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 under served communities.
Find the Right Lesson
Level 1 | Water Acclimation: Increases comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance. *Parent/guardian must accompany child in the water
Level 2 | Water Movement: Encourages forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently. *Parent/guardian must accompany child in the water
Level 3 | Water Stamina: Develops self-rescue skills performed at longer distances in previous stages. *Parent/guardian should be prepared to enter water if needed.
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: Swim 25 yards unassisted using front or back strokes.
Level 5 | Stroke Development: Learn independently in the water w/o parent present. This class introduces breaststroke and butterfly and reinforces water safety through treading water and sidestroke.
PREREQUISITES: Swim 25 yards of freestyle and backstroke.
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.
Come 10 minutes early so you can check in at the pool deck door for a health screening, which will include a temperature check for each child and parent. Everyone should arrive dressed to get into in to the pool as locker room access will be limited.
COVID Safety Information
Parents/guardians must enter the pool with participants for Level 1 and Level 2.
Everyone must wear an appropriate face mask except while in the water. Lessons will be spaced to meet social distancing requirements.
Instructors will wear a face shield/mask whenever possible, and be instructing from the pool deck.
Instructors are asked to not make contact except when absolutely necessary, such as in the event of an emergency.
After the lesson is over participants may exit directly outside through the pool deck doors.
Please observe physical distancing, use showers only if necessary, and keep transition time to a minimum - get dry, get dressed, and go!
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 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
- Where are the more advanced levels?
Level 6 will be introduced as we continue to monitor the situation and adjust with new guidelines. We have just added in levels 4 and 5, so please be patient with us!
- Will you be offering private instruction?
Not yet. Our biggest priority is teaching kids who don't know how to swim. Teaching kids who already have strong swimming skills will come later. With fewer participants and parent/guardians in the water, we fee that each child will get the individualized attention they deserve.
- Do I really have to get in the water with my child?
Yes. According to current guidelines, close-contact swimming instruction must be limited to no more than 5 minutes per individual - that's not a lot of time! With your help, we can still give your swimmer a fulfilling lesson with hands-on elements. For levels 1 and 2, it will be required. For level 3, it is optional. Levels 4 and 5 are not required to have a parent in the water.
- What if I have children in multiple levels?
You are welcome to register an additional parent/guardian for the second child.
An additional option - because you will be in the water with them, you are more than welcome to register both of your children, but they will need to be in the same level class - choose the lower level of the two. Please limit yourself to two children per parent/guardian.
- Will I need to wear a mask in the pool?
We ask that you please wear an appropriate face covering at all times until you enter the water. After entering, please make sure to abide by the social distancing guidelines. Our instructors will be wearing face coverings while instructing from the deck and anytime they are within 6 feet of the swim lesson participants. Upon exiting the water, you will be asked to immediately put your mask back on.
- Why has the cost of lessons increased?
In addition to elevated operating costs, we have increased responsibilities for our instructors to keep the pool area and equipment disinfected. We have also reduced our class sizes to meet physical distancing requirements. In order to help make up some of that difference, we have had to adjust our prices.
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 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.
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, 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. Next steps will be communicated via email and/or verbally.