Dear lessons program families,

We hope that all are keeping safe during this time. We are working hard to develop expanded programming* in the late spring and summer months and will supply more information on this topic as we develop more information. Of course we will only resume when it is deemed safe by our state and federal governments, including the authorities in healthcare. Please know that we miss teaching your children and we look forward to the time when we can all begin to resume our once “normal” daily lives. 

*We are holding credits for any fees paid to be used for future classes. If you have any questions, please contact the lessons office. While the facility is currently closed, we will be checking messages once or twice a week, so do leave a clear voicemail with your name and number if you need assistance.


Learning to swim is a critical life skill. It is important for kids of all ages to know basic swimming skills and water safety. NOVA runs perhaps the largest "learn-to-swim" program in the Richmond area. Each year, we teach over 6,000 lessons to children age three and up. Our lessons program has five levels, each focusing on progressively more advanced skills. Our systematic instruction focuses on core body movements, adding skills over time, while our gentle approach builds confidence in young children. Lessons are taught on weekdays or weekends. For registration information, click here.

NOVA also offers a variety of clinics throughout the year. Our spring clinics (Sunday afternoons from March to May) are organized to help summer league swimmers get in the pool early to work on conditioning and technique. We also offer year-round conditioning programs for ages 11 and up. These programs are great for the child who plays other sports or swims for fitness.

Whether your child takes lessons to learn to swim with sound skills, or progresses through the program onto our competitive swim team, NOVA instructors and coaches will help him or her develop basic skills, a knowledge of water safety and a love of swimming. We look forward to seeing you in the pool!