March 23, 2010,
C.C. asks from Orlando, FL on March 15, 2007
Where do I find swimming lessons for toddler in Orlando, FL?
I have a 19 month old son and I am interested in getting him into swimming lessons. I was thinking about becoming a member at the YMCA. It will cost about a hundred dollars a month to be a member and 60 dollars for the swimming class. I dont know if its worth it since we probably won't participate in anything but the swimming classes. If anyone has any suggestions about swimming lessons elsewhere or comments about the YMCA please let me know.
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M.A. answers from Orlando on March 16, 2007
Hello! My sister takes her son to the SoutWest Aquatics Center. It is still a couple of hundred dollars for the course, but you don't need to join like you do the YMCA (so when you are done with the lessons, you are done paying). The # is ###-###-#### and they're located in Gotha, near MetroWest and Ocoee.
I hope this helps! Best of luck!
S.B. answers from Orlando on March 23, 2010
I know a great group of girls that teach children to swim. You can check them out at http://www.fishoutofwater.biz
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D.O. answers from Orlando on March 16, 2007
My son 12 month old son is about to start the Safe Start swimming program at the YMCA next week and we are not members of the YMCA. I do not think you have to join to use the Safe Start program. Also, we received a subtancial "scholarship" for the program because we are members of our church... so you may want to check with the YMCA to see if you qualify for any scholarships too...
B.R. answers from Orlando on March 16, 2007
I too will be gettting lessons for my 18 month old this summer, or as soon as it warms up a little more. Anyways, I saw an article in the paper the other day that mentioned the following: Infant Swimming Resouse at infantswim.com or ###-###-####. Sharks and Minnows Swim School at sharksandminnows.com or ###-###-####. They also mentioned the YMCA. You can also visit Orange County's web site at orangecountyfl.net for other swimming options. I believe it was the Infant Swimming Resource I called last season just to see how much and how it works. It was recommended by my pediatrician. They can train your toddler in a week. Either you can go to their place, or someone can come to your house if you have a pool. It is expensive if you ask me though. I want to say it was $75 each time if at your house, cheaper if you go there. Good luck!
K.P. answers from Orlando on March 16, 2007
K.W. answers from Orlando on March 16, 2007
At 19 months of age the Safe Start program offered at many of the YMCAs is an absolute must for FL kids esp if you have a pool. It's an wonderful (and intensive) drowning prevention program that actually teaches your child to swim and float in his clothes to get himself to the side of the pool. My son is currently in the program at the Crosby YMCA (by WP Hospital) and it really is absolutely amazing.
Anyways, you don't have to be a member to take the lessons since it's a separate department. If you call their main number after 9am they can transfer you to the safe start department where they can give you more info on the program.
I'm sure the other swim lessons programs are similar (meaning you don't have to be a member)
And you don't have to take them at Crosby--but they do have an inside pool.
Finally, we actually are members. Though it's pricier than some gyms they by far have the best child care along with clean facilities, nice equipment, and tons of classes and programs. I use it about 3x week since Jan. and my son has never gotten sick, they check his diaper every 1/2 hour and note if he's dry, and change if he's wet or dirty-- and they have different activities based on age (though most are toddlers or younger when we go). Doing the math I would spend much more per hour on daycare...and I get to try and finally get the rest of this baby fat off!