their backs, and get a breath of air.

San Rafael

  • Infant Swim Marin
    San Rafael
    (415) 578-0966

    Survival swimming lessons for children ages 6 months - 6 years. Lessons for a 6-12 month old focus on teaching the child to roll onto their back to float, rest and breathe, and to be able to maintain this life-saving position until help arrives. Lessons for children 1-6 years old focus on teaching the swim- float-swim survival sequence. Children learn to swim with their head down; roll onto their back to float, rest, and breathe; and roll back over to resume swimming until they reach the side of the pool, where they can either crawl out or until they can be rescued.
  • Marin YMCA
    1500 Los Gamos Drive, San Rafael
    (415) 492-9622

    Marin YMCA offers parent/child swim classes for ages 6 months–3 years. Classes provide a fun and inviting environment for babies and toddlers through the use of toys, songs, and companionship with other similarly aged participants. Children become aware of the differences between dry land and water and parents learn how to keep their child safe in and around the pool. The child must be accompanied by a responsible adult in the water.
  • Osher Marin JCC
    200 N San Pedro Rd
    San Rafael, CA 94903
    (415) 444-8032

    The Osher Main JCC's aquatics program offers Baby Swim classes for children 6 months–4 years old. Classes include Mommies in Motion, which gives moms a great aerobic workout and introduces baby to water skills (9–36 months). Splash! (9–24 months) and Advanced Splash! (2–4 years) introduce children to water play and water exploration.

Tiburon/Belvedere:

  • Belvedere Tennis Club
    700 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon
    (415) 435-4792

    Belvedere Tennis Club offers private and semi-private swim lessons for kids ages 12 months and up.

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