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Swimming Lessons in NYC with AquaSkills

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AquaSkills Swim Lessons, NYC:
As seen in The New York Times: Learn to swim and/or improve stroke technique and your endurance with the AquaSkillsⓇ method, a unique integration of the skills of Adrian Ginju, a former member of the Romanian Olympic Swim Team, and Lori Pailet, a professional Aquatic Exercise instructor (AEA) and American Red Cross certified to deliver ultimately responsible swim classes. Established in 2004, AquaSkills is a highly successful private Swim School located in Lower Manhattan, and a leader in swim education throughout NYC.

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We conduct private and semi-private swimming classes in an exclusive heated pool. We teach adults at all levels and ages, as well as children from the age of 4+. An introduction class is suggested for placement.

AquaSkills Swim Lessons in New York City for Adults / Kids:

Photo of Swimming Lessons in NYC with AquaSkillsAquaSkills swim lessons in NYC has a year round enrollment with a revolving schedule.We specialize in swim classes for all ages and in classes for children or adults. Our classes for over coming fear of water, and adult beginner swim have been highly publicized. Aquaskills will teach an all encompassing comprehensive program, and move at the personal pace of the student.

Our instruction is designed for students with professional aspirations to become expert swimmers for teams or competitions tostudents that have zero experience. We offer gift certificates for all occasions (Please email us for details.) 

By appointment only. For 100% flexibility of class schedule, you can create your own semi-private or small groups by finding your own classmates. Swim groups & parties are available by special request.

Our Approach:

Image of Swimming Lessons in NYC with AquaSkillsAquaSkills is the premiere place to learn to swim with customized attention given to each student. We believe in a gentle approach to teaching swim skills. Swimming is an opportunity for personal freedom and self expression, where you can acquire discipline, coordination, balance and harmony.

Being able to master the water as a medium is essential to the human spirit, the physical being and life.

Year-Round Swim Classes:

Small instructor to student ratios for group sessions allow for the ultimate swim education courses available:

- Non-Swimmers
- Adult swim classes
- Kids' swim classes (ages 4+)
- Beginner swim classes (for adults)
- Beginner swim classes (all ages)
- Intermediate Swimmer
- Overcoming Fear of Water (Aqua Phobia)
- Breathing Techniques
- Level 1-6 Learn to Swim
- Advanced Stroke improvement
- Freestyle
- Breaststroke
- Backstrokes
- Flip Turns, Turns,Butterfly
- Aqua Exercise
- Endurance
- Fitness swimming
- Lap Swimming
- Competitive Swim Team Prep
- Triathlon Swim Prep
- Early Bird Swim Classes for adults of all levels from 6am onward, private or semi-private, weekdays and weekends

Quality Instruction / Responsible Teaching:

Photos of AquaSkills Swim Lessons, NYCSwimming has always been our passion. AquaSkills instructors are mature as well as dedicated and highly skilled at teaching all levels. Aquaskills has been highly touted as a unique learning center by the New York Times, CBS News, Wall Street Journal and Forbes for "Overcoming Fear of Water" & Beginner Swim Classes. AquaSkills is the ideal place to learn correct form & proper techniques as well as to have fun with your new skills.

In 2014, Aquaskills was featured in a front page article in the New York Times. The story was about Lori Pailet, the Director of Aquaskills LLC, teaching a man with severe fear of the water (aka aquaphobia) how to overcome his fear of water, and learn to swim.

Lori holds swim classes year round in New York City. She is a professional Aquatic Exercise instructor (AEA), and is American Red Cross certified to deliver ultimately responsible swim classes.

Adrian Ginju is a former member of the Romanian Olympic Swim Team, and has abackground as a competitive swimmer, and a winner of gold, silver and bronze awardsin European competitions. Daily rigorous training and devotion made Adrian qualify forthe Romanian Olympic Swim Team. Adrian trained at the 23rd August Olympic Camp in Romania at the same time as other world class athletes. He has received international awards and medals over the years. Adrian believes in a gentle approach to swimming instruction.

Aquaskills’ methods are an amalgam of Adrian Ginju's unique experience from Europe as a professional swimmer, and Lori's all-inclusive comprehension of the fitness aspect of swimming.

We have both been highly touted as number one for "Overcoming Fear of Water" & Beginner SwimClass. AquaSkills is a place to learn correct form & proper techniques as well as to have Fun with your new skills.

Certified Instuctors:

Picture of Swimming Lessons in NYC with AquaSkillsBoth Adrian and Lori are certified to teach swimming by the American Red Cross.  

Aquaskills Instructors are Water Safety Instructors and/or certified Life Guards, CPR AED and First Aid. Aquaskills instructors are “aquatic professionals” and “master teachers” with years of practical teaching experience that ranges from over coming fear of water, competitive team swimming, coaching,beginner adult classes, children and aquatic work-outs.

Born in New Orleans LA, Lori Pailet is an Aquatic exercise instructor certified by AEA. Lori also studied Modern Dance at Martha Graham, ballet at Robert Joffrey, as well as Hatha and Kundalini Yoga. Lori attended a Rudolf Steiner School where she studied Eurythmy as a child and later attended the United Nations International School with children from all over the world.

Lori holds an undergraduate degree from a Suny College, and studied Art at various Institutes. “Moving in the water is like sculpting and dancing". Lori believes that swimming and water aerobics are the "here and now" activities for fitness and release of tension.


We offer swim classes at
* Private luxury rooftop pools in Manhattan
* Residential Pools
* Health Clubs
* Battery Park City
* Resorts, Hotels & Spas
* Upper Westside & Eastside
* Tribeca and the Financial District

Student Testimonials:

"Lori, thank you for Aqua Skills. It was my last hope. And then came Craig. My knight in shining Speedos! Thank you, thank you, thank you Craig, for your gentle guidance, clear instruction and constant motivation for my breakthrough. You are truly a genius in the water and I am so fortunate to have you as an instructor."
-  Hazel

"Lori, you are a fantastic teacher and I thoroughly enjoyed all the lessons. I never imagined I would enjoy being in the water as much as I do now. It is truly one of life’s great pleasures and one that everyone should experience. Thank you for helping me make this remarkable breakthrough! Please stay in touch and extend my thanks to the rest of the AquaSkills team."
-  Saad


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