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PROGRAMS AT BRIDGEWATER YMCA

Bridgewater YMCA

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HIGHLIGHTS

SWIM LESSONS

Our swim lessons are specifically tailored to the participant's age, swimming ability, level of physical development and confidence in the water. The YMCA Swim Lessons program helps adults, kids, and families learn an important life skill. 

Swim Lessons (5)

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SKILLS & TRAINING

The safety of our community is important to all of us at the Y. One way the Y strengthens the community is through important trainings that improve the health, safety and well-being of others. 

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ADVENTURE GUIDES

Join us to kick-off a year where we celebrate fun and family. Somerset County YMCA's  Adventure Guides Program for all county branches, for fathers and their children, helps to strengthen the parent/child bond.

Adventure Guides

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REGISTRATION INFORMATION

Mark your calendar for upcoming registration dates:

Fall 2 2018


Member Registration

Monday, October 22 at 6:00pm
Open Registration

Monday, October 29 at 10:00am


Sign up for a friendly registration reminder


How to register for programs:

1. Scroll down to view the programs and classes available at Bridgewater YMCA

2. Under each section header, preview the session program schedules via the linked PDF, if applicable

3. Click to expand a program or class of interest to reveal its:

  • Full description
  • Start and end dates, if applicable
  • Day(s) and time(s) offered, if applicable
  • Pricing for members and non-members, if applicable
  • Registration instructions or "Register" button

4. To register for that program or class follow the instructions as indicated or click on the "Register" button

Registration support: There will be added phone support during registration. If you need additional assistance during registration, call 908 526 0688.

Visit the How to Register page for more information on program registration.

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SWIM

Preview all Swim Fall 2 session program schedules here.
View our swim programs page for additional information on our programs & policies

Preview all Lifeguard Certification schedules here.
View our lifeguard page for additional information

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

  • Swim Strokes Class: Adult (17+ years)
    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. ​

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.

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)
    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)
    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)
    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)
    Develops comfort with underwater exploration and with safely exiting the pool. No prerequisite.

  • Stage 2: Water Movement (3 to 5 years)
    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)
    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)
    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 25 yards unassisted and tread water for 15 seconds. 

  • Stage 5: Stroke Development (3 to 5 years)
    Introduces rotary breathing. Must be able to complete 25 yards with coordinated arm and leg movements on both front and back without stopping. Child should be able to float unassisted and be comfortable gliding under the water from the wall to the flags.

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

  • Stage 2: Water Movement Class (6 to 11 years)
    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 15 feet.


  • Stage 3: Water Stamina Class (6 to 11 years)
    Introduces rotary breathing. Must be able to complete 25 yards with coordinated arm and leg movements on both front and back without stopping. Child should be able to float unassisted and be comfortable gliding under the water from the wall to the flags.

  • Stage 4: Stroke Introduction Class (6 to 11 years)
    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 50-75 yards (2-3 laps) unassisted and tread water for 30 seconds.


  • Stage 5: Stroke Development Class (6 to 11 years)
    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 75-100 yards (3-4 laps), have knowledge of breaststroke, and tread water for 45 seconds. 


  • Stage 6: Stroke Mechanics Class (6 to 11 years)
    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)
    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)
    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.

  • F.A.S.T. Clinic (7 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.

    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.

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 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 Christina Huang, Aquatics Director, via webmail or phone: 908 722 4567 x625.
Teen Swim Classes & Programs (Ages 12 to 16 years)
  • Swim Basics: Teen (12 to 16 years)
    Introduces personal water safety, basic swimming skills and the fundamentals of front and back crawl. No Prerequisite.

  • Swim Strokes: Teen (12 to 16 years)
    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)
    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.

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ENRICHMENT

 

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CPR/AED Training

For more information, contact Christina Huang at 908 722 4567 x625 or via webmail.

  • CPR/AED Full Class

    This American Red Cross classroom-based course teaches how to recognize several life-threatening emergencies, provide CPR to victims of all ages, use an AED, and relieve choking in a safe, timely, and effective manner. Pocket mask and textbook included.

  • CPR/AED Review

    This is an American Red Cross review class for people who have current professional level CPR cards. Cards must be brought to class. Mask included.

    Classes are 2 hours 30 minutes long.

Lifeguard Training (Ages 15 years and above)

For more information, contact Christina Huang at 908 722 4567 x625 or via webmail.

Learn the skills and knowledge to perform water rescues. Participants will receive an American Red Cross lifeguarding, First Aid and CPR/AED for professional rescuer certificate. Participants must pass a pre-test before taking the course. 


  • Lifeguard Pretest (Ages 15 years and above)

    Please register for your pretest. Once you pass the pretest, you will be enrolled in and charged for the next Lifeguard Certification course.

    Participants must swim 300 yards continuously as follows – 100 yards front crawl; 100 yards breaststroke; 100 yards front crawl or breaststroke. Swimming goggles may be used during the 300 yard swim. Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under their armpits. Swim 20 yards, submerge 7 – 10 feet, retrieve a ten-pound brick, and swim 20 yards carrying the brick in both hands within 1 minute, 40 seconds. Goggles may not be worn during this swim.

  • Lifeguarding Certification Course (Ages 15 years and above)

    Learn the skills and knowledge needed to perform water rescue, as well as First Aid and CPR. Participants will receive American Red Cross Liefeguarding, First Aid and CPR/AED for professional rescuer certificates. Participants must be 15 years old by the end of the course and pass the pre-test before taking the course. The fee does not include the pre-test. The total cost of the course with pre-test is $325 for members and $375 for non-members; the balance will be charged upon completion to your chosen payment method.

    Course Cost: $300 Member | $350 Non-Member

    This is a 3-day course and attendance is required at all classes.

  • Lifeguarding Review Course (Ages 15 years and above)

    Update your Lifeguarding/First Aid and CPR/AED certifications. Curriculum includes testing of in-water practical skills, on-land practical skills and two final written exams. No classroom work, reading materials, or rescue equipment provided. Review materials before taking course.

    Cost: $150 Member | $200 Non-Member


    For more information, please contact Christina Huang at 908 722 45678 x625 or via webmail.


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ACTIVE OLDER ADULTS

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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 Bridgewater YMCA at 908 526 0688.

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SPECIAL NEEDS

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Special Needs Swim Classes & Programs (Ages 6 to 11 years)

  • Special Needs - Stage 1: Water Acclimation
    For children with moderate to severe neurological, physical or social challenges. Instructor teaches students how to swim and provides guidance on in-water exercises. Adult must accompany the child in the water.

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EVENTS

  • Nov 17, 2018
    10:00 am - 1:30 pm
    Somerville/Bridgewater Area

    Togetherhood® Volunteer Leaf Raking Event | November 17

  • Dec 2, 2018

    12:00 - 2:00 p.m.

    Bridgewater YMCA

    Photos with Santa | December 2

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COMPLIMENTARY MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS

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B. Fit Beginner Fitness Program (Ages 18 years and above)

At the Y, we make it easier for you to take the first step to a healthier life. Our free 12-week Beginner Fitness (B. Fit) Program, for members aged 18+, is a guided fitness program where you'll learn how to use the fitness equipment and how to exercise safely. Plus, you’ll have one-on-one attention from our Wellness Coaches to create a fitness routine that helps you reach your personal goals.

Beginner Fitness Program Overview

All interested members will need to schedule an initial interview with a B. Fit coach prior to enrolling in the program. This program is for members 18 years and older. For more information, please contact Valeria Tenreiro at 908 722 4567 x627 or via webmail.

Equipment Orientations (Ages 13 years and above)

All members, 13 years and older, are encouraged to maximize their fitness regimen by getting a free orientation to all the fitness equipment in our Wellness Center. A Floor Supervisor will instruct you on the proper techniques for using the machines. Please wear comfortable clothes and sneakers.

To schedule an appointment, please contact Valeria Tenreiro at 908 722 4567 x627 or via webmail.

Getting to Know You Program

Assessing your current fitness level is a good start to any fitness program. By establishing your baseline fitness measurements, you can accurately plan your exercise and track your progress.

For new members we offer, a free equipment orientation, a free health assessment and a free 30-minute personal training session. To schedule an appointment, please contact Valeria Tenreiro at 908 722 4567 x627 or via webmail.

Youth Wellness Orientation (Ages 11 years to 12 years)

For member between 11-13 years of age. This 30-minute orientation gives younger members the opportunity to learn safe and effective exercise principles through supervised practice on cardio and strength machines. After completing the session, participants are awarded a badge to be worn in the Wellness Center, which indicates they are allowed to exercise independently.

To schedule an appointment, please contact Valeria Tenreiro at 908 722 4567 x627 or via webmail.

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JOIN THE Y

Fall 2 Take Flight


Finding balance in life is so important. That’s why the Y is here for you every day, to ensure that you, your family and our community have the resources and support needed to learn, grow and thrive. With a focus on developing the potential of children, improving health and well-being, and giving back, your Y membership will bring about meaningful change in yourself and also in your community.

Learn more about the benefits of membership today.

Bridgewater YMCA is located on Garretson Road in Bridgewater, NJ. Our members enjoy this aquatics facility with a 10-lane lap pool and a family pool. We offer swim lessons for all ages, aquatics exercise classes and a summer camp program located on our 13-acre park-like setting.

We are also home to the Somerset Valley YMCA swim team. Our facility is handicapped accessible.

Our members have full access to all other membership benefits and programs at our Somerville location

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OUR CAUSE IN ACTION

As a charitable organization, the Y's mission is to deliver programs and services that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. 

TOGETHERHOOD®

YMCA Food Drive 2018

Pictured above: Campers from across our 4 Camp locations recently collected 125 lbs of food for a local food bank.

Togetherhood is a member-led program that allows Y members to give back to their neighbors. Be part of something great and volunteer!

Learn more about volunteering at the Y today.