Group Swim Lessons
Y swim lessons emphasize water safety and skill development in a safe environment!
We strive to help all ages learn how to swim, so they can stay safe around water and learn the skills needed to make swimming a lifelong pursuit for healthy living.
Registration for Y Members opens on the 15th of the month at 6:00 am for the following month of lessons. Registration opens for community on the 18th of the month at 6:00 am.
Welcoming kids and adults of all ages and abilities, swim lessons at the Y offer a clear progression track to monitor achievement while every lesson emphasizes personal safety around water.
Accompanied by an adult, infants and toddlers learn to be comfortable in the water and develop swim readiness skills through fun and confidence-building experiences, while adults learn about water safety, drowning prevention, and the importance of supervision. Swimmers are introduced to the aquatic environment, explore body positions, and blow bubbles.
Swimmers become comfortable and confident in the water through practicing safe water habits, engaging in underwater exploration, and learning how to swim to safety if they fall into a body of water. Swimmers will practice two key swim sequences that are the foundation for a safe swimming experience: swim, float, swim and jump, push, turn, grab.
Having mastered the fundamentals, students learn additional water safety skills and build stroke technique for front crawl, breaststroke, back stroke, butterfly, sidestroke, and elementary backstroke. Students develop skills that can help prevent chronic disease, increase overall well-being, and foster a lifetime of physical activity.
Swimmers in this program will work towards important milestones including building endurance in the competitive strokes, developing skills related to competitive swimming such as flip turns, starts, and finishes, and incorporating swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle.
This class encompasses all stages of swim lessons. The first day of class includes an assessment of current skills and comfort in the water. Students will then be grouped together by similar skill level to allow for appropriate progressive instruction ranging from swim basics to swim strokes.
Please select the branch location where you would like to attend the group swim lesson to start the registration process.
Swim Starters, or stages A and B, is our child with adult swim lesson program.
Swim Basics, or stages 1 to 3, is a swim lesson program for ages 3 to 12 that focuses on learning basic swim skills, improving water safety, and building confidence in the water. Students will practice two key swim sequences that are the foundation for a safe swimming experience: swim, float, swim and jump, push, turn, grab.
Swim Strokes, or stages 4 to 6, builds stroke technique and additional water safety skills for students ages 5 to 12. This program focuses on introducing and refining six swim strokes: front crawl, breaststroke, back stroke, butterfly, sidestroke, and elementary backstroke.
We’re committed to ensuring all kids learn to swim. If the price for swim lessons presents a challenge for your family, financial assistance is available. Please drop by your local Y or call us at (206) 382-5022 to learn more.
Group swim lessons are available in packages that include one or two lessons per week for one month.
Aquatics Conditional lessons are available in packages that include one or two lessons per week for one month.
Lessons will be offered for 30 minutes in length once or twice a week for a month. Fees will adjust based upon total number of classes offered in a session.
There is nothing more important to us than the safety of you, our members, our staff, and our volunteers. Guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), local health agencies, and public officials has been critical as we've updated our policies and reopened or facilities and programs.
We are following the latest guidelines from the CDC to ensure our participants are safe. If you do not feel comfortable, we invite you to sign up for one-on-one private swim lessons.
Per the CDC, the virus cannot be transmitted through properly treated water. Our pool chemicals are always maintained within the required ranges set by the health department. Should our water ever go outside of that range, we do close down the pool until the water is safe to swim in again.
We ask participants not to wear masks in the water as it presents a safety hazard.
Beginning with swim sessions in April 2022, we no longer require participants to be Y members. Y members do get member-only benefits including lower pricing and priority registration.
To limit our building capacity, we are limiting the number of guests on the deck to one parent or guardian per swim lesson student.
We've made it easier than ever to find member and account information with our new Support Center. Find instructions for managing your account, easy access to request forms, and a complete list of our policies all in one place.
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