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HILLSBOROUGH 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, Lisa Slover, via webmail or phone: 908 369 0490.

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 Tuesdays and Thursdays.

To schedule an evaluation, please contact Lisa Slover, Aquatics Director, via webmail or phone: 908 369 0490.
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 Lesson 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 months to 1 year | formerly Skippers)
    Parent/child class in which infants are encouraged to enjoy themselves while learning about the water. No Prerequisite.

  • Water Discovery: Toddler (1 to 2 years | 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/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 (6 to 11 years, formerly Polliwog)
    Develops comfort with underwater exploration and with safely exiting the pool. No prerequisite.

  • Stage 2: Water Movement (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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.

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.

  • Swim Endurance: Teen (12 to 16 years | formerly Teen Advanced)
    Having mastered the competitive strokes of front and back crawl and breaststroke, students will build upon their knowledge and learn butterfly.

Adult Swim Classes & Programs (Ages 17+ years)
  • Swim Basics: 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: 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.

  • U.S. Masters Swimming (Ages 18+ years)
    Our U.S. Masters Swimming program appropriately challenges beginner to competitive swimmers by improving stroke technique. Whether you are a traditional competitive master’s swimmer, an open water swimmer, a triathlete, or you just want to swim for fun, this program is for you! Not only is swimming a life skill, but this program will help you develop a healthier lifestyle through swimming, build friendships through our members, and grow by meeting your personal fitness goals.

    Duration Location
    Member
    Community
    60 min
    Lap Pool
    $30/month
    $100/month

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  • Water Exercise

    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 Lisa Slover at 908 329 0490 or via webmail.

  • Water Yoga
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