Connecticut is a great place to swim – if you know how. Public and private beaches and pools abound in this state, with its long shoreline and many lakes, ponds and parks. Fortunately, for those who are afraid of or new to the water or need to brush up on old skills, there are many places to learn how to swim safely and well.
Bubbles To Butterfly Swim School
P.O. Box 739
Baltic, CT 06330
Bubbles to Butterfly owner Margee Charron started her company at her own backyard pool almost 16 years ago. Since then, “thousands” of people of all ages in southeastern Connecticut have learned to swim, or to swim better, because of Margee and her company. Although she and her three head instructors (Alyssa Nagle, Selene Sullivan and Laura Tiffany) teach classes at two hotels and a campground, the company has not forgotten its home pool origins. Bubbles to Butterfly still provides what it appropriately calls “Backyard Pool Instruction” and even lifeguard services “at your own pool.”
Children Of The Sound
P.O. Box 777
Southport, CT 06890
Children of the Sound boasts of being “the largest swim school in Fairfield County.” The company offers private, semi-private and parent-toddler classes, as well as swim clinics. It prides itself on matching students “with just the right instructor” so as to create “a learning experience that is fun” as well as safe and effective. Classes are taught at the Double Tree and Courtyard Marriott hotel pools in Norwalk, and across the New York state line at the Courtyard Marriott in Rye.
Noah’s Ark Swim School
1883 Waterbury Road
Chesire, CT 06410
With a maximum of four students per class, learning to swim is a very personal experience at Noah’s Ark Swim School. Kevin, Jauneen, Mary, Colleen, Don and other instructors from Noah’s Ark Swim School have been teaching the children of Connecticut to swim and swim safely for more than 15 years. Unlike some schools that hire swim team members or lifeguards on a temporary or short-term basis, “our teachers like to hang around” says a company spokesman. Noah’s Ark also holds classes for adults, and has morning, afternoon and early evening slots available at the Heritage Hotel and Crowne Plaza Hotel pools in Southbury.
The School Of Swimming
P.O. Box 265
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
“Learning to swim should be a part of every child’s education” is the motto for Chick and Susan BeVier’s The School of Swimming. They started small in 1974, and then 10 years later opened Camp Eagle Feather to provide “camping adventures” as well as swim lessons. Seven years ago, they opened a third location, Camp Eagle Wing. Both small and standard group lessons are available, say the BeViers, who pride themselves on instilling their students not just with the ability to swim safely, but also with “those virtues that define a lady and a gentleman.”
Wings Over Water School Of Swimming
221 Black Rock Turnpike
Fairfield, CT 06825
With classes at its large and modern facilities in Fairfield, Brewster and Hopewell, the Wings Over Water School of Swimming provides what it calls “professional instruction” – and not just for beginners. Its teachers use the Simplicity method to help swimmers at all levels, including those trying out for tri-athlete competitions or who just want to improve their stroke. Wings Over Water facilities are full-service, with shops where students can buy suits, bathing caps and other swim gear.
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