Life-Saving Swim Lessons


Looking for swim instruction? Here are a few of the most popular options in the greater Lynchburg area.

Lynchburg Parks & Recreation
Lynchburg Parks & Recreation hosts swim lessons at Miller Park Pool every summer and utilizes the American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim program. Instructors focus on building swimming skills one step at a time, working up six course levels—from introduction to water to swimming and skill proficiency.

Where: Miller Park Pool • Ages: 18 months to adult
Group or Private: Group • Cost: $67/city residents, $82/non-city residents
Session Length: Daily lessons over a 2-week period

Sign Up: Visit and look for swim lesson registration under the Programs & Activities tab, Aquatics department. The pool opens for the summer June 12 and the first group of summer lessons starts the next day.

YMCA of CVA Swim School
The YMCA of CVA Swim School is a comprehensive, progressive swim program aimed at creating strong swimmers while cultivating a love of swimming—not just as a necessary survival skill, but also as a way to stay healthy and active. The YMCA’s eight different levels of instruction mean that your child can start at the most appropriate level for them.

Where: Downtown YMCA and Jamerson Family YMCA
Ages: Six months to adult
Group or Private: Both
Cost: $40/members, $70/non-members
(scholarship opportunities available)
Session Length: Varies, but typically two lessons per week for four weeks

Sign Up: Visit, give them a call, or stop by your preferred YMCA location. Group lessons run continuously throughout the year. Typically, registration for a session of lessons opens three weeks before the session begins.

LU Campus Recreation
LU Campus Recreation offers a limited amount of swim lessons to the Liberty and Lynchburg communities each semester, as well as a more compact summer schedule. Their certified swim instructors teach lessons for a wide range of skill levels and ages. Information about their summer classes is below, but check back on their website for more information on their semester offerings, which are typically eight days of classes over two weeks.

Where: LaHaye Aquatic Center
Ages: Six months to 14+
Group or Private: Group
Cost: $65/week
Session Length: Five days in one week, 45 minutes

Sign up: Visit to register. Summer sessions start May 30.


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