Little Feet, Big Strides
When it comes to swimming and water safety, no one is trusted more than the YMCA, America's swim instructor. In fact, group swim instruction was developed by the YMCA in 1906.
The YMCA swim lesson curriculum is designed to teach this lifelong skill to children of all skill levels in a safe environment.
Parent & Child | 6 to 36 Months
Introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment. Focuses on exploring body positions, blowing bubbles, submersion and fundamental safety and aquatic skills. Parents must accompany children into the water.
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
Swim Lesson Rules and Policies
If your child is not independent or confident enough to use the universal bathroom independently, you must remain on deck through the duration of the lesson. Please remain in the spectator area throughout the lesson so the pool deck is clear for lifeguard and swim instructor use.
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.
Instructors typically make a seven week commitment during the school year or a two week commitment during the summer season. School year commitments are usually twice-per-week for instructors while summer programs typically run Monday–Thursday. We also offer both group and private/semi-private lessons on weekends.
If you or your child are ill, please stay 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.