Swim Academy

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Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco is proud to be a USA Swimming Foundation Youth Learn to Swim Grant Recipient

Our Swim Academy offers an affordable, high-quality, and safe aquatics experience for children and teens.

Located at the Don Fisher Clubhouse, our Swim Academy provides:
  • Water Smart Classes
  • Learn-to-Swim Classes for All Skill Levels
  • Competitive Swim Team (BGCSF Aquatics Club)
  • Recreational Swim
In addition to the lifelong health benefits of swimming, our aquatics program opens up new opportunities to youth, including linking them to high school and college acceptance and scholarships, as well as job opportunities in aquatics.

Saturday Learn-to-Swim Classes

Learn to swim at our Swim Academy at Don Fisher Clubhouse.

Sessions run back-to-back from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. Each class is 25 minutes long (followed by a five minute transition time). When you create an account in the parent portal, you will see the class times that are available.

Swimming skills will be assessed at the first meeting and youth will be placed into the session level that is right for them.

Download our English, Spanish, and Chinese flyers.

Every Saturday in May

$80 for four Saturday classes

25 minute classes from 10 am - 2:00 pm

Swim lessons available for youth ages 6-18. Open to Club members and members of the community (No membership is required to sign up).

Questions? Contact our Aquatics Director and Head Swim Coach, Jonathan Riley at jriley@kidsclub.org

Signature Programs

Classes and swim team practices are all hosted at theDon Fisher Clubhouse, where we have a beautiful competition-sizedswimming pool.

Water Smart

The 30-minute Water Smart class teaches youth who have limited swimming experience how to be safe around any body of water.


Our team of professional swim instructors teach six-week classes to help youth ages to six to 18 learn to swim. The program focuses on helping kids and teens progressively build confidence in the water. As with all things in the aquatics program, BGCSF is 100% focused on safety first as youth learn to swim.

BGCSF Aquatics Club

Our competitive swim team trains year-round and participates in swim meets across the Bay Area, exposing swimmers to healthy competition and great exercise. The BGCSF Aquatics Club has also helped youth receive scholarships and get accepted to high school and college.

Recreational Swim

Recreational swim is an opportunity for youth to have fun and practice new skills in the pool, while being supervised by Red Cross-certified lifeguards.
Please contact yourlocal Clubhouse for additional programs offered.

Meet Our Swimmers and Families

"I like coming to the Club because I want to be a strong swimmer."
Alvin, 2-year member
Don Fisher Clubhouse
"The Swim Academy has given my granddaughter more confidence. I see her interacting with other swimmers, and she has brought that outside of the Club into her everyday life.”
Cynthia, Grandmother
Don Fisher Clubhouse
"The first time I jumped in, I was scared. Now it's fun and good exercise!"
Don Fisher Clubhouse

Ready to Join the Swim Academy?

Get in touch

To sign up for the Learn-to-Swim program or the BGCSF Aquatics Club, please contact Jon Riley, Aquatics Director, at jriley@kidsclub.org
Fees for the six-week Learn-to-Swim program are offered on a sliding scale.
Scholarships are available.