The American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends starting swimming lessons at the age of 1.
It is so, so, so important that we teach our children to swim, especially those of us who have families that spend a lot of time on the coast. Below is a summary of what I found when I researched swimming lessons in our area. If you have anything to add, please reach out!
The Sports Center in Morehead City offers Water Babies*, Group Lessons, and Private Lessons.
Cape Carteret Aquatic & Wellness Center offers Water Babies* and Swim Lessons.
Beaufort Swim offers private Lessons by Appointment.
Eastern Athletic Club in Beaufort offers Private Lessons.
Anna Loynes offers Private Lessons. This summer Anna is focusing on private lessons(30 minutes). She sees incredible progress in kids after four lessons, so usually recommends starting with four and then reevaluating after to see if more lessons are needed. She will come to any pool in Morehead City or Atlantic Beach. If someone does not have access to a pool, she has one available for use. Her phone number is 252-269-5451 and her email is firstname.lastname@example.org. This is her fifth summer teaching lessons and she has experience with children 9months-14years.
* Water Babies - Parents and children learn basic water safety and introductory swimming skills with a goal of helping develop comfort and love of the water at a young age. Usually for ages 6 months - 3 years.
The Crystal Coast does not offer any public pools that I am aware of. But, there are plenty of neighborhood pools, club pools, and private pools in the area.
No pool, no problem! Fortunately, the Atlantic Beach Town Park opened in 2017. This park offers a SPLASH PAD, two playground areas, miniature golf, and skatepark. As an added bonus, the park offers free Wifi.
The Splash Pad, Mini Golf, and Concessions are open during the summer season and closed during the off season.
Bring your bathing suit and your family for free fun in the sun!
The town of Beaufort also has plans in the works for a Splash Pad soon.
More Splash Pads = More Fun!