Our difference

We have reinvented the way swim lessons are taught and the way progress is tracked. Kids who learn to swim the right way gain confidence that positively impacts their life in the water — and out! It’s why we say Life’s BIG Moments Start Here™ at Big Blue.

Lessons that work

We built our lessons around you. You deserve a swim-lesson experience that is hassle-free, effective, and rewarding. We’re parents too so we understand how important learning to swim is for your family and how frustrating it can be when you waste your time on products and services that don’t work or require too much of your limited bandwidth. You can rest assured that you will be happy with the results of our innovative, relationship-based approach.

All your kids at the same time!

Want to put all your kids in lessons at the same time? Want to start and stop lessons whenever you want? Need to reschedule a class, or schedule a FREE makeup? No problem. You can do it all on your phone or give us a call and we will be happy to assist you. At Big Blue we bend over backward to fit swim lesson into your life, so you don’t have to plan your life around swim lessons.

Family-Friendly Swim Lessons

Our proprietary lesson-management platform makes your life easier from your phone, tablet, or computer.

  • Track their progress in real time
  • Schedule FREE makeup classes
  • Change lesson times
  • Request instructors
  • Start and stop lessons
  • Schedule one-off, a-la-carte lessons
  • And so much more…


Big Blue’s flexibility is the main reason we chose them in the first place. Big Blue squeezed us into our preferred time slot with no problem.” Andrea R., Glencoe, IL

small classes = faster progress

Individual attention

Your child will benefit from more individual attention in our industry-leading class sizes. Every child learns differently which is why taking the time to get to know your child is an important part of our curriculum.

Small class sizes

Your child’s lesson will have a maximum of 3 swimmers in it if they are a beginner under 5 years old. More advanced classes max out at 4 swimmers, and our pre-competitive Junior Swim Team never have more than 7 swimmers per class.

Track Their Progress

Small classes means more progress. We make it easy for you to see that progress through your online, real-time progress tracker as well as weekly meetings with your teacher at the end of every class.


The mobile app is so easy to use for tracking her progress and scheduling make-ups. Big thumbs up for swim classes on the North Shore!” Kristin R., Winnetka, IL

free makeup lessons!

You don’t even need to tell us you’re not going to make it. For your first missed class each month, a FREE make-up voucher will be automatically placed on your account as soon as you don’t check in for your scheduled class. You may take advantage of one free voucher per swimmer per month and additional make-up vouchers at a rate of $12 per voucher. Vouchers are valid for three months and may be redeemed whenever you choose.

no registration fees

We just don’t think registration fees are fair no matter how some companies try to justify it. You’ll never pay an extra “fee” to swim at Big Blue.