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What's Your Swim Stage?

We’re saying goodbye to the fish names for classes and hello to an upgraded Y Swim Lesson curriculum. Our new class names more closely align with the skills built in each stage. If you’re new to Y Swim Lessons or unsure which stage is best for you or your child, below are two options that can help: the Swim Lesson Selector Card provides a quick overview to help you understand the new program and the interactive Stage Selector Tool below guides you through an easy assessment to help you quickly determine what swim class to take and when you need to schedule a free swim evaluation. If you are unsure, it is important that you contact the aquatics director at your branch to ensure the best swim stage placement.


Swim Lesson Selector Tool (please follow questions from top to bottom):
Can the student respond to verbal cues and jump on land?
If you answered NOT YET to this question, your child is in: 

Stage A: Water Discovery



Find an Infant & Toddler Swim Class:
Bridgewater YMCA
Hillsborough YMCA
Somerset Hills YMCA
Somerville YMCA

If you answered YES, proceed to the next question below.


Water Exploration
Is the student comfortable working with an instructor without a parent in the water?
If you answered NOT YET to this question and yes to the one above, your child is in:

Stage B: Water Exploration



Find an Infant & Toddler Swim Class:
Bridgewater YMCA
Hillsborough YMCA
Somerset Hills YMCA
Somerville YMCA

If you answered YES, proceed to the next question below.

Water Acclimation
Will the student go underwater voluntarily?
If you answered NOT YET to this question and yes to those above, your child is in: 

Stage 1: Water Acclimation



Find a Preschool Swim Class (Ages 3 to 5 years):
Bridgewater YMCA
Hillsborough YMCA
Somerset Hills YMCA
Somerville YMCA

Find a School Age Swim Class (Ages 6 to 11 years):
Bridgewater YMCA
Hillsborough YMCA
Somerset Hills YMCA
Somerville YMCA

If you answered YES, proceed to the next question below.

Water Movement
Can the student do a front and back float on his or her own?
If you answered NOT YET to this question and yes to those above, your child is in: 

Stage 2: Water Movement



Find a Preschool Swim Class (Ages 3 to 5 years):
Bridgewater YMCA
Hillsborough YMCA
Somerset Hills YMCA
Somerville YMCA

Find a School Age Swim Class (Ages 6 to 11 years):
Bridgewater YMCA
Hillsborough YMCA
Somerset Hills YMCA
Somerville YMCA

If you answered YES, proceed to the next question below.
Water Stamina
Can the student swim 10-15 yards (preschool) | 25 yards (school age) on his/her front and back?
If you answered NOT YET to this question and yes to those above, your child is in: 

Stage 3: Water Stamina



Find a Preschool Swim Class (Ages 3 to 5 years):
Bridgewater YMCA
Hillsborough YMCA
Somerset Hills YMCA
Somerville YMCA

Find a School Age Swim Class (Ages 6 to 11 years):
Bridgewater YMCA
Hillsborough YMCA
Somerset Hills YMCA
Somerville YMCA

If you answered YES, please contact the aquatics director at your branch for a complimentary swim evaluation. It's our goal to help you and your child build confidence with every stroke and ensuring the appropriate stage is an important part of the Y swim experience.


Swim Evaluation

For more information about our Aquatics program, please contact:

Bridgewater YMCA & Somerville YMCA: Valerie Deraville via webmail or phone: 908 526 0688.

Hillsborough YMCA programs: Lisa Slover via webmail or phone: 908 369 0490.

Somerset Hills YMCA programs: Duke Munzer via webmail or phone: 908 766 7898 x518.