Water Safety
Penguin City Swim

Water Safety

Swimming is the most popular summer activity.

Why wouldn’t it be? Pools are fun!

What could be more fun than splashing around in the pool on a hot afternoon? Playing at the beach, at a water park, by a lake, or in a pool is great exercise and creates lasting family memories. But, drowning is a real danger. In fact, drowning is the second most common cause of death from injuries among kids under the age of fourteen.

What many people fail to realize, is that drowning happens fast and is often silent. A weak or non-swimmer who stumbles and is unable to touch the bottom can quickly start to drown. A person in trouble often cannot move the few feet to safety or call for help. Therefore, teaching children how to be safe around water is not a luxury; it is a necessity. Strong swimmers are at less risk of serious mishaps in than poor swimmers, but even a good swimmer can drown. This is because many drownings involve people never planned to enter the water. Also, many victims underestimate the risks or overestimate their ability because they don’t know how to assess the conditions in and around the water. Therefore, in addition to swim lessons, children and their guardians need to learn water competency.

Teaching children how to be safe around water is not a luxury; it is a necessity.

Water competency means being able to anticipate, avoid, and survive common drowning situations, as well as being able to recognize and provide assistance to those in need. It includes water safety awareness, basic swimming skills, and helping others.

The American Red Cross publishes and maintains a comprehensive list of safe practices here (https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/water-safety/swim-safety.html). In short it is important to:

Swim only in designated areas supervised by lifeguards and to always swim with a buddy. Do not allow anyone to swim alone.

Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets around water, but do not rely on life jackets alone.

Never leave a young child unattended near water and do not trust a child’s life to another child. Teach children to always ask permission to go near water. Whenever infants or toddlers are in or around water, an adult should be within arm’s reach.

If a child is missing, check the water first! Seconds count. Have appropriate reaching or throwing equipment, a cell phone, and a first aid kit at hand. Know how to call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number.

Make sure backyard pools have approved four-sided fencing and gates to prevent a child from wandering into the pool area. Many children who drown in home pools were out of sight for less than five minutes and in the care of one or both parents at the time.

Swimming is a great recreational sport that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. As a parent or caregiver, you shouldn’t keep your children on the side. You must equip them with the right tools to be safe and confident in and around water so they don’t lose out on the health benefits of exercise, the opportunities to bond with family and friends, and the sense of accomplishment when they learn new skills. Make sure everyone in your family learns to swim well by enrolling them in age-appropriate water orientation and learn-to-swim courses.

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.

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