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Aquatic Director at your local Y to schedule a free skill-level assessment. 

The Y is committed to keeping class and lesson sizes small so swimmers get the expert, personal attention they need to succeed. Review these tips for what to expect, what to wear and what to bring to YMCA Swim Lessons:

Heath and Safety During COVID-19

To ensure the health and safety of our participants and staff, we have made updates to some of our procedures. Please review the following information so you can be best prepared when you arrive for lessons!

  • Swim lesson participants need to wear a mask until class begins in the water and put it back on immediately after class ends. Masks should not be worn while in the pool or on the splash pads. Masks are required in the pool area for those 5 years through adult waiting or observing swim lessons.
  • We strongly encourage all participants to come dressed and ready to swim when you arrive at the Y. This helps keep the locker rooms open for after-lesson showers.
  • We encourage only one adult per family accompany kids to lessons.  Space will be limited and deck seating may not be available.
  • Please bring your own goggles! The Y will not have shared goggles for participants to use.
  • Check in with the Deck Manager once you arrive. They will help direct you to where you can wait for lessons and where to meet your child after their lesson has ended.
  • Please avoid arriving on the pool deck more than 5 minutes before your lesson starts.

Additionally, we have increased our safety measures and cleaning protocols surrounding our swim lessons:

  • Instructors will not be using face-to-face holds. They will be using modified side holds or other floating devices.
  • Lane lines will be removed from the pool to increase space for participants to work.
  • There will be a 10 minute break between each lesson for instructors to disinfect equipment and high touch areas.

Signing up

  • You don’t need to be a member of the Y to take swimming lessons, but members receive a discount on lessons and classes
  • If you’re not sure which lesson to sign up for, review the Lesson Selector
  • If you need help registering more than one child for lessons, download the Swim Lessons schedule for your local Y, or contact an Aquatic Director

What to bring to lessons

  • Photo ID
  • Clothes, street shoes, diaper bags and other personal items can be stored in the locker rooms; bring your own lock and leave your valuables at home
  • A family-appropriate and clean swimsuit is required for all class and lesson participants
  • Tight-fitting rubber or plastic pants are required for children who are not yet potty-trained
  • Those who chill easily may benefit from a swim shirt or ear bands (note: all pools are heated)
  • Sandals or flip-flops are permitted in the pool area—street shoes are not
  • Goggles are permitted in the pool—masks and snorkels are not (unless otherwise noted)
  • Towels are permitted in the pool area

Arriving for lessons

  • All class and lesson participants must shower with soap before entering the pool
  • Using the restroom is encouraged before entering the pool

On the first day of lessons

  • If your or your child has a fear of water, or had a bad experience with water, arrive at your class or lesson a little early to inform the instructor
  • Check in with the deck manager on the first day of lessons

Other expectations

  • Parents of children age six years and under must remain in the pool area during lessons
  • Review our policies designed to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable time at the pool
  • The pool might be available to Y members before or after lessons for open swimming—check your local Y pool schedule
  • We understand that schedules change, and you may not be able to attend the lesson day/time you registered for. Review our change and cancel policies here.

Accommodation process

The Y considers the individual needs of every person and the ability of the program to meet those needs. Please inform the Y during the enrollment process if you or a family member requires any special accommodation. This information enables the Y to better meet your needs or those of a family member, within available resources and to the extent reasonable. All staff that will be working with you or a family member with special needs will be informed of how to care for or meet those needs.