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 classes 

See all available Pre-School Classes of all levels

Click here to register for available Water Acclimation classesPike Ages 3-5 (Water Acclimation) – 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.


Click here to register for available Eel swim classesEel Ages 3-5 (Water Movement) -- Eel swimmers are the advanced beginner. This level reinforces the skills learned at Pike. Children learn to paddle and kick on the front and back without support, build endurance, and will learn to jump into water without assistance. Eel swimmers are comfortable in the water and can swim short distances without support. It is normal for children to spend several swim lesson sessions in the Eel level.

Click here to register for available Ray swim classesRay* Ages 3-5 (Water Stamina) -- Ray swimmers are 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. 


:-)Starfish* Ages 3-5 (Stroke Introduction) -- Starfish swimmers 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. Starfish also begin to learn head-first dives.

*Ray and Starfish classes are often combined. 

Youth classes

See all available youth classes of all levels

Click here to register for Polliwog swim classesPolliwog Ages 6-14 (Water Acclimation & Movement) -- Polliwog classes are for beginners aged 6 or older. This class is designed to help children who may be afraid of water acclimate while also learning fundamentals of swimming. 


Click here to register for Guppy swim classesGuppy Ages 6-14 (Water Stamina & Stroke Introduction) -- Guppy classes are for children to build on their skills learned in pre-school swim levels or in Polliwog classes. They're introduced to the four major swim strokes and learn to float unassisted. Guppy level swimmers will swim full lengths of the pool, and diving is introduced. It is common for swimmers to take several sessions of Guppy level classes.


Click here to register for Minnow swim classesMinnow Ages 6-14 (Stroke Development)-- Minnow 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. 


Click here to register for Fish Swim classesFish Ages 6-14 (Stroke Mechanics) -- Fish is an advance 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 breast stroke 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.


Swim Lesson Sessions

Session Session Date Member Registration Community Registration
Water Safety Week April 10-14 March 1 March 1
Spring II April 17-June 3 March 20 April 3
Summer I June 5-July 22 May 8 May 22
Summer II July 24-Sept. 9 June 26 July 10
Fall I Sept.11-Oct. 28 Aug. 12 Aug. 28
Fall II Oct. 30-Dec. 16 Oct. 2 Oct. 30


Swim Lesson Rates


Lesson type

Swim lesson days*

Number of lessons*



Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, or Sat.


Y members: $50


Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, or Sat


Y Members: $50
Non-members: $100


Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, or Sat


Y members: $50
Non-members: $100


Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, or Sat.


Y members: $50
Non-members: $100

Private Lessons



1 lesson
Y members: $27
Non-Members: $41

Set of 4 lessons
Y members: $98
Non-members: $147

Set of 8 lessons
Y members: $180
Non-members: $270

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.