At the YMCA, we believe everyone should learn to swim.  Knowing how to swim offers a great way to stay in shape, to stay safe and offers a lifetime fun activities.  A few things to keep in mind to get the most out of swim lessons.  First, learning to swim is progressive. Usually, it takes more than one session before a child or an adult is comfortable in the water. Swimming skills are progressive and build on each other, so it's important to pick the right level for yourself or your child. Swim lessons are non-competitive, so don't feel pressured to push a higher level if not ready. It's normal and even advised, to take several sessions within the same level. 

Parent & Child classes 

click here to register for Parent & Child swim classesParent & Child Ages 6 months-36 months (Water Discovery – Age 6-18 months, and Water Exploration – Age 18-36 months) -- This class allows a parent and child to bond while giving the child a positive first experience in the water. Parents learn cues and holds to teach their children basic water skills. Fundamentals are introduced by songs, games, and activities. 

 

Pre-School Swim Lessons 

Click here to register for available Water Acclimation classesThere are several levels of classes for pre-school kids ages 3-5. It's not uncommon to take several sessions of the same level before moving up to the next level. For pre-school age kids, swim lessons build a foundation of water safety and confidence before expanding specific swim skills like strokes. See the class descriptions below. 

 

Water Acclimation - Ages 3-5  – In this class, children attend without their parents in the water to help boost confidence, and develop safe behavior around water. These classes focus on teaching basic paddling, kicking, and pool safety, while increasing comfort levels, especially while putting mouth, face, and eyes into the water.

 

Water Movement - Ages 3-5 -- Water movement swimmers are advanced beginners. This level reinforces the skills learned in Water Acclimation. Children learn to paddle and kick on the front and back without support, build endurance, and will learn to jump into water without assistance. Swimmers at this level are comfortable in the water and can swim short distances without support. It is normal for children to spend several swim lesson sessions in this level.


Water Stamina - Ages 3-5 -- Water Stamina classes are for intermediate swimmers who can swim 30 feet on their own with no assistance. They will learn to swim independently, to float and tread water without assistance, and begin to travel farther distances in the pool while working on breath control and endurance. Endurance is the key principle. 

 

Stroke Introduction - Ages 3-5  -- Swimmers at this level are advanced swimmers who are too young for a swim team but still ready for advanced skill development. This level introduces all of the four major strokes while extending the duration they can perform each skill. Swimmers in Stroke Introduction are introduced to head-first dives.

 

Youth Swim Lessons

Click here to register for Polliwog swim classesThere are several levels of classes for youth ages 6-14. It's not uncommon to take several sessions of the same level before moving up to the next level. YMCA swim lesson lessons build a foundation of water safety and confidence before expanding specific swim skills like strokes. See the class descriptions below.

 

Water Acclimation & Movement - Ages 6-14 -- This is beginner swim classes for beginners ages 6 and older. This class is designed to help children who may be afraid of water acclimate while also learning fundamentals of swimming. 

 

Water Stamina & Stroke Introduction - Ages 6-14  -- These classes are for children to build on skills learned in pre-school swim levels or in Water Acclimation & Movement classes. They're introduced to the four major swim strokes and learn to float unassisted. Swimmers at this level will swim full lengths of the pool and will be introduced to diving. It is common for swimmers to take several sessions of this level.

 

Stroke Development - Ages 6-14 -- Stroke Development is an intermediate level that focuses on building endurance, stroke development, and water safety skills. This level focuses on refining strokes and diving skills, focuses on pool and personal safety, boating safety and introduces rescue skills. 

 

Stroke Mechanics - Ages 6-14 -- Stroke Mechanics is an advanced level that focuses on building endurance, stroke development, and preparing participants for swim league. Participants must be able to swim 50 yards of freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke and 25 yards of butterfly. This level is a great alternative to competitive swimming as well.

Adult classes

Click here to register for Adult swim lessonsIt's never too late to learn to swim. Our instructors work with adults who have either never had the opportunity or have had a lifelong fear of water to overcome their fears and enjoy swimming for recreation and exercise. We offer two levels, Swim Basics for first timers and Swim Strokes for those maybe wanting to improve their own techniques for better exercise.

 

Private & Semi-Private Swim Lessons

Private and semi-private swim lessons are available by appointment and with the purchase of a private swim lesson package. Request more information about scheduling a private or semi-private session.

2020 Swim Lesson Sessions

Session Session Date Member Registration Community Registration
Winter II* Jan. 6-Feb. 1 Dec. 2, 2019 Dec. 16, 2019
Spring I Feb. 3-March 28 Jan. 6, 2020 Jan. 20
Spring II** March 30-May 30 March 2 March 16
Water Safety Week April 13-17 March 2 March 2
Summer  June 1-July 25 May 4 May 18
Summer Mini I *** June 8-25 May 4 May 18
Summer Mini II  *** July 6-23 May 4 June 22
Summer Mini III *** July 27-Aug.13 May 4 July 13
Fall I July 27-Sept. 19 June 29 1 July 13
Fall II Sept. 21-Nov. 14 Aug. 24 Sept. 7
Winter I* Nov. 16-Dec 19 Oct. 19 Nov. 2

* Four-week session
**No swim lessons April 13-17 because of Water Safety Week. 
*** Summer Mini sessions are two days per week for three weeks. Not available at all branches. Check registration page for availability. 

Swim Lesson Rates

 

Swim Session Type 

Number of lessons*

Rate

8-Week Swim Lessons

8

Y members: $60
Community: $120

8-Week Swim Academy
Meets 2X per week

16

Y members: $115
Community: $200

4-Week

4

Y Members: $30
Community: $60

4-Week Swim Academy
Meets 2X per week

8

Y Members: $58
Community: $100

Mini Session
(3 weeks, 2X per week)

6

Y members: $45
Community: $90

Water Inclusive Lessons

 

Private swim lessons for individuals with diverse abilities such as autism, cerebral palsy, MS, ADHD, Down Syndrome, etc. 

Set of 4 lessons
Y members: $100
Non-members: $149

Set of 8 lessons
Y members: $185
Non-members: $275

Please see the member services desk about scheduling a private lesson.

Finanacial assistance is available for Water Inclusive Lessons. 

Private Lessons

 

1 lesson
Y members: $28
Non-Members: $42

Set of 4 lessons
Y members: $100
Non-members: $149

Set of 8 lessons
Y members: $185
Non-members: $275

Please see the member services desk about scheduling a private lesson.

Semi-private Lessons

 

1 lesson
Y members: $20 (per child)
Non-Members: $30 (per child)

Set of 4 lessons
Y members: $70 (per child)
Non-members: $105 (per child)

Set of 8 lessons
Y members: $140 (per child)
Non-members: $210 (per child)

Please see the member services desk about scheduling a semi private lesson.

* Swim lesson days and number of lessons per session are subject to change or differ by location based on pool availability and holidays.

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