The YMCA Swim Lesson Curriculum is a core group of aquatic skills every person needs to be safe around water. As the foundation of our program, these skills allow students to learn correct swim stroke techniques. Students begin with and build upon skills they are ready to learn, helping them to celebrate their successes, build self-confidence, and enjoy learning to swim and water safety.


Water Acclimation ages 15 and up

Develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water. This class is for people who aren’t yet comfortable going underwater voluntarily.

In this class, you will:

  • Bob to submerge in the water
  • Front and back glide to the wall for five feet with help
  • Front and back float for 10 seconds with help
  • Roll from back to front and front to back with help
  • Jump, push, turn, grab with help
  • Swim, float, swim 10 feet with help
  • Exit the water

Stroke Introduction ages 15 and up

Learn the front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke kick and butterfly kick. This class is for people who aren’t yet able to swim 15 yards of front and back crawl.

In this class, you will:

  • Retrieve an object in waist-deep water
  • Swim on front and back for 15 yards
  • Roll from back to front and front to back
  • Jump, push, turn, grab 10 yards
  • Swim, float, swim 25 yards
  • Exit the water

Stroke Fundamentals ages 18 and up

Swim beginners will learn the basics while experienced swimmers will learn to improve efficiency in the water. Skills will be mastered through drills that will help break bad habits and reinforce proper stroke technique allowing individuals to swim with greater ease and efficiency. This is great for anyone interested in learning to swim for exercise.


Stroke Refinement ages 18 and up

This class offers a blend of fitness and competitive swimming. Using structured workouts, you will work toward improvement on your stroke technique and physical fitness. This is great for triathletes looking to complete the swim portion confidently, in control and with energy left for the bike and run.


Private and Semi-Private Swim Lessons

These lessons give you individualized attention to help improve or master swimming skills. You set the agenda by working with the instructor to determine goals. Curriculum is customized to meet these goals.


Specialty Aquatic Classes

Water lovers of all ages can take skills to the next level with specialty classes like water fitness classes, diving, competitive swimming, triathlon training and more.


Certifications and Trainings

Gain the skills and knowledge you need to provide care and act in an emergency through lifeguard training, CPR training, first aid training or babysitting safety training.