All Sports for All People (formerly Camp Olympia, John Jay)
All Sports for All People (formerly Camp Olympia, John Jay)


Swimming lessons for infants 6 months through adults.Wafa is a sports specialist with a masters degree in sports science and technology (major in swimming), with 15 years of teaching swimming.Spent 6 years as athletic/aquatic director for the YMCA of Greater New York.

Reviews (23)

  • ISO toddler swim class recs

    we love all sports for all people at john jay pool not sure of exact pricing, but they are fantastic teachers our older kids get an hour long lesson
  • Baby swim classes at CBE

    As an alternative, [my son] and my wife go to Family Swim at John Jay HS every Sunday 4-5p. It's $7 per swimmer and water is warm. Kids are probably all under 10, but he's usually the only infant. We'd love to have a swim buddy! (November 2019)
  • swim classes?

    We've done two sessions at John Jay through Camp Olympia and really liked them. There was a great balance of structure and free time to practice/play around. [My daughter] was kicking by the second session! There are other locations but I don't remember what they are. You can see them on Camp Olympia's website.
  • ISO: infant swim class / recommendations

    Camp Olympia at John Jayis popular, but I actually don’t recommend for a fall semester of swim class. The DOE doesn’t hear the poop right away, so it was pretty chilly the first 2/3 of last fall semester. My poor little guy wasn’t happy. However, once Nov rolls around, I recommend going on Sun aftns for Family Swim. Take whatever you’re learning in class and get some family time in. We exclusively did that following the semester and it was great! $7/swimmer.
  • Toddler swim?

    We are only on our 3rd swim class with Camp Olympia at Prospect Heights International High School but we like the facility and all the staff are really nice and flexible. They let us try two different classes - the options for us are 18-24 months and then 3-5 years. Our daughter will be 3 in June and the older class made a lot more sense. My only issue so far is the inconsistency of the water temperature. The first class was about 81 and last week it was much colder - the other kids seemed fine but our daughter came out early with blue lips (I think she's a little more prone to that though as I am too). It's not Camp Olympia's fault and they were really sweet about it trying to explain why that happened. I can't speak to the instruction yet as we're new to toddler swim and don't have a point of reference/know what to expect - we did have two different instructors and there was a big difference between the two...
  • Swim classes

    We did class at John Jay and it was nothing special. Not bad, but nothing notable. Also, the pool was often fairly chilly. However, is close and cheap, so it’s perfectly sufficient for our needs to do Open Swim ($7/swimmer) on Sun aftns.
  • Swim or other class recommendations?

    We had a great time at the John Jay High School Pool - Camp Olympia. At 5th St. and 7th Ave. The sessions were a fun 30 minutes of splashing and singing for kids. Mine is just over 2 but there were younger ones too.
  • [PSP Winter 2017 Babies] Baby and me swim suggestions

    We just took a class at Erasmus Hall with Camp Olympia and were very happy. The pool was fairly warm except for one or two of the classes.
  • Review submitted via the 2016-2017 Afterschool and Extracurricular Survey

    Type: Swim lessons Specific program name: Swim Lessons Held: Weekend Review: Basic swimming lessons for non-swimmer. Water was warm. Teachers were kind. My son liked going there, learned a bunch and it was never too crowded so lots of one on one attention w teachers. Skills developed: Swimming What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? Slippery pool area. Be careful when you enter. Age of child: 4 Based on an experience from the 2016-2017 school year
  • THANKS & SUMMARY Warm Water Swim Class for Fearful 4 y.o.

    Hi - We just started at Camp Olympia at John Jay HS in Park Slope. My son and husband like it, and the water is warm.
  • Re: Feedback please on Camp Olympia John Jay Water Angels

    We have done classes at Camp Olympia with both of our kids at Camp Olympia, starting with the water angel. Our kids have really enjoyed them and are still enrolled at ages 3.5 and 5. The instructors have generally been knowledgeable and great at helping reluctant kids learn to enjoy the water. The water temperature is somewhat variable, but it's only really been an issue once or twice in 4 years for us. The classes are in a high school building and the locker rooms are not glamorous, but they are fine. Honestly, no locker room would likely be super baby friendly, but the only people in the locker rooms at Camp Olympia are other parents and their kids since there aren't any adult programming at the same time. I have never had any issues with either of my kids (and we've changed both our boy and girl in the men's and women's locker rooms and it has been fine). (Review submitted May 2016)
  • Warm Pool for Swimming Class

    From recent experience: John Jay's pool is very warm (in my opinion too warm). My girls took swimming classes there and the instruction was pretty good.
  • Swim Lessons, better at Camp Olympia or Berkeley Carroll?

    My son has taken swim lessons at Camp Olympia. He really enjoyed the Angelfish with Caregiver class when he was younger. But we didn't have such a good experience with the Angelfish Plus class. There were too many kids in the class and/or not enough instructors. While each instructor focused on one child, the rest of the class were left on the side of the pool to practice their kicking. Most of the kids in the class would get bored with this after a couple minutes and want to come out of the water, or would try and swim away. My son really didn't learn a lot in this class. Plus, for some reason, the water was much colder than when we went for the Angelfish with Caregiver class. We won't be going back there. I too would like to hear others opinions on local swim classes for kids. Thanks!
  • Re: [PSP] Camp Olympia: pool temperature?

    My five-year-old boys took lessons at John Jay last year, and sometimes the water was okay, but sometimes their lips turned blue. In general I'd say they frequently found it unpleasant, and there was a lot of complaining about the temperature. (September 2014)
  • Re: ISO Swimming classes for babies

    We've been using Camp Olympia at John Jay HS for our daughter since she was 6 months old. She is now 13 months old and still loves it.
  • Re: Advice baby swim classes

    Camp Olympia at John Jay or the Y on 9t Street, both good, both affordable.
  • Re: ISO: Private swim lessons

    My son took private lessons with Woofa (sp?) at Camp Olympia. He is a GREAT teacher for boys. Lots of energy. My son loved it. He was probably 5-6 at the time. The private lessons were affordable and happened on Sundays after Family Swim so sometimes we took him to the pool and got his comfortable before the lesson. Also you need fewer private lessons to accomplish more so in the end I don't really think it was that much more expensive than group lessons. He is a fabulous swimmer now!
  • ISO of private swimming classes (warm water)

    Camp Olympia runs classes at John Jay High School and the water there is lovely (and the changing rooms are almost too warm!).
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    Camp Olympia Location - John Jay High School How old is your child? (or the age when he/she attended this program)? Age: - 3 What did you/your child like about this program or class? The pool is warm, the teachers are interactive, the kids start learning swimming at an appropriate level. What would you change about the program? It is very loud at the pool. Having fewer classes held at once would be helpful. Will you send your child back to this program or class again? (Or would you if you could?) Yes Would you recommend this program to other parents for their child in the future? Recommend
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    Camp Olympia Name of specific class (if applicable) - Water angels /water tots group swim lessons Location - John jay hs How old is your child? (or the age when he/she attended this program)? Age: - 1 What did you/your child like about this program or class? The swim classes at camp olymipa are a fun, easy way to get some structured time in the pool and introduce basic swim co celts. My kid loves singing and splashing, and my husband and I have to take turns (we both want to swim with him every week!). The staff is pleasant and nice to talk to. What would you change about the program? The locker rooms at John Jay are yucky! Roaches in particular, ick. Will you send your child back to this program or class again? (Or would you if you could?) Yes Would you recommend this program to other parents for their child in the future? Recommend
  • (no subject)

    Ditto on both [responding to review directly below]. Facilities suck but instruction is fantastic!
  • (no subject)

    Love, Love Camp Olympia. My son has been taking swim for 3 yrs and has really done an amazing job. He is really swimming. The facilities are a little dirty, but the instructors are really good and motivating.
  • (no subject)

    We just started our 8 month old at Camp Olympia at John Jay HS last week. Week 1 was great!