Youth Development

Swim Lessons & Aquatics

Strong Swimmers = Confident Kids

Nurturing skills and building confidence in the water
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Safety, learning + Fun

At the Y, swimming is a life skill. Our swim lessons prepare kids of all ages to stay safe and have fun in the water, building strong swimmers and confident kids.

Instructor carefully getting a toddler comfortable in the water.

Swim Starters Aquatic Program

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.


A / Water Discovery: Introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment.

B / Water Exploration: Focuses on exploring body positions, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills.

* We define parent broadly to include all adults with primary responsibility for raising children, including biological parents, adoptive parents, guardians, stepparents, grandparents, or any other type of parenting relationship.

Swimming instructor doing an hands-on stroke exercise with a young swimmer.

Swim Basics for Preschool and Pre-teen

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—and jump, push, turn, grab.


1 / Water Acclimation: Increases comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance.

2 / Water Movement: Encourages forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently.

3 / Water Stamina: Develops intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distances than in previous stages.

Children practicing diving technique on pool edge while instructor shows them the proper technique.

Swim Strokes for Preschool and Pre-teen

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.


4 / Stroke Introduction: Introduces basic stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and reinforces water safety through treading water and elementary backstroke.

5 / Stroke Development: Introduces breast-stroke and butterfly and reinforces water safety through treading water and sidestroke.

6 / Stroke Mechanics: Refines stroke technique on all major competitive strokes and encourages swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle.

A group of teens treading water in the pool

Swim Instructors

Instructors nurture skills and building confidence in the water

Y swim instructors are nationally certified. Their training includes CPR, AED, First Aid and Oxygen Administration. Swim lessons provide important life skills that could save a life and will benefit students for a lifetime.

Rates & info

Parent/Tot Group Swim Lessons

  • For babies and toddlers
  • Saturdays 9 AM
  • Cost: $15 for Members
             $20 for Program Participants
  • Parents will be in the water with their child.

Preschool Group Swim Lessons

  • Ages 3 - 5 years old
  • Tues & Thur 4:45 PM / Saturday 9:45 AM
  • Cost: $45 for Members
             $60 for Program Participants
  • Parents will be in the water with the child.

Youth Group Swim Lessons

  • Ages 6 -12 years old
  • Tues & Thur 5:30 PM / Saturday 10:30 AM
  • Cost: $45 for Members
             $60 for Program Participants
  • Parents are in the water with their child if their child is a non-swimmer.
  • Teen & Adult Swim (13+) Lessons are available upon request.

Group Swim Lesson Dates

August 10 - September 4, 2021

September 14 - October 9, 2021

October 19 - November 13, 2021

January 4 - January 29, 2022

February 8 - March 5, 2022

April 5 - April 30, 2022

May 10 - June 4, 2022

Please sign up at the YMCA for Group Swim Lessons.

Private Swim lessons

Private lessons are available and are scheduled as one-on-one with an instructor.

Cost: Members: 1 session $20; 4 sessions $50; 8 sessions $100

Program Participants: 1 session $30; 4 sessions $75; 8 sessions $150

Please sign up at the YMCA for Private Swim Lessons.

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*Classes may be cancelled due to pool or building closures. Classes may or may not be rescheduled due to closures. Instructors may vary. YMCA Swim Lessons also follows the New Castle School Calendar, breaks may affect our schedule.

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