The Y is “America’s Swim Instructor” and the most accessible community resource to prevent drowning and encourage a lifelong enjoyment of swimming. The Y introduced the country to the concept of group swim lessons more than 100 years ago, (1909), and each year, the Y teaches more than a million children invaluable water safety and swimming skills. Our swim lessons are taught by nationally certified instructors and prepare kids of all ages to stay safe and have fun in the water, building strong swimmers and confident kids.

Classes arrange swimmers broadly into age groups and then by skill level as kids progress through the instruction program. Our progressive-swim instruction method uses a problem-solving, guided-discovery teaching approach in a positive, caring environment.

Swim Starters
lessons for parents & children ages 6 months to 3 years

Swim Starters focuses on developing swim readiness skills through fun and confidence-building experiences. Parents also learn how to supervise children in the water, how to prevent accidents and how to plan for emergencies.

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Swim Basics
lessons for kids ages 3 & up

Swim Basics develops personal water safety and basic swimming skills in students of all ages. Swimmers develop a high level of comfort in the water by practicing safe water habits, engaging in underwater exploration, and learning how to swim to safety and exit if they fall into a body of water.

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Swim Strokes
lessons for kids ages 6 & up

Swim Strokes introduces and refines stroke technique in older students. 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.

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Youth Private Swim Lessons
kids ages 3 & up

Private swim lessons are offered for those that need a flexible schedule, or have specific goals in which they would like to achieve. Lessons are 30 minutes in length and offered in a comfortable one-on-one setting.

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Adaptive Swim Lessons
kids with special needs ages 3 & up

Our certified YMCA swimming instructors provide exceptional guidance and can provide instruction for a variety of special needs. Previous experience in swimming is not required. Participants are enrolled in either a private or small group depending on their specific needs and abilities. Dates are by appointment only.

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