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BRIDGEWATER YMCA SWIM LESSONS


If there are no active classes listed under a specific program, please check back for offerings in our next session's swim program. For additional information, please contact the Aquatics Director, Valerie Deraville, via webmail or phone: 908 526 0688.

SWIM CLASSES & PROGRAMS


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Swim Evaluations
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 a complimentary evaluation with us.

Evaluations are held Mon - Thurs at 5:30pm.

To schedule an evaluation, please contact Valerie Deraville, Aquatics Director, via webmail or phone: 908 526 0688 x511.
Private Swim Lessons

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
Family & Open Swim
Throughout the year, family and open swim times are a great way to connect with families and other members. Please check our schedules for family and open swim times.
Infant & Toddler Swim Classes & Programs (Ages 6 months to 3 years)
  • Water Discovery: Infant (6 - 12 months | formerly Skippers)
    Parent/child class in which infants are encouraged to enjoy themselves while learning about the water. No Prerequisite.
  • Water Discovery: Toddler (12 - 24 months | formerly Perch)
    Parent/child class in which toddlers are encouraged to enjoy themselves while learning about the water. No Prerequisite.
  • Water Exploration: Toddler (2 to 3 years | formerly Swim Fundamentals)
    Parent/child class in which toddlers explore body positions, floating, blowing bubbles and fundamental water safety skills. Child should be comfortable entering and exiting pool with parent.
Preschool Swim Classes & Programs (Ages 3 to 5 years)
  • Stage 1: Water Acclimation (3 to 5 years | formerly Pike)
    Develops comfort with underwater exploration and with safely exiting the pool. No prerequisite.

  • Stage 2: Water Movement (3 to 5 years | formerly Pickerel/Eel)
    Focuses on body position and control, directional change and forward movement in the water. Child should be comfortably able to go underwater, to front and back float, and to swim assisted for 10 feet.

  • Stage 3: Water Stamina (3 to 5 years | formerly Eel/Electric Eel)
    Introduces rhythmic breathing, swimming on back, integrated arm and leg action and swimming to safety from a longer distance. Child should be able to float unassisted, to glide off then return to the wall, and to swim on front for 20 feet.

  • Stage 4: Stroke Introduction (3 to 5 years | formerly Ray/Starfish)
    Develops stroke technique in front and back crawl and reinforces water safety through treading water and elementary backstroke. Child should be able to swim on their front and back for 15 yards unassisted and tread water for 15 seconds.

School Age Swim Classes & Programs (Ages 6 years to 11 years)
  • Stage 1: Water Acclimation Class (6 to 11 years, formerly Polliwog)
    Develops comfort with underwater exploration and with safely exiting the pool. No prerequisite.

  • Stage 2: Water Movement Class (6 to 11 years, formerly Tadpole)
    Focuses on body position and control, directional change and forward movement in the water. Child should be comfortably able to go underwater, to front and back float, and to swim unassisted for 20 feet.

  • Stage 3: Water Stamina Class (6 to 11 years | formerly Guppy)
    Introduces rhythmic breathing, swimming on back, integrated arm and leg action and swimming to safety from a longer distance. Child should be able to float unassisted, to glide off then return to the wall, and to swim on front for 25 feet.

  • Stage 4: Stroke Introduction Class (6 to 11 years | formerly Minnow)
    Develops stroke technique in front and back crawl, introduces breaststroke and reinforces water safety through treading water and elementary backstroke. Child should be able to swim on their front and back for 25 yards unassisted and tread water for 30 seconds.

  • Stage 5: Stroke Development Class (6 to 11 years | formerly Fish)
    Continues work on stroke technique, teaches all major competitive strokes and reinforces water safety through treading water and sidestroke. Child should be able to swim front and back crawl for 50 yards, have knowledge of breaststroke, and tread water for 45 seconds.

  • Stage 6: Stroke Mechanics Class (6 to 11 years | formerly Flying Fish/Shark)
    Refines technique on all major competitive strokes, introduces competitive swimming and incorporates swimming into a healthy lifestyle. Child should be able to swim front crawl, back crawl, and breaststroke for 100 yards and have knowledge of butterfly kick.

  • Stage 7: Stroke Endurance Class (6 to 11 years | formerly Shark/Stroke Mechanics)
    Improves stroke technique and utilizes longer distance swimming to build endurance. Child should be able to swim front crawl, back crawl and breaststroke for 100 yards with little correction and be able to complete 50 yards of butterfly kick.

  • Stage 8: Stroke Refinement, Starts & Turns Class (8 to 11 years | formerly Intro to Competitive Swim)
    Explores competitive swimming to include developing swimming strokes and learning how to do starts and flip turns. Child should be able to swim all four competitive strokes for 100 yards with little correction and have basic knowledge of diving.

  • Learn to Dive: Beginner (7+ years)
    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.

    * Younger divers may be accommodated upon evaluation.

  • Learn to Dive: Intermediate/Advanced (7+ years)
    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.

  • F.A.S.T. Clinic (7 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.

    *Additional F.A.S.T. Clinics are offered for children ages 11-14 under Teen Swim Classes & Programs.


Teen Swim Classes & Programs (Ages 12 to 16 years)
  • Swim Basics: Teen (12 to 16 years | formerly Teen Beginner)
    Introduces personal water safety, basic swimming skills and the fundamentals of front and back crawl. No Prerequisite.

  • Swim Strokes: Teen (12 to 16 years | formerly Teen Intermediate)
    Builds upon water safety skills and front and back crawl mastered in Swim Basics, while building stroke technique and introducing breaststroke and swimming for fitness.Builds upon water safety skills and front and back crawl mastered in Swim Basics, while building stroke technique and introducing breaststroke and swimming for fitness.

  • Swim Endurance: Teen (12 to 16 years | formerly Teen Advanced)
    If there are no classes listed, please check back in October for offerings in our fall II swim program. For additional information, please contact your aquatics director.

  • F.A.S.T. Clinic (11 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.

Adult Swim Classes & Programs (Ages 17+ years)
  • Swim Basics Class: Adult (17+ years | formerly Adult Beginner)
    Introduces personal water safety, basic swimming skills and the fundamentals of front and back crawl. No Prerequisite.

  • Swim Strokes Class: Adult (17+ years | formerly Adult Intermediate)
    Builds upon water safety skills and front and back crawl mastered in Swim Basics, while building stroke technique and introducing breaststroke and swimming for fitness.

  • Water Exercise Programs

    Water exercise is great for adults of all ages and abilities looking for fun and fitness in a low impact environment. Classes are offered in the daytime and on some evenings as well as “on your own” opportunities to water walk and do your own workout routine.

    Water Exercise Schedule

    For more information, please contact Bridgewater YMCA at 908 526 0688.

Safety Around Water (Ages 3 to 10 years)
Knowing how to swim is not a luxury; it is a necessity. The YMCA’s free Safety Around Water swim program (held in May during Water Safety Month) can help you make sure your children learn essential water safety skills, which can open up a world of possibilities for them to satisfy their curiosity safely.

Learn more about the Safety Around Water Program
SVY Swim Team
The eight-time NJYMCA State Champion SVY swim team has over 400 swimmers who practice at the Bridgewater, Somerville, and Hillsborough branches. SVY is led by ASCA and USA Swimming certified professional swim coaches, and is a Bronze Medal program recognized by USA Swimming as one of the top-200 teams in the nation. The swimmers ages range from 6 to 18 years and the team competes year-round in YMCA and USA-sanctioned meets.
 
  • Swimmers are placed in practice groups based on age and ability.
  • The primary season runs from September through March and swimmers have the opportunity to compete on a dual meet team and in championship meets.
  • Summer long course season runs from April through July.

Learn more about joining the team

Swim the Seas
Join our 8-week Swim the Seas Program from October 23 – December 17 and challenge yourself to a virtual swim across the English Channel. Swim at Bridgewater YMCA and Somerville YMCA as often as you like, anywhere from 2 to 40+ miles, to achieve your own personal goal. Log your swims and total mileage, which will be posted weekly. Most of all, have fun!

To participate, complete the Fall 2017 Swim the Seas registration form and return to the Aquatics Director. Check the schedule for open swim times.

For more information, please contact Barb Adam via webmail or at 908 526 0688.