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.

WHICH STAGE IS THE RIGHT STAGE?

Our Swim Lesson Selector will help you choose the correct swim level for your swimmer.

SWIM LESSON DESCRIPTIONS

What you’ll learn at YMCA swim lessons by level.

Additional Swim Programs

FREEHOLD FAMILY YMCA

Advanced Swimming/Competitive Stroke

Child must be proficient in all 4 strokes and swim 100 yards of Freestyle, Backstroke and Breaststroke & 50 yards of butterfly continuously. They are introduced to Individual Medley and competition starts, turns and finishes. Swimmers will swim laps and demonstrate good form in all strokes. This stage refines stroke technique on all major competitive strokes and encourages swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle. Enhancing skills and building endurance in deep water will also be emphasized. This is the most advanced stage.

Adaptive Aquatics Swim Class

We are happy to offer our diverse learners an opportunity to explore the water in a safe and supportive environment. Swimming aids in relaxation, helps to build muscle and improves overall wellness. Participants could see improvements in balance, muscle tone, and motor skills. Parent/Guardian will be required to be in the water during the class.

The focus will be on water safety and basic swimming skills. Participants will learn basic water safety rules, be introduced to life jackets and why we wear one. This will help the participants learn to have a healthy respect and awareness for water and the aquatic environment as a whole.

Basic swim skills will be taught. Participants learn how to enter and exit the pool safely using stairs/steps, ladder, sidewall. They will learn to float on their backs, blow bubbles and general swim techniques such as paddling, kicking and jumping using a variety of equipment.

Skills are broken down into small, achievable goals. Celebrating each accomplishment builds the self-esteem and confidence necessary to continue the challenges of learning.

American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Classes

Must pass pre-test before being eligible to register for full course. Participants must be 15 by the end of the course. The online portion MUST be completed prior to the start of the course & a printed copy of the email brought to the class. All in-person sessions must be attended in their entirety. > Learn more

Private Swim Lessons

One-on-one swim instruction. 4 – 30 minute private lessons with a swim instructor. All classes must be taken at the time indicated on the lesson agreement.

For more information and availability, contact Christina Huang, 732.727.0704 or chuang@ymcanj.org.

OLD BRIDGE FAMILY YMCA

Advanced Swimming/Competitive Stroke

Child must be proficient in all 4 strokes and swim 100 yards of Freestyle, Backstroke and Breaststroke & 50 yards of butterfly continuously. They are introduced to Individual Medley and competition starts, turns and finishes. Swimmers will swim laps and demonstrate good form in all strokes. This stage refines stroke technique on all major competitive strokes and encourages swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle. Enhancing skills and building endurance in deep water will also be emphasized. This is the most advanced stage.

American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Classes

Must pass pre-test before being eligible to register for full course. Participants must be 15 by the end of the course. The online portion MUST be completed prior to the start of the course & a printed copy of the email brought to the class. All in-person sessions must be attended in their entirety. > Learn more

Private Swim Lessons

One-on-one swim instruction. 4 – 30 minute private lessons with a swim instructor. All classes must be taken at the time indicated on the lesson agreement.

For more information and availability, contact Christina Huang, 732.727.0704 or chuang@ymcanj.org.

RED BANK FAMILY YMCA

Advanced Swimming/Competitive Stroke

Child must be proficient in all 4 strokes and swim 100 yards of Freestyle, Backstroke and Breaststroke & 50 yards of butterfly continuously. They are introduced to Individual Medley and competition starts, turns and finishes. Swimmers will swim laps and demonstrate good form in all strokes. This stage refines stroke technique on all major competitive strokes and encourages swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle. Enhancing skills and building endurance in deep water will also be emphasized. This is the most advanced stage.

Stage 7: Stroke Endurance

Enhance overall swimming skills and build up even more endurance to add to a healthier lifestyle. While students can learn more about fun aquatic activities, instructors will also teach valuable lessons like diving safety.

Stage 8: Stroke Conditioning

Increase endurance in the competitive strokes as well as improving overall swimming skills. Develop skills related to competitive swimming like flip turns, starts, and finishes. Instructors will also teach valuable lessons like how to use a pace clock and how to read a workout.

American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Classes

Must pass pre-test before being eligible to register for full course. Participants must be 15 by the end of the course. The online portion MUST be completed prior to the start of the course & a printed copy of the email brought to the class. All in-person sessions must be attended in their entirety. > Learn more

Private Swim Lessons

One-on-one swim instruction. 4 – 30 minute private lessons with a swim instructor. All classes must be taken at the time indicated on the lesson agreement.

For more information and availability, contact Megan Mansfield, 732.727.0704 or mmansfield@ymcanj.org.