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 (weekends are September through May). 

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.

Once a swimmer has completed the skills of our Level 5 lessons, we offer different programs that one of our coaches will recommend.

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!

Interested in becoming a swim lesson's instructor?  SwimNOVA is training and hiring new swim lesson's instructors.  If you are interested, please reach out to Leslie Wenert at [email protected]