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.
Upcoming Registration Dates
January Swim Lessons will open for registration at 9 AM on Monday, December 12 for members and December 19 for non-members.
Find the Right Lesson
- Level A/B - Water Discovery/Water Acclimation
Ages 6-36 months
Participants must be accompanied in the water by a parent or guardian. Introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment. Focuses on exploring body positions, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills.
- Level 1 - Water Acclimation
Increase comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance.
- Level 2 - Water Movement
Encourages forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently.
Prerequisites: A child must be comfortable putting their face in the water and float on their back with assistance
- Level 3 - Water Stamina
Develop intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distances than in previous stages.
Prerequisites: A child must be able to jump, push, turn, grab independently. Swim, float, swim assisted 5 yards.
- Level 4 - Stroke Introduction
Introduces basic stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and reinforces water safety through treading water and elementary backstroke.
Prerequisites: A child must be able to jump, swim, turn, swim, grab 10 yards. Swim, float, swim 25 yards.
- Level 5 - Stroke Development
Introduces breaststroke and butterfly and reinforces water safety through treading water and sidestroke.
Prerequisites: A child must be able to swim Front Crawl or Backstroke or a combination of strokes, 25 yards.
- Level 6 - Stroke Mechanics
Introduces refines stroke technique on all major competitive strokes and encourages swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle.
Prerequisites: A child must be able to swim any stroke or combination of strokes, 50 yards. Must also be able to swim 25 yards of freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, & butterfly.
- Aquatic Conditioning
Prepares swimmers for swim team. It is designed to build endurance and fine-tune all four major competitive strokes. This class is taught in a coaching style from the pool deck. The focus is on improving swim times and stroke technique.
Prerequisites: 150 yards continuous swim (any stroke). 50 yards each of Front Crawl, Back Crawl, Breast Stroke, and Butterfly. Understanding of flip turns.
- Teen/Adult - Beginner
Ages 13 and up.
This course builds comfort in the water and beginning swimming skills and is taught in the Recreation Pool. Focus on survival skills
Prerequisites: No previous swimming skills are required
- Teen/Adult - Intermediate
Ages 13 and up.
This course reinforces comfort in the water while building and developing technique and is taught in the Lap Pool. The curriculum will be based on class needs and aspirations
Prerequisites: Previous swim experience recommended
- Teen/Adult - Advanced
Ages 13 and up.
This course fine-tunes stroke technique and builds endurance. An instructor will coach participants in the Lap Pool.
Prerequisites: Some experience with competitive swim strokes are required. Should be able to swim at least 100 yards continuously.
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 canceled or combined due to low enrollment.
Come 10 minutes early so you can check-in at the pool deck door. Everyone should arrive dressed to get into the pool as locker room access will be limited.
You may cancel your registration for a full refund as long as the request is made seven or more days before the start of the program.
Cancellations made within seven day days of program options: 100% credit on your account that you can apply to any YMCA program, or 50% cash refund. After the start date of the program, the full cost of the program will be forfeited
Program supply fees are non-refundable.
Children who have been ill must 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 do not offer make-up lessons for group classes.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Will you be offering private instruction?
Private lessons will be offered based on staff availability and pool space. Please consider group lessons prior to exploring private lessons. Private lessons are only available to YMCA members.
- Will I need to wear a mask in the pool?
While we never required masks to be worn in the pool, we now no longer require masks to be worn by participants or spectators at any point.
- What happens if I'm put on a waitlist?
If the class you are interested in is full, you are still able to register for the waitlist at no cost. If an opening becomes available, you will be contacted via email and/or phone call to offer you the spot. You will then have 24 hours to accept the spot before we move on to the next person on the waitlist. You will be responsible for the remainder of the balance for the lesson at that time. You will only be contacted if a space becomes available.
Please note: It is possible that you can be still moved from the waitlist even after the first day of lessons. If this is the case, you will be pro-rated for the remainder of the lessons.
Additionally, the waitlist applies for the current session only, and they do not roll over. With each swim session, the waitlist resets, and you must register for the class or add yourself to the waitlist again.
What to bring?
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.
If your child is prone to feeling cold, 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 hair tie 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.
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.
Please bring your own towel to the lesson.
Is my swimmer ready for the next level?
Halfway through our swim lesson session, 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, Certificates of Achievements are given to each participant explaining their progress in the skills taught and what level they can sign up for in the next session. Next steps will be communicated via email and/or verbally.