One-on-One Swim Lessons Now Available at Columbia Swim Center and Columbia Gym.
See below for more information.
Please visit our CA COVID-19 web page for more information.

Need help ensuring your child is placed in the correct swim lesson level? Click on the button below to our Swim Lesson Level Guide to follow a series of questions that will help determine the correct lesson level for your child.

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:
No outdoor swim lessons will be held this summer.

Indoor Lessons:

Columbia Swim Center and Columbia Gym are now offering one-on-one swim lessons for all ages, in a 6-week session from October 19 through December 13, with a makeup/free lesson in Week 7.

Lessons are 15 minutes, once per week, on Tuesdays or Thursdays between 5:35 – 7:05pm or Saturdays between 12:30 – 2:30 pm at Columbia Swim Center and between 11:00 – 1:15pm at Columbia Gym. Lessons can be tailored based on each individual’s age and goals.

The price for the session is $156 for members, $221 for Cardholders, and $284 for non members.

For more information, please call 410-730-7000 or email Aquatics@ColumbiaAssociation.org

Lessons are 15 minutes, with a 5-minute break between lessons to allow participants to safely rotate in/out of lessons. 

CA Swim Instructors will wear a protective Swim Mask and Swim Goggles during the duration of the lesson. 

  • Guests are required to wear face coverings when entering or exiting the facility and when interacting with CA Team Members or other guests.  Mask should only be removed as swimmers prepare to enter the pool to swim and should be put back on immediately after exiting the water.
  • Please wear your swimsuit to and from the pool, and plan to shower at home.
    Showers are still available, however, we strongly encourage members to not use the locker rooms.
  • No observers or supervisors are allowed in the Lobby. There is no recreational swimming or wading pool available during the lessons times.

Why are you only offering One on One Swim Lessons right now?

In order to accommodate physical distancing and capacity restrictions, we are limiting swim lessons to one-on-one at this time. With limited capacity, a reservation system allows us to provide you the best experience possible, while still following our state and local guidelines. We will continue to look at adding more diverse swim lessons class opportunities as regulations continue to adjust and update.

Locations/Times:

Columbia Swim Center & Columbia Gym

Tuesdays or Thursdays at the Columbia Swim Center, 5:30pm-7:05pm and Sundays at the Columbia Gym, 11:00am-1:15pm

Inclement Weather:
Columbia Athletic Club, Columbia Gym, Columbia Swim Center’s Program Pool, and Supreme Sports Club remains 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.

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


Little and Me: Parent/caregiver participation required in the water in this class geared toward ages 6 months to 3 years old. 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. These skills are introduced through a series of songs, games, and interactive activities. Lessons are 25 minutes, once per week. 

Bronze: For ages 3-5. 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 of 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.

Price is $105 for CA members; $128 for Columbia Cardholders and $160 for nonmembers. 

For children ages 7-15 who can fulfill the objectives of swimming all four strokes for 25 yards. Students will work on swimming 50 yards of all four strokes as well as improving technique, speed and endurance. The class will be run similarly to a swim league practice with drills, laps and outside of the water instruction. With a limited capacity of eight students we will allow two students per lane, their starts will be staggered, one starting in the deep end and one starting in the shallow end. Students must bring their own equipment including pull buoy and kickboards though not required. Participation is not a guarantee that a swimmer will be eligible to join a year-round competitive swim team.

Register online by using the green button for Columbia Gym at the top of the page or call 410-312-6332. For more information, email Aquatics@ColumbiaAssociation.org.