Swim Lessons

Swim Lessons

We believe every child should have the skills to safely enjoy the water.

The Y offers a wide range of swimming options for the whole family. Swimming builds self-confidence and develops the whole person - spirit, mind and body. Swimming is not only great exercise and a challenging sport, but it is a life skill. We pride ourselves on our commitment to water safety. We assess you or your child's swimming abilities, ensuring that each participant is placed in an appropriate class. We insist on lifeguard supervision at all times. Trained instructors emphasize personal safety, swimming skills, endurance and social skills while guiding students with praise and encouragement.


Parent+Child         (18months-3 years)

In Parent+Child Swim Lessons, infants and toddlers are accompanied by their parents as they learn to be comfortable in the water.  This is a Swim Starter class.

The focus of this class for children will be to develop swim readiness skills through fun, confidence-building experiences. Parents will also be taught about water safety, drowning prevention, and the importance of supervision. Children should wear a swim diaper under a swimsuit with snug-fitting legs.

Mondays & Wednesdays   5:30pm - 6:00pm                                            This class will only be offered in January & March

Preschool               (3-5 years)

In Preschool Swim Lessons, students learn more about personal water safety. 

The focus of this class is to achieve competency by mastering two benchmark skills in Swim Basics. The first is swim-float-swim, where students will successfully sequence from a front glide and roll to a back float and roll, do another front glide, then exit. The second benchmark is jump-push-turn-grab. The student’s developmental levels determine which skills we introduce and build on as they progress.

Mondays & Wednesdays   6:15pm - 6:45pm                                             Saturdays    9:00am-9:30am

School Age              (5-12 years)

In School Age Swim Lessons, students learn additional water safety skills as well as build on their stroke technique.

Students progress through the  competencies  of Swim Basics into Swim Strokes. Although they’ve mastered the fundamentals, their developmental levels determine which skills we introduce and build on as they progress. Skills developed in Swim Strokes can help prevent chronic diseases, improve social and emotional well-being, increase their cognitive awareness, and foster a lifelong love of physical activity.

Mondays & Wednesdays   7:00pm - 7:45pm                                             Saturdays    9:45am-10:30am


Mondays & Wednesdays

1.  January 4 - January 27
2.  February 1 - February 24
3.  March 1 - March 24
4.  March 29 - April 19
5.  April 26 - May 19


1. January 9 - February 27

2. March 6 - April 24


YMCA Members - $35

Non-Members   - $60

Parent+Child Swim Lessons are FREE with YMCA Household Memberships


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.

swim lessons

Swim Lessons

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.

  • A / Water Discovery - Introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment
  • B / Water Exploration - Focuses on exploring body positions, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills

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.

  • 1 / Water Acclimation - Increases comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-recue skills performed with assistance
  • 2 / Water Movement -  Encourages forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently
  • 3 / Water Stamina - Develops intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distances than in previous stages

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.

  • 4 / Stroke Introduction - Introduces basic stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and reinforces water safety through treading water and elementary backstroke
  • 5 / Stroke Development - Introduces breast-stroke and butterfly and reinforces water safety through treading water and sidestroke
  • 6 / Stroke Mechanics - Refines stroke technique on all major competitive strokes and encourages swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle


Lifeguard Training Dates:

  • December 19 - December 21
    • 8:00am-5:00pm every day

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.