Swim Lessons: Preparing for your First Day

Last updated: October 23, 2023, at 12:20 p.m. PT

Originally published: May 24, 2017, at 11:37 a.m. PT

We’re so glad you’ve chosen the Y as your swim lesson provider! The Y is committed to keeping class and lesson sizes small so swimmers get the expert, personal attention they need to succeed. If you’re new to swim lessons at the Y, here are a few tips for what to expect, what to wear and what to bring to for a successful lesson.


  • You don’t need to be a member of the Y to take swimming lessons! But members do receive a discount on lessons and classes.
  • See what lessons are available near you, pricing, and how to register.

What to Bring to Lessons

  • Photo ID or YMCA Membership Card
  • Your own lock for the locker rooms. We encourage leaving any valuable items at home.
  • A swimsuit
  • A towel
  • Sandals or flip-flops
  • Goggles are recommended (masks and snorkels are not permitted unless otherwise noted)
  • Persons wearing diapers need to have a swim diaper with a tight-fitting protective covering
  • Street shoes are not allowed on the pool deck

Arriving for Lessons

  • Arrive in swimming attire or plan to arrive with enough time to change into swimming attire
  • A rinsing shower is required before entering the pool
  • Using the restroom before entering the pool is encouraged

On the First Day of Lessons

  • If you or your child has a fear of water or is feeling exceptionally nervous, please arrive a little early to inform the instructor so they can accommodate your needs to ensure you feel comfortable
  • An aquatics staff member will be at the pool entry and guide you where your lessons will take place.

Other Expectations

  • The pool might be available to Y members before or after lessons for open swimming—check your local Y pool schedule
  • No food, drink, chewing gum, or glass is permitted on the pool deck

Accommodation Process

The Y considers the individual needs of every person and the ability of the program to meet those needs. Please inform the Y during the enrollment process if you or a family member requires any special accommodation. This information enables the Y to better meet your needs or those of a family member, within available resources and to the extent reasonable. All staff that will be working with you or a family member with special needs will be informed of how to care for or meet those needs.

Category: Swim