Teen & Adult Swim Lessons

The YMCA Swim Lesson Curriculum is a core group of aquatic skills every person needs to be safe around water. As the foundation of our program, these skills allow students to learn correct swim stroke techniques. Students begin with and build upon skills they are ready to learn, helping them to celebrate their successes, build self-confidence, and enjoy learning to swim and water safety. 

Group Swim Lessons

The Y invented the concept of group swim lessons, which leads us to say that there is no organization more qualified to teach water safety. The Y’s latest national swim lessons curriculum ensures the same accredited and high-quality experience at every YMCA throughout the country.

Utilizing a clear progression track based upon age and ability, participants build confidence to reach swimming skill milestones. As drowning is a leading cause of death among children and adults, all lessons emphasize personal safety around water. Build confidence with every stroke.

Private Swim Lessons

If you feel that you work better in a one-on-one setting or want to work on specific skills or strokes and are looking for more class times, private lessons are for you! Lessons are customized to your personal needs, goals and confidence.

The benefits of private swim instruction are that lessons are scheduled for your convenience and you or your child can progress at the participant’s own pace by focusing on their unique learning style, development, and goals whether that be to overcome a fear of water, learn freestyle or masterstroke techniques, endurance for swim team or training for triathlons.

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Drowning Prevention

Drowning can happen nearly anywhere with standing water. According to the CDC, formal swim lessons can reduce drowning by 88%. Through learning how to perform a sequenced set of skills over a period of lessons, the risk of drowning is reduced, giving you confidence in and around water.


Swimming is a great total body workout! When you swim, you engage almost every major muscle group, including your arms, legs and core. If you need a low impact form of exercise, swimming is for you! Swimming increases your heart rate without putting excess stress on your joints.


Swimming is very much a social sport. Swimmers of all ages can take classes together, train together, or work with an instructor in the pool. Even if you have a pool at home, it is where you gather with your friends and family.

Frequently Asked Questions

Our lessons are broken out by age group – then Stage (swim ability level).  Please refer to our Swim Lesson Indicator to assist you in determining the proper Stage of lessons for your child.

Personal requests for instructors cannot be made for group lessons, but you certainly can consider taking private lessons with an instructor.

If we need to cancel a class, we usually make them up the Friday of that same week during your normally scheduled time and will send out communication to all participants.

We will credit your account if you cancel prior to the end of the registration period.  After that, credits will only be offered in the event of a medical event & doctor’s note.

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