Indoor and Outdoor Swim Lessons

Registration is open and ongoing for Sessions 1 and 2 at both Columbia Gym and Columbia Swim Center. For the sessions starting in January 2020, registration will open on December 2, 2019.

Columbia Association is committed to providing quality swim lessons for all ages in our community. Click on the green buttons above for the location you want to view lessons, schedule of classes and to register online.

All lessons are available indoors at Columbia Gym (CG) and Columbia Swim Center (SWC) and at select outdoor pools during the summer.

Outdoor Lessons:
Outdoor swim lessons for 2019 have ended. Registration for 2020 outdoor swim lessons will be available in April 2020 on this page. Please check back for more information and online registration as it becomes available.

Indoor Lessons:
Indoor lessons are held at Columbia Gym and Columbia Swim Center. All group lessons are 25 minutes in length, and one-on-one lessons are 15 minutes in length. Each meet once per week for six weeks. Lessons are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays at Columbia Gym and Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays at Columbia Swim Center.

Inclement Weather:
Columbia Athletic Club, Columbia Gym, Columbia Swim Center’s Program Pool and Supreme Sports Club remain open for thunder and lightning. Columbia Swim Center’s Main Pool will remain closed for 30 minutes after the last report of thunder or lightning. Call CA’s Inclement Weather Hotline at 410-715-3154 to check class status.

Locations/Times:

Columbia Gym: Mondays & Wednesdays: 6:30-8:30pm and Sundays: 11am-1:30pm

Columbia Swim Center: Tuesdays & Thursdays: 6:30-8:30pm and Saturdays: 9am-1:30pm

Session Dates: 

Registration is now open and is ongoing. Registration can be done online via the green buttons above. Each session meets once per week for six weeks. 

Session 1: September 9-October 20

Session 2: October 28-December 8

Session 3: January 6-February 16

Session 4: February 24-March 29

Session 5: April 13-May 17

Little One and MeStroke Clinic
BronzeSwim Team Prep
SilverTeen and Adult Lessons
GoldOne-on-One Lessons


Little One and Me: Parent/caregiver participation in the water required. For children ages 6 months to 3 years. This class is about water discovery and adjustment, safety and the basics of swimming, including relaxing on the belly and back and getting the head and face wet. Lessons are 25 minutes, once per week. 

Bronze: For ages 3-5. Children will be in the water without a parent or caregiver. Students will work on floating, kicking, blowing bubbles, retrieving objects from under the water, and jumping into deep water without assistance. Lessons are 25 minutes, once per week. 

Silver: For children ages 5-12 who are comfortable in the water and floating on their front without assistance. Students will work on floating on their front and back independently, freestyle arms, streamline glides on their front and back, and kicking on their back. Lessons are 25 minutes, once per week. 

Gold: For children ages 5-12 who are comfortable under the water, are working on side breathing, and can swim a minimum of five yards independently. Students will work on swimming freestyle and backstroke up to 10 yards in a strong fashion with coordinated side breathing, treading water, streamline glides, and jumping into water where they cannot touch, without assistance. Lessons are 25 minutes, once per week. 

Diamond: For children ages 6-12 who can fulfill the objectives of the Gold lessons. Students will work on swimming freestyle and backstroke independently for 25 yards, breaststroke technique, and sitting/kneeling dives. Lessons are 25 minutes, once per week. 

Platinum: For children ages 6-12 who can swim a minimum of 25 yards in freestyle and backstroke without stopping, as well as 10 yards breaststroke unassisted. Students will work on swimming freestyle in a strong fashion for 50 yards; swimming backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly for 25 yards; somersaults in the water; and kneeling/standing dives. Lessons are 25 minutes, once per week. 

Stroke Clinic: For children ages 6-14 who can fulfill the objectives of the Platinum lessons. Students will work on swimming 50 yards of all four strokes, as well as starts and turns. Lessons are 45 minutes, once per week. 

Swim Team Prep: For swimmers ages 9-15 who can swim all four strokes for 50 yards and are comfortable with a standing and racing dive. Students will focus on improving technique, speed, and endurance, as well as racing dives, flip turns and open turns. This class will run like a swim league practice with drills, laps and outside-of-the-water instruction. Participation is not a guarantee that a swimmer will be eligible to join a year-round competitive swim team. Lessons are 60 minutes, twice per week. 

Teen and Adult Lessons: For swimmers ages 13 and older. Lessons can be tailored to the participants in the class and can focus on building confidence in the water, learning safety skills, swimming a coordinate stroke, and improving stroke technique and efficiency. Lessons are 25 minutes, once per week. 

One-on-One Lessons: For swimmers of all ages. Lessons can be tailored based on each individual’s age and goals. Lessons are 15 minutes, once per week.

Personal Swim Training: For swimmers of all ages. 30-minute, individual lessons with a qualified instructor. Designed for adult triathletes, fitness swimmers, and beginners. Lessons can be tailored based on each individual’s age and goals. Students can enroll for one, three or six sessions. 

Makeup classes are held the week following each session in case of a student’s illness or a facility closing.
A $10 fee will be assessed if a student cancels three days or less before the start of a group, individual, clinic or prep class. To reschedule a personal swim training session, students must notify the instructor at least 24 hours beforehand.