Learn to Swim and Master Your Strokes at BCNY

About the Program

BCNY offers high-quality swimming lessons, aquatic sports, lifeguard training and activities at Abbe Clubhouse in Flushing, Queens. Participation is free of charge, giving access to skills that are fun to learn and last a lifetime.

Activities include:

  • Project Lifeguard
  • Learn to Swim Lessons
  • Swim Team
  • Practice Squad
  • Hydro Training
  • Open Swim
  • Swim Team
  • Swim Team Practice Squad
  • American Red Cross Junior Lifeguard
  • American Red Cross Learn-To-Swim

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For over a decade, Project Lifeguard participants (all genders, ages 15-21) earn a stipend and obtain their Red Cross Deep Water Lifeguard Certification. They learn rescue skills, first aid, and CPR. After successfully completing the program, members receive lifeguard job placement support at pools across the city and beyond. To date we’ve certified over 1,000 lifeguards.

Pools where BCNY trained and certified lifeguards have been placed include:

  • YMCAs across New York City and Greater New York
  • New York Sports Club
  • Equinox Fitness
  • Harriman State Park
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of America
  • LIV Amenities
  • BCNY Pools
  • City Beaches and Public Pools (after obtaining NYC lifeguard certification with support from BCNY swim coaches)

“I would say the greatest thing about our aquatics programs is being able to see members go from shy and timid non-swimmers to confident, courageous and skillful swimmers.”

Coach Orlando Nazario, Director of Physical Education

“The Boys’ Club gives members the opportunity to work out, have fun and learn at the same time. I learned to swim here as well.”

Coach Ignacio Sanchez, Aquatics Director

Community Spotlight

“Coach O and his staff did more than just teach our son how to swim. The aquatics staff embodies all the characteristics of an excellent swim department. My son is now co-captain for the Eagles swim team at Rabun Gap School. Coach O and the Abbe Aquatics staff are always ready and available to talk with him.”

Dr. Faustina E. Haynes & Mr. Emmanuel Louis, BCNY Abbe member parents

“Ameer struggled with school and lost his confidence. Swimming at BCNY helped him rebuild his confidence and his grades started to improve. What surprised me most is that the 1.5 hour commute never deterred him; his passion for swimming at BCNY made it worthwhile.”

Sharon Davidson, BCNY parent to Alumnus Ameer Walker