With weather in the 80s, swim season has officially begun! Our daughter started lessons when she wasn’t quite one year old, and it was truly one of the best investments we could have made. She learned to be water safe very early on, and this year, she’s joining a swim team. She can swim from one end of the pool to the other, but she takes lessons as she has lots to learn when it comes to technique. There are a number of options in the Valley, from dedicated swim schools to programs the parks and rec.

Calistoga Community Pool, Calistoga
The City of Calistoga Parks and Recreation department offers a variety of swim lessons based on age and swim level. The shrimp and lobster class is for parents and babies to explore the pool together, sing songs, and engage in beginning swimming skills and water safety. Classes are also offered Monday through Thursday for children age 3-12 starting June 5.

Healthquest Swim School, Napa
HealthQuest Fitness Center’s swim school is open to all participants, not just members of Healthquest. The flexible year-round program offers swim lessons for all ages, including parent/child as well as small group lessons and private lessons for ages 3 and up and three different level non-competitive swim teams.

Makai Swim School, Napa
Tami Nixon and her team of instructors offer swim lessons for all ages in their swimming pool located behind Congregation Beth Shalom. In addition to parent and baby swim and lessons for ages 3 and up, the school offers swim team prep, and play therapy for special needs students.

Napa Parks and Recreation Aquatics Programs, Napa
The City of Napa Parks and Recreation Services department offers group swimming lessons for children ages three 3 and up, private swimming lessons for all ages, and parent/child water orientation classes for parents and children 6 months–3 years. Classes are offered at Redwood Middle School Pool and Napa High Community Pool. Classes begin June 19.

Napa Valley Swim Team, Napa
The Napa Valley Swim Team is a multilevel, year-round competitive swimming program for ages 4-18. It offers instructional and training programs for swimmers of all ages and ability levels, beginning with the tadpole program for 4-year-olds. Classes take place at the Napa Valley College pool.

Phillip West Aquatic Center, American Canyon
The City of American Canyon Parks and Recreation department offers a number of aquatic programs at the Phillip West Aquatic Center, including parent and me classes for infants 6 months to two years and swim lessons for age 3 and up. There is also a swim team for ages 6-18 run by parents and volunteers.

St. Helena Aquatic Center, St. Helena
The St. Helena Unified School District offers three levels of swim lessons for ages 4 and above, plus week-long summer swim camps at the Aquatic Center. Level one is about making your swimmer water safe. Level two, for ages five and up, begins to focus on swim strokes, and level three, for all ages, includes lifeguard training.

Synergy Swim Academy, Napa
The Synergy Swim Academy is open to all participants, not just members of Synergy Wellness Center. In addition to swim classes for all ages, in-house “swim meets” are offered so all participants can experience what a swim meet feels like.

Town of Yountville Parks and Recreation, Yountville
The Town of Yountville offers parent-child swim lessons as well as classes for ages three and up at the Yountville Pool. Yountville residents have access to early registration.