YMCA Aquatic Programs

Please note: The pool at both Cooper and Central is now open.  Please visit our reopening page for the most up-to-date details about lap swimming, water exercise, and swim lessons by clicking here. (Last update 6/30/2020)

2020 Swim Lessons – Cooper & Central Branches

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Pass the Test, Lose the Vest!

Children under the age of 18 MUST pass the swim test in order to swim at our branches without a Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device (PFD) or without direct adult supervision. Learn More.



When it comes to swimming and water safety, no one is trusted more than the YMCA, America’s Swim Instructor. In fact, group swim instruction was developed by the YMCA in 1906.

The YMCA swim lesson curriculum is designed to teach this lifelong skill to children and adults of all levels in a safe environment. Students will learn water safety skills, build stroke technique, study chronic disease prevention, increase social-emotional and cognitive well-being, and foster a lifetime of physical activity.

All lessons are conducted under the supervision of certified lifeguards and taught by nationally certified swim instructors trained in CPR, AED, First Aid, and Oxygen Administration.

Our swim curriculum is based on extensive research and is focused on the mastery of skills in a way that provides personalized attention and lets students set the pace.

The Arlington-Mansfield Area YMCA has an indoor pool located at the Cooper Street YMCA that is open year-round. The Central YMCA has a seasonal outdoor pool, typically open from Memorial weekend through Labor Day (end of May through early September).

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