Hackettstown, NJ

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Fun & Gentle Teaching Methods for All Ages

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40 Years Dedicated to Swim Safety

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Welcome to British Swim School of North New Jersey

British Swim School is the leading “learn to swim” provider in North New Jersey, offering fun and gentle swimming lessons for individuals of all ages, abilities, and experience levels.

Our swim schools are conveniently located for families in Basking Ridge, Bridgewater, Edison, Hackettstown, Morristown, New Brunswick, Piscataway, Randolph, Somerville, South Plainfield, and the surrounding communities!

Continue reading for more information about our program and step-by-step enrollment instructions!

Survival-First Swimming Lessons: Trusted by Parents Since 1981

At British Swim School, we set ourselves apart from other swim schools by offering a distinctive take on survival swimming lessons. Using gentle instruction and revolutionary teaching techniques, our goal is to ensure that EVERY student can save themselves in the event of an accidental fall into water.

Our curriculum-based program has three levels:

  • Water Acclimation – for those being introduced to the water for the very first time.
  • Water Survival – for inexperienced swimmers to build a foundation of water safety before being introduced to more advanced techniques.
  • Stroke Development – for experienced swimmers to learn and master the common swim strokes.

A strong baseline of water survival skills builds the foundation for safety! To learn more about our class levels, click here.

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✅  Survival Skills Focus: Every student will learn survival skills, especially how to float, before we start stroke development, so he or she is prepared to survive an accidental fall into water. Water survival is different from swimming, and knowing how to survive means less worry for you as a parent.

✅  Goal-Orientated Curriculum: Students are given 5 clearly defined goals to achieve for each skill level, in order to graduate. By monitoring these goals, the instructors know exactly what skill to work on at any given time. Constantly achieving new goals keeps students motivated and leads to faster progress.

✅  Individualized Learning: Our students graduate and advance individually and at their own pace, so no student will be held back by the rest of the group. Individualized learning shows faster results.

✅  Small Groups: For the same reason, survival classes have a 4:1 ratio at max, so the instructor can spend more one-on-one time with each student and personalize the instructions.

✅  No Floaties: Our Students learn without floaties, because they give a false sense of safety and do not prepare children for real-life emergencies. By doing so, your child will be better prepared for an accidental fall into water and won’t panic because he or she is missing floaties.

✅  Floating in Street Clothes: We even teach our students to float in their street clothes during our signature Survival Week multiple times per year, because real-life accidents happen fully clothed. This mean your child will know how to float or swim with the extra drag of wet clothing. No other swim school prepares your child that thoroughly.

✅  Awesome Instructors: British Swim School instructors are amazingly friendly and highly trained in how to teach children. They know how to gently interact with them and make learning fun, so your loved one will enjoy classes and even look forward to the next lesson.

✅  Ongoing Classes: Our lessons are held year-round ongoing in heated indoor pools – and not in sessions, because consistency is key in learning a new skill. No student ever needs to stop learning because the session or the season is over, thus losing progress. This also means that you can start any time and don’t have to wait for a new session to begin.


We have a wealth of experience, because we have been doing this for a long time. Our unique method was developed almost 40 years ago by a former Olympic swimmer for England (thus the name British Swim School…) and we have taught hundreds of thousands of students nationwide how to be safe in the water.

We have learned a lot along the way and have constantly refined and improved our teaching method, to the point where we can proudly say that we consider ourselves the best in the world at what we do.

Today, our curriculum is taught by hundreds of British Swim Schools across the U.S. and Canada. We teach over 20,000 lessons per week!


But don’t take just our word for it. You can find hundreds of 5-star reviews from happy parents online, here are just a few from some local parents:

“My 6 year old loves her classes and looks forward to swimming each week. She has made incredible progress since she started this program in February. This is the best program for swimming in this area. I love that the focus is on safety first and then incorporates swimming techniques. My daughter is no longer afraid of the water. The staff is absolutely excellent! Highly recommend this school!”

Adriana Z., Customer


“Great program and great instructors! The owners are always willing to work with families to help them succeed. I started my children at ages 4 and 6 and they are catching on well. Love that the program focuses on safety and survival first!”

Christina L., Customer


“We love the way they teach. Our son has been enrolled for 3 years now. He’s learned how to swim and so much more!”

Alvaro B., Customer


Our classes are 30 minutes long, and tuition is charged per class. Monthly tuition depends on how many classes there are in a month. In most months, there are 4, but in some months, there are 5. Each pool location has a different per-class rate; you can find the details by selecting your school below.

Payment is made as a monthly prepayment at the end of each month for the next month. Upon enrolling today, you will pay the remainder of this month, plus our annual membership fee of $40 per student or $20 for additional members. You can find the rates after you select your location.

When you sign up for our program, you will enroll in a class that meets every week at the same time. Based on our experience, we recommend 2 classes per week for the fastest results and best value. You will stay enrolled until you give us a 30-day notice.


We are so convinced you will like our program that we offer a Risk-Free Guarantee. You will receive your money back if you are not happy after 2 classes.


With New Jersey beginning to lift restrictions to allow aquatics venues to reopen for swimming lessons, many families are asking an important question: Are swimming lessons safe during COVID-19?

Based on CDC and N.J. Department of Health guidelines, we have implemented a list of safety and disinfecting measures to keep you and your student safe. For more details on our BSS Cares campaign and how we conduct classes right now, please click here!


1. Find your location on the map below. Click “Choose this Location” to review the pricing and pool details.

2. Click “Take the Quiz” and answer the assessment questions to find your appropriate skill level

3. View available time slots at your desired location, then simply select the desired class and begin the online registration process. Don’t forget that we recommend two classes per week for the best results.

Prefer to talk to someone local instead to guide you through the enrollment process? No problem, our friendly customer service team is happy help! Call us today at (973) 957-3111. Our lines are open Mondays through Fridays from 11 am to 5 pm and on weekends from 1 pm to 4 pm.

Don’t delay – space is limited due to our small class sizes (maximum 4-6 children per class) and classes fill up quickly. Don’t get waitlisted!

We hope to see you at the pool soon!

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