Swim Lessons

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 concerns, the city of Charleston Department of Recreation will not be offering swim lessons for the first two sessions of summer classes. We will continue to evaluate the conditions and meet with local, state, and national health officials to determine if we will be able to resume lessons later in the summer. Therefore, we will not have swim lesson registration on Saturday, May 16th as originally scheduled.

In addition, the Coastal Carolina Aquatic Association (CCAA) has suspended the 2020 sponsored summer swim league, in which the City-sponsored James Island Stingrays swim team participates. In conjunction with this news, the Recreation Department will not have the intra-mural swim league in the summer of 2020.


All swim lessons are taught by certified instructors. Call your local pool for more information.

Swim Lesson Schedule

Stay tuned for summer swim lesson schedule as locations and times may change prior to registration date. 

Helpful Documents

Class Descriptions

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

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.