small-group Swim Classes

Fitness Alive Swim Academy’s group classes foster a natural progression from beginner to experienced swim levels, for both kids and adults. Our children’s and beginner-adult classes are kept intentionally small to allow our instructors to develop a great rapport with students and enable our students to receive personal attention. 

How Our Classes Work

We offer drop-in classes (for Baby Bubbles and Masters Swim only), as well as six-week class series and two-week Intensive classes. 

Drop-in classes: Entry to a single class. Our Sunday Baby Bubbles (9-10am) is drop-in only with no preregistration required; $25 cash paid onsite to the instructor. You can also drop in to our Masters Swim classes but you must register in advance online; the drop-in rate for Masters Swim is $30 per class.

Six-week series: Classes meet once per week for 30 minutes each over the course of six weeks. Priced at $150 for the full series.

Intensives: Classes meet three times per week for 30 minutes each over the course of two weeks. Intensives offer the same amount of instruction time as our six-week series, but in a condensed timeframe. We offer Intensives for children's classes during the summer months. Priced at $150 for the full series.

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*NOW ENROLLING FOR SESSION C SWIM CLASSES*
Session C dates: July 10-August 18, 2017

Children's Swim Classes

Level 0: Baby Bubbles - Parent-and-Baby Swim

Recommended ages*: 5 months-3 years

Our littlest swimmers first meet the water in Baby Bubbles, our group class for kids — and their parents — from ages five months to three years. Using finely honed techniques developed by co-founder and lead instructor Holly Waters, children learn how to feel comfortable and move their bodies in the water, helping them build confidence and independence while exploring new surroundings in a safe, fun and supervised setting. Mom and/or dad are in the pool with their child offering hands-on guidance and encouragement under the direction of our instructor. The class also incorporates light massage techniques to help children develop long, loose, strong bodies.

*Please note: Non-potty-trained kids must wear a swim diaper to enter the pool; no exceptions.*

Class Info: Baby Bubbles
$25 cash per child per class, paid onsite to the instructor.

Schedule
Sun. @ 9 a.m: Drop-in; no preregistration. NOTE: This class is ongoing every week and does not follow the class schedule above.

Thursday @ 11:30 am-12:15 p.m.: This class follows our six-week session schedule, and requires preregistration.

Location
Fitness Works: 714 Reed Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147


LEVEL 1: TADPOLES

Recommended ages*: 3-5 years
Prerequisite experience: Little to no pool experience
Class size: 3 children max

Our novice swimmers gain comfort and confidence in the pool without mom or dad in the water, learning basics like blowing bubbles, submerging their heads/faces and floating. They’ll learn to pull the water and kick, and will be introduced to strokes with the instructor’s assistance.

A child is ready to graduate to Level 2 when the instructor determines that the swimmer is strong enough, confident enough, and ready to swim with less hands-on instruction and assistance. // Learn about our children's swim assessments. 

 Sign up for a Tadpoles class

Class Info: Tadpoles
We offer both six-week classes and two-week Intensive classes; $150 for either option.

Location
Fitness Works: 714 Reed Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147


LEVEL 2: GOLDFISH

Recommended ages*: 5-7 years
Prerequisite experience: Child is comfortable in the water and submerges.
Class size: 4 children max

Our Level 2 swimmers are ready to learn how to swim. Here, we’ll cover basic strokes, strong kicking, and proper breathing. Children will learn to swim without assistance. They’ll also learn water safety skills, like treading water, and other body- and confidence-strengthening tools that help them trust the water and be a confident swimmer.

A child is ready to graduate to Level 3 when he or she can swim at least one length of the pool unassisted. The child must also be ready to join a slightly larger, more structured class and follow verbal commands in the pool. // Learn about our children's swim assessments.

 Sign up for a GOLDFISH class

Class Info: Goldfish
We offer both six-week classes and two-week Intensive classes; $150 for either option.

Location
Fitness Works: 714 Reed Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147


LEVEL 3: DOLPHINS

Recommended ages*: Ages 7 and up
Prerequisite experience: Child can swim at least one length of the pool unassisted.
Class size: 5 children max

Our most advanced swimmers come together in our Level 3 program. They’ll learn proper technique for all competitive strokes, and refine their breathing and ability as swimmers. Flip turns and diving technique will be introduced or refined, along with the overall discipline of swimming as a sport.

Level 3 is great for kids interested in maturing into a swim team program. // Learn about our children's swim assessments.

 Sign up for a DOLPHINS class

  • Session C: Enrollment Open. Choose the class you wish to sign up for below: 
  • Session D: Enrollment not yet open

Class Info: Dolphins
We offer both six-week classes and two-week Intensive classes; $150 for either option.

Location
Fitness Works: 714 Reed Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147

» See the 2017 Swim Class Schedule «

*Please remember that the recommended ages are only suggestions; your child’s ability level is much more important when determining what group he or she should be a part of. If you are unsure where your child belongs, please give us a call at 267-702-6043 or email info@fitnessalivephilly.com. Or, get your child assessed by one of our instructors at an upcoming Family Swim Night.

SWIM ASSESSMENTS FOR CHILDREN

Don’t know which level is best for your child? Every first Friday of the month, we host a Family Swim Night at Fitness Works from 6-8 pm. Our instructors will be on hand to provide swim assessments for those interested in joining a class.


Adult Swim Classes

ADULT BEGINNER SWIM

Class size: 4 swimmers max

This small-group class is for adults with little to no prior pool experience, or those with fears to overcome and confidence to build. Your goal in this class will be to learn to swim a length of the pool and feel comfortable in deep water. Adults will learn basic strokes and water safety and become equipped for participation in activities in and around the water.

 Sign up for ADULT BEGINNER SWIM

  • Session C: No classes scheduled for Session C.
  • Session D: Enrollment not yet open

Class Info: Adult Beg.
This is a six-week class; $150 for the full series.

Session B Schedule
Sun. @  10-11 am

Location
Fitness Works: 714 Reed Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147


MASTERS SWIM HAPPY HOUR

Prerequisite experience: You can swim a lap or two in the pool and are confident and comfortable in the water. 
Class size: up to 15 swimmers

Looking for a true water workout? This is the class for you. But don't worry: You don't need to be a professional swimmer to participate. All swim teams have ranging abilities — from the carefree spirit who wants to indulge her inner mermaid to the competitive speed racer who flies down the pool with ease. This class aims to provide a fun and structured swimming workout for comfortable swimmers of ranging abilities, focusing on building skills through drills and kicking and mixing in some sprint and endurance sets to build those cardiac muscles.

This class is PERFECT for people training for a triathlon or an open-water swim, or those simply missing high school swim practice. But wait, since we’re all grown-ups here, we’ll head to a local bar after each class and toss one back over good laughs — because why not? You earned it.

Sign up for MASTERS HAPPY HOUR

Class Info: Masters
This is a six-week class; $150 for the full series OR choose the new drop-in option for $30 per class. Advance sign up required for drop-ins, and there are a limited number of spaces per class reserved for drop-ins.

Session B Schedule
Wed. @ 7:30-8:30 pm

Location
Fitness Works: 714 Reed Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147


Important Policies

Refunds/Missed Classes: We do not offer any make-up lessons or refunds in the event that you can't make it to class a certain week, so please check your schedule and plan accordingly. If you must miss a class, please be courteous and call, text or email us as soon as you can so our instructors can have an accurate headcount. See the 2017 Fitness Alive Swim Class Calendar here.

Facility/Unforeseen Emergencies: If a class must be canceled, we will provide a makeup by extending the session an extra week. We will contact you — via text, email and phone, in that order — as quickly as possible in the event of a facility closure or emergency. 

Snow Days and Weather Closures: In the event that getting to or from the facility is dangerous due to the weather, we will contact you — via text, email and phone, in that order — as quickly as possible to alert you of cancelations, and we will provide relevant announcements on our website and social media channels. We will provide a makeup by extending the session an extra week. 

Holidays: Holiday closures are noted in the Session calendar above. But in general, we will not hold classes or lessons on the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.