About Us
Penguin City Swim

About Us

Manhattan’s Top-Rated swim school

Penguin City Swim is known for our experienced, professional instructors and our small class sizes.  Our swim program caters to children and adults of all ages. We accept students of all ages and abilities, from beginners, intermediate and even masters.

Successful Students

Penguin City Swim is always focused 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 or, themselves become a certified swim instructor!

Experienced Instructors

Our national-level competitive instructors offer decades of experience.  Each is an expert technician of swim.  Their focus is on you and on developing the next generation of great Penguin City coaches and instructors.

Convenient Locations (Including your own pool!)

Refer to our Locations & Hours Page to find the closest Penguin City location.  We have locations in Manhattan and have expanded into XXXXXXXX!  If you have your own pool, we can see even meet you there! Our insured and certified instructors will give private lessons that are most convenient for you.

Meet Our Team

Jeff Casper

President, Parent, Waterman

Jeff grew up in the water at Monmouth Beach, NJ.  He brings his passion for swimming and all aquatic activities to work with him every day.  He is the father of a once-timid swimmer and so fully understands the secret to Penguin City’s success.  With Jeff’s 30 years of Madison Avenue experience behind us, we look forward to helping more and more swimmers learn to be safe and comfortable in the water.

Rick Diaz

 Aquatics Director, Experienced Instructor

With over 20 years of teaching experience, Rick is not only a master instructor of new and evolving swimmers, he is also a phenomenal teacher and trainer of instructors.  His knowledge and energy are an inspiration to all who work with him, and to the parents and students who benefit from the amazing results he delivers.

Miles Gordon

Counselor, Educator

Miles offers over 30 years of experience in education.  He has worked extensively within the swim industry, certifying life-saving professionals and water safety instructors.  By sharing his background and experience in education and counseling, Miles has helped us to develop a truly unique program proven to develop safe and confident swimmers.

Tony Jarvis

Tony Jarvis

Special Advisor

Tony Jarvis, a Special Advisor to Penguin City Swim, is an Olympian who competed for Great Britain in the Mexico Olympics in 1968. Tony was a finalist in the 4x100m freestyle relay and the Swim Teams’ captain.

Over an international swimming career spanning 6 years, he earned multiple medals in 2 World Student Games (Tokyo 1966 & Turin 1970) and 2 Commonwealth Games (Jamaica 1966 & Edinburgh 1970).

Tony went on to take World Championships and World records in freestyle and butterfly in his age group in Masters meets. He still trains – typically 15,000+m per week and swims for the Palm Beach Masters Wahoos where he helped several relays take the #1 spot in their age group.

Please Contact Us For Fall Registration

SUNDAYS
3 PM to 7 PM at
YORKSHIRE TOWERS
305 E 86th &
2nd Ave

 MONDAYS
3 PM to 5 PM at
THE MONTEREY

175 East
96th St

WEDNESDAYS 
3 PM to 5 PM at 
THE MONTEREY 

175 East
96th St

THURSDAYS
3:30 PM to 7:00 PM at
New York Sports Club

1637 Third Ave &
E 91st St

3 Convenient Locations in Manhattan 

E 91st Street

New York Sports Club

1637 Third Ave
(NE corner of 91st st)

New York, NY 10128

Pool Type:

Multi Lane Lap pool

Temperature:

82 degrees

Rules and Regulations:

Presented upon registration

 

 

 

E 86th Street

YORKSHIRE TOWERS

305 East 86th Street
(NE corner of 2nd Ave)

New York, NY 10128

Pool Type:

Multi Lane Lap pool

Temperature:

82 degrees

Rules and Regulations:

Presented upon registration

 

 

 

E 96th Street

The Monterey

175 East 96th street

New York, NY 10129

Pool Type: 

Two Lane Lap Pool

Temperature:

84 degrees

Rules and Regulations:

Presented upon registration

 

Recommended Reviews for Penguin City Swim

Penguin city swim - rated 5 stars - best swim instructors in NYC

Betty H

Betty H.
New York, NY

I took 6 weeks of adult group swimming lessons (with teacher Rick) and really enjoyed it. Rick was knowledgeable and thorough, and he made learning fun. I really liked the small class size (5 or fewer people). The owner, Miles, who is super nice, was there by the poolside every week, too. I learned a lot and advanced more quickly than I ever thought was possible. I would definitely recommend Penguin City Swim!
(Note: I took lessons at the St. Bartholomew's location)

Penguin city swim - rated 5 stars - best swim instructors in NYC

Teresa H.

Teresa H.
New York, NY

My daughter has had a very good experience with Penguin City Swim so far. She has been enrolled in a number of other swim programs, but has never progressed as quickly as she has with this program.  In only a few lessons, she is demonstrating real skills! We are so pleased with the program that we have enrolled my son. I have found Miles to be accessible, accommodating and friendly.  I also love that there are so many locations on the UES. Overall, very pleased with PCS.

Penguin city swim - rated 5 stars - best swim instructors in NYC

Rosa S.

Rosa S.
New York, NY

As an adult learner, I have a fear of water and absolutely zero skills. I was skeptical of anyone helping me at 25, but decided to give swimming lessons a try. This place is not too far from me, so I scheduled my first class.

The instructors are super patient and infinitely kind. When I wasn't ready to try something, they though of another way for me to do it. They really meet you at your level, and work with you to learn how to swim at your own pace. At the end of an hour, I went from barely being able to stand in water to paddling with a kick board, my face underwater.

I have tried learning how to swim at least half a dozen times, and always gave up. Penguin Swim is the first time I've really wanted to go back, and feel excited and confident that I can do it!!  Plus the facilities are clean and not crowded!

Penguin city swim - rated 5 stars - best swim instructors in NYC

Carly M.

Carly M.
Astoria, Queens, NY

My son took one private lesson with an instructor and his ability to swim has improved tenfold. My 5 year old has been swimming on his own for a year but expressed interest in racing. His form was at best a struggling doggie paddle and no matter how much my dad and I worked with him in the pool we could not get him flat when he swam.

After one private lesson he now is swimming completely flat and holding his breath underwater much longer. He will jump into the pool head first and then propel himself with just his feet and arms at his side at great speed. The facility was also very clean and plenty of space. Can't wait for him to get back in the fall when lessons start again.

Penguin city swim - rated 5 stars - best swim instructors in NYC

Heather A.

Heather A.
Manhattan, NY

Great facility! Took a swimming lesson and really enjoyed it. All the children looked like they were having the time of their lives.

Questions?

Please contact us to learn more how our programs help keep children safe in the water and help adults build confidence in their skills