Youth Swim Lessons

The YMCA has been teaching children critical swimming skills for decades and we're proud to offer a range of classes for swimmers of all ages and abilities. Our aquatics staff is dedicated to offering exciting, safe and confidence building classes for children and teens, starting as early as 6 months old. When your child participates in one of our swimming programs, he or she will learn to be safe and feel that sense of accomplishment that comes with mastering a new skill.

Group swimming lessons typically operate on 8 week cycles and can range in class sizes of 6 to 10 students. If a swimmer has some experience in the water, we typically ask that they take a swim evaluation with one of our instructors before placement into a class. Otherwise new swimmers can sign up for lessons at our front desk or through our online registration page. We also offer private swimming lessons for students who are looking for a more flexible schedule or who would like more one-on-one instruction.

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Swimming Lessons for Infants (Ages 6 months to 2 years)

For children ages 6 months to 3 years old, we operate in a "mommy/daddy-and-me" format. In this class parents are in the water with their children while the instructor leads the class. This course helps to introduce children to the water and to overcome any fears that the child might have from being in the water. Exercises include entering/exiting the pool, floating and an introduction to arm/leg actions in the water. Parents are also taught water safety skills including techniques and strategies to use around the pool and beach. Infant/toddler swimming lessons are considered to be beginner classes and do not require an evaluation to enroll. Please note that a parent or guardian is required to be in the water with the child in this class.

Swimming Lessons for Children (Ages 3 to 12)

For children ages 3 to 12, children are in the water without assistance from parents. These classes start at Level 1, which is a basic introduction to the water and swimming skills to Level 5 which starts to get into competitve swimming techniques. While we do not requre beginner swimmers to enroll in Level 1 classes, we do require an evaluation for students registering for levels 2 through 5. If you would like to schedule a swim evaluation for your child please contact us at 914.632.1818. Otherwise, you can register for Level 1 courses on our online registration page.