Swim LessonsLearning For Life

Swimming is a life skill as well as great exercise and a challenging sport. Ys offer swim lessons from 6 months old to adults, family swim, competitive swimming, and many kinds of adaptive swim programs for kids with special needs, so we can all safely enjoy the pleasures of an aquatic environment.

To ensure safety in and around the water, we ask you to abide by our pool rules and policies.

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How Old is Your Child?

At the Y, we are dedicated to providing student-centered swim lessons designed to nurture the development of each individual participant through our unique and dynamic group lessons. To help you determine which lesson level will create the best learning environment for your child, click through the options below.

6 to 36 Months 3 to 5 Years 6 to 12 Years
Parent Child Classes

Fun for children who have graduated from Parent and Child but are not ready to swim on their own. Chil¬dren, accompanied by an adult, will explore blowing bubbles, floating, and basic water skills. Children must wear swim diapers under their swim suits.

If this level is the best fit for your child, you can register online or at your Y.

Can your child swim independently on their front and back without flotation (I.E. Bubble, Noodle, Etc)?
No
Pike

Welcome beginners with little experience in the water. Children work on water basics: blowing bubbles, front and back floating with support, paddling on their front, back, and side. Floatation is used in this level.

If this level is the best fit for your child, you can register online or at your Y.

Yes
Can your child willingly submerge underwater?
No
Pike

Welcome beginners with little experience in the water. Children work on water basics: blowing bubbles, front and back floating with support, paddling on their front, back, and side. Floatation is used in this level.

If this level is the best fit for your child, you can register online or at your Y.

Yes
Does your child put his face in the water when he swims?
No
Eel

Welcome children who are comfortable in the water, as they continue to develop skills learned at the Pike level. Plus, learn to put their faces in the water, float¬ing, jumping in, and paddling without support. Floatation is used in this level.

If this level is the best fit for your child, you can register online or at your Y.

Yes
Can your child swim 15 feet
No
Eel

Welcome children who are comfortable in the water, as they continue to develop skills learned at the Pike level. Plus, learn to put their faces in the water, float¬ing, jumping in, and paddling without support. Floatation is used in this level.

If this level is the best fit for your child, you can register online or at your Y.

Yes
Can your child swim 20 feet
No
Ray

In this level, participants will begin working on side breathing, while continuing to focus on front, back and side paddle. They will also learn about diving safety, floating and treading water. This class is for children who can swim 20 feet on both front and back without the aid of floatation devices before progressing to Starfish.

If this level is the best fit for your child, you can register online or at your Y.

Yes
Starfish

The starfish level encourages participants to continue to work on strokes while increasing endurance. This class is for children who can swim 40 feet without floatation device before progressing to the next level. In order to prepare your child for the youth levels of the YMCA program.

If this level is the best fit for your child, you can register online or at your Y.

Will your child go underwater and float independently on their front/back without flotation?
No
Polliwog

Beginner level for this age group. Participants will work on floating, kicking and paddling on the front, back and side. This class is for children who can swim 20 feet without floatation device before progressing to the Guppy level.

If this level is the best fit for your child, you can register online or at your Y.

Yes
Can your child (without flotation) swim 15 yards without stopping and fully submerge?
No
Polliwog

Beginner level for this age group. Participants will work on floating, kicking and paddling on the front, back and side. This class is for children who can swim 20 feet without floatation device before progressing to the Guppy level.

If this level is the best fit for your child, you can register online or at your Y.

Yes
Can your child swim 25 yards of front crawl and back crawl with good form?
No
Guppy

Students will continue to work on front, back and side paddle. In addition to these strokes, they will also learn floating, treading water, diving safety rules and side breathing. This class is for children who can swim 25 yards (one length of the pool) on front, back and side before moving on to the Minnow level.

If this level is the best fit for your child, you can register online or at your Y.

Yes
Can your swimmer demonstrate at least 50 yards of breaststroke?
No
Minnow

In this level students will begin learning breaststroke, sidestroke and backstroke. They also learn many safety skills including treading water and swimming with a PFD. This class is for children who can swim 25 yards of rudimentary front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke and elementary back stroke before progressing into the Fish level.

If this level is the best fit for your child, you can register online or at your Y.

Yes
Can your swimmer demonstrate at least 100 yards of front crawl/breast stroke and 15 yards of butterfly?
No
Fish

Participants will continue to work on all strokes, focusing on refinement and endurance. The butterfly stroke and open turns will also be introduced in this level. This class is for children who can swim 50 yards of front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke and elemen¬tary backstroke before moving into the Flying Fish level.

If this level is the best fit for your child, you can register online or at your Y.

Yes
Can your swimmer demonstrate at least 200 yards of all strokes?
No
Flying Fish

In this level participants will focus on personal safety, along with improving skills and endurance. This class is for children who can swim 15 yards of butterfly and 100 yards of front crawl, breaststroke, elementary backstroke, back crawl, and side stroke before progressing into the Shark level.

If this level is the best fit for your child, you can register online or at your Y.

Yes
Shark

The shark level teaches students about personal safety, rescue skills and water sports and games. New strokes introduced include over arm sidestroke and the trudgen crawl. This class is for children who can swim a 200 yard individual medley along with 50 yards of over arm sidestroke and the trudgen crawl.

If this level is the best fit for your child, you can register online or at your Y.

Start Over

Swim Lessons - Preschool (Age 3-5)

Ages: 3 - 5

Mondays 5:25 PM - 5:55 PM

Jan 8 2018 - Mar 3 2018

Greenbush YMCA

This stage is designed to increase participant comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance. It focuses on exploring the water and developing personal skills with the instructor, develop basic skills to propel and glide through the water with assistance, learn basic water safety and accepting some responsibility for safe practices.

Pricing

Member: 55.00

Non-Member: 109.00

Swim Lessons - Preschool (Age 3-5)

Ages: 3 - 5

Wednesdays 4:50 PM - 5:20 PM

Jan 8 2018 - Mar 3 2018

Greenbush YMCA

This stage develops intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distances than in previous stages. It focuses on integrating arm action, leg action, and rhythmic breathing in back and front glides, developing forward movement on the front and back, and practicing skills and safety techniques in deep water. Participants are working on submerging, swimming on front

Pricing

Member: 55.00

Non-Member: 109.00

Swim Lessons - Youth (Age 6-12)

Ages: 6 - 12

Wednesdays 5:00 PM - 5:40 PM

Jan 8 2018 - Mar 3 2018

Greenbush YMCA

In this stage participants focus on forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently. It focuses on exploring the water and personal skills without instructor help, developing basic skills to propel and glide through the water without instructor help, and learn basic water and boat safety and accepting some responsibility for safe practices.

Pricing

Member: 65.00

Non-Member: 139.00

Swim Lessons - Preschool (Age 3-5)

Ages: 3 - 5

Mondays 5:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Jan 8 2018 - Feb 26 2018

Duanesburg YMCA

This stage is designed to increase participant comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance. It focuses on exploring the water and developing personal skills with the instructor, develop basic skills to propel and glide through the water with assistance, learn basic water safety and accepting some responsibility for safe practices.

Pricing

Member: 45.00

Non-Member: 89.00

Swim Lessons - Preschool (Age 3-5)

Ages: 3 - 5

Wednesdays 4:35 PM - 5:05 PM

Jan 8 2018 - Mar 4 2018

Bethlehem Area YMCA

In this stage participants focus on forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently. It focuses on exploring the water and personal skills without instructor help, developing basic skills to propel and glide through the water without instructor help, and learn basic water and boat safety and accepting some responsibility for safe practices.

Pricing

Member: 55.00

Non-Member: 89.00

Swim Lessons - Youth (Age 6-12)

Ages: 6 - 12

Saturdays 10:15 AM - 10:55 AM

Jan 8 2018 - Mar 4 2018

Bethlehem Area YMCA

In this stage participants focus on forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently. It focuses on exploring the water and personal skills without instructor help, developing basic skills to propel and glide through the water without instructor help, and learn basic water and boat safety and accepting some responsibility for safe practices.

Pricing

Member: 70.00

Non-Member: 104.00

Swim Lessons - Preschool (Age 3-5)

Ages: 3 - 5

Tuesdays 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Jan 8 2018 - Mar 4 2018

Southern Saratoga YMCA

Advanced Beginner. Great for children ready to learn basic swim techniques as they work on kicking, floating skills, and perform the progressive paddle stroke. Safety is stressed. Children taking this class should be comfortable swimming independently and submerging under water.

Pricing

Member: 55.00

Non-Member: 107.00

Swim Lessons - Preschool (Age 3-5)

Ages: 3 - 5

Mondays 4:45 PM - 5:15 PM

Jan 8 2018 - Mar 4 2018

Southern Saratoga YMCA

Intermediate. Great for improving stroke skills, learning more personal safety and rescue skills, and building endurance. Will learn underwater swimming skills, treading water, and swimming across the pool on their front and back without assistance. Children taking this class should be able to swim at least 15 feet unassisted.

Pricing

Member: 55.00

Non-Member: 107.00

Swim Lessons - Youth (Age 6-12)

Ages: 6 - 12

Mondays 4:00 PM - 4:40 PM

Jan 8 2018 - Mar 4 2018

Southern Saratoga YMCA

Intermediate Guppy is great for children performing some skills without the aid of a flotation device, as they’re introduced to the front and back crawl, sidestroke, breaststroke, and elementary backstroke, and learn to demonstrate each stroke without assistance.

Pricing

Member: 70.00

Non-Member: 157.00

Swim Lessons - Parent And Child

Mondays 9:40 AM - 10:10 AM

Jan 8 2018 - Mar 4 2018

Guilderland YMCA

**This stage introduces infants and toddlers to the water. It focuses on encouraging parents to set developmentally appropriate expectations for infants and toddlers enrolled in the lessons. It?s has an introduction and emphasis on basic water safety to parents and providing a positive family experience. It also builds relationships among and between parents and children

Pricing

Member: 60.00

Non-Member: 120.00