Searching for the best place to take swimming lessons near you?
Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top spots in San Francisco for both beginners and advanced swimmers, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to venture next time you're looking to work on your backstroke.
1. Embarcadero YMCA
Topping the list is Embarcadero YMCA. Located in a historic building at 169 Steuart St. (between Howard and Mission streets), this SoMa wellness facility is the highest-rated swimming lesson spot in San Francisco, boasting four stars out of 270 reviews on Yelp. Open seven days a week, Embarcadero YMCA offers swimming lessons in its 25-meter pool for children and adults.
2. Pomeroy Recreation and Rehabilitation Pool
Next up is Lake Shore's Pomeroy Recreation and Rehabilitation Pool, situated at 207 Skyline Blvd. (between Lake Merced Boulevard and Herbst Road). Classes are available for prospective swimmers of all ages, and there are therapeutic swim programs, too. With 4.5 stars out of 53 reviews on Yelp, this recreation center pool has proved to be a local favorite.
3. Presidio Community YMCA
The Presidio Community YMCA, located at 63 Funston Ave. (between Moraga and Harde avenues), is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the wellness center four stars out of 121 reviews. This YMCA has a six-lane pool that is open for aquatic strength-training classes and more.
4. North Beach Swimming Pool
North Beach Swimming Pool, a community swimming pool and sauna, is another go-to, with four stars out of 46 Yelp reviews. North Beach Swimming Pool offers lessons for both children and adults. Head over to 661 Lombard St. to see for yourself.
5. Waterworks Swim School San Francisco
Over in Stonestown, check out Waterworks Swim School San Francisco, which has earned four stars out of 49 reviews on Yelp. You can find the swim school, which offers private lessons, at 3201 20th Ave. (between Buckingham Way and Winston Drive).
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