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FOR HEALTHY LIVING
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Young girl and parent in the swimming pool

Build Confidence in the Water

The Y is “America’s Swim Instructor” and the most accessible community resource to prevent drowning and encourage a lifelong enjoyment of swimming. The Y introduced the country to the concept of group swim lessons more than 100 years ago (1909), and each year, the Y teaches more than a million children invaluable water safety and swimming skills.

As one of the largest community-based organizations in the country, the Y owns or manages over 2,000 pools. Thanks to its size and reach, the Y is in a unique position to help bridge the gap in the delivery of swim lessons and water safety education in the U.S.—especially in underserved communities.

What to bring?

Swimming Attire
Most bathing suits and swim trunks are acceptable. We ask that you make sure that your child’s swimwear fits snuggly so it will not hinder any movement. Children should not attend swim lessons with any type of built-in flotation.

Swim Caps
If your child is prone to chill, a swim cap may help. We welcome and encourage this! For swimmers with long hair, we ask that it be tied back away from the face with a rubber band so it does not interfere with learning to breathe. *No metal clips please—they can fall out in the water and cause rust-stains on our pool bottom.

Goggles
For the beginner swimmer, goggles can present a false sense of safety. If your swimmer feels that they need goggles, they may bring them. If you do not have goggles we have some you may borrow.

Towel
Please bring your own towel to the lesson

Swim Lesson Rules and Policies

Please check the online registration for the most up to date class offerings. All swim lesson participants and guests must check in at the front desk. There are no make-ups or refunds for missed swim lessons. Classes may be cancelled or combined due to low enrollment.

Arrival Time
On the first day of lessons, come 10 minutes early so you can check in and pay at the front desk. For the rest of the session it is important to be on the pool deck and ready to go five minutes before your lesson time. Please allow plenty of time before class to get dressed, use the restroom, etc. For safety reasons, please do not let children sit poolside.

Cancellation/Sick Policy
Children who have been ill should be kept at home. This is in the best interest of their health as well as the health of the instructor. Unfortunately, non-attendance for any reason does not entitle you to a refund or a makeup class. We will make every attempt to offer a credit for pool closures due to unforeseen events. Unfortunately, alternate makeup classes cannot be offered, nor does non-attendance to a make-up class entitle you to a refund.

Is my swimmer ready for the next level?

Halfway through our swim lesson season, our instructors pass out Mid-Session evaluations which show your child's development on what skills they need to know to move up to the next level. On the last day of the session, the Certificates of Achievements given to each participant explains their progress in the skills taught and what level they can sign up for in the next session.