Indoor and Outdoor Swim Lessons

Registration for swim lessons is open and ongoing and can be done online via the green button above. For more information or registration assistance, please call 410-312-6332.

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:
Experience our new outdoor lessons program! A four-day program held Monday-Thursday, with a free Friday lesson included as a make-up day or extra session.

Bronze, Silver, Gold and One-on-One lessons will be held Monday-Friday mornings from 10am-noon at Hawthorn Pool, Kendall Ridge Pool and River Hill Pool. These classes are also available from 4:30-7:30pm at Phelps Luck Pool and Running Brook Pool.

Indoor Lessons:
Little and Me, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Diamond, Platinum, One-on-One and Adult lessons will be held in a six-week session at Columbia Gym (CG) on Sundays from 11am-1:30pm or twice a week for three-week sessions on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:30pm. These classes are also held at Columbia Swim Center twice a week for three-week sessions on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:30pm.

Classes start and end on time. Please arrive early to check in and prepare for class.

Inclement Weather:
The outdoor pool facilities close in the event of lighting and/or thunder and remain closed for 30 minutes after the last report of either. Classes are held during periods of light rain. Call the Inclement Weather Hotline at 410-715-3154 or visit Facebook or Twitter to check status of classes.


  • Columbia Gym: Mon & Wed: 6:30-8:30pm: Sun: 11am-1:30pm
  • Columbia Swim Center: Tue & Thu: 6:30-8:30pm
  • Hawthorn Pool, Kendall Ridge Pool and River Hill Pool: Monday-Friday: 10am-noon
  • Phelps Luck Pool and Running Brook Pool: 4:30-7:30pm

Session Dates:

Outdoor lessons are now held in a four-day program, Monday-Thursday, with a free Friday lesson included as a make-up day or extra session. Indoor lessons meet once per week for six-weeks or twice a week for three weeks at Columbia Gym and twice a week for three weeks at Columbia Swim Center.

Registration is now open and is ongoing. Registration can be done online via the green buttons above. Schedules are subject to change based on HCPSS last day of school.

Spring Mini-SessionMay 20-June 20 (no class on May 27)
Summer Week 1June 24-28
Summer Week 2July 1-5
Summer Week 3July 8-12
Summer Week 4July 15-19
Summer Week 5July 22-26
Summer Week 6July 29-August 2
Summer Week 7August 5-9
Summer Week 8August 12-16 (River Hill only)
Summer Week 9August 19-23 (River Hill only)

Little and Me: Parent/caregiver participation required in the water in this class geared toward ages 6 months to 3 years old. These lessons are 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. (25 minutes

Bronze/Level 1: For ages 3-5 years old. This is a true beginners’ class that is based around water safety and introducing the basics of water adjustment and swimming freestyle. Through a series of games and songs, students will work on skills such as freestyle arm and leg movement, floating, retrieving objects from under the water, blowing bubbles and jumping into water over their head with assistance. (25 minutes)

Silver/Level 2: For children ages 5-12 who cannot swim a coordinated stroke but are comfortable in the water without a parent or caregiver. This is an introductory class that starts with the basics of water safety, freestyle, and floating, then wraps up with an understanding of backstroke, side breathing, and streamline glides. (25 minutes)

Gold/Level 3: For swimmers ages 5-12 who are able to go under the water, are working on side breathing and can swim a minimum of five yards unassisted. This class focuses on both freestyle and backstroke techniques, allowing for the development of distance and comfort on their own in the water. Topics covered include side breathing, treading water, backstroke, freestyle, streamlined glides, and jumping in the water where they cannot touch, without assistance. (25 minutes)

Diamond/Level 4: For swimmers ages 6-12 who can swim a coordinated stroke for 10 or more yards unassisted. This class focuses on the breaststroke technique and introduction to diving and flip turns. This class will also work toward increasing the distance a swimmer can complete in freestyle and backstroke to a continuous lap of the pool without assistance. (25 minutes)

Platinum/Level 5: For swimmers ages 6-12 who can swim a minimum of 25 yards in freestyle and backstroke without stopping, as well as 10 yards breaststroke unassisted. This class centers on training for swim leagues for summer or year-round teams, focusing on technique for all four strokes and clear understanding of butterfly. This class will be run like a swim team practice, with the teacher more often outside of the water, and laps and technique both being used to improve all strokes, starts and turns. (25 minutes).

Swim Team and Clippers Prep: For swimmers who can swim all four strokes for 25 yards minimum. Class will focus on improving technique, speed, endurance, starts and turns. This class will be run as a swim league practice with drills, laps and outside-of-the-water instruction.

Adult Lessons: This 30-minute class is geared toward the true beginner as well as the adult who wishes to improve stroke technique.

One-on-One Lessons: Tailored for each individual based on age and goals. These lessons are available in 15-minute increments.

Private Swim Training: 30-minute one-on-one lessons with a qualified instructor. Designed for adult triathletes, fitness swimmers and beginners.

Summer outdoor lessons now offer Fridays as a make-up day.

Withdrawal from a session results in a cancellation fee of $10 up to three days prior to the start of the lesson session. The lesson schedule is subject to change without notice.