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Swimming Lessons

Information about swimming lessons at City of Albuquerque pools.

We have partnered with UNM Health Sciences to provide online instructional videos!

We do not have private lessons during the summer. Lessons are at Betsy Patterson Pool, Eisenhower Pool, Montgomery Pool, Rio Grande Outdoor Pool, Sierra Vista Pool, Sunport Pool, Valley Pool, West Mesa Aquatic Center, Highland Pool, Wilson Pool, East San Jose Pool, and Los Altos Pool. See below for our one-week and two-week session dates, times, and locations.

Sign up

Sign up is online only.

  1. Go to
  2. Sign up for a household (or sign in if you have visited a City of Albuquerque pool)
  3. Find the lesson you are interested in
  4. Add to cart
  5. Proceed to checkout
  6. Bring your receipt to the first day of lessons

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Metro Swim, Dive, & Water Polo

Child Lesson Pod Levels

Classes are divided into pods by age up to 6 years. Students 5+ are divided into pods based on skill level. When students master the skills in each pod, they will earn a certificate and move to the next pod.

  • Parent Tot 1 Guppy: 6 to 18 months
    • Familiarization with basic water safety swim skills – child and parent will be introduced to floating, breath control, and other safety skills.
  • Parent Tot 2 Minnow: 18 months to 2 years
    • Building up to independent water exploration- using games, songs, and acclimation skills to allow the child to develop a fun, comfortable, and healthy relationship with the water.
  • Preschool 1 Jellyfish: 3 to 4-1/2 years
    • Independent water acclimation - child will begin to receive familiarization with fundamental swim skills needed to learn how to swim without assistance through playful skills and songs.
  • Preschool 2 Starfish: 4 to 5 years
    • Transition from water exploration to independent floats- child will be introduced to safety float, front float, back float, superhero glides and other safety skills that will set the foundation for future swimming technique and development of strokes.
  • Pod 1-Sea Horse: 6 to 14 years
    • Water Acclamation/Floating-Focus on being comfortable in the main pool, 3 feet deep or shallowest end of the pool, and work on the basics of floating and kicking.
  • Pod 2-Alligator: 6 to 14 years
    • Freestyle-Fundamentals of freestyle and treading water. After completing this course, students should be able to swim 10 to 15 yards of coordinated freestyle.
  • Pod 3-Otter: 6 to 14 years
    • Backstroke-Become comfortable back and coordinated backstroke. After completing this course, students should be able to swim 10 to 15 yards of coordinated backstroke and 15+ yards of freestyle.
  • Pod 4-Octopus: 6 to 14 years
    • Breaststroke/Butterfly-Coordinated breaststroke, butterfly and diving. After completing this course, students should be able to swim 10 to 15 yards of coordinated breaststroke, swim 10 to 15 yards of coordinated butterfly, 25 yards of freestyle and backstroke, and treading for 1 minute.
  • Adult: 18+

Summer Swimming Lessons

Registration starts May, 4 2024 at noon. Online or in person

Not sure what class to sign up for? These questions can help you decide what would work best for your children:

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$40 per student, per session.

8 Day Sessions:

  • 8 classes total
  • 30-minute classes
  • 5 students per class
  • 48 total minutes with instructor

4 Day Sessions:

  • 4 classes total
  • 45-minute classes
  • 3 students per class
  • 60 minutes total with instructor
Class Instruction Breakdown
Class Format Class length Class Size # of Classes Total time with instructor
8 Day 30 Minutes 5 Students 8 Classes 48 Minutes
4 Day 45 Minutes 3 Students 4 Classes 60 Minutes


Betsy Patterson Pool at Sandia High School 505-767-5448

Lesson Days Start Date End Date Time 1 Time 2
Sundays 3/3/2024 4/21/2024 9:00 - 9:30 AM 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Valley Pool 505-768-5349

Lesson Days Start Date End Date Time
Mon & Wed 3/4/2024 3/27/2024 5:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Mon & Wed 4/1/2024 4/24/2024 5:30 - 6:00 p.m.

Highland Pool 505-768-3940

Lesson Days Start Date End Date Time 1
Returning Summer 2024  

Los Altos Pool 505-768-4901

Lesson Days Start Date End Date Time 1 Time 2
Saturday 3/9/2024 3/30/2024 3:15 - 4:00 PM 4:05 - 4:50 PM
Saturday (Kayak and Paddleboard) 4/6/2024 4/20/2024 3:15 - 4:15 PM 4:20 - 5:20 PM

West Mesa Aquatic Center 505-836-8718

Lesson Days Start Date End Date Time 1
Tue & Thurs 3/5/2024 3/28/2024 5:15 - 5:45 p.m.
Tue & Thurs 4/2/2024 4/25/2024 5:15 - 5:45 p.m.