Swim Lessons

COVID-19 Updates

Private Swimming Lessons and Aqua Fit Classes are now available. For more information or to register -  call (941) 742-5923, ext. 6021.
Group Swimming Lesson registrations are suspended until further notice. Please use any Group Swimming Lesson information found below as a guide for future classes.


  • G.T. Bray Aquatics Center
  • (941) 742-5923 ext. 6021
  • Email Us

Manatee County Aquatics is offering the safest lessons in town!

Private 30-minute swimming lessons are available now for swimmers of all ages and skill levels. All lessons are taught with social distancing in place. A parent or guardian must be present and in the water with children during lessons unless it is determined by the instructor that the student is capable of independent swimming.

The aquatic staff is dedicated to water safety and swimming instruction. Our programs are progression based so students can learn and advance through skill levels at their own pace. Each level is taught with an emphasis on water safety while learning basic swimming skills. All instructors are trained and certified through the American Red Cross. Anyone, ages three and up, are encouraged to learn how to be safe in and around the water.

*In the event of inclement weather, the swim lesson staff will attempt to make up a missed lesson, but no make up lessons are guaranteed.  

  • Parent and Toddler – Ages 6 months - 3 years old. Each 30-minute lesson will be geared towards helping children become more comfortable in the water.

  • Parent and Child -Ages 3 - 12 years old. Each 30-minute lesson will be geared towards helping children become more comfortable in the water and instructing skills to prepare them for more advanced swimming in the future.
  • Advanced - Age 13 - 103 Students must be able to swim consecutive laps, independently, as they master their skills, technique, and endurance to become an improved swimmer.

Registration can be done over the phone at 941-742-5923 ext. 6021, or registration forms can be obtained at the G.T. Bray Front Desk.


Youth Group Swim Lessons- Unavailable
$35 / participant / (6) 30-minute sessions

Adult Group Swim Lessons- Unavailable
$24 / participant / (4) 45-minute sessions

Private Swim Lessons
$30 / participant / (1) 30-minute one-on-one session

Additional Information & Frequently Asked Questions

I want to register my child for multiple sessions. Do I have to pay all at once or can I pay as I go?

This is a personal preference; some parents will place their child in lessons the whole summer and pay for all sessions up front. Other parents will wait and pay for sessions as they go along. Please keep in mind that classes have a ratio of 6 students to 1 instructor and registrations are completed on a first come first serve basis, so if you do choose to wait your session may become full.

What supplies does my child need for classes?

Please bring your child dressed in a swimsuit and sunscreen, goggles (no snorkel masks), and a towel.

My three year old child can swim like a fish, can I put them in a higher level than preschool?

We will assess these kinds of swimmers on a case by case basis. 

Do I need to bring my child to their lesson if it is raining at my house?

Yes.  Florida’s weather is often unpredictable and it could be raining in one part of town and bright and sunny just down the road. Many times these summer storms move in and out very quickly. We ask that each child show up at every scheduled lesson. If we know ahead of time that the pool is closed for unsafe weather, we will do our best to call you to cancel the lesson and offer a make-up date or try to conduct a dry land exercise and education class. If any future weather cancellations happen beyond the first make-up date, no further make-up is guaranteed ( this includes if the make up date is cancelled).

How can I get more information regarding swim lessons?

For more information, contact Michael Ross at (941) 792-5923 ext. 6021 or email michael.ross@mymanatee.org