YMCA Swimming Lessons

Registration for the next session of Swim Lessons begins Monday, May 27th, 2024 for members and Wednesday, May 29th, 2024 for non-members. Classes begin June 3rd , 2024.

Please call the YMCA at 224-1683 or email the Aquatics Director holly@oaheymca.org for information on instructors.

Lessons Requirements


AGE REQUIREMENTS: Participants in our Parent/Child, which is our infant/toddler program, must be at least 6 months of age, up until 5 years of age.

Participants in our Pre-School Aquatics program must be about 3 years old, up until 5 years of age. We offer 4 levels of pre-school levels.

Participants in our Youth Swim Lesson program, should be 6 years of age and older. We offer 6 levels of Youth Swim Lessons. Levels are grouped by ability.

PARENT OBSERVATION: Unless involved in the parent/child class, parents are not allowed to be on the YMCA pool deck. This is to provide your child with the best possible learning experience.  It is our ambition to help your child grow in their confidence and to progress with their skill level. Parents and guardians are to watch swimming lessons from the observation room located above the YMCA Pool.

PASSING CLASSES: It is not uncommon for a child to stay in a particular level several times before successful completion. It is natural for participants to develop motor skills and become comfortable with water at a different pace. Practicing skills during open and family swim is strongly recommended to improve swim skills.

MISSED CLASSES: Sorry, missed classes cannot be made up; nor are they refundable.


As America’s Swim Instructor, the Y is the most accessible community resource to prevent drowning and encourage a lifelong enjoyment of swimming—teaching more than one million kids a year swimming and water safety skills.

The latest evolution of Y Swim Lessons accommodates varying abilities to help foster a sense of achievement as swimmers’ progress between levels. Through this approach, advanced swimmers flow more easily to higher levels while swimmers who need more instruction can learn at their own pace. This results in more confident swimmers who stick with lessons and develop a love for swimming that can last a lifetime.

Our YMCA Swim Lessons curriculum was developed by a group of aquatic experts and YMCA associations who pooled (pun intended!) their knowledge to help identify and vet a set of skill progressions and supporting activities. The program was then field-tested at YMCAs across the country and modified to be even more effective based on "real pool" experience. The result? A thoughtful, tested curriculum with skill progressions appropriate for participants of all ages and abilities.

There are three general categories of Y Swim Lessons: 

·Swim Starters develops water enrichment and aquatic readiness in children ages 6 months to 3 years. This category focuses on developing swim readiness skills through fun and confidence-building experiences. Parents also learn how to supervise children in the water, how to prevent accidents and how to plan for emergencies.

·Swim Basics 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 introduces and refines stroke technique in older students (school age, teens and adults). 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.


Lesson selector Stage descriptions

Adult Swimming Lessons

Conquer Your Fear | Monday 7:15-8pm

Are you afraid to put your face in the water?  Have you had lessons but still don’t think you are a swimmer? Can you swim but never got the hang of the breathing? Do you think you will sink like a rock? Come and try a whole new way of learning to swim. Guaranteed to conquer your fear of water at your own pace. Contact Holly at 224-1683 or holly@oaheymca.org more information.

Member $19  Non-Member $38

Private Swim Lessons

Are you not able to make the scheduled swim lesson times? Have you always wanted to learn to swim but wanted to work at your own pace? Private lessons may be right for you. We offer private lessons for ALL ages to accommodate to your (and the instructors') schedule. Punch cards are for sale at the front desk which contain four 30 minute lessons.

Prices range from $60.00 depending on the instructor. Contact Holly at 224-1683 or at holly@oaheymca.org for more information. 

Home School Swim Lessons

Swimming lessons, water safety, and water recreation for home-schooled students age 6 and up.  A great way to fulfill P.E. requirements.  Beginners will get comfortable in the water and learn basic skills. Intermediate will add more skills and strokes and refine basic skills. Advanced will refine technique and work on fitness principles. Water Safety and recreation explored at all levels.

Financial assistance available for those who qualify

For more info on YMCA swim lessons contact Holly Hardy, Aquatic Director at 605-224-1683 or holly@oaheymca.org