• We’re featured in Wee-Wander.com’s Essential Guide: Swimming Lessons for Babies, Toddlers and Kids in Philadelphia

    From their updated guide:

    Essential Guide: Swimming Lessons for Babies, Toddlers and Kids in Philadelphia

    Holly Waters
    What: The popular fitness trainer Holly Waters has developed quite the following in the aquatics arena, having worked with everyone from babies to seniors to pregnant mamas. (People LOVE her classes — when we wrote about Holly a while back, she blew up the site!) Waters really likes teaching little ones the basics in the pool, and offers both private and occasional group lessons for little ones. She teaches at Fitness Works in South Philly, or really any pool that you have access to.
    When: On Sundays, Holly does an infant swim drop-in class at Fitness Works called Baby Bubbles — she posts all updates about that and about her schedule on her Fitness Alive Facebook page. You can also follow her on Instagram @holywaterh20. (“Be on the lookout for a meet-and-greet at Cloth in South Philly where we’ll promote more sign-up session-type classes for the infants!” she says.) And you can also always contact Holly for all details about setting up sessions and/or lessons.
    Cost and Membership: Contact Holly.

    Bruce Holly
    What: Bruce is a less high-profile but no less beloved independent swim teacher who has been teaching for years, and who has been called the “swim whisperer” by at least a couple parents we know. He teaches all ages at the pool at South Philly’s Fitness Works gym, but seems to be exceptionally gifted with preschool aged kids. Says one pal: “My daughter took lessons with him when she was four. He had her swimming underwater in just a few weeks! His approach is sort of no-nonsense, but he’s calm and gentle and his technique really worked for her. He really helps kids be comfortable in the water.”
    When: Lessons are private, so you set them up with Bruce personally at 215-748-4240, or through Fitness Works, who will hook you up. If you call the gym to book a lesson with him, be sure ask specifically for him.
    Cost and Membership: You needn’t be a member at Fitness Works to take a lesson. Bruce’s 30-45 minute lessons are $35 (that includes the $10 fee to Fitness Works).

    Kids on 12th
    What: Kids in 12th offers private lessons for all ages at a couple of places: The first is the 12th Street Gym in Midtown Village, which has a great basement level pool; the second is at the aforementioned Fitness Works. There are also group sessions at the 12th Street Gym; those are eight weeks long, and run about 45 minutes each.
    When: Kids’ group lessons at the 12th Street Gym are Tuesdays at 4 p.m. and Saturdays at 1 p.m. — that’s for advanced swimmers. The beginner lessons are on Tuesdays at 4:45 p.m. and Saturdays at 1:45 p.m. Though instructor Judy Hershman says the best way to arrange group or private lessons is to contact her by email at judy@kidson12th.com.
    Cost and Membership: You don’t have to be a member of the 12th Street Gym or Fitness Works to partake in lessons — Kids on 12th group swim lessons are $96 for an eight week session, or $35 for a 45-minute private session, with a $10 fee paid at the door of both spots. (You can also call Fitness Works to set up lessons, too.)