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Swim Lessons

Let’s make a splash together.

For over 150 years, the YMCA has helped swimmers of all ages gain confidence, comfort, and skill in the water. With trained staff and tailored programs, we’re prepared to meet participants where they are. And, with lessons available year-round, swimmers can move from stage to stage at their own pace

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Swim Lessons

Parent & Child Swim Lessons

For swimmers between 6 months and 3 years old—and their parents.

We’ll help you and your young swimmer get comfortable in the water and develop swim readiness—all while having fun. Plus, parents and guardians can learn about water safety and supervision.

We’ll help you introduce your infant or toddler to the water for the first time. Together, you’ll explore the pool and get familiar with the basics.

You’ll work with your child to explore body positions and learn about floating, blowing bubbles, and fundamental water safety skills.

Preschool Swim Lessons

For swimmers ages 3 to 5.

In this stage, young swimmers build on swimming and safety basics. They’ll learn safe water habits, underwater exploration, and basic swimming skills—all through a combination of drills, activities, and games.

Students learn the foundations for swimming, including underwater exploration and safe exits in the event of falling into a body of water.

Time to start moving. In this program, students learn to perform basic self-rescue. Plus, they’ll focus on body position and control, directional change, and forward movement.

In this developmental stage, students improve their independent self-rescue skills and learn the basics of rhythmic breathing and arm and leg movement in the water.

This stage introduces fundamentals of swim strokes, including front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke kick, and butterfly kick. Swimmers also tread water and practice elementary backstroke.

Youth Swim Lessons

For swimmers ages 6 to 12.

In this intermediate stage, students learn more about personal water safety and basic swimming competence. They’ll learn the basics and techniques for four competitive strokes.

Students learn the foundations for swimming, including underwater exploration and safe exits in the event of falling into a body of water.

Time to start moving. In this program, students learn to perform basic-self rescue on their own. Plus, they’ll focus on body position and control, directional change, and forward movement.

In this developmental stage, students improve their independent self-rescue skills and learn the basics of rhythmic breathing and arm and leg movement in the water.

This stage introduces fundamentals of swim strokes, including front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke kick, and butterfly kick. Swimmers also tread water and practice elementary backstroke.

Students continue to practice water safety through treading water and sidestroke. They’ll also learn all major competitive strokes and work on their stroke technique.

In this stage, students refine their stroke technique, learn about competitive swimming, and discover how to incorporate swimming into a healthy lifestyle.

Teen & Adult Swim Lessons

For swimmers over 12 years old.

It’s never too late to learn water safety and skills. Teen and adult lessons are designed to help you feel comfortable and confident in the pool, so you’ll progress at your own pace and develop your swimming strokes to perfection.

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