Aquatics Department Contacts
Director of Aquatics
Downtown Community Center
Sam is Manhattan Youth's Assistant Director of Aquatics and Head Coach of the Tritons Swim Team. Sam is a graduate of Queens College and was captain of the women's swim team during her time there. Whether coaching, teaching or running programming, her passion is working with swimmers to help them realize and develop their talents. Sam loves being able to connect with her students and to make learning fun and engaging for swimmers of all ages and abilities. Sam is a former collegiate and high school swim coach, and received Coach of the Year in 2016 and Team of the year for Men's Swimming in 2017 from York College's Athletics Department. Samantha's strong technical background allows her to offer insightful progressive drills and tips. She holds an American Swimming Coach Association Level 2 certificate and is an American Red Cross Instructor, teaching CPR and Lifeguard courses to Manhattan Youth staff.×
What temperature is the pool?
Our pool temperature is kept at a warm 86-88 degrees, perfect for young children and families.
Are there changing areas? Restrooms?
We offer spacious locker rooms with individual changing stalls. Lockers are available for use (please bring your own lock). We do not provide locker rentals or over-night lockers. There are several restroom stalls located in each locker room, as well as two large restrooms on the pool deck - perfect for families.
Are there showers available?
We have showers on the pool deck for quick rinsing before and after swimming. Additional individual showers are available in the locker rooms, where shampoo/body wash is also provided.
Do you provide towels?
We do not offer a towel service, however if you forget towels for the day we are happy to loan you some. Please ask any staff member and they will assist you.
Are strollers allowed in the pool area?
Unfortunately strollers are not allowed on the pool deck, but we provide stroller parking areas just outside of the locker rooms.
Do I have to be a member to sign up for Swim Lessons?
No. While members of the Community Center receive 10% off swim class fees, you do not have to have a membership to enroll your child in our group swim lessons. Since swim classes meet only once per week, we do encourage you to consider a Family Membership so that you can help your child reinforce their new skills during our Family Swim on the weekdays or weekends. Our Bubble Babies and Water Otters classes are also included in membership! Private Swim Lessons are offered only to members.
How many children will be in my child's swim class?
Our goal is to offer your child high-quality swim instruction. Therefore, we strive to keep our swim classes small so that each swimmer receives personal attention from their instructor. Pre-K lessons will have a maximum of 3-4 children per instructor. Parent/Child lessons and Youth lessons for school-aged children will have 3-6 children per instructor, depending on skill-level. Please note that Swim Team practices may have more than 6 children per class or lane due to their training-like structure.
Can I request a specific teacher for my child?
Yes! We understand the importance of the child/teacher relationship, so if you have a teacher preference, please let us know. We will always do our best to accommodate instructor requests, but cannot guarantee which teacher your child will be placed with. We also may find it necessary to move a child to a different class mid-semester, or to change the teacher for a class mid-semester.
Will a class be cancelled if my child's instructor is out for the day?
No, the class will still take place as usual. An appropriate substitute teacher will be staffed for the day.
Can I register my child for a class after the semester has started?
Yes, based on availability. You will be charged a pro-rated amount based on the remaining classes in the semester.
Do you offer make-up lessons?
When you sign up for a semester of swim lessons, your day and time is reserved each week for the duration of a semester. Unfortunately we do not allow make-up lessons for missed group classes, however, we will do our best to accommodate schedule changes and will work with you to find another day or time that works for your schedule should your current class time no longer work.
What will my child need for each swim class?
Please send your child with a swim suit, towel, and a pair of goggles to each swimming session. Please do not bring flotation devises or water wings - we will not use these in lessons. All children under 3 and those not fully potty trained must wear an appropriate swim diaper under their swim attire.
Can I watch my child's class?
Yes! We encourage it! All children in our Pre-K program are required to have a parent or guardian on the pool level. Parents of older children may drop their child off and return at the end of class, so long as they first check in with the Deck Supervisor. We ask parents to sit on the red benches along either side of our pool deck to watch their child during swim lessons. You may also watch from the hallway, through our wall of windows.