Kids Swim Lessons at Elevate Fitness Clubs in Syracuse, NY

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Elevate Fitness offers its popular swim lessons year-round, offering everything from Mommy and Me classes to one-on-one private instruction for advanced athletes. Find the program for you and your family at Elevate Fitness.

Levels Currently Offered

Parent & Child (9 months to 4 years): This program builds swimming readiness by emphasizing fun in the water. Children will learn bubble blowing, kicking, and back floating. The parents are in the water to help facilitate the learning and partake in the fun! It’s never too early to start your child in swim lessons!

Level One, Introduction to Water Skills (Ages 4 and older): This class is for the children to learn to put their faces in the water, blow bubbles, float on their front and back with support and learn the beginner stroke. There are no parents in the water for this level of swim lessons.

Level Two, Fundamental Aquatic Skills (Ages 5 and older): These swim lessons are for students who can have their face in the water for 3 seconds or longer and are able to float on their front and back without support. Students will learn how to perfect arm strokes, and begin to learn survival strokes such as elementary backstroke and treading water.

Levels Three & Four, Stroke Development & Improvement (Must pass level 2 to qualify): Students must be able to perform the back crawl for 10 years and the beginner stroke (with their face in the water) for 10 yards. Also, the students must be extremely comfortable in deep water. Students will learn rhythmic breathing for front crawl. Back crawl, sidestroke, breaststroke, and safety skills will be emphasized. Students will develop confidence in the strokes learned and will improve endurance.

About Levels

It is important that your child is placed at the correct level of instruction. In order to maintain the quality of our swim program, we strive to register 5 children per instructor in Levels 1 – 4. However, this may not always be possible. When 2 instructors are avilable we may have up to 10 students. The aquatics staff reserves the right to move children who cannot meet or who exceed the Red Cross swim level pre-requisites. If you are unsure of your child’s level, we can assist you in determining the proper level at which to register them. Also, note that it is completely normal (and common) for a child to repeat a level multiple times before developing the skills necessary to progress to the next level. Group lessons will be announced in our monthly newsletter. Additionally, you can call the clubs at the numbers below or email for session dates or more information.

DEWITT PHONE: 315-446-0376
LIVERPOOL PHONE: 315-451-5050

Private Instruction

Not only for students that advance past level 4; private lessons are offered for any age/level. Each private lesson is a half hour session. Private lessons-one student; Semi-private- 2-3 students (no more than three); prices differ based on private vs semi-private. Private lessons are offered seven days a week. Private lessons are not level-based, but are based on the swimmers’ abilities.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Swim Lessons

  1. What age can children start taking swim lessons?
  • Children can start taking swim lessons as early as six months old. 
  1. What skills are taught in beginner swim lessons?
  • Beginner swim lessons typically focus on basic water safety skills such as floating, kicking, and proper breathing techniques.
  1. How long does it take to learn how to swim?
  • The amount of time it takes to learn how to swim varies depending on the individual’s natural abilities, previous experience, and the frequency of lessons. Generally, it takes several weeks to several months to become proficient in swimming.
  1. What should I bring to my swim lesson?
  • It is recommended to bring a swimsuit, towel, goggles, and swim cap if desired. It is also required to use swim diapers for young children.
  1. Can adults take swim lessons?
  • Yes, adults of all ages and abilities can take swim lessons. Elevate Fitness offers classes specifically designed for adult learners.
  1. How can I find a qualified swim instructor?
  • You can find a qualified swim instructor by researching local swim schools, checking for certifications such as the American Red Cross, or by asking for recommendations from friends or family.
  1. What is the cost of swim lessons?
  • The cost of swim lessons varies depending on the location, type of lessons, and the swim school or instructor. It is recommended to research and compare prices before selecting a program.
  1. How often should I take swim lessons?
  • The frequency of swim lessons depends on individual goals and schedules. It is recommended to take lessons at least once a week for consistent progress.
  1. What are the benefits of learning how to swim?
  • Learning how to swim can provide numerous benefits including improved cardiovascular health, increased muscle strength, enhanced water safety skills, and improved mental health and relaxation.
  1. Can swim lessons be done virtually?
  • Some swim schools may offer virtual swim lessons, which can be helpful for practicing techniques and receiving feedback from instructors. However, it is important to note that in-person instruction is typically more effective for learning proper technique and improving overall swimming ability.