At the YMCA, our goal is to create a healthy respect for water to keep everyone safe and create a lifelong love of water activities. The basis of Y swim lessons is water safety skills. Students learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency as they progress from one swim level to the next. As swimmers progress, they are taught the recommended skills that everyone should have around water, including safe water habits, underwater exploration and how to swim to safety and exit in the event of falling into a body of water. Pool activities, games, and drills geared to reinforce learning are used as students progress between levels.
All of our YMCA swim instructors are Red Cross trained and certified. They are also trained and certified in Child Abuse Prevention, and receive training in Social-Emotional and Mental Health Awareness. All swimmers receive a swim assessment when they enter the pool to determine their skill level. Non-swimmers will be required to wear a life vest provided by the YMCA. All swimmers must wear a swim cap, available at the front desk for purchase.
Each swim lesson session has a set of four 50 minute lessons. At the end of the third lesson, swim instructors provide each participant with a report card showing which skills have been mastered and which skills need improvement. Once all skills in the level have been mastered, a swimmer is promoted to the next level. The skills taught in each level are listed below.
All participants must wear a swimsuit and swim cap and shower prior to class. Rash guards are also acceptable to wear over the top of the suit. No t-shirts or street shorts allowed. Microfiber is acceptable. Please bring a towel. Goggles are optional and are available at the Y for purchase. All children who are not potty trained must wear swimmer diapers and are available at the Y for purchase. Regular diapers inflate and can break apart in the pool.
PARENT & CHILD (6 months – 3 years of age)
The is a parent and child class that teaches necessary confidence around water while still having fun! Children as young as three months can learn life-saving swimming skills. Teaching your baby or toddler water skills will help them know how to react to being in the water and will also provide an opportunity for an adult to teach and interact with their little one. Parent & Child swimming classes are a comfortable environment for both children and parents. Our instructors create an interactive, engaging learning environment by using songs and other fun activities.
Private Adaptive Swimming Lessons:
Children and young adults with special needs often require some special help to learn water safety and to gain swimming skills. Swimming can support sensory and emotional regulation, relax muscles with hypertonia, and allow muscle strengthening and motor skill acquisition in a gravity eliminated setting. Individual lessons taught by a licensed occupational therapist will be customized to meet the needs of swimmers with a range of diagnoses including but not limited to autism, cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome, and genetic disorders.
Lessons are 50 minutes in length, and are offered from 4:30pm-5:30pm on Mondays and Wednesdays, and from 9:00am-12:00pm on Saturdays.
– $10 pool fee for non-members
-$135 per lesson, sold in blocks of 4 lessons, starting on 7/6/22
Swim Lesson Schedule
Classes are offered only on Saturday mornings.
Each class is 50 minutes.
- August 6-August 27 (4 classes)
- Members $85 per session (4 classes)
- Non-Members $125 per session (4 classes)
Bronze 1 (Beginners ages 3-6 years old)
Bronze 2 (Beginners ages 7 years and up)
Silver/Gold Level Hybrid Class