Swim Lessons in Clearwater-St. Pete

Your guide to swimming lessons in Pinellas County

Looking for swim classes in the St. Pete-Clearwater area? You’ve come to the right place! We’ve rounded up swim lessons in our area to save you time researching.

We are two local Pinellas moms who grew up here and now live here with our kids. All of our kids have gone through different swim classes in the area over the years. This list came from my own search looking for swim lessons for our then 3-year-old who is verrrry anxious about getting his face wet. I did a deep dive to find options for young kids who may need more support in swim lessons.

Below you’ll find a list of swimming lessons organized by category: city parks & rec classes, indoor pool classes, swim schools, swim lessons that come to your pool, and ISR survival swim classes.

Let’s check out the swim classes!

toddler with head under water in a pool swimming to an adult with their face obscured

City rec centers

Many cities throughout Pinellas offer swimming lessons. They’re usually only offered over the summer but they’re the most affordable swim lessons you’ll find.

We did a session of city classes with our 3-year-old and it was a small group with multiple instructors. Our particular classes felt like the classes were best for kids already comfortable in the water. Our toddler is very anxious about getting his face wet and it seemed out of the experience area of the college student instructions.

TIPS: City ones often fill up fast because they are so affordable. Some places also offer assistance for financial need, like City of St. Pete.

Here are some example city websites:

Indoor swim lessons

Long Center

The Long Center is the city of Clearwater’s indoor pool. They offer swim lessons there (I did swim classes there as a kid) but they fill up quick. You can find information on the Long Center here.

St. Pete YMCA

The YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg offers swim lessons at their Jim & Heather Gills YMCA and Speer YMCA. The Jim & Heather Gills location is an indoor, heated pool. You can find their swim lesson information here.

Tampa Bay Turners

Tampa Bay Turners is a gymnastics and aquatics center. They have an indoor heat pool where they offer swim lessons. Their swim information is located here.

Mac Sports

Mac Sports has a Clearwater and Tarpon Springs location. They offer swim lessons in an indoor, heated pool so they can offer lessons year around. You can find their swim lesson information here.

Hudson Valley Swim

Hudson Valley Swim is a franchised swim school with local locations in Dunedin and Seminole. Both locations operate out of Esporta Fitness which have indoor pools. Their website is here.

British Swim School of Pinellas

The British Swim School of Pinellas has locations in Clearwater, Largo and St. Pete. They operate out of Esporta and LA Fitness locations with indoor swimming pools. You can find their website here.

Swim schools

Seal Swim School

Seal Swim School is family-owned and has operated in our area for over 40 years. Malena used them for her third and had a great experience. Their website is here but doesn’t seem to be updated for the new season. More current information is available on their Facebook page.

Suncoast YMCA

Suncoast YMCA offers swim lessons at a number of their locations throughout Pinellas. Malena used these for two of her kids and found them better for kids who already have some swimming ability, though they also offer mommy & me classes for young kids. You can find their swim lesson information here.

Splish Splash Swim Lessons

Splish Splash is a swim school located in St. Pete that offers private and semi-private lessons during the summer. You can find their website here.

Alex’s Aqua Academy

Alex’s Aqua Academy is located in Tarpon Springs. Their pool is heated. You can find information on their website here.

Sun’s Out Swim School

Sun’s Out Swim School is a locally owned swim school that operates out of a private residence pool in Largo. You can find their website here.

toddler sitting on the first step of a pool looking out

Swim instructors that come to you

Here are swim instructors and swim schools that will come to your home pool for lessons.

Alicia’s Swim Lessons

Alicia’s Swim Lessons will come to your home pool to provide lessons. You can find her Facebook page here.

Florida Swim Academy

Florida Swim Academy operates throughout Florida, including in the Tampa Bay area. You can find their website here.

Sunsational Swim Academy

This is a national chain of swim lessons that will come to your location. You can find their website here.

Carrie Meadows

Carrie Meadows offers swim lessons near Safety Harbor. We connected and she said the best way to contact is by sending her a direct message on Facebook. She also shared that she offers mommy and me classes for babies under 1. Here is her Facebook profile page where you can contact her.

Making Waves Swimming

We personally used Making Waves Swimming last summer and had a great experience with Ms. Molly. We really appreciated her being candid with us that we needed to work on our child’s water anxiety before more swim lessons would be helpful. You can find her website here.

Let’s Go Swimming Mobile Swim Lessons

Let’s Go Swimming offered swim classes in 2023 but hasn’t updated their Facebook page for 2024 yet.

Maureen’s Swim Academy

Maureen’s Swim Academy is located in Tampa but just a little past Oldsmar. They also offer mobile swim classes so I’m including them here. You can find their website here.

Survival & ISR swim lessons

ISR is a survival focused swim lesson that teaches babies and young children to float if they fall into the water.

ISR Safety Harbor

ISR Safety Harbor is offered by Crystal Valentine and you can find her on her Facebook page.

Jan Orwick

Jan Orwick teaches ISR swim lessons in the North Pinellas area. You can find her information here.

Hubbard Survival Swim

Hubbard Survival Swim offers survival swim lessons for 6 month-6 years old in St. Pete. You can find their website here.

Safe Swim Babies

Safe Swim Babies offers ISR lessons out of Largo. You can find their website here.

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