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Baby and Infant Swim Lessons in Marin

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Being safe and comfortable around water is extremely important, and it's never too early to introduce little ones to the basics of water skills. Many infants actually take naturally to the water! Infant swim classes in Marin County start as early as six months old, and are usually parent/child sessions where you or a caregiver can enjoy the water with your child. While most of these classes don't teach infants to swim per se, they do introduce parents and children to the water and important safety skills.

Below is our list of infant and toddler swim classes in Marin. Although many of the facilities listed are private clubs, unless otherwise indicated, all locations offer public lessons open to all. Most programs require pre-registration; follow the links or call to sign up or for more information.

Mill Valley

  • Infant Swim Marin
    Mill Valley and San Rafael
    (415) 578-0966
    Website

    Infant Swimming Resource is the safest and most effective provider of survival swimming lessons worldwide, teaching ISR Self-Rescue® skills to children ages 6 months to 6 years old.
  • Mill Valley Community Center Pool
    180 Camino Alto
    (415) 383-1370
    Website

    The Mill Valley Swim School offers classes for ages 6–36 months. They offer private, group, and group private lessons. Both classes introduce little ones to the water with parent participation.
  • Strawberry Recreation District
    118 E. Strawberry Drive
    (415) 383-6494
    Website

    Strawberry's Seedlings Program is a parent/child water orientation class for ages 6 months–3.5 years old. Through songs, games, and safety skills children learn to enjoy the water with their parent. Children are not expected to learn to swim in this class.

Novato

  • Hamilton Community Pool
    203 El Bonito Drive
    Novato, CA 949439

    (415) 485-3344
    Website

    The Happy Fish Swim School at the Hamilton pool offers a Tot Parent–Water Baby 30 minute class. Classes include blowing bubbles, jumping, basic arm swim skills, slight submersion practiced, songs and games, parent particpation required. Best for kids 6–36 months.
  • Rolling Hills Club
    351 San Andreas Drive
    (415) 897-2185
    Website

    Tiny Turtles provides an early introduction to swimming for ages 8 months–3 years. The course is directed towards improving the child’s comfort level in water while training parents in water safety and drowning prevention. Parents are taught how to work with their own child on water adjustment and basic swimming skills. One parent or guardian must be in the water with each child. Swim Diapers required.
  • SwimAmerica
    College of Marin Indian Valley Campus Pool
    1800 Ignacio Boulevard, Novato

    Cavanagh Pool
    8th and G Streets, Petaluma

    (415) 892-2269
    Website

    SwimAmerica offers swimming to kids of all ages. They also offer an Aqua Babies program is for infants 6 months–3 years in Petaluma (Cavanagh Pool) only. Infants do not learn to "swim" but become comfortable with the water, float on their backs, and get a breath of air.

San Rafael

  • Infant Swim Marin
    Mill Valley and San Rafael
    (415) 578-0966
    Website

    Infant Swimming Resource is the safest and most effective provider of survival swimming lessons worldwide, teaching ISR Self-Rescue® skills to children ages 6 months to 6 years old.
  • Marinwood Community Pool
    775 Miller Creek Road
    San Rafael, CA 94903
    (415) 479-0775

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    Parent/Guardian participation in the water is required. This class is an introduction to the water through song, games, and water activities. Parents will learn how to encourage their children in the water, as well as learn about safety in the water. This class if for ages 6 months through 3 years of age. Approved swim liners are required for children. Liners are available for $12 at the pool. 
  • Marin YMCA
    1500 Los Gamos Drive, San Rafael
    (415) 492-9622
    Website

    Marin YMCA offers parent/child swim classes for ages 6 months–3 years. Classes provide a fun and inviting environment for babies and toddlers through the use of toys, songs, and companionship with other similarly aged participants. Children become aware of the differences between dry land and water and parents learn how to keep their child safe in and around the pool. The child must be accompanied by a responsible adult in the water.
  • Osher Marin JCC
    200 N San Pedro Rd
    San Rafael, CA 94903
    (415) 444-8032
    Website

    The Osher Main JCC's aquatics program offers Baby Swim classes for children 6 months–4 years old. Classes include Mommies in Motion, which gives moms a great aerobic workout and introduces baby to water skills (9–36 months). Splash! (9–24 months) and Advanced Splash! (2–4 years) introduce children to water play and water exploration. More info.
  • Terra Linda Community Pool
    670 Del Ganado Road
    San Rafael, CA 94903

    (415) 485-3344
    Website

    The Happy Fish Swim School at the Terral Linda pool offers a Tot Parent–Water Baby 30 minute class. Classes include blowing bubbles, jumping, basic arm swim skills, slight submersion practiced, songs and games, parent particpation required. Best for kids 6–36 months.

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