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Kids Aquatics

Click here for details on our 2016 Summer Swim Lessons

Children's Swim Lessons

Ochsner Fitness Center offers swim lessons on a monthly basis. All of Ochsnerís aquatic instructors are Water Safety Instructor certified by the American Red Cross, and have an extensive background in competitive swimming. Our program has a child appropriate teaching philosophy and recommends that parents view all classes. Our swim lesson program is available year round for children and adults, members and non-members.

Beginners: 3-4 children per instructor for children 3 years and up. Most beginners start here.

Advanced: 3-4 children per instructor. Classes are for students who need to become more efficient in swimming and learn various strokes.

Competitive: 6-8 children per instructor. This class is designed to promote strong swimming skills that will last a lifetime. We cover the four competitive strokes, focusing on stoke efficiency. We also teach racing starts and finishes. This class is a great opportunity for summer league swimmers to sharpen their skills.

Private Swim Lessons

For individuals who need special instruction at their own convenience. Beginners, competitive swimmers and tri-athletes are welcome. We offer under-water analysis and a stroke improvement program for tri-athletes.

Waterbabies

For children 6 months to three years old (children must be accompanied by an adult in the water). Give your child a head start in swim lessons. Waterbabies, the first step of our swim lesson program, is an "under three" interactive program with parent(s) or guardian and child. This class is not designed to turn your baby into a fish or even teach children to survive in the water on their own. Our goal, for this initial step, is simply to provide parents with information about water safety and techniques that will make water-adjustment a pleasant experience for the child. We use games, songs and laughter in an interactive curriculum with a well-organized lesson plan.

For more information or to book your child call the Aquatics Office at 504-736-4762.

JoJo's Hope Adapted Aquatics Program

A charitable swimming and aquatic activity program in which teaching methods and student activities are adapted to meet the needs of individuals who, because of a mental or physical impairment, cannot readily achieve success in a regular swim program. The classes are held on Sunday afternoons, and the program is by appointment only. Suitable for all ages. Applicants must fill out a registration form and medical release.

Contact Christina Offutt, Manager of Aquatics for more information, prices and to schedule lessons, 504-733-1600.

Swim Teams

Ochsner offers two types of swim teams at its facility. The USS swim team, which is a year round competitive team geared towards kids from the ages of 5-18, and a Masterís Team. Masterís is geared towards adult swimmers who are looking to stay in shape, and also for tri-athletes who are looking for some training in swimming. The coaching staffs of both teams are highly-trained, and all have swimming backgrounds. The USS swim team has produced many high caliber national swimmers in the past few years, and placed very respectfully in the Louisiana State Championship Meet.

For more information about the Elmwood Sharks, click on Elmwood Sharks on the left of this page. 

The Elmwood coaches pride themselves on running a team that places great importance on seeing each child in the program improve as a swimmer. The greatest emphasis is placed on seeing each swimmer learn the valuable lessons of competition, goal setting, and dedication to the team. If you are interested in learning more about the Elmwood Sharks, feel free to stop by any afternoon at 4:00pm to observe practice and tour the facility. The coaching staff will be happy to answer any questions you might have about our program.

Available for children ages 5 years and up, for members and non-members. Call Pat Merrell, Swim Team Manager, for information, prices and schedules, 504-733-1600 or e-mail pmerrell@ochsner.org.