Guide to Swim Lessons in the Albuquerque Area

Summer and the rising temperatures have arrived. If you are like us and only own an impulse-buy inflatable pool, visiting the local pool is sure to be part of your weekly routine. While cooling off from the heat is a welcome break for all, safety is never far from our mom brains. We know that being prepared is crucial, so we put together the best local swim lessons, many which operate year-round.

Thank you to Manzano Day School for sponsoring this Guide to Swim Lessons.

Manzano Day School is an independent non-profit elementary school serving pre-k through 5th grade in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Manzano Day School is dedicated to innovative child-centered education, excellence in teaching, and Joy in Learning®.

City of Albuquerque Pools

Registration will be slightly different this summer. In order to best gauge your child’s swimming level, we will open registration for June lessons on Saturday, May 7, 2022 at 12 pm. Registration for July lessons will open Saturday, June 18, 2022 at 12 pm. Lessons are $40 per child, per session. Class sizes of a 1:5 instructor to student ratio.

Jr. Lobo Swim Academy

UNM Recreational Services is proud to offer Jr. Lobo Swim Academy. The Jr. Lobo Swim Academy provides swimming lessons to all skill levels of swimmers. Both group and private lessons are available.

Fish Factory

Fish Factory is Albuquerque’s year-round indoor swim school for kids three months to 12 years old! Curriculum is based on skill mastery and focuses on both safety skills and legal stroke technique. Guppy and Fish in Progress classes have no more than three students per instructor.

Nicole's Swim School

Nicole has coached swimming, diving, and gymnastics for over 20 years. She loves working with kids and seeing their progression in all aspects of life. She is also a mother of six children, who are in and out of the pool helping demonstrate and now teaching lessons.

Jewish Community Center Aquatics

The JCC outdoor heated pool is open year-round! The JCC provides group and private lessons for all ages and abilities. Private and semi-private swim lessons are 30 minutes long and scheduled at your convenience with one of our swim instructors.


SwimLabs in El Dorado Hills provides lessons in a unique indoor facility which includes highly trained instructors and small warm-water pools, specially designed with 360-degree video feedback technology. Lessons are open to swimmers of all ages and abilities, including infants, young children and adults learning how to swim for the first time, competitive swimmers, and even triathletes.

Kay's All Swim School

An enclosed, chlorine-free, 100% UV-protected pool is kept at 92 degrees to promote optimum body movement and warmth. The curriculum is based on private lessons every day for MTWTh. Lessons are customized each day for each child with one-on-one instruction, allowing for the maximum progress possible in the shortest amount of time.

Tennis Club of Albuquerque

Instruction is available for children and adults of all ages and abilities. Experienced swim instructors offer instruction in learning to swim, swim technique instruction, workout planning and advice, and competitive swimming tips.

Infant Swimming Resource

Give your child the competence, confidence, and skills of aquatic safety with Infant Swimming Resource’s Self-Rescue® program. The safest provider of survival swimming lessons for children six months to six years of age.

Do you know of an Albuquerque area swim school that we didn’t list? Email us at [email protected] so we can add it to the list!

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Rachel was born and raised in New Mexico and on the neighboring Navajo reservation until she was 14. She then attended high school in Connecticut but returned to New Mexico for college because the mountains will always be home for her. She met her husband while working at Dion’s and she attended UNM. They married in Tijeras, NM in 2014 and welcomed their first son in 2016. Their second son arrived in 2021 during the pandemic. Rachel is currently the community engagement coodinator for ABQ Mom as well as Head Community Leader for the Community & Conversations Group. She also stays home with her two boys, one of which homeschools. If she is not busy organizing playdates and meet-ups for local moms, you can find her at a yoga class, a crafting event, or on a run on one of the various trails surrounding Albuquerque. Since entering motherhood in 2016, Rachel's been most passionate about bringing moms together in a safe space and being the mom friend to others that she wished she had when she was a newly minted Albuquerque mom.


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