Where to learn to swim in Sonoma County

Milagros Gomez
Written by Milagros Gomez

With all the outdoor activities to do this summer, knowing how to swim is an essential skill to have. For those in need of swimming lessons, we have gathered a list of programs all around Sonoma County where trained instructors can teach individuals of all ages how to swim, no matter their skill set.

Sebastopol and Windsor

During June, Sonoma County Regional Parks will host “Vamos a Nadar” (Lets Go Swimming), a bilingual program where children over 5 receive swimming lessons while their parents learn about water safety techniques. Time and location vary on date — Sunday, June 10 from 9 am to 12 pm at the Windsor Senior Center in Windsor; Saturday, June 23 from 9:30 to 11:30 am at Ives Pool in Sebastopol. For more information click here or call 707-565-8034.


The Parkpoint Health Club in Healdsburg offers members and non-members three swimming sessions, 8 lessons per session at Parkpoint Healdsburg — 195 Foss Creek Cir, Healdsburg. Classes begin June 11 and run until July 19. Each session is $85 for members and $95 for the general public. For more information click here or call 707-385-2500.


The Town of Windsor’s youth programs are in full swing. With over 10 programs to choose from, there is bound to be one that fits your skill set whether you’re getting comfortable being in the water or you’re an adequate swimmer. The programs indicated for 3 to 12 year-olds begin June 4 at the Windsor Senior Center Pool — 9231 Foxwood Dr, Windsor. Prices vary between programs. For more information, click here or call 707-838-1000

Santa Rosa

While Sonoma County Family YMCA offers yearlong swim classes, this summer they will provide three programs based on different swimming levels that will run from May to August 9 at its Santa Rosa location on 1111 College Avenue. Prices range from $31 to $63. Click here to visit the YMCA website or call 707-545-9622.

The City of Santa Rosa offers individuals two locations to learn how to swim alongside trained instructors in sessions of 8 swimming lessons. Classes run from Monday through Thursday at the Ridgeway Swim Center and the Finley Aquatic Center. Cost for lessons are $50 for Santa Rosa residents and $60 for the general public. To enroll and explore the different programs click here.


In Sebastopol, Ives Pool offers pool users the option to pay as low as $3.50 to $5 per day for pool use. Located at 7400 Willow St, the facility also provides 8 swimming lessons for $58. Lessons run from June 4 to August 9. For more information call 707-823-8693 or click here.


The Marin Swim School summer sessions has begun. Interested participants will take part in 8 swim lessons at Petaluma Swim Center — 900 E. Washington in Petaluma. Class sessions begin June 4 through August 9. Cost per session is $120. Check out what swim session works best for your schedule here or call 707-246-6626.


The Sonoma Aquatic Club (SAC) has developed four swimming lesson programs based on participants’ age range and skill set. Each program includes 4 swimming lessons, $60 for SAC members and $72 for non-members. Classes are offered Monday through Thursday. Times vary depending on chosen program. Click here for more information or call 707-838-1000.


YMCA also offers eight 30 to 40 minute swim lessons for $46 per session at Cloverdale Memorial Pool — 215 West First St, Cloverdale. For more information call 707-545-9622 or click here.

Remember, whether you’re in the pool or in close proximity of water, it is crucial to establish water safety rules. According to the American Red Cross, the importance of water safety is abundant, not only because it can keep you informed of adequate guidelines to follow, but it can also help save a life. Water safety rules include swimming in designated areas, never leaving children unattended near water, wearing a life jacket if needed and avoiding the use of alcohol. To learn more water safety tips, visit the Red Cross website here.

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Posted by La Prensa Sonoma on Wednesday, February 7, 2018

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