New York City's Premiere Swim Program

We offer the best swimming lessons in NYC for kids and adults alike.
Learn From the Pros
Personalized Lessons
Develop Advanced Strokes
Longer Classes
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Kanchan Sharma
Warm pool, very involved owner, good instructors and organized.  I could see my daughter’s improvement within a month of enrollment.
Apoorva Avutu
Penguin City swim is so great! The instructors are so patient and helpful. The location is convenient as well! Would highly recommend the classes.
Sophie C
Wonderful experience with Penguin City Swim. Lots of scheduling options. Kind and hardworking instructors. Warm pool. Spacious locker room.
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Personalized Swim Lessons in New York
Penguin City Swim has taught over 1,000 students how to swim. Penguin City Swim is for the discerning adult or parent who wants to ensure that they, or their children, are in the right class, tailored to each swimmer's particular needs. As your child progresses, they will be thrilled and proud when they earn their certificate for each level!
Our Two Locations
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John Jay College
524 West 59th St
(Between Amsterdam Ave. and 11th Ave.)
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New York Sports Club
132 East 45th St
(45th Street & Lexington Ave.)
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What We Offer
Penguin City Swim offers 30 and 45 minute private, semi-private, and group lessons at John Jay College on Sundays 10AM -2PM.
Who Is This Program For?
At Penguin City Swim, we teach the fundamentals and advanced swim strokes, From 6 months up to adults, our program is the perfect place to learn! In addition, if you have a child that wants to join a swim team or swim club, our pool at John Jay College on the Upper West Side features a five-lane, 25-yard competitive pool with a 13.4-foot deep end and diving blocks. Our Pre-Swim Clinic is a special program that  can elevate your child's abilities to the next level.
Enjoy personalized instruction and longer class times.
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Swim Lessons for Adults
Never learned to swim when you were younger? Join our Adult swim program! We teach all skill levels, from beginner to advanced!
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Safety First
We prioritize safety, offering a secure and confident swimming environment that fosters skill development for all levels and all ages from 6 months up to adult.
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Swim Team Clinic
Does your child want to join their school's swim team? Get them prepped! Learn from our team of D1 Scholarship winners, university level swim team coaches and award winning swim instructors!
Our Mission
Penguin City Swim's mission is to positively impact our students' self-esteem, physical development, and overall confidence both in and out of the water, by providing life-saving water safety skills and superior swim instruction in a fun, relaxed environment.
Our Philosophy
At Penguin City Swim, we cover all aspects of swimming always focusing on safety in and around the water.Our instructors teach the fundamentals and coach dedicated swimmers to a level where they are able to join a swim team, become a certified lifeguard, and/or become a certified swim instructor.Penguin City Swim accepts students of all ages and abilities.
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Frequently asked questions
What are the prices?
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Here are the prices for each type of class:

Water Babies
• 30 minutes - $57

Small Group Lessons (1:4 ratio)
• 30 minutes - $52
• 45 minutes - $77

Semi-Private Lessons
• 30 minutes - $72
• 45 minutes - $98

Private Lessons
• 30 minutes - $93
• 45 minutes - $134
• 60 minutes - $165

Adult Lessons
• 45 minutes (Small Group) - $77
• 45 minutes (Private) - $134
• 60 minutes (Private) - $165
How do I enroll?
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You can enroll by clicking on this link.

You will then be asked a series of questions so we can recommend the best classes suited for yourself or your child. You can sign up for the lesson through the Web Registration Form following the questionnaire. You can reach out to us with any questions via email or call to help you with registration. We will need to have an account created to be able to enroll you ourselves. So please create an account by submitting the Web Registration Form without selecting a class.
Can I rent the pool for a birthday party or event?
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Yes! Please reach out to us via email or call to get more information regarding birthday parties or events at our pools.
What are your make up and cancellation policy?
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You can read our make up and cancellation policies for each pool at these links.
John Jay make up policy
NYSC make up policy
Moise Safra Center make up policy
What do I bring to my swim lessons?
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You should bring a bathing suit, goggles, towel, and a lock for the lockers. For students who are 2 years and younger, or have yet to be potty trained, that the child wears a Happy Nappy Swim Diaper. These can be found on the internet or by clicking this link: https://us.splashabout.com/baby-swimming/our-happy-nappy-products/brand-new-happy-nappytm-swim-diaper.html
What's the payment schedule?
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Clients pay for the full tuition prior to the start of each session. If a client joins a sessions after its started, the tuition is pro-rated.
What if I join midway through the semester?
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You will either be put in an empty class or put into a class with students of similar age and level. You will be joining the class midway through but the instructor will work with you or your child to make sure they are caught up on the skills that have been already taught in the class. If the class is still too ahead for you or your child we will be more than happy to transfer you over to another class that is available.
How long is each semester?
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Since we are an after school program our semesters coincide with New York City public schools. Each semester will range from 10-14 weeks. The Summers are broken up into two semesters. Each Summer semester consists of 4 weeks.
How long are swim lessons?
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The classes can range from 30, 45, or 60 minute lessons. It will all depend on the time/day of the class you pick.
How do I know what level my child is?
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By clicking on "Sign Up for Lessons Today" the link will have you answer a questionnaire that will recommend the best classes suited for yourself or your child.

You can also pick the level that best suits you or your child by referring to "Our Programs" on our website.