Summer in FresYes (or at least, very hot weather) is coming up fast. Spending the day keeping cool in the pool is a time-honored way to coast through those 100+ degree days that are inevitably coming our way.
And while we are still currently enjoying the blossoming trees and the respite between the rain and the heat, it’s also the official time of year to sign up for swim lessons.
If you have a beginning swimmer in your house (or if that swimmer is you), you’ve probably been looking into resources to help get out of those water wings and into full-on free swimming.
Here is a list of swim instructors in the Fresno and Clovis area that will help you or your little one level up from “Minnow” to “Shark” before you know it.
1. Jan Thomas Swim School
I learned to swim at this school in the (gulp) 1970s, and now my son is learning here too! Talk about a tried-and-true option: Jan Thomas Swim School has been a Fresno fixture for 59 years.
Baby and Me: Ages 9 months to 21 months, $130 for 8 lessons (30 min. each)
Private lessons: All Ages, $460 for 10 lessons (30 min. each)
Open: May 1 to August 3
Ages: 9 months and up
Location: 1849 N. Willow Ave., Clovis, CA 93619
Contact: (559) 299-2468
Hints and Highlights: The Duck Hut sells fun toys and snacks in case your little swimmer needs some extra encouragement. Register ASAP; lessons only take place within a brief window, and classes fill up fast! There’s a small “medal ceremony” on the last day of classes. They automatically take underwater photos, and there is a fee to have the pics emailed to you.
Website: Jan Thomas Swim School
2. Jamie’s School of Fish
Annual Registration fee of $25 per family.
Baby and Me: Ages 6 months to 15 months, 5 children per class, $88 for 8 sessions (30 min. each).
Toddler and Me: Ages 15 months to 34 months, 5 children per class, $88 for 8 sessions (30 min. each).
Private lessons: $298 per session, ages 2 and up (20 min. each).
30-minute group: $158 per session, ages 4 and up, 3 children per class.
Autism spectrum 30-minute private: $298 per session, all ages.
Open: Year round, depending on which location you prefer. Classes are broken up into two-month-long “sessions.”
Ages: 6 months and up
Location and contact: This school has locations in Clovis, Fresno and Modesto. See here for location details and phone numbers.
Highlights: Small class sizes, several locations to choose from, accommodation for children with special needs.
Website: Jamie’s School of Fish
3. Break the Barriers
New Student Registration Fee: $35
One Group Lesson per week: $144 for 8 lessons
One Private Lesson per week: $280 for 8 lessons
Open: 2017 Spring Semester is April 17 to June 10. It’s split into two sessions of 8 lessons if you choose to attend twice a week, or one session of 8 lessons for students attending once a week.
Ages: 6 months and up
Location: 8555 N. Cedar Ave. Fresno, CA 93720
Contact: (559) 432-6292
Highlights: Break the Barriers is an amazing resource with an impressive local impact. The school teaches many other classes besides swimming, and are dedicated to providing equal access to those with special needs, and those without.
Website: Break the Barriers
Bullfrog Swim School
10 Private Lessons, $395
20 Private Lessons, $595
These lessons can be shared with a friend or family member at no extra cost.
Open: Year round
Ages: 6 months and up. The school teaches older adults.
Location: 6065 N. Thesta St., Fresno, CA 93710
Contact: (559) 281-8650
Highlights: Bullfrog Swim School has two locations, one of which is a private home (if you’d like extra privacy, this is the way to go.) The school emphasizes teaching new swimmers how to save themselves if they fall into a pool, and it has someone on staff to specifically cater to students with special needs.
Website: Bullfrog Swim School
Amy Morris Swim School
Price: $25 registration fee, which includes t-shirt and award.
Baby and Me, ages 6 months to 22 months, $160 for 8 lessons (25 min.s each)
Private lessons, $375 for 10 lessons (30 mins. each) or $40 per individual lesson.
Open: Spring/Summer Session, May 1 to August 3. Fall Session, 8/28/17.
Ages: 6 months and up
Location: 1757 Jordan Ave., Clovis, CA 93611
Contact: (559) 299-8080
Highlights: Pool is heated to 88 degrees, underwater photos available upon request, award upon completion of session.
Website: Amy Morris Swim School
Hope you all feel prepared to hit the pool and soak up some fun in the sun! No pool handy? No problem. Check out this FresYes list of public pools.