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SWIM LESSONS

For over 100 years, the YMCA has been one of America’s favorite swim instructors and a leader in water safety. Our proven curriculum and friendly environment enhance skills, all while having fun. At the Y, swimming is a life skill. We offer a wide selection of parent & child, preschool, school age, teen, and adult swim lessons that build strong and confident swimmers. All age groups are taught the same skills but divided according to their developmental milestones

SWIM PROGRAMS

SWIM STARTERS

6 MONTHS & UP

Parent & child lessons

SWIM BASICS

AGES 3 & UP

Recommended skills for all to have around water

SWIM STROKES

AGES 6 & UP

Skills to support a healthy lifestyle

TEEN & ADULT

AGES 13 & UP

Aquatic skills every person needs to be safe around water.

PRIVATE & SEMI-PRIVATE SWIM LESSONS

No matter your goal, we’re here to help! Whether you’re a beginner wanting to gain confidence or an experienced swimmer trying to hone your skills, private lessons are the perfect solution. Personalized attention from our skilled swim instructors will give you or your child the opportunity to focus on what you want to learn.

INDIVIDUALIZED LEARNING

Reach milestones at your own pace with lessons tailored to your skill level.

FLEXIBLE SCHEDULING

Arrange lessons for a time and frequency that works best for you. 

MEASURABLE SUCCESS 

Overcome obstacles that have kept you from building your swim skills.

Private (1-on-1) and semi-private (two students, one instructor) lessons are 30 minutes. If you’re interested in signing up, please complete an interest form.

Swim starters

Parent & child
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 STARTERS OUTCOMES

Accompanied by a parent*, infants and toddlers learn to be comfortable in the water and develop swim readiness skills through fun and confidence-building experiences, while parents learn about water safety, drowning prevention, and the importance of supervision.

Swim basics

PRESCHOOL + SCHOOL AGE, TEEN & ADULT
1

Water
Acclimation

Increases comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue 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 BASIC OUTCOMES

Students learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by learning two benchmark skills:

  • Swim, float, swim—sequencing front glide, roll, back float, roll, front glide, and exit
  • Jump, push, turn, grab

Swim strokes

SCHOOL AGE, TEEN & ADULT
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 breaststroke 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

SWIM STROKES OUTCOMES

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.

*We define parent broadly to include all adults with primary responsibility for raising children, including biological parents, adoptive parents, guardians, stepparents, grandparents, or any other type of parenting relationship.

Do you want to make an impact?

Join the YGWC team as a swim instructor or camp counselor and make a lasting impact on young lives! Help kids develop crucial skills, build confidence, and create unforgettable memories in a fun and supportive environment. Become a role model and enjoy a rewarding experience that blends passion with purpose. Apply now and dive into a fulfilling adventure!