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Swim Lessons for Kids


Swimming is a vital skill that makes life safer and more fun. Over the years at the Y, we have taught thousands of children and adolescents to swim, which has helped to minimize the risk of drowning in our community. YMCA swim lessons build self-esteem, confidence and fitness.

Experienced instructors offer group and private swim lessons for all ages and abilities at  Bridgewater, Hillsborough, Somerset Hills and Somerville YMCAs. Swim lessons are offered year-round. You will find an online registration button with each class description below.

For more information on Bridgewater YMCA's programs, please contact Valerie Deraville at 908 526 0688 or by email.

For more information on Hillsborough YMCA's programs, please contact Lisa Slover at 908 369 0490 or by email.

For more information on Somerset Hills YMCA's programs, please contact Duke Munzer at 908 766 7898 x518 or email.

For more information on Somerville YMCA's programs, please contact Frank Oliver at 908 722 4567 or by email.

Bridgewater YMCA

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Swim Evaluations (Ages 3 years to 10 years)
Our swim lessons are specifically tailored to the participant’s age, swimming ability, level of physical development and confidence in the water. Participants will advance in the program as they become more skilled in the water.

If you have any questions about the appropriate level for your child, please schedule an evaluation with us. You may schedule a swim evaluation to determine your child's level as follows:

Swim Level Evaluations
Mon - Thurs

5:30 - 6:00 pm

To schedule an evaluation, please call Valerie Deraville, Aquatics Director, at 908 526 0688 x511.
Preschool Swim Lessons (Ages 3 years to 5 years)

A high instructor-to-child ratio makes these classes very popular.

  • Pike (Ages 3 years to 5 years)

    Introductory swim lesson. No knowledge or experience required. 

  • Pickerel (Ages 3 years to 5 years)

    Intermediate beginner, should be able to swim unassisted while wearing a bubble. Swimmers should be able to maintain a horizontal position while kicking feet.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

  • Eel (Ages 3 years to 5 years)

    Intermediate beginner, should be able to swim 6 - 10 feet unassisted in horizontal position.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

  • Electric Eel (Ages 3 years to 5 years)

    Advanced Beginner, should be able to swim 50 feet unassisted in a horizontal position on front and back.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

  • Ray (Ages 3 years to 5 years)

    Intermediate, the child must be able to swim 25 yards unassisted in a horizontal position on front and back while kicking feet.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

  • Starfish (Ages 3 years to 5 years)

    Intermediate/Advanced, must be able to swim 20 - 25 yards of rudimentary freestyle with rotary breathing and backstroke.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

Kids Swim Lessons (Ages 5 years to 7 years)
  • Betta Fish (Ages 5 years to 7 years)

    Advanced, must be able to swim 50 yards each of freestyle and backstroke with minor correction and should have basic knowledge of breaststroke.

    Classes are 45 minutes long.

Youth Swim Lessons (Ages 6 years to 10 years)
  • Polliwog (Ages 6 years to 10 years)

    Introductory swim lesson with no knowledge or experience required.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

  • Tadpole (Ages 6 years to 10 years)

    Should be able to swim 50 feet unassisted in a horizontal position on front and back.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

  • Guppy (Ages 6 years to 10 years)

    Should be able to swim 20-25 yards of freestyle with rotary breathing and backstroke.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

  • Minnow (6 years to 10 years)

    Must be able to swim 50 yards each of freestyle and backstroke with minor correction and should have basic knowledge of breaststroke.

    Classes are 45 minutes long.

  • Fish (Ages 6 years to 10 years)

    Must be able to swim 100 yards of backstroke and freestyle with rotary breathing both with little stroke correction. Swimmers should have intermediate knowledge of breaststroke.

    Classes are 45 minutes

  • Flying Fish (Ages 6 years to 10 years)

    Must be able to swim 150 yards of backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle with rotary breathing and with little stroke correction.

    Classes are 45 minutes long.

  • Shark (Ages 6 years to 10 years)

    Must be able to swim all 4 competitive strokes and a 200 individual medley with minimal correction.

    Classes are 45 minutes long.

  • Stroke Mechanics (Age 6 years to 10 years)

    Improve techniques in strokes and turns. Approval by prior instructor or aquatics director required.

    Classes are 60 minutes long.

F.A.S.T. Swim Clinic (Ages 7 years to 14 years)
  • F.A.S.T. (Ages 7 years to 10 years)

    The F.A.S.T. (Fitness and Stroke Technique) Swim Clinic is a 2-day/week swim practice, for kids age 7 years through 10 years, focused on conditioning and stroke mechanics and stroke refinement. A swim evaluation is required. Must be a YMCA member.

    Participants should be able to swim the four competitive strokes (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly) with little correction and should also be comfortable swimming multiple laps over a period of time while taking direction.

    Classes are 60 minutes long.

  • F.A.S.T. (Ages 11 years to 14 years)

    The F.A.S.T. (Fitness and Stroke Technique) Swim Clinic is a 2-day/week swim practice, for kids age 11 years through 14 years, focused on conditioning and stroke mechanics and stroke refinement. A swim evaluation is required. Must be a YMCA member.

    Participants should be able to swim the four competitive strokes (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly) with little correction and should also be comfortable swimming multiple laps over a period of time while taking direction.

    Classes are 60 minutes long.

Diving Lessons (Ages 7 years and above)
  • Learn to Dive Beginner (Ages 7 years and above)

    Participants learn the proper technique to dive from a springboard. No experience necessary. Divers must be able to swim 25 meters, tread water for 2 minutes and be comfortable entering the water head first.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

    ** Younger divers may be accommodated upon evaluation.


  • Learn to Dive Intermediate/Advanced (Ages 7 years and above)

    Moving beyond the basics, divers increase their springboard skills. All participants must have instructor’s approval to register. Please contact the Welcome Center to schedule an evaluation.

    Classes are 60 minutes long.

Pre-Teen Swim Lessons (Ages 9 years to 16 years)
  • Pre-Teen Beginner (Ages 9 years to 16 years)

    Equivalent to Youth levels: Polliwog and Tadpole. Participants will learn floating, breath control, and basic freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke.

    Classes are 45 minutes long.

  • Pre-Teen Intermediate (Age 9 years to 16 years)

    Equivalent to Youth levels: Guppy, Minnow, Fish. Must complete 25 yds each of rudimentary freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke.

    Classes are 45 minutes long.

  • Pre-Teen Advanced (Ages 9 years to 16 years)

    Equivalent to Flying Fish and Shark at youth level. Must complete 50 yards each of coordinated freestyle, backstroke and breastroke.

    Classes are 45 minutes long.

Private Swim Lessons (For members ages 3 years and above)

Swimming is a vital life skill. Understanding water safety and how to swim minimizes the risk of drowning while building self-reliance. The Y’s skilled and patient swim instructors offer lessons for all ages and abilities.

Private Swim Lessons Request Form
Boy Scout & Girl Scout Swim Programs (Ages 3 years to 18 years)

Boy Scout and Girl Scout Troops may earn swimming badges and complete swim test requirements at the YMCA. Please contact our Aquatics Department to schedule time with an instructor.

For more information, troop leaders may contact Valerie Deraville, Aquatics Director at 908 526 0688 or email.

Learn more about Boy Scout and Girl Scout programs at the Y

Hillsborough YMCA

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Swim Evaluations (Ages 3 years to 13 years)
Our swim lessons are specifically tailored to the participant’s age, swimming ability, level of physical development and confidence in the water. Participants will advance in the program as they become more skilled in the water.

If you have any questions about the appropriate level for your child, please schedule an evaluation with us. You may schedule a swim evaluation to determine your child's level as follows:

Swim Level Evaluations
Tuesdays and Thursdays



To schedule an evaluation, please call Lisa Slover, Aquatics Director, at 908 369 0490.
Parent/Child Swim Lessons (Ages 6 months to 3 ½ years)

Parents and their children can bond together while the child learns how to swim in a structured but relaxed setting.

  • Skippers (Ages 6 months to 16 months)

    Parent/child class in which children learn basic water skills through developmentally appropriate songs and games. No prerequisite.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

  • Perch (Ages 16 months to 3 years)

    Parent/child class in which children learn basic breath control, front line streamlining, and back floats through developmentally appropriate songs and games. No prerequisite.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

  • Swim Fundamentals 1 (Ages 20 months to 3 1/2 years)

    Parent/child class. Children must have completed Perch. Child should be able to hold breath out of the water for 10 seconds, complete an assisted front and back float, and swim unassisted with floatation.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

Preschool Swim Lessons (Ages 3 years to 5 years)

A high instructor-to-child ratio makes these classes very popular.

  • Pike (Ages 3 years to 5 years)

    Introductory swim lesson. No knowledge or experience required. 

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

  • Pickerel (Ages 3 years to 5 years)

    Intermediate beginner, should be able to swim unassisted while wearing a bubble. Swimmers should be able to maintain a horizontal position while kicking feet.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

  • Eel (Ages 3 years to 5 years)

    Intermediate beginner, should be able to swim 6 - 10 feet unassisted in horizontal position.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

  • Electric Eel (Ages 3 years to 5 years)

    Advanced Beginner, should be able to swim 50 feet unassisted in a horizontal position on front and back.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

  • Ray (Ages 3 years to 5 years)

    Intermediate, the child must be able to swim 25 yards unassisted in a horizontal position on front and back while kicking feet.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

  • Starfish (Ages 3 years to 5 years)

    Intermediate/Advanced, must be able to swim 20 - 25 yards of rudimentary freestyle with rotary breathing and backstroke.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

Kids Swim Lessons (Ages 5 years to 7 years)
  • Betta Fish (Ages 5 years to 7 year)

    Advanced, must be able to swim 50 yards each of freestyle and backstroke with minor correction and should have basic knowledge of breaststroke.

    Classes are 45 minutes long.

Youth Swim Lessons (Ages 6 years to 14 years)
  • Polliwog (Ages 6 years to 10 years)

    Introductory swim lesson with no knowledge or experience required.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

  • Tadpole (Ages 6 years to 10 years)

    Should be able to swim 50 feet unassisted in a horizontal position on front and back.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

  • Guppy (Ages 6 years to 10 years)

    Should be able to swim 20-25 yards of freestyle with rotary breathing and backstroke.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

  • Minnow (Ages 6 years to 10 years)

    Must be able to swim 50 yards each of freestyle and backstroke with minor correction and should have basic knowledge of breaststroke.

    Classes are 45 minutes long.

  • Fish (Ages 6 years to 10 years)

    Must be able to swim 100 yards of backstroke and freestyle with rotary breathing both with little stroke correction. Swimmers should have intermediate knowledge of breaststroke.

    Classes are 45 minutes

  • Flying Fish (Ages 6 years to 10 years)

    Must be able to swim 150 yards of backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle with rotary breathing and with little stroke correction.

    Classes are 45 minutes long.

  • Shark (Ages 6 years to 10 years)

    Must be able to swim all 4 competitive strokes and a 200 individual medley with minimal correction.

    Classes are 45 minutes long.

  • Stroke Mechanics (Ages 8 years to 11 years)

    Improve techniques in strokes and turns. Approval by prior instructor or aquatics director required.

    Classes are 45 minutes long.

  • Intro to Competitive Swim 1 (Ages 7 years to 9 years)

    Develop and improve the four strokes. Must have completed Flying Fish or Shark or have approval to register.

    Classes are 60 minutes long.

  • Intro to Competitive Swim 2 (Ages 10 years to 12 years)

    Develop and improve the four strokes. Must have completed Flying Fish or Shark or have approval to register.

    Classes are 60 minutes long.

Pre-Teen Swim Lessons (Ages 9 years to 16 years)
  • Pre-Teen Beginner (Ages 9 years to 13 years)

    Equivalent to Youth levels: Polliwog and Tadpole. Participants will learn floating, breath control, and basic freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke.

    Classes are 45 minutes long.

  • Pre-Teen Intermediate (Ages 9 years to 13 years)

    Equivalent to Youth levels: Guppy, Minnow, Fish. Must complete 25 yds each of rudimentary freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke.

    Classes are 45 minutes long.

Private Swim Lessons (For members ages 3 years and above)

Swimming is a vital life skill. Understanding water safety and how to swim minimizes the risk of drowning while building self-reliance. The Y’s skilled and patient swim instructors offer lessons for all ages and abilities.

Private Swim Lesson Request Form 
Boy Scout & Girl Scout Swim Programs (Ages 3 years to 18 years)

Boy Scout and Girl Scout Troops may earn swimming badges and complete swim test requirements at the YMCA. Please contact our Aquatics Department to schedule time with an instructor.

For more information, troop leaders may contact Lisa Slover, Aquatics Director at 908 369 0490 or email.

Learn more about Boy Scout and Girl Scout programs at the Y

  • Cub Scout Swim Program (Ages 3 years to 6 years)

    Join us with your Cub Scout Pack  to complete your swimming badge or swim test requirements.

    Session lengths depend on the number of swimmers and skills.

  • Boy Scouts Swim Program (Ages 7 years to 18 years)

    Join us with your Boy Scout Pack  to complete your swimming badge or swim test requirements.

    Session lengths depend on the number of swimmers and skills.

  • Girl Scouts Swim Program (Ages 3 years to 6 years)

    Join us with your troop to complete your swimming badge or swim test requirements.

    Session lengths depend on the number of swimmers and skills.

Somerset Hills YMCA

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Swim Evaluations (Ages 3 years to 13 years)
Our swim lessons are specifically tailored to the participant’s age, swimming ability, level of physical development and confidence in the water. Participants will advance in the program as they become more skilled in the water.

If you have any questions about the appropriate level for your child, please schedule an evaluation with us. You may drop-in for a swim evaluation to determine your child's level as follows:

Drop-in Swim Level Evaluations
Friday
Jan 15
4:00 - 4:30 pm
Saturday
Jan 16
1:15 - 1:45 pm
Monday
Jan 18
3:30 - 3:50 pm
Parent/Child Swim Lessons (Ages 6 months to 3 ½ years)

Parents and their children can bond together while the child learns how to swim in a structured but relaxed setting.

  • Skippers (Ages 6 months to 16 months)

    Parent/child class in which children learn basic water skills through developmentally appropriate songs and games. No prerequisite.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

  • Perch (Ages 16 months to 3 years)

    Parent/child class in which children learn basic breath control, front line streamlining, and back floats through developmentally appropriate songs and games. No prerequisite.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

  • Swim Fundamentals 1 (Ages 20 months to 3 1/2 years)

    Parent/child class. Children must have completed Perch. Child should be able to hold breath out of the water for 10 seconds, complete an assisted front and back float, and swim unassisted with floatation.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

  • Swim Fundamentals 2 (Ages 20 months to 3 1/2 years)

    Parent/child class. Children must have completed Swim Fundamentals 1. Child must be able to hold breath for 3 seconds in water, completely submerge, jump in, and swim with little to no floatation.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

Swim School (Ages 3 years to 5 years)

School year swim lessons run from September through June and meet for 30 minutes each week. Kids benefit from the consistency of continuous learning, and parents do not have to re-enroll kids each session. The same instructor teaches each lesson, which helps build trust. Group swim lessons are limited to 3 participants allowing for more personal attention and instruction based on individual needs and abilities. Additionally, participants have the choice of a private swim lesson, semi-private or group swim lessons.

For more information, please contact Suzi Pellegrino at 908 766 7898 x604 or email.

Swim School Form

Preschool Swim Lessons (Ages 3 years to 5 years)

A high instructor-to-child ratio makes these classes very popular.

  • Pike (Ages 3 years to 5 years)

    Introductory swim lesson. No knowledge or experience required.

    Classes are 30 minutes long. ​

  • Pickerel (Ages 3 years to 5 years)

    Just right for the intermediate beginner swimmer, the child should be able to swim unassisted while wearing a bubble, as well as maintain a horizontal position while kicking their feet.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

  • Eel (Ages 3 years to 5 years)

    Intermediate beginner, should be able to swim 6 - 10 feet unassisted in horizontal position.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

  • Electric Eel (Ages 3 years to 5 years)

    Advanced Beginner, should be able to swim 50 feet unassisted in a horizontal position on front and back.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

  • Ray (Ages 3 years to 5 years)

    Intermediate, the child must be able to swim 25 yards unassisted in a horizontal position on front and back while kicking feet.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

  • Starfish (Ages 3 years to 5 years)

    Intermediate/Advanced, must be able to swim 20 - 25 yards of rudimentary freestyle with rotary breathing and backstroke.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

S.T.A.R.S. Swim Lessons for Children with Special Needs (Ages 3 years to 12 years)
S.T.A.R.S. (Sharing Therapies And Realizing Self Strengths) Swim Lessons for children with special needs group children together based on similar abilities and guide them through swim lessons in a smaller staff-to-student ratio than traditional swim classes. To select the appropriate class for your child, please see class descriptions on our Swim Lessons for Kids page. For children who require individual attention, please inquire about our Private Swim Lessons.

  • S.T.A.R.S. Beginner (Ages 3 years to 12 years)

    This class is designed to mirror a typical Pike, Pickerel, Eel or Polliwog YMCA swim class, with the ultimate goal of moving participants to a traditional swim class. 1:3 ratio.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

  • S.T.A.R.S. Advanced Beginner (Ages 3 years to 12 years)
    This class is designed to mirror a typical Electric Eel, Ray or Tadpole YMCA swim class, with the ultimate goal of moving participants to a traditional swim class. 1:3 ratio.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

  • S.T.A.R.S. Intermediate (Ages 3 years to 12 years)
    This class is designed to mirror a typical Guppy or Starfish YMCA swim class, with the ultimate goal of moving participants to a traditional swim class. 1:3 ratio.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

Kids Swim Lessons (Ages 5 years to 7 years)
  • Betta Fish (Ages 5 years to 7 years)

    Advanced, must be able to swim 50 yards each of freestyle and backstroke with minor correction and should have basic knowledge of breaststroke.

    Classes are 45 minutes long.

Youth Swim Lessons (Ages 6 years to 10 years)
  • Polliwog (Ages 6 years to 10 years)

    Introductory swim lesson with no knowledge or experience required.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

  • Tadpole (Ages 6 years to 10 years)

    Should be able to swim 50 feet unassisted in a horizontal position on front and back.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

  • Guppy (Ages 6 years to 10 years)

    Should be able to swim 20-25 yards of freestyle with rotary breathing and backstroke.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

  • Minnow (Ages 6 years to 10 years)

    Must be able to swim 50 yards each of freestyle and backstroke with minor correction and should have basic knowledge of breaststroke.

    Classes are 45 minutes long.

  • Fish (Ages 6 years to 10 years)

    Must be able to swim 100 yards of backstroke and freestyle with rotary breathing both with little stroke correction. Swimmers should have intermediate knowledge of breaststroke.

    Classes are 45 minutes long.

  • Flying Fish (Ages 6 years to 10 years)

    Must be able to swim 150 yards of backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle with rotary breathing and with little stroke correction.

    Classes are 45 minutes long.

  • Shark (Ages 6 years to 10 years)

    Must be able to swim all 4 competitive strokes and a 200 individual medley with minimal correction.

    Classes are 45 minutes long.

Pre-Teen Swim Lessons (Ages 9 years to 16 years)
  • Pre-Teen Beginner (Ages 9 years to 16 years)

    Equivalent to Youth levels: Polliwog and Tadpole. Participants will learn floating, breath control, and basic freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke.

    Classes are 45 minutes long.

  • Pre-Teen Intermediate (Age 9 years to 16 years)

    Equivalent to Youth levels: Guppy, Minnow, Fish. Must complete 25 yds each of rudimentary freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke.

    Classes are 45 minutes long.

  • Pre-Teen Advanced (Ages 9 years to 16 years)

    Equivalent to Flying Fish and Shark at youth level. Must complete 50 yards each of coordinated freestyle, backstroke and breastroke.

    Classes are 45 minutes long.)

F.A.S.T. Swim Clinic (Ages 7 years to 14 years)

The F.A.S.T. (Fitness and Stroke Technique) Swim Clinic is a 2-day/week swim practice, for kids age 7 years through 14 years, focused on conditioning and stroke mechanics and stroke refinement. A swim evaluation is required. Must be a YMCA member. Practice group is based on age as of December 1.

Participants should be able to swim the four competitive strokes (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly) with little correction. Candidates should also be comfortable swimming multiple laps over a period of time while taking direction.

For more information, please contact Suzi Pellegrino at 908 766 7898 x604 or email.

  • F.A.S.T. Tryouts
    Ages 8-10 years - 6:00pm
    Ages 11-14 years - 7:00pm

Private Swim Lessons (For members ages 3 years and above)

Swimming is a vital life skill. Understanding water safety and how to swim minimizes the risk of drowning while building self-reliance. The Y’s skilled and patient swim instructors offer lessons for all ages and abilities.

Private Swim Lessons Request Form
Boy Scout & Girl Scout Swim Badges (Grades K to 12)

Boy Scout and Girl Scout Troops may earn swimming badges and complete swim test requirements at the YMCA. Please contact our Aquatics Department to schedule time with an instructor.

For more information, troop leaders can contact Duke Munzer at 908 766 7898 x604 or by email.

Learn more about Boy Scout and Girl Scout programs at the Y

Somerville YMCA

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Swim Evalutions (Ages 3 years to 10 years)
Our swim lessons are specifically tailored to the participant’s age, swimming ability, level of physical development and confidence in the water. Participants will advance in the program as they become more skilled in the water.

If you have any questions about the appropriate level for your child, please schedule an evaluation with us. You may schedule a swim evaluation to determine your child's level as follows:

Swim Level Evaluations
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays

6:00 - 6:30 pm

To schedule an evaluation, please call Frank Oliver, Aquatics Director, at 908 722 4567 x625.
Parent/Child Swim Lessons (Ages 6 months to 3 ½ years)

Parents and their children can bond together while the child learns how to swim in a structured but relaxed setting.

  • Skippers (Ages 6 months to 16 months)

    Parent/child class in which children learn basic water skills through developmentally appropriate songs and games. No prerequisite.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

  • Perch (Ages 16 months to 3 years)

    Parent/child class in which children learn basic breath control, front line streamlining, and back floats through developmentally appropriate songs and games. No prerequisite.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

  • Skippers/Perch (Ages 16 months to 3 years)

    Parent/child class in which children learn basic breath control, front line streamlining, and back floats through developmentally appropriate songs and games. No prerequisite. 

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

  • Swim Fundamentals 1 (Ages 20 months to 3 1/2 years)

    Parent/child class. Children must have completed Perch. Child should be able to hold breath out of the water for 10 seconds, complete an assisted front and back float, and swim unassisted with floatation.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

Preschool Swim Lessons (Ages 3 years to 5 years)

A high instructor-to-child ratio makes these classes very popular.

  • Pike (Ages 3 years to 5 years)

    Introductory swim lesson. No knowledge or experience required. 

  • Pickerel (Ages 3 years to 5 years)

    Intermediate beginner, should be able to swim unassisted while wearing a bubble. Swimmers should be able to maintain a horizontal position while kicking feet.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

  • Eel (Ages 3 years to 5 years)

    Intermediate beginner, should be able to swim 6 - 10 feet unassisted in horizontal position.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

  • Electric Eel (Ages 3 years to 5 years)

    Advanced Beginner, should be able to swim 50 feet unassisted in a horizontal position on front and back.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

  • Ray (Ages 3 years to 5 years)

    Intermediate, the child must be able to swim 25 yards unassisted in a horizontal position on front and back while kicking feet.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

  • Starfish (Ages 3 years to 5 years)

    Intermediate/Advanced, must be able to swim 20 - 25 yards of rudimentary freestyle with rotary breathing and backstroke.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

Kids Swim Lessons (Ages 5 years to 7 years)
  • Betta Fish (Ages 5 years to 7 years)

    Advanced, must be able to swim 50 yards each of freestyle and backstroke with minor correction and should have basic knowledge of breaststroke.

    Classes are 45 minutes long.

Youth Swim Lessons (Ages 6 years to 14 years)
  • Polliwog (Ages 6 years to 10 years)

    Introductory swim lesson with no knowledge or experience required.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

  • Tadpole (Ages 6 years to 10 years)

    Should be able to swim 50 feet unassisted in a horizontal position on front and back.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

  • Guppy (Ages 6 years to 10 years)

    Should be able to swim 20-25 yards of freestyle with rotary breathing and backstroke.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

  • Minnow (6 years to 10 years)

    Must be able to swim 50 yards each of freestyle and backstroke with minor correction and should have basic knowledge of breastroke).

    Classes are 45 minutes long.

  • Fish (Ages 6 years to 10 years)

    Must be able to swim 100 yards of backstroke and freestyle with rotary breathing both with little stroke correction. Swimmers should have intermediate knowledge of breaststroke.

    Classes are 45 minutes

  • Flying Fish (Ages 6 years to 10 years)

    Must be able to swim 150 yards of backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle with rotary breathing both with little stroke correction.

    Classes are 45 minutes long.

Private Swim Lessons (For members ages 3 years and above)
Swimming is a vital life skill. Understanding water safety and how to swim minimizes the risk of drowning while building self-reliance. The Y’s skilled and patient swim instructors offer lessons for all ages and abilities.

Private Swim Lessons Request Form
Boy Scout & Girl Scout Swim Program (Ages 3 years to 18 years)

Boy Scout and Girl Scout Troops may earn swimming badges and complete swim test requirements at the YMCA. Please contact our Aquatics Department to schedule time with an instructor.

For more information, troop leaders can contact Frank Oliver at 908 722 4567 or by email.

Learn more about Boy Scout and Girl Scout programs at the Y

  • Cub Scout Swim Program (Ages 3 years to 6 years)

    Join us with your Cub Scout Pack to complete your swimming badge or swim test requirements.

    Session lengths depend on the number of swimmers and skills.

  • Boy Scouts Swim Program (Ages 7 years to 18 years)

    Join us with your Boy Scout Pack to complete your swimming badge or swim test requirements.

    Session lengths depend on the number of swimmers and skills.

  • Girl Scouts Swim Program (Ages 3 years to 18 years)

    Join us with your troop to complete your swimming badge or swim test requirements.

    Session lengths depend on the number of swimmers and skills.