Swimming Lessons

Swim instructor teaching young children swim strokes at Schafer Sports Center

New evidence indicates that children who have been introduced to a water safety program may stand a much better chance of survival in the event of a water incident. In fact, along with proper adult supervision, formal swimming lessons are associated with an 88% reduction in the risk of drowning for children ages 1-4.*
*National Drowning Prevention Alliance.

Additionally, research at Griffith University found that swim lessons actually teach a whole lot more than bubble blowing and back floats. In fact, their study showed that kids who took swim lessons before the age of 5, were 6 to 20 months ahead of their peers…in a many different areas.

This study looked at 7,000 kids who took swimming lessons in the USA, Australia and New Zealand. Turns out, those swim class kids had a substantial competitive edge across all developmental areas:

  • Intellectually, they were 6 months ahead of their peers in counting and mathematics reasoning
  • Physically, they were 7 months ahead in motor development
  • Socially, they were 15 months ahead in socio and emotional development

Are you and your child ready to jump in to a whole new way of learning about swimming and water safety? Then we’ll nurture their natural love of learning and build their comfort and confidence.

For more information, read Aquatics Frequently Asked Questions.


While we have implemented a more flexible make up policy during COVID-19, All lessons will require a 24 hour cancellation notice via a phone call at 609 393-5855 and email to our front office at info@schafersports.com to be eligible for a make up for any missed lessons.

Given that we are now private lessons and semi private lessons, and all instructors are assigned to very specific times, we are unable to guarantee an immediate placement for your make up lessons. Make up lessons will be approved based on availability.

Program Details

  • Ages—Infant and up
  • Class length—30 minutes
  • Teacher to student ratio—1:1 and 1:2
  • Equipment—A 90 degree warm-water teaching pool designed for children’s swim instruction with a high-end UV purification system to keep water pristine and gentle on the skin.

Private Lessons

“I am thrilled that Schafer Sports Center will offer swimming for special needs children. Water safety and drowning prevention are important for every child to learn. My grandson is autistic, and he loves water. I am glad he’ll have the opportunity to learn the fundamental skills of swimming, and will enjoy water in a safe and comfortable environment.”
Bobbie Brown