As public pools in Tulsa begin to open for the season, it’s important for families of young children to ensure that their little ones know how to swim. Although swimming provides physical benefits for all ages, it is also a life skill that is important to learn at a young age.
Luckily, many organizations in the Tulsa area offer summer and year-round swimming lessons. We have compiled a list of lesson locations, as well as a map and contact information to help you schedule swimming lessons before they fill up.
If you are looking for swimming lessons in the Oklahoma City area, view our OKC Swimming Lessons guide.
The Importance of Swimming Lessons for Children
Starting children in swimming lessons early is a great physical activity, a way for children to burn energy, and can also save their lives. Sarah Clavin, communications and marketing director for Miller Swim School explains why.
“Early and often exposure is key,” Clavin said. “This is a sport, but also a skill that can save your life. Swimming is the only activity that can provide you with life-saving skills.”
“The earlier you get started and the more often you come, the more confident you will be in your swimming skills. Drowning is preventable, and a lot of people don’t think of it that way, but it is a preventable death and it is one of the top killers of babies and young children,” Clavin said.
How early should you start children in swimming lessons? Miller Swim School starts lessons at as early as six months.
“Children should start swimming at around four to six months, but we also see a lot of children starting at age 3,” Clavin said. “The earlier that they get into the water, the stronger swimmers they become.”
“We teach the parents about water safety as well, and how to work with children in the tub and in the pool to increase their swimming skills. When children are as young as six months, they don’t know fear and are more willing to try new things, so it’s a good age to start them,” Clavin said.
Whether children know how to swim or not, it is imperative to always have an adult watching the pool when children are nearby.
“It is the most important that in a residential pool there is always a water-watcher,” Clavin said. “We hire out lifeguards at $35 an hour for even residential pools -- it is so important that people are always being watched in the pool to prevent drowning.”
Once your children know how to swim, a residential pool can be a perfect summer addition to your landscape. Contact our pool experts today for a consultation!
Tulsa Swimming Lessons:
7910 E 134th St S, Bixby, OK 74008
5353 E 68th St, Tulsa, OK 74136
1120 E Pine St, Tulsa, OK 74106
7030 S Lewis Ave, Tulsa, OK 74136
205 E B St, Jenks, OK 74037
10642 S Memorial Dr, Tulsa, OK 74133
6415 S Mingo Rd, Tulsa, OK 74133
7777 S Lewis Ave, Tulsa, OK 74171
8300 N Owasso Expy, Owasso, OK 74055
8501 S Garnett Rd, Broken Arrow, OK 74012
1819 E 19th St, Tulsa, OK 74104
5358 S 70th E Pl, Tulsa, OK 74145
3702 E 51st St, Tulsa, OK 74135
5005 S Darlington Ave, Tulsa, OK 74135
5400 S Olympia Ave, Tulsa, OK 74107
1910 S Lewis Ave #200, Tulsa, OK 74104