The goal of the Aquatic Department at the Family YMCA is to provide quality instruction to fit the needs and ability levels of each and every participant. We focus on the progression of stroke technique while educating youth and adults on the importance of safety in and around water. Swimming is a lifelong activity. Proper training and education just might save your life one day.  


The Parent/Child and Preschool Aquatic Program is special because it reaches children and parents early in their relationship. Parents and guardians are given guidance on how to develop their children’s abilities and will participate in age-appropriate activities. Together, you and your child will explore a new environment and build skills that add to their growth and development.

A (Water Discovery)

  • 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. Children require a swim diaper.

B (Water Exploration)

  • In stage B, parents work with their children to explore body positions, floating, blowing bubbles, fundamental safety and aquatic skills. Children require a swim diaper.


Family YMCA swim lessons increase the accessibility and enjoyment of swimming to all ages and skill levels.

  • Swim Basics (Stage 1, 2 and 3) develops personal water safety and basic swimming skills in students of all ages. Swimmers develop a high level of comfort in the water by practicing safe water habits, engaging in underwater exploration, and learning how to swim to safety and exit if they fall into a body of water.
  • Swim Strokes (Stage 4, 5, 6) introduces and refines stroke technique. 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.

Swim Basics, Stage 1 / Water Acclimation

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

Swim Basics Stage 2 / Water Movement

  • 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.

Swim Basics Stage 3 / Water Stamina

  • 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.

Swim Strokes, Stage 4 / Stroke Introduction

  • 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.

Youth Swim Strokes, Stage 5 / Stroke Development

  • In stage 5, students work on stroke technique and learn all major competitive strokes. The emphasis on water safety continues through treading water and sidestroke.

Youth Swim Strokes, Stage 6 / Stroke Mechanic

  • 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.

Adult Swim Lessons 

Our adult swim lessons provide a place for swimmers ages 16 and older to learn how to swim in a friendly small group setting 


Private Lessons

Private swim lessons offer personalized instruction tailored to an individual’s specific needs and skill level, allowing for focused and accelerated learning in a one-on-one setting with a qualified instructor. These lessons are ideal for individuals seeking dedicated attention and rapid progress in their swimming abilities.


Life Long Skill

Learning to swim is a lifelong skill that not only promotes water safety but also opens the door to a world of aquatics.

Drowning Prevention 

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning remains the number one cause of injury-related death among children ages 1-4, and the second leading cause of death among 5-14 year olds. Swim lessons have been shown to reduce the risk of drowning by 88%!

Physical / Cognitive Skills

The physical skill of swimming involves coordinated movements of the arms and legs, rhythmic breathing, and body positioning to propel oneself through the water.

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