Swim Lessons

Swim Lessons

Unfortunately, due to the shortage of instructors, we will not hold summer swim lesson registration on May 14th as planned. If the situation should change we will revisit the possibility of offering lessons this summer.

All swim lessons are taught by certified instructors. Due to limited capacity, you will only be able to register for ONE session per child listed below. 

Make sure you have the following things ready to go on registration day: 

  • Preferred session and backup session
  • Preferred location (hint: register in person at the location of your choice for a quicker registration process)
  • Class based on child's age
  • Preferred time of class (have a backup prepared in case the class is full)
  • Method of payment (Visa, Mastercard, check or money order - NO CASH)

Swim Lesson Sessions

  • Classes will take place Monday-Thursday 
  • Call 843-724-7346 for swim lesson dates and times available!  


  • Herbert Hasell Pool (265 Fishburne Ave)
  • James Island Pool (1088 Quail Dr)

Cost of Lessons

  • Star Babies & Star Tots
    • $25/resident or $35/non-resident
  • Preschool, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced Stroke School
    • $30/resident or $40/non-resident

Class Descriptions & Times

  • Parent and Child: Star Babies/Star Tots (ages 6 months - 3 years)
  • Preschool: Swim School Preschool (ages 3-4)
  • Beginner: Swim School Beginner (ages 5+)
  • Intermediate: Swim School (based on ability, ages 5+)
  • Advanced: Stroke School (based on ability, ages 5+)USA Swimming Foundation Make a Splash

Helpful Documents

Make a Splash

The City of Charleston Recreation Department is a proud partner of Make a Splash! Make a Splash is the national child-focused water safety initiative of the USA Swimming Foundation, which aims to provide the opportunity for every child in America to learn to swim. Make a Splash partners with learn-to-swim providers and water safety advocates across the country to provide swimming lessons and educate children and their families on the importance of learning how to swim. 

The USA Swimming Foundation has invested millions of dollars to provide grants to qualified Local Partner learn-to-swim programs, to spread national awareness, and to bring together strategic partners to end drowning. 

To date, nearly 2 million children have received the lifesaving gift of swim lessons through our Make a Splash Local Partner network, comprised of more than 600 qualified lesson providers across the nation. To learn more, visit the Make a Splash Website.