The Y is the nation’s #1 swim instructor because progressive swim lessons are taught by caring, skilled staff who use a guided-discovery teaching approach in a positive environment. All kids learn to swim at their own pace and progress to the next level once they have mastered the current level.
Full facility members at the Old Bridge and Freehold branches may register for classes at the other branch in person on the designated date for each session.
Parent Child Swim Lessons
Lessons are 30 minutes in length. Both a swimper (swim Diaper) AND a rubber pant required for all children under 3.
- To adjust parent and child to the water.
- To develop the ability to enter and exit the pool safely.
- To develop the child’s breath control, balance and locomotion.
- To enjoy the group environment and network with other parents.
- To understand the issues of health and safety for parent and child around the water.
Shrimp & Kipper
(6 mos – 18 mos) With parent, this program introduces children to the world of swimming.
Inia & Perch
(19 mos – 36 mos) With parent, children are introduced to swimming skills.
(3-5 years) For children who are reluctant to take swim lessons without a parent or guardian. Spend quality time and share in the experience of learning to swim. Parent or guardian will work with a swim instructor teaching the child to work towards our Pike lessons. Including putting face in water, swim without assistance and being safe in and around water.
Preschool Swim Lessons
Lessons are 30 minutes in length.
(3-5 years) This class is for the reluctant or fearful child who has no experience in a swim program.
(3-5 years) The child must be comfortable with their face in the water, submerging under the water, be able to paddle 10 yards front with a floatation device and 5 feet without. This class is taught with a floatation device.
(3-5 years) Child must be able to swim 5 yards on the front with rhythmic breathing and do rudimentary backstroke. This class is taught without a floatation device.
(3-5 years) Child must be able to swim 15 yards on the front with rudimentary side breathing and do basic backstroke. This class is taught without a floatation device.
Youth Beginner Swim Lessons
Lessons are 30 minutes in length.
(6-12 years) Beginning level for 6-12 years old, students in this class may wear a floatation device.
(6+ years) To enter the class the child must swim 5 yards with rhythmic breathing without a floatation belt and 5 yards of backstroke without a belt. This class is taught without the use of a floatation device.
Youth Intermediate & Advanced Swim Lessons
Lessons are 45 minutes in length.
(6+ years) The child must swim 25 yards of front crawl with rudimentary rotary breathing and 25 yards of backstroke, and be able to dive off of the side of the pool.
(6+ years) The child must swim 25 yards with bilateral breathing and 25 yards of backstroke, dive off of the side, and do rudimentary breast stroke and butterfly.
(6+ years) The child must swim 50 yards of front and back crawl with open turns, swim 50 yards of breaststroke and kick 15 yards of butterfly.
(6+ years) The child must swim 100 yards front and back crawl, perform a flip turn, swim 100 yards of breaststroke and 25 yards of butterfly.
Additional Swim Programs
Intro to Synchronized Swimming
(6-18 years) For students who have completed Fish level goals. Learn the basics of synchronized swimming including strokes and transitions, sculling, figures, and putting together a routine. Improve strength and agility in the water while being introduced to a unique and beautiful sport. Class held in the deep end. Participants must be comfortable treading water for an extended period of time.
(6-18 years) This class is for the student who can perform the Shark goals and is interested in preparing for competitive swimming. The course will focus on the continuing development of all 4 competitive strokes, starts, turns, and competitive training techniques.
Challenger Swim Lessons
Children with special needs will have the opportunity to explore the water as a therapeutic medium to strengthen muscles, normalize muscle tone, provide sensory input, stretch tight muscles, body in space awareness and more. There is 1 instructor for 3 students. Caretaker/parent may need to be in the pool with the student.
(13+ years) Young adults special needs aqua cardio class. A weekly shallow water class with activities such as aqua zumba, kickboxing, calisthenics and fun.
This class is for the student who can perform the Flying Fish and Shark goals and is interested in preparing for competitive swimming. The course will focus on the continuing development of all 45 competitive strokes, starts, turns and competitive training techniques.
Private Swim Lessons
Private half-hour, one-on-one swim lessons. Children 5+, adults & teens from beginners to advanced stroke development.