For over 160 years, the Y has been the nation’s leader in teaching people of all ages to swim, so they can stay safe around water and enjoy the pleasures and health benefits of aquatics environments. At the Y, swimming is a life skill that could save a life and will benefit students for a lifetime. Y swim instructors are nationally certified, and their training includes CPR, AED, First Aid and Oxygen Administration.

With a focus on water safety and self-rescue skills, the curriculum begins with basic swimming readiness skills and progresses to stroke introduction, refinement and technique. Through this approach, advanced swimmers flow more easily to higher levels while swimmers who need more instruction can learn at their own pace. This results in more confident swimmers who stick with lessons and develop a love for swimming that can last a lifetime.

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Accompanied by a parent, infants and toddlers learn to be comfortable in the water and develop swim readiness skills through fun and confidence-building experiences, while parents learn about   water safety, drowning prevention, and the importance of supervision.


Parents accompany children in stage A, which introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment through exploration and encourages them to enjoy themselves while learning about the water.


In stage B, parents work with their children to explore body positions, floating, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills.


Students learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by learning two  benchmark skills:
• Swim, float, swim—sequencing front glide, roll, back float, roll, front glide, and exit
• Jump, push, turn, grab


(formerly Pike or Polliwog )

Students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water in stage 1. This stage lays the foundation that allows for a student’s future progress in swimming.


(formerly Eel or Guppy)

In stage 2, students focus on body position and control, directional change, and forward movement in the water while also continuing to practice how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water.


(formerly Ray or Guppy)

In stage 3, students learn how to swim to safety from a longer distance than in previous stages in the event of falling into a body of water. This stage also introduces rhythmic breathing and integrated arm and leg action.


Having mastered the fundamentals, students learn additional water safety skills and build stroke technique, developing skills that prevent chronic disease, increase social-emotional and cognitive well-being, and foster a lifetime of physical activity.


(formerly Starfish or Minnow)

Students in stage 4 develop stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and learn the breaststroke kick and butterfly kick.  Water safety is reinforced through treading water and elementary backstroke.


(formerly Fish/Flying Fish)

Students in stage 5 work on stroke technique and learn all major competitive strokes. The emphasis on water safety continues through treading water and sidestroke.


(formerly Shark)

In stage 6, students refine stroke technique on all major competitive strokes, learn about competitive swimming, and discover how to incorporate swimming into a healthy lifestyle.

Additional Swim Programs

Competitive Stroke

(6-18 years) This class is for the student who can perform the Stroke Mechanics 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.

Challenger Competitive Stroke

For Special Olympics competitive swimmers. Must be registered with Special Olympics New Jersey to register for class.

Adaptive Swim Class

For students with physical or intellectual disabilities. The class will focus on skill progression as outlined in the Special Olympics NJ Aquatics Coaching Guide led by Freehold YMCA Marlins Special Olympics swim team head coach, Tina Duda along with other staff and volunteers


(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 has completed Stroke Development and Stroke Mechanics 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.

Lifeguard Certification Classes

Blended learning course trains candidates to certify in Red Cross lifeguarding, CPR, First Aid, AED and Oxygen administration. Must be 15 yrs. old before the end of the class and able to swim 300 yards continuously with a combination of freestyle and breaststroke. > Learn more


*Some programs may not be available at all locations.

Private Swim Lessons

Private half-hour, one-on-one swim lessons. Children 5+, adults & teens from beginners to advanced stroke development. Membership required.

All lessons must be purchased in block of four lessons per transaction.

Pricing: Private $160/4 lessons | Semi-private $240/4 lessons

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