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  • Swim class recommendations

    I take my daughter to Imagine Swimming, on the border of PLG & Crown Heights. We do drive there every week, but I chose this place bc the pool is quite heated, there are only 4 kids per class, and there is transparency with the wait lists. I could never get feedback from Goldfish, and when we did swim at John Jay HS pre-pandemic the water was freezing cold. My daughter is 5-almost-6 and she's definitely enjoying her lessons. Her instructor is patient and helped her overcome her fear of putting her head in the water. The classes are grouped by age and skill level, and I've seen a good range of children in the classes--from the very young to pre-teen. I've been taking her there since November or December. It's pricey but learning how to swim well was a safety non-negotiable for us. Highly recommend!
  • Imagine Swimming in Crown Heights

    I would echo [the review below]! I agree and am happy that we started there.
  • Imagine Swimming in Crown Heights

    My kids (4 and 7) have been going there since they first opened last year and it always feels very safe. Groups are very small (sometimes only my kids with a teacher in the lane and sometimes 2-3 kids - never more than 4 in total per group) and the teachers wear a face shield consistently. They also check vaccination status when you enter the facility (which can be busy as there are soccer fields etc), everyone outside the water wears masks and the pool is entirely separate from the rest of the facility, including separate changing rooms with individual cabins. It's never been busy in the changing rooms ever. They have staggered start and finish times, which probably helps. We really love it and will continue there despite Omicron.
  • Swim Advice Needed... YMCA 9th St Understaffed

    We were at Imagine pre-pandemic, joined Goldfish mid-pandemic and are now so happy to be back with Imagine. They push the kids to learn/get outside their comfort zone whereas at Goldfish, it is slow-moving progress each week/month. I guess just different philosophies. One lesson back at Imagine this past Saturday and all three of our girls had improved in ONE lesson. The quality (in our opinion) is better. Both facilities are amazing though!
  • Swim Advice Needed... YMCA 9th St Understaffed

    We were at Imagine pre-pandemic, joined Goldfish mid-pandemic and are now so happy to be back with Imagine. They push the kids to learn/get outside their comfort zone whereas at Goldfish, it is slow-moving progress each week/month. I guess just different philosophies. One lesson back at Imagine this past Saturday and all three of our girls had improved in ONE lesson. The quality (in our opinion) is better. Both facilities are amazing though!
  • Swimming Lessons for toddlers?

    Imagine Swimming is more expensive than the rest, which is why I cycled through the cheaper options first, but truly they are just the best. We've used them in Brooklyn Heights before that location closed at the University due to Covid. We now commute to the UWS (they have Tribeca branch but parking on UWS is easier so we go there) and we're transferring to the Crown Heights Flagship on Sept 12. They had my eldest swimming in two lessons and my three-year-old started swimming head under water within one lesson. Haven't started w/ my 1.5-year-old yet because the other two have used up my swim funds... Imagine Swimming has smart materials to support swimming and expertise. Love them
  • Swimming Lessons for toddlers?

    My daughter is going to Imagine Swimming in TriBeCa and loves it. Starting in September she’ll be going to their Bedford Union Armory location in Brooklyn.
  • Beginning Swim Lessons With Openings?

    We have had good experiences with Imagine Swimming when we lived in Tribeca and they just announced a second location in Crown Heights. Classes begin in September and we were able to sign up our 3 year old son without a problem.
  • private swim instructor for a 3.5 year old

    My son takes group lessons at Imagine swimming in tribecca. Not sure if they also have private lessons, if they do I highly recommend .
  • Swim classes for infants

    Highly recommend imagine swim!!!! Our kids swam with them since they were infants and is (9yo) and will be joining (6yo) their awesome Manhattan Makos swim team! It is an amazing program - check them out!
  • Swim Lessons that really teach?

    Imagine Swimming is the best, in our opinion. We tried them all!
  • Swim classes?

    My husband takes our son to Imagine Swim in Tribeca. It was one of the few places we found that takes them as young as four months. The class is small and the instructor is really nice. It’s not too far from the C and it hasn’t been too hard of a trek. He seems to really enjoy it and is already comfortable with going under the water. They also sing songs with the babies and have water activities during the class that help to refine their motor skills.
  • Swim classes?

    We used to go to Imagine Swimming in TriBeCa with instructor Jane and my child loved it. Classes are free for babies under 4/4.5months old. It’s a little bit of a trek to get to from BK but it’s an indoor warm pool, amazing instructor and free for little ones. Worth it!
  • Review submitted via the 2016-2017 Afterschool and Extracurricular Survey

    Specific program name: group swim lessons Held: Weekend Review: small group (typically 3 kids, although I think up to 5 can be in a group); so much better instruction than her previous swimming lessons; 45 minutes long; real skill building; our daughter doesn't love to swim but we think it's a life skill and the instructors try to make it as enjoyable as possible. They try to keep the groups as close in age as possible. Skills developed: noticeably improved swimming skills What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? it's pricey; they rarely have class days off on holiday weekends (so if Monday is a holiday, the Saturday and Sunday classes will not be canceled and you're paying for it even if you're going out of town etc.); it's hard to get a spot, so once you're in you typically stay in for a long time and just move around to other instructors' classes as your child's skills improve. parents have to stay on the pool deck benches during the lesson Age of child: 6 Based on an experience from the 2016-2017 school year
  • Re: ISO: Swim Classes for Toddlers & Adults

    We just started lessons with Imagine Swimming and love it. They have been very friendly. At our first lessons tV's teacher made sure to let her know she didn't have to do anything she wasn't comfortable with. After just one lesson her teacher had her putting her face in the water which prior she was terrified to do. They also have several locations in PS.
  • THANKS & SUMMARY Warm Water Swim Class for Fearful 4 y.o.

    A long sleeved rash guard or wetsuit can make a huge difference in level of comfort. Imagine's Tribeca pool is warm, but I have seen kids cry and shiver if the air has a chill and they don't have a top on.
  • THANKS & SUMMARY Warm Water Swim Class for Fearful 4 y.o.

    We had the same problem with my son. He HATES cold water and used to hate water period. We just sucked it up and hauled into Tribeca and it was the turning point. Pool was very warm and teachers great and my son went from panic attacks on the edge of the pool to loving swimming now at six years old. It's worth the hassle to go into the city no question. At least for a while until he gets over the hump. The pool at CBE didn't work for us at all either.
  • Swimming Lesson Recommendations

    When my daughter was 6 or so, she learned to swim independently at Imagine Swimming at LIU. She had previously enjoyed (but not really benefitted from) lessons at Camp Olympia and Berkeley Carroll. Imagine taught her in a month.
  • Swimming Lesson Recommendations

    You will probably hear this refrain from a few people, but Imagine Swimming is really great. They have small group lessons ­ I think 3­4 to a group ­ and really customize the group to the kids needs. My son was very averse to putting his face into the water and now he's swimming underwater with no problem ­ he's not swimming exactly yet but he's eager to immerse his whole body. The staff are all great and they are used to dealing with resistant kids and do a great job of managing them when they are upset, etc. It's not cheap ­ the classes are $44 a session, but if you can swing it I think it's really the way to go. We've had several other friends go successfully through the program. We resisted it for a while because of price and logistics but we finally decided getting our son to swim was a priority and this has really cracked it for him. I will probably continue until he is really comfortable swimming and then sign out of it but hopefully that won't be too much longer as he's made a ton of progress since we started in June even though we've missed several weeks for travel etc.
  • Swimming Lesson Recommendations

    Imagine Swimming!! Hard to get in an annoying you have to pay for classes even when you are away but those are the only downsides. Amazing teachers and small classes­ max 4 kids­ and the kids really learn!
  • Re: Swimming Lessons

    Imagine swimming... They are the best around. Semi-private lessons.
  • Re: Swimming Lessons

    Imagine Swimming is amazing. Class sizes are 3-4 kids, and it's rare that all 3 or 4 kids are in attendance at once, so it is often virtually private lessons. Our son started just before he turned 3 and has been going for almost 3 years. He's had a variety of teachers. All were wonderful.
  • Re: Swimming Lessons

    I highly recommend Imagine Swimming. At the LIU campus pool they have several age groups of classes going at once. Getting a spot in a class is challenging. In the past the enrollment date was in mid- August. You have to sign up on the first day of enrollment or it's unlikely you will get a spot.
  • Re: [PSP] Private swim class for kid

    Imagine Swimming does week-long intensives at some of their locations on various breaks. I don't see anything on their website about spring break, but sometimes you have to call them.
  • Re: [PSP] Swim classes for 2yo

    Imagine at CBE has one and they are the best. I actually saw a two year old swim on her own!
  • Re: people asked what responses I got re: infant swimming classes

    Imagine Swim is excellent. Good luck! (Reviewed May 2015)
  • Re: people asked what responses I got re: infant swimming classes

    We love imagine swimming! Don't waste your time with lessons at the Y. (Reviewed May 2015)
  • Re: private swim lessons for kids?

    Re the imagine swimming rec- it seems impossible to get into a class! I have been trying for months now. Is there some secret?
  • Re: private swim lessons for kids?

    i can't recommend imagine swimming enough. the class size is limited to four (six if the parents are joining in with those under three) and the teachers are all trained to teach swimming. they have lots of fun but also push the kids well beyond their comfort zone.
  • Back Private Swim Lessons for Older Kid?

    Imagine Swimming. No affiliation other than a happy customer. (Our kids are little but they teach all ages--even old folks like me.)
  • Re: ISO advice re: Imagine Swimming and teachers

    We've had our almost-6-year-old at Imagine Swimming for about a year, and it's been great. He had been at the Tribeca flagship pool for a long time, and yes, it's a great pool-- very warm, not too deep for the little ones, and there's a very comfortable glassed-in waiting room for parents with chairs, vending machines, a TV, and toys for younger siblings. His teacher was Kyra, and she was wonderful with him.
  • Re: ISO advice re: Imagine Swimming and teachers

    We took one Imagine swim class at the bowling green location. The pool was very nice, and the teacher was great. What wasn't great was when we were informed via phone after the lesson that the class wasn't the right fit for either of my kids. So beware when booking your class that it may not be the right fit (even if you tell them when booking that your child is a beginner and has no idea how to swim) and they will then try to place you in another class, that also may not be right, until they find the right fit. The whole process took too long since we had to wait for openings and my kids would have one lesson, then wait a month and have another, that we gave up and are now doing semi private lessons at Berkeley Carroll, which are great and come out to the same price as imagine swim. And the commute to Berkeley Carroll is much easier.
  • Re: Swim classes where kids swim the whole time?

    Imagine Swimming. Fantastic program. Small classes (max 4), adult teachers (most with college swim team experience, even a couple Olympians), and the beginning levels use these PVC pipe platforms for the kids to stand on, so they are always in the water, whatever the drill. More expensive, but our daughter learned to swim, which she did not at the several programs we tried where kids hang on the side of the pool for most of the session. BIG fan.
  • Swim Lessons for a New 4yo swimmer?

    i second the great review for imagine swimming. our four year old has been going for a few months now and i now get in with our two year old. both are making real progress. they're a bit pricier but worth it since they're actually learning how to swim and not just hang out in the water.
  • Swim Lessons for a New 4yo swimmer?

    Imagine Swimming has been a wonderful experience for our now-6 yr-old daughter. Smaller classes (max 4) than the Y or Camp Olympia, and they use these in-pool platforms where the kids are always in the water, but not hanging on the side of the pool, so they get used to the water supporting them. And no floaties, ever. They learn to swim. Higher price, great value.
  • (no subject)

    We have just started lessons with Imagine Swimming. The classes are small - no more than 3-4 parent/child pairs per class - and fun. IS has classes all over the city but for some reason, none in Park Slope. We take our class at the Brooklyn Sheraton, which is very convenient to the subway. A huge bonus, at least in my book, is that the classes are not at 9am, and enrollment is rolling, so you don't have to wait for a session to start if you want to take classes. Downside is that it is a little pricey, but the classes are so good I think it is worth it. (July 2011)
  • (no subject)

    They get the best of the best teachers and are awesome in the water. (May 2011)