The Y is credited for being first to develop a group swim instruction program in 1906. We have come a long way since that first group lesson, and we’re excited to present the latest upgrades to you.
The YMCA offers a wide range of swimming options to improve swimming skills, build confidence in the water, and teach personal safety.
Students will learn water safety skills and build stroke techniques, developing skills that prevent chronic disease, increase social-emotional and cognitive well-being, and foster a lifetime of physical activity.
All lessons are conducted under the supervision of certified lifeguards and taught by certified swim instructors trained in CPR, AED, and First Aid.
Our new swim curriculum is based on extensive research and is focused on the mastery of skills in a way that provides personalized attention and lets students set the pace.
Group Swim Lessons will begin May. Registration is now open!
Group lessons will be 2 days a week for 4 weeks, with Friday being a makeup day incase of unforeseen weather conditions.
We do offer 4 days a week, 2 week "fast track" classes. Please see session schedule.
There are 8 levels of swim lessons.
Water Discovery (ages 6m - 3 years old): Introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment.
Water Exploration (ages 3-5 years old): Focuses on exploring body positions, blowing bubbles, fundamental safety and aquatics skills.
Water Acclimation (ages 3-5 years old): Increases comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance.
Water Movement (ages 5 and up): Encourages forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently.
Stroke Introduction (ages 5 and up): Students 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.
Stroke Development (ages 5 and up): Students work on stroke technique and learn all major competitive strokes. The emphasis on water safety continues through treading water and sidestroke.
Stroke Mechanics (ages 5 and up): Students refine stroke technique on all major competitive strokes, learn about competitive swimming, and discover how to incorporate swimming into a healthy lifestyle.
After your child's first set of swim lessons, the swim instructor will give a recommendation to the parent to either bump them up to the next level or keep them in the same class they are in.
Yes! A parent or guardian must stay for the duration of the swim lesson. In the Water Discovery and Water Exploration classes, parents must accompany their child in the water.