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Build Confidence in the Water

For more than 160 years, the YMCA has nurtured potential and united communities across America to create lasting, meaningful change. Everything the Y does is in service of building a better us. One of the most effective ways to accomplish this is to teach youth, teens, and adults to swim, so they can stay safe around water and learn the skills they need to make swimming a lifelong pursuit for staying healthy.

Y swim instructors are nationally certified and training includes CPR, AED, First Aid and Oxygen Administration. Swim lessons provide important life skills that could save a life and will benefit students for a lifetime.

Due to COVID-19, the Y has implemented the following rules and regulations for swim lessons:

  • Swim lessons are limited and available to active YMCA members only.
  • Lessons are 30 minutes long and in four weekly sessions.
  • Stages 1-3 require a parent in the water.
  • Only one parent is permitted on the pool deck during lessons.
  • Children are required to wear a mask in the building and on the pool deck, until they enter the water.
  • Participants will not be permitted to wear a mask in the water.

FIND YOUR LEVEL

Use the interactive form below to find the swim lesson appropriate for your swimmer's age and skill level.

You're Ready for Parent/Child Swim Lessons!

A/ Water Discovery

Parents accompany children in stage A, which introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment through exploration and encourages them to enjoy themselves while learning about the water.

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You're Ready for Parent/Child Swim Lessons!

B / Water Exploration

In stage B, parents work with their children to explore body positions, floating, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills.

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You're Ready for Preschool Swim Lessons!

1 / Water acclimation

Students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water in stage 1. This stage lays the foundation that allows for a student’s future progress in swimming.

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You're Ready for School Age Swim Lessons!

1 / Water Acclimation

Students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water in stage 1. This stage lays the foundation that allows for a student’s future progress in swimming.

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You're Ready for Teen / Adult Swim Lessons!

1 / Water Acclimation

Students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water in stage 1. This stage lays the foundation that allows for a student’s future progress in swimming.

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You're Ready for Preschool Swim Lessons!

2 / Water Movement

In stage 2, students focus on body position and control, directional change, and forward movement in the water while also continuing to practice how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water.

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You're Ready for School Age Swim Lessons!

2 / Water Movement

In stage 2, students focus on body position and control, directional change, and forward movement in the water while also continuing to practice how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water.

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You're Ready for Teen/Adult Swim Lessons!

2 / Water Movement

In stage 2, students focus on body position and control, directional change, and forward movement in the water while also continuing to practice how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water.

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You're Ready for Preschool Swim Lessons!

3 / Water Stamina

In stage 3, students learn how to swim to safety from a longer distance than in previous stages in the event of falling into a body of water. This stage also introduces rhythmic breathing and integrated arm and leg action.

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You're Ready for School Age Swim Lessons!

3 / Water Stamina

In stage 3, students learn how to swim to safety from a longer distance than in previous stages in the event of falling into a body of water. This stage also introduces rhythmic breathing and integrated arm and leg action.

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You're Ready for Teen/Adult Swim Lessons!

3 / Water Stamina

In stage 3, students learn how to swim to safety from a longer distance than in previous stages in the event of falling into a body of water. This stage also introduces rhythmic breathing and integrated arm and leg action.

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You're Ready for Preschool Swim Lessons!

4 / Stroke Introduction

Students in stage 4 develop stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and learn the breaststroke kick and butterfly kick. Water safety is reinforced through treading water and elementary backstroke

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You're Ready for Preschool Swim Lessons!

4 / Stroke Introduction

Students in stage 4 develop stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and learn the breaststroke kick and butterfly kick. Water safety is reinforced through treading water and elementary backstroke

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You're Ready for School Age Swim Lessons!

4 / Stroke Introduction

Students in stage 4 develop stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and learn the breaststroke kick and butterfly kick. Water safety is reinforced through treading water and elementary backstroke

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You're Ready for Teen/Adult Swim Lessons!

4 / Stroke Introduction

Students in stage 4 develop stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and learn the breaststroke kick and butterfly kick. Water safety is reinforced through treading water and elementary backstroke

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You're Ready for School Age Swim Lessons!

5 / Stroke Development

Students in stage 5 work on stroke technique and learn all major competitive strokes. The emphasis on water safety continues through treading water and sidestroke.

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You're Ready for Teen/Adult Swim Lessons!

5 / Stroke Development

Students in stage 5 work on stroke technique and learn all major competitive strokes. The emphasis on water safety continues through treading water and sidestroke.

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You're Ready for School Age Swim Lessons!

6 / Stroke Mechanics

In stage 6, students refine stroke technique on all major competitive strokes, learn about competitive swimming, and discover how to incorporate swimming into a healthy lifestyle.

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You're Ready for Teen/Adult Swim Lessons!

6 / Stroke Mechanics

In stage 6, students refine stroke technique on all major competitive strokes, learn about competitive swimming, and discover how to incorporate swimming into a healthy lifestyle.

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Wow, What a Swimmer!

Based on your answers, your swimmer has already mastered the skills taught in our most advanced group swim lessons class. We encourage you to contact the Aquatics Director at your local Y to ask about additional swimming instruction opportunities that may be available to you.

Are you 15 years old or older or interested in learning more about lifeguarding? Call your local Y to see when our next Lifeguard Certification Course will be held.

Wow, What a Swimmer!

Based on your answers, your swimmer has already mastered the skills taught in our most advanced group swim lessons class. We encourage you to contact the Aquatics Director at your local Y to ask about additional swimming instruction opportunities that may be available to you.

Are you 15 years old or older or interested in learning more about lifeguarding? Call your local Y to see when our next Lifeguard Certification Course will be held.