We started swim lessons well before my daughter was walking, knowing how important it was to teach her how to be safe in and around water. We’ve continued lessons because, well, you can never be too safe, plus swimming is great exercise and she has so much fun doing it! An exciting milestone for us was when she swam across the pool for the first time. Now our daughter has become a little fish (still lots to learn – and still taking lessons) and loves being in the water. There are a number of swim classes in the Valley offered at dedicated swim schools or through parks and rec or private gyms (where you don’t have to be a member). If we’ve left any classes off the list, please let us know and we’ll be sure to add them. Not here is Swim with Glenda (no website or public contact info), Debbie’s Swim School (not currently offering classes in Napa) or In Shape (the new gym in Napa), although we hear they will be adding swim lessons soon.

Happy swimming!

Holly Krassner Dawson

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 children to explore the pool together, sing songs, and engage in beginning swimming skills and water safety. Classes are also offered for children age 3 and up.

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

Makai Swim School, Napa
Tami Nixon and her team of instructors offer swim lessons for all ages in their new location behind Congregation Beth Shalom. In addition to parent and baby swim and lessons for ages 3 and up, the school offers pre-competitive swim team lessons, synchronized swimming for 8-year-olds and above, 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.

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.

St. Helena Aquatic Center, St. Helena
The St. Helena Unified School District offers swim lessons for ages 4 and above, plus week-long summer swim camps at the Aquatic Center.

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.