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Best Swim Classes In Washington DC

April 26, 2013 9:00 AM

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Swimming is great exercise, fun and can win you Olympic medals. And knowing how to swim can help you save someone’s life in a horrible situation. Whether you want to teach your baby to swim early or you never got around to learning yourself, it is always a good idea to pick up this skill. These places offer great classes for you and your family.

YMCA
1112 16th St. N.W., 7th Floor
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 232-6700
www.ymcadc.org

The YMCA is not just the subject of The Village Peoples hit song, it is a beacon for those who want to better some aspect of their life. Teens and youths go to stay out of trouble and develop skills that will help them later on in life. Over the years, the YMCA has evolved into much more than it started out to be. Today, you and your family can take advantage of the great opportunities the association provides, one of those being swim lessons. Including private, semi-private, preschool, teen, parent and child and adaptive aquatics for children with physical and mental challenges, sign up for a lesson at one of the YMCA locations today.

Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center
5900 Executive Blvd.
North Bethesda, MD 20852
(240) 777-8700
www6.montgomerycountymd.gov

Eunice Kennedy Shriver is known for her commitment to charity work, especially her work with the Special Olympics. She was also a competitive sports player, including when playing water polo in the family pool. So it is fitting that Montgomery County renamed the aquatic center after her. The whole family, from the one-year-old to those 55 and over, can take classes at the center. And once you’ve reached a certain level in your swim skills, you can try diving off of the 10-meter diving platform. 

Eppley Recreation Center
1115 Eppley Recreation Center
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
(301) 226-4500
www.crs.umd.edu

Money may not be able to buy you happiness, but it can buy you an incredible recreation center. The University of Maryland spent nearly 40 million dollars on the Eppley Recreation Center, complete with an outdoor recreation center, adventure complex and outdoor aquatic center. And you can take advantage of it. Make friends in a group class or practice your butterfly solo in a private class. Some parts of the center are for Campus Recreation Service members only, but swim lessons are open to the public. Consider getting a membership. It will give you a discount on lessons and you will have access to other facilities.

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Washington DC Jewish Community Center
1529 16th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 518-9400
www.washingtondcjcc.org

In 2009, the Washington DC Jewish Community Center was voted the best for swimming lessons. With weekday and weekend kids classes, including after-school classes, infant classes, adult classes, group classes and private classes, it is easy to see why. Those who know the DCJCC know its commitment to the providing excellent programs for the community. And because of that, many of the classes sell out. So hurry and sign your family up for swim classes.

Wilson Aquatic Center
4551 Fort Drive N.W.
Washington, DC 20016
(202) 730-0583
www.dpr.dc.gov

If you don’t know how to swim, looking at the Wilson Aquatic Center’s 50-meter by 25-yard pool may intimidate you. But there is nothing to be afraid of. The center offers classes for all beginners regardless of age and skill level. From your infant to your grandparent, you all can take classes at the center. There is even a specially designed class for those who want to alleviate arthritis. Take a leap into the pool and discover the amazing benefits of swimming.

Folashade Oyegbola is a freelance writer covering all things D.C. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.
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