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 over 30 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 & 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 trademarked 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, 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.
We are open from 9:00am – 8:00pm seven days a week, twelve months of the year…ensuring that there are plenty of scheduling options to suit even the busiest of lifestyles.
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:
Mommy & Me (infants and toddlers)
This beginner level 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)
Swimmers will work in small classes of no more than five (5) comparably skilled children to master our eight patented Kids FIRST /Kick FIRST® skill levels. Classes meet once a week. Children are evaluated at the end of each session and report cards are issued, documenting your child’s progress.
Private Instruction (2 years to adults)
A program that offers one-on-one training for the beginner through intermediate swimmer. The child will progress through the skill levels, while developing balance, confidence and swimming skills with their own personal instructor. Following a half-hour lesson, children are invited to stay to practice for a half hour.
(Practice time available at select locations – please contact your local school for availability)
Semi-Private Instruction (3 years to adults)
Have a friend join you and get a real bargain. By splitting the cost of instruction, you can 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 (6 years to 13 years)
A program designed for the proficient swimmer interested in perfecting the competitive strokes of Freestyle, Backstroke, Butterfly and Breaststroke. Starts and Turns will also be taught. Program meets once each week for 45 minutes.
Homeschoolers Program (3 years to 13 years)
We understand the unique needs of children being schooled at home….and, we understand the needs of Mom & Dad, as well. We have designed a specially priced program for Homeschoolers. Classes meet for 40 minutes (30 minute lesson/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.
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 an hour of private pool time, a one hour private party in our observation room and your own personal birthday host. Now that’s something to celebrate!
Adult Swim Lessons (Over 18 years old)
Either private or group lessons are available for those adult swimmers that wish to either learn from scratch or perfect current skills. This program is offered at selected sites. Classes are held once a week for six weeks. Adults learn much faster than kids… for a small investment, you could be swimming this summer!