KIDS FIRST Swim Schools are year round, warm water swimming facilities dedicated to teaching children (and adults!) to swim in a safe, warm, and loving environment. For your convenience, we own and operate 20 locations throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region. Maintained at 90 degrees, with depths ranging from 2-5 feet, both swimmer and instructor enjoy an environment most conducive to learning. Unique observation rooms with one way glass enable you to watch your child’s class, yet Mom & Dad won’t be a distraction to your child’s progress. Mommy (or Daddy) & Me, Small Groups, Private or Semi-Private formats are all offered, ensuring that your child is getting the level of attention that you want.

Our instructors are all certified through the Director of Training and Development before they can teach the copyrighted KIDS FIRST /Kick FIRST Learn to Swim System. This curriculum is very different from the traditional methods used to teach children and has produced extraordinary results with thousands of youngsters. Take a moment to view our video on this website and see for yourself what is possible.

All our programs are offered in six week sessions (select locations operate on monthly schedules), with classes meeting once a week for half an hour. Just like a piano lesson, practice makes perfect. So, we invite our families to join us on Saturday and Sunday night to our family swims, where Mom & Dad can get involved in the learning process.

Whether your child is just learning to blow bubbles or needs to perfect their competitive strokes, we have a program for you. Check out all your options:

Parent & Me (infants and toddlers)

This beginner-level, weekly program puts Mom or Dad in the water with their infant/toddler as early as possible. We work to develop the natural instincts that a child has for the water, as well as the primary skills of buoyancy, propulsion, and breath control. KIDS FIRST provides one of the leading programs in the country for developing young swimmers.

Small Group Lessons (3 years to 12 years)

Students will work in small classes of no more than five (5) comparably-skilled children to master our eight copyrighted Kids FIRST/Kick FIRST® skill levels. Classes meet once each week. Children are evaluated at the end of each session, and report cards are issued that document your child’s progress.

Private Instruction (2 years to adult)

This program offers one-on-one training for the beginner through intermediate swimmer. The student will progress through the skill levels while developing balance, confidence, and swimming ability with their own personal instructor. Following a half-hour, weekly lesson, children are invited to stay to practice for an additional half hour accompanied by an adult.

Please note: Children must be accompanied by an adult until 3 years of age in this program.

(Practice time available at select locations – please contact your local school for availability)

Semi-Private Instruction (3 years to adult)

Have a friend, sibling, or other relative (of comparable age) join you and get a real bargain. By splitting the cost of instruction, you gain all the benefits of an ultra-small class size for just a little more than our Small Group Lessons.

For children under Age 3, Mom or Dad are required to be in the water with their child along with the instructor.

Developmental Swim Team (eligible after passing Level 6)

A program designed for the proficient swimmer interested in perfecting the competitive strokes of Freestyle, Backstroke, Butterfly, and Breaststroke. Starts and turns are also taught. Swim team meets once each week for 45 minutes.

Homeschoolers Program (3 years and up)

We understand the unique needs of schooling children at home, and we understand the needs of Mom and Dad as well. We have designed a specially-priced program for homeschoolers. Classes meet for 40 minutes each week (a 30 minute-lesson followed by 10 minutes of play/practice time).

Family Swims (children under the age of 6 must be accompanied by an adult)

Mom & Dad, bring the kids out to practice what they’ve been learning. Kids, bring Mom & Dad out to show them how it is done! Saturday and Sunday evenings are family nights at the KIDS FIRST Swim School.

Water Aerobics

We also are thinking about you older kids! Come exercise and stay healthy in the comfort of our warm water pool, as our expert instructors lead you through a heart-healthy 45 minute exercise session. Classes meet 2-3 times each week.

Warm Water Therapy

Are you rehabbing a sports injury? Had recent surgery? Doctors will tell you that there is no better way to exercise the body back to health than the weightlessness of water…especially 90 degree water. And, our oversized steps make our pool easier to enter and exit than climbing those darn ladders. This program provides a low stress workout. Classes meet 2-3 times a week.

Birthday Splashes (under 12 years old)

Weekends are for parties….birthday parties, that is. Our basic package (for up to 25 children) includes (90) minutes of private pool time, (30) minutes of private party time in our observation room and your own personal birthday host. Now that’s something to celebrate!

Adult Swim Lessons (13 years to adult)

Group lessons are available for teen and adult swimmers that wish to learn from scratch or perfect current skills. Adults learn much faster than kids so, for a small investment, you could be swimming this summer! NOTE: this program is only offered at select locations.