Swim Lessons

Lessons to Last a Lifetime

The YMCA is the nation’s favorite swim instructor, and we have been teaching people how to swim for 100 years. We believe that swimming is an important life skill that children should have the opportunity to learn early in life.

Research shows that formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88% among children ages 1-4 years. Studies connect many additional benefits including improved motor skills, cognitive development, strength, self-esteem and social confidence.

With nationally-certified and highly-trained instructors, our lessons focus on essential, life-saving skills and techniques while helping encourage swimming as an excellent tool for lifelong wellness.

WE OFFER SWIM LESSONS AT THE FOLLOWING Y’S:

Lessons For All Ages

We offer a wide range of options for the whole family with classes beginning at 6 months of age, all the way up to adults. Swimmers are divided into groups by ability and our trained, certified instructors work to develop skills and confidence in and out of the water. Our lessons are available year-round with daytime, evening and weekend classes at multiple locations and financial assistance is available.


Safety First

For the safety of members & guests, all swimmers under the age of 16 must wear a wristband based on swimming ability to enter the pool. 

For more information about Safety First policies click here.


Swim Test

At the Y, one of our top priorities is helping youth practice safety around water. Anyone age 16 and under using YMCA pools will be required to take a swim test, even if they are wearing a flotation device. Swim testing is a way to increase our level of vigilance with water safety. Our swim tests and swim lessons also give children a sense of achievement as they move towards the green swim level.

OUR SWIM TEST CRITERIA TO RECEIVE A GREEN NECKLACE: 

1. Successfully complete a 20 yard swim
2. Tread Water for 30 seconds(upright position).
3. Float for 30 seconds(no forward motion)
4. Swim the remaining 5 yards and exit the pool

  • Those who are unable to complete the swim test or choose not to take the test will receive a red wristband and may only swim in the shallow part of the pool.
  • All Children 5 years and under must have an adult in the water within arm's reach unless they swim at the green band level.


Life Jacket Policy

The Y takes the safety of children very seriously. Our Life Jacket Policy helps to ensure safety in our pools.

  • Patrons under the age of 16 who do not pass the swim test are considered non-swimmers. 

  • Patrons under the age of 16 who decline to take the swim test are considered non-swimmers. 

  • Non-swimmers must stay in shallow water (armpit-depth or less) and require active adult supervision.

  • Non-swimmers who do not meet the “armpit-depth” guideline are required to wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved personal flotation device (PFD) and require active adult supervision.

  •  Active adult supervision means an adult must be in the water within arm’s reach at all times.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Why is the Y implementing this policy?
The Y is committed to the safety of children in our pools. Use of Coast Guard Approved PFD’s by non-swimmers is a widely used safety measure of many YMCAs.

What is a Coast Guard Approved PFD?
Examples Below

Can members bring their own PFD?
Yes, as long as it is coast guard approved. The Y will have PFDs available for use while you are with us.

What if I don’t want my child in a life jacket?
As long as your child can pass the swim test or is able to meet the arm-pit depth height requirement they will not need to wear a PFD. If they do not meet these requirements, then they will need to wear a PFD.

For more information view the FAQ and see examples of U.S. Coast Guard approved personal flotation devices (PFD).