Swim Lessons

Swim Lessons

New to swimming at the Y?

Swim lessons not only keep kids safe in the water, they also build self- esteem and confidence. A variety of class times and levels are available to meet your family’s needs including morning, afternoon, and evenings as well as weekends.

Ask us for a FREE evaluation session where we can observe your child’s skills and make recommendations so that they are most successful in our lesson program!

Swim Lessons Contact:

Anneliese Kappel
Aquatics Director
203.775.4444 x 133

In order to protect and ensure the safety of all our members, YMCA of the USA and our Insurance Company will now require us to swim test anyone between the ages of 5 and 17.

If the child/teen can proficiently perform the following skills they will be given a band, which allows them in the deep end of the pool:

  • Swim 25 yards unassisted and without rest
  • Tread water for 30 seconds
  • Jump in the pool, float on back for 10 seconds, swim to side and exit the pool

If you do not pass the swim test and the water is more than armpit deep, you will need to have a Coast Guard Approved Personal Floatation Device (PFD).

We will have swim testing on the following days and times:

  • Wednesdays, 3:00pm – 5:00pm
  • Saturdays, 12:00pm – 2:00pm
  • Sundays, 9:00am – 11:00am

If your child attends our swim lessons, Level 4 and above, and they are a full members, they will receive a band in class. They will also receive a band if they are on the MAKO Swim Team.

You will only be allowed in the shallow end of the pool if you do not pass the swim test or forget your band.

  • All children should be pre-registered before the first day of class. When signing up, please register at the front desk or online. All payments are due in full at the time of registration. Please make sure you place your child into the proper level (based on skill) so they have the best experience and get the most out of their lesson.
  • Please enter and exit through the locker rooms when you come for your swim lesson. Street shoes should be removed prior to coming on to the pool deck. There is NO food or drink other than water allowed on the pool deck.
  • All swimmers must wear appropriate swim attire (bathing suits, rash guards etc.) when in the pool. If your swimmer is not potty trained, please be sure they are wearing an appropriate (cloth lined, nylon or rubber pant) swim diaper. At the younger stages of swim lessons goggles are NOT advised because the value is placed on the safety of being comfortable putting their faces in and opening their eyes under the water. As swim skills increase, the use of goggles will be encouraged. Swimmers with long hair should wear a bathing cap and/or have it tied back in a ponytail.
  • All parents should be seated on the bleachers or benches during lessons. While we encourage parents to be a part of the learning process, please DO NOT interrupt your child’s lesson while it is in progress. It is not only disruptive to your child; it disrupts the concentration of the other children in the class and keeps the instructor from accomplishing lesson goals.
  • Pictures and videos are prohibited from being taken during lessons. The YMCA asks you to be considerate of others privacy.
  • When the lesson is over, the instructors will dismiss students to their parents. PLEASE make sure you are available to meet your child at the time of dismissal so we do not have children on deck unattended.
  • Two weeks before the end of the session, students will receive a swim level evaluation form. The evaluation will indicate how your child did and which level they should register in for the next session.

Please keep in mind that every child learns differently and at their own pace. With patience and a positive attitude we will make sure our students will get the most out of their lessons and have the best possible experience as they become safe and happy swimmers!!!

Whether you are just starting out or are an experienced swimmer, our instructors will design an individual program and critique your skills to help motivate and achieve your swimming goals!

Private Swim Fees

30 Minute Private Lesson

  • Members $50
  • Non Members $65

30 Minute Private Lesson – 5 Pack

  • Members $200
  • Non Members $250

45 Minute Private Lesson – 5 Pack

  • Members $225
  • Non Members $275

Semi - Private Swim Fees (2 people)

30 Minute Private Lesson

  • Members $80
  • Non Members $95

30 Minute Private Lesson – 5 Pack

  • Members $350
  • Non Members $400

45 Minute Private Lesson – 5 Pack

  • Members $375
  • Non Members $425

Tri - Private Swim Fees

30 Minute Private Lesson

  • Members $110
  • Non Members $125

30 Minute Private Lesson – 5 Pack

  • Members $400
  • Non Members $450

45 Minute Private Lesson – 5 Pack

  • Members $425
  • Non Members $475

30 Minutes, 1x per week

Water Discovery

6-18 months

This class offers an introduction to the aquatic environment for infants. Toddlers and parents work on independent skills, including body control and balance. Parents learn basic water safety and have a positive and fun experience with their children.

Water Exploration

1½ to 3 years

Children work with and without their parents to master the skills of kicking, pulling and blowing bubbles together to form basic stroke and body position. Fundamental safety and aquatic skills are also introduced

little girl about to jump in pool

30 Minutes, 1x per week

LEVEL 1 "Water Acclimation"

3 years and up

Children must be 100% potty trained and independent from a parent. No minimal or previous experience in swim lessons. Children become independent in the water, build confidence and focus on the skills of the basic freestyle stroke such as kicking and pulling, comfort putting their face in the water and blowing bubbles. Goal is to swim 5 yards without fear or assistance. Safety self-recue skills are introduced.

LEVEL 2 "Water Movement"

Can perform a front glide and swim 5 yards without assistance. Can blow bubbles for 10 seconds. Emphasis is on stroke development for freestyle and forward movement in water. Basic self-rescue skills performed independently.

LEVEL 3 "Water Stamina"

Can confidently swim freestyle with rotary breathing for 10 yards. Children refine their freestyle and complete backstroke. Elementary backstroke is introduced. Treading water and develops intermediate self-rescue skills at longer distances. Introduce Diving.

kids at swim lesson practice kicking

60 Minutes, 1x per week

LEVEL 4 “Stroke Introduction”

Introduces basic stroke technique in freestyle and backstroke with endurance and reinforces water safety through treading water and elementary backstroke. Breaststroke kick is introduced. Complete freestyle and backstroke for 25 yards. Diving.

LEVEL 5 “Stroke Development”

Must be able to comfortably swim 25 yards of freestyle and backstroke with correct technique. Strokes are refined with a strong emphasis on proper stroke mechanics. Build endurance in freestyle and backstroke and complete breaststroke. Introduce butterfly. Reinforce safety through treading water and sidestroke. Diving.

LEVEL 6 “Stroke Mechanics”

Refine stroke technique on all major competitive strokes. Swimmers must be able to complete a minimum of 50 yards of freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke with proper technique. Complete butterfly. Flip turns are introduced. Diving.

Smiling girls in pool

45 Minutes, 1x per week

Stroke and Turn “Pre Team”

This level compliments the skills practiced in a swim team setting. Swimmers must be at a Level 5 to qualify for this class. Emphasis is placed on mastery of all strokes, flip turns and racing starts. A strong focus is placed on building endurance with proper stroke techniques and mechanics.

Swimmer Swimming in Pool

Reluctant Swimmers

45 Minutes

This program offers a safe environment to learn to swim. Participants will begin with water exploration activities to improve comfort levels in the water, will learn basic swimming skills and expand knowledge of water safety.

Masters Swimming

1 Hour, 2x per week

Lunch Time Sessions - Tuesdays & Thursdays

Additional Sessions - Mondays & Wednesdays

Whether you are a novice or an elite swimmer, our Masters program can improve your swimming skills. These coached sessions are designed to enhance your swimming skills, make you more efficient in the water, and increase your overall fitness level. All practices are held at the Youth Development & Aquatic Center (YDAC).

woman seniors at water aerobic class

30 Minutes, 1x per week

Sunday FUNday

This program is a small group class for children with disabilities. Participants will be taught water safety, different strokes and developmentally appropriate skills in the water. While working with instructors, this program aims to increase student’s comfort level in the water as well as increase their independence.

Introduction to Diving

1 Hour, 1x per week

Work with an experienced certified coach on the one-meter diving board to learn basic skills and dives.

Swim Lessons Contact:

Anneliese Kappel
Aquatics Director
203.775.4444 x 133