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Why Choose Swimming Safari Swim School?

Jacksonville’s original swim school, Swimming Safari is the Industry Leader in Swim Instruction in NE Florida! We offer complete Comprehensive lessons at our State of the Art Indoor Facility. The small class sizes, allow our Swimming Specialists to use Specialized Teaching Techniques. Chances are you probably already know someone who has taken a Swimming Safari with us! We are well known & respected in Jacksonville and super friendly.

A Leader in Swim Instruction in NE Florida

Swimming Safari is the Industry Leader in swimming instruction in Northeast Florida. Our program has taught thousands of children to swim and be safe. Swimming Safari is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children as well as adults, and their families.

Comprehensive Curriculum

Swimming Safari Swim Schools’ Comprehensive Curriculum has 15 different levels designed to meet the needs of every student. Within each level, there are mini milestones; skills that your child gets to complete. Once a new level is achieved, your child is rewarded. We start with very basic accomplishments and progress in small steps to build confident and independent swimmers ready to learn Olympic strokes. Our dedication to safety is unsurpassed; that’s why we teach!

Experienced Swim Instruction

Since 2004, Swimming Safari has taught throughout Jacksonville and Northeast Florida. All our instructors are trained for over 30 hours in and out of the water, including written exams, in the pool exams and have earned their American Red Cross CPR and First Aid. Our instructors are all experienced, affectionate, and caring specialists who have a passion for teaching swimming and helping to make sure our children are safe.

Small Class Size

We specialize in small group instruction (4:1 max ratio), private (1:1). Keeping our classes small enables our instructors to work individually with each child. Working in small classes helps students to learn from each other.

Swimming is our ONLY business!

We demonstrate it every day by teaching a young child to swim appropriately or a teenager about swimming safety and even an adult who wants to make their time or technique a little better or just learn the basics. We do it all! We understand swimming completely because that’s the only thing we do! We are the “Specialists” in Swim Instruction.

Specialized Teaching Techniques

Whether it’s a 6-month-old baby, a 7 year-old who’s never been near the water or a 3 year-old that loves jumping in already, Swimming Safari has the tools and the methodology to work with them perfectly.

  • Toys, games, and songs –This is how we teach, and your child won’t want to leave by the end.
  • Action & visible cues - We relate to children using words and activities they love: Octopus stroke vs. “freestyle,” butterfly jumps vs. “jump,” listen to the fish in the water vs. “right ear in water.”
  • Rewards – Surprises after each lesson as well as rewards for success. When they have reached a certain level they are rewarded or if they have had a particularly awesome day, they get a reward! We find encouragement is much better than forcibly training a child to react with fear. If a child learns from reassurance, in a positive atmosphere, they will develop a much healthier respect and love for the water.

Who Learned to Swim With Us?

Please ask others about us. We stand on our reputation as being the best in North Florida. We’ve taught thousands of children in Jacksonville and the surrounding area and are so very proud of their accomplishments. Some of our alumni include children of Jaguar players, TV personalities, and Olympic Gold medalists.


Our customer service is second to none. Our priority is you. We want to keep your family safe and we strive to make your experience helpful, happy, and easy. What could be better than learning to enjoy life with your children in the beautiful water, whether it is in the lake, river, ocean, or pool? We strive to know you and your child. Trust is important when learning to swim. Over the years, we have developed many wonderful friendships!

See What Our Families Say About Us:

Jeanette - Students Ages 6 & 9

Gayle- Students Ages 4 & 6

Alyssa- Student Age 2

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