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Mr. Mike has been teaching swim lessons to kids in the New Orleans area for over 25 years. Lessons take place at the home of Mr. Mike which is located in the UNO/Lakefront area.

A native of New Orleans and graduate of St. Augustine High School and Dillard University, Mr. Mike grew up in Pontchartrain Park and learned to swim at a young age. Soon joining neighborhood and school swim teams, he quickly became an expert in the field and became a certified swimming instructor.

His love for swimming motivates him to ensure kids of all ages have an opportunity to learn at a young age, overcome fear of water and perfect technique and skill.

Mr. Mike also offers lessons for adults from beginners or more experienced levels. 


My oldest granddaughter has attended swim classes with Michael Hardesty for 3 summers.  Her ability to swim is remarkable and she loves the classes. The classes are small and Mr. Hardesty makes time for each child. 

My son loves the water but he would never get in the pool without floaties. You made him feel so comfortable. His progress far exceeded our expectations. We knew he could do it but you showed him that he could. Thank you! 

My daughter has been going to Mr. Mike for the past 5 years and she still gets excited when the summer is near.  Not because school is done but because of swimming lessons. He brought her from that screaming toddler on the step to that confident little girl who can swim from the deep end to the shallow end all by herself. He is the best!!!!