Why the Y for swim lessons?

Certified instructors take a safety-first approach and help students of all ages and skill levels learn at their own pace. This builds confidence in the water and fosters a love for swimming.

We limit our class sizes so students can receive individualized instruction. Our largest classes have a 6:1 instructor ratio. Some classes will have even smaller ratios with more one-on-one time per student.

As a bonus, our warm pool and year-round instruction allow students to build upon their progress and retain skills permanently.

The YMCA has been teaching swim lessons for more than 100 years and we're committed to helping kids, adults, and families become strong, confident swimmers.

If you are interested in private lessons or training for triathlons, open water swimming, or competitive swimming, please contact Kaitlin Pohland, Aquatics Director, at Kaitlin.Pohland@scymca.org.

Which stage is the student ready for?

6 months - 3 years

Parent & Child: Stages A-B

3 years - 5 years

Preschool: Stages 1-4

5 years - 12 years

School Age: Stages 1-6

12+ years

Teen & Adult: Stages 1-6

Review this document to determine the right stage for a student based on their water skills.

Water skills assessment

If you have questions or need assistance selecting the right stage for a student, please contact Kaitlin Pohland, Aquatics Director, at Kaitlin.Pohland@scymca.org.

Stage descriptions

Swim Starters

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. Parents learn about water safety, drowning prevention, and the importance of supervision. 

Swim basics

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.

Swim strokes

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. 


Gator Swim Team

Year-round swim team for all ages.
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Scholarships/financial assistance is available to those who qualify.