Swim Lessons

The world is 71% water
Your children are 100% curious

Teaching children how to be safe around water is not a luxury; it is a necessity. The YMCA’s Safety Around Water program can help you make sure they learn essential water safety skills, which can open up a world of possibilities for them to satisfy their curiosity safely.

What Is Safety Around Water?

Through learning how to perform a sequenced set of skills over eight lessons of 40 minutes each, the risk of drowning is reduced, giving your child confidence in and around water.

A typical session includes:

  • Exercises to help kids adjust to being in water
  • Instruction in “Jump, Push, Turn, Grab” and “Swim, Float, Swim,” two skill sets kids can use if they unexpectedly find themselves in the water
  • Specific safety topics, like what to do if you see someone in the water who needs help
  • Fun activities that reinforce skills

Swim Lessons

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 underserved communities.

There are three general categories of Y Swim Lessons:

  • Swim Starters develops water enrichment and aquatic readiness in children ages six months to three years. This category focuses on developing swim readiness skills through fun and confidence-building experiences. Parents also learn how to supervise children in the water, how to prevent accidents and how to plan for emergencies.
  • Swim Basics develops personal water safety and basic swimming skills in students of all ages. Swimmers develop a high level of comfort in the water by practicing safe water habits, engaging in underwater exploration, and learning how to swim to safety and exit if they fall into a body of water.
  • Swim Strokes introduces and refines stroke technique in older students (school age, teens and adults). Having mastered the fundamentals, students learn additional water safety skills and build stroke technique, developing skills that prevent chronic disease, increase social-emotional and cognitive well-being and foster a lifetime of physical activity.

Help Keep Your Children Safe

Drowning can happen nearly anywhere with standing water. But, as a parent or caregiver, you can’t keep your children sidelined. You need to equip them with the tools they need to be confident in and around water so they don’t lose out on the health benefits of exercise, the opportunities to bond with family and friends and the sense of accomplishment when they learn new skills.

Click here for more information on our Swim Lesson Program Overview and our Stages of Learning.

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Parent/Child (6-36 mon)

A-Water Discovery
B-Water Exploration

Mon-Thu   3:00 pm - 3:35 pm

PRESCHOOL (3-5 years)
35 minute lessons

1-Water Acclimation
Mon-Thu   9:30 am or 5:30 pm

2-Water Movement
Mon-Thu   10:30 am or 6:30 pm

3-Water Stamina
Mon-Thu   11:30 am or 4:30 pm

4-Stroke Introduction
Mon-Thu   11:30 am or 4:30 pm

SCHOOL AGE (5-12 years)
45 minute lessons

1-Water Acclimation
Mon-Thu   9:30 am or 5:30 pm

2-Water Movement
Mon-Thu   10:30 am or 6:30 pm

3-Water Stamina
Mon-Thu   10:30 am or 6:30 pm

4-Stroke Introduction
Mon-Thu   11:30 am or 4:30 pm

5-Stroke Development
Mon-Thu   9:30 am or 5:30 pm


1 - 6/18/18 - 6/28/18

2 - 7/2/18 - 7/12/18

3 - 7/16/18 - 7/26/18

4 - 7/30/18 - 8/9/18


Members - $30

Non-Members - $55

Day Camp Only - $28

To receive day camp rate, registrations will only be allowed in-house and child must be registered for day camp before registering for swim lessons.


Your child is guaranteed 6 out of the 8 swimming lessons.  If your child is unable to attend 6 lessons, the swim instructor will make arrangements for one of the Fridays during your session to make up lesson.

Classes will be cancelled if there is not at least 3 students signed up.  A full refund or credit to another session will apply.  The Friday prior to swimming lesson, you will be notified if the class does not make.

Proper swim suit attire is required.  A swim diaper with elastic around the legs and waist must be worn by participants who are not potty trained.


Lifeguard Training Dates:

  • Next class date to be announced
This class is free if you go to work at the Y.
Members - $150
Non-Members - $200

Lifeguard Training

Certification Requirements:

  • 100% participation in the Y Lifeguard course
  • Must score 80% or higher on each section of the YMCA Lifeguard test
  • Must score 80% or higher on the CPR PRO, First Aid, and Emergency Oxygen written tests
  • Successfully perform all practical skills
  • Successfully demonstrate the ability to prevent, recognize, activate emergency action plan, rescue, provide emergency care and complete reports
  • Successfully demonstrate strength and maturity to be a YMCA Lifeguard to prevent accidents and also respond to emergencies through classroom and pool scenarios
  • Participant must be 16 years of age by the end of the class to participate

Certifications upon completion

  • Y Lifeguard (valid for two years when all other certifications remain current)
  • American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI)
  • CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer (valid for 1 year)
  • First Aid (valid for 2 years)
  • Emergency Oxygen Administration (valid for 2 years)

The participants will receive an electronic copy of the ASHI books, breakaway lanyard, and whistle.

Private Swim Lessons

Private lessons are ideal for apprehensive swimmers or those with specific needs. Lessons are scheduled by appointment only. Sessions consist of four lessons lasting 45 minutes each. Days and times are scheduled around your requested time and instructor availability.

Members - $80
Non-Members - $100