Swim Lessons for Children & Teens

Swim lessons are specifically tailored to the child’s age, swimming ability, level of physical development and confidence in the water. The participant will advance in the program as they become more skilled in the water.

Swim lessons at the Y are participant-centered, emphasizing learning, not passing or failing. Each developmental level is divided into five components which include personal safety, personal growth, stroke development, water games and rescue. It is not uncommon for a child to repeat any given level.

If you are currently enrolled in a session, we encourage you to look up your child’s swim evaluation midway through the session.


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If you have questions about what level you should register your child please schedule a swim evaluation with us. We do evaluations Monday through Thursday between 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm and on Friday or Saturday (limited availability). All evaluations are by appointment only. To schedule an evaluation for your child, please visit us at the Welcome Center Desk.

In addition to lessons, we recommend our family members enjoy Family Swim time (see pool schedule for hours) to increase your child’s comfort and ability in the water. Youth members can buy passes to participate as well.


There are no classes from April 3 - April 12 due to annual maintenance for the Hurst Pool.  There are no classes on May 25 for Memorial Day.

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Parent and Child Lessons (ages 6 months to 3 years)

A great way for parents/caregivers to spend time with their child while exploring and learning about the water environment.  Songs, games, and toys are tools used to teach the basics of swimming.  All classes are 30 minutes long.

  • PARENT/CHILD 1 (AGES 6 TO 18 MONTHS)

    A water orientation class for parent and child that helps promote basic water adaptation.  Children must be 6 months by the first day of class.  Class is performed in shallow water.

  • PARENT/CHILD 2 (AGES 18 MONTHS TO 2 ½ YEARS)

    A water adjustment class for parent and child.  The instructor will guide the parent in teaching their child basic swim skills and independence.  Class is performed primarily in shallow water, but may use the deep end.

  • PERCH (AGES 2 ½ TO 3 YEARS)

    A more structured parent and child class that will prepare the child to enter the pre-school program.  Class will work on following directions and learning swimming basics.  Children should be swimming independent from parent with flotation.  Class will use the shallow and deep ends of the pool.

Preschool Swim (ages 3 to 7 years)

These are group classes without a parent and the child must be 3 years old by the first class.  The Preschool Aquatic Program stresses enjoyment, development of children's confidence, and safety.  Each class emphasizes mental and spiritual growth as well as physical development.  Flotation devices are provided by the YMCA.  All classes are 30 minutes long.

  • PIKE 1 (AGES 3 TO 5 YEARS)

    A water adjustment class for the child with limited or no swimming experience.

    Skills Taught: paddle stroke with running and kicking with barbell.

  • PIKE 2 (AGES 3 TO 5 YEARS)

    Prerequisite: swim independently with 3 yellow or 2 red flotation devices.  Children should be able to put their face in the water and jump in with little or no assistance.

    Skills Taught: paddle stroke with kick, rhythmic breathing, and back float skills.

  • EEL (AGES 3 TO 5 YEARS)

    Prerequisite: swim 10 feet with no flotation and swim 25 yards with limited flotation (1 blue).

    Skills Taught: rotary breathing, swimming on back, and swimming more confidently without flotation.

  • SEA SNAKE (AGES 3 TO 5 YEARS)

    Prerequisite: swim 45 feet with no flotation.  This can be thought of as an advanced Eel class.

    Skills Taught: rotary breathing, swimming on back, and swimming more confidently without flotation.  Depending on class make-up, rotary strokes may be incorporated.

  • RAYS (AGES 3 TO 5 YEARS)

    Prerequisite: swim 25 yards with no flotation device (paddle stroke with face in the water) and 25 yards swimming on back with no flotation.

    Skills Taught: front crawl (freestyle), treading, and rudimentary backstroke.

  • STURGEON (AGES 5 TO 7 YEARS)

    Prerequisite: must be able to swim at least 50 feet (3/4 length of pool) without flotation.  Must swim duration of class with limited flotation (1 blue or no bubble) on both front and back.  This class is for the advanced beginner.

    Skills Taught: rotary breathing, rudimentary front crawl (freestyle) and back float sculling.

  • STINGRAYS (AGES 5 TO 7 YEARS)

    Prerequisite: swim 25 yards with rudimentary front crawl (freestyle) and 25 yards on back with rudimentary back crawl (backstroke).  This class can be thought of as an advanced Ray class.

    Skills Taught: front crawl (freestyle), treading, and backstroke.  Depending on the ability of the class participants, instructor may teach rudimentary breaststroke.

  • WAHOO (AGES 5 TO 7 YEARS)

    This class is for the non-swimmer who needs a flotation device to swim independently.

    Skills Taught: rotary breathing, paddle stroke, and back float.

Youth Swim (ages 6 to 14 years)

A progressive swim program where participants learn at their own pace and advance when they have acquired the skills necessary for the next class level.  Classes are 30 to 45 minutes long.

  • POLLIWOG (AGES 6 TO 14)

    This class is for the non-swimmer who needs a flotation device to swim
    independently for 25 yards.

    Skills Taught: rotary breathing, paddle stroke, and back float.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

  • TADPOLE (AGES 6 TO 14)

    Prerequisite: must be able to swim at least 50 feet (3/4 length of pool) without flotation.  Must swim duration of class with limited flotation (1 blue or no bubble) on both front and back.  This class is for the advanced beginner.

    Skills Taught: rotary breathing, rudimentary front crawl (freestyle) and back float sculling.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

  • GUPPY (AGES 6 TO14)

    Prerequisite: must be able to swim 25 yards (1 length of the pool) with a coordinated front crawl (freestyle), and scull on back for 25 yards (1 length of pool).

    Skills Taught: coordinated front crawl with rotary breathing perfection, coordinated back crawl (backstroke), and treading water

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

  • STARFISH (AGES 6 TO 9 YEARS)

    Prerequisite: staff recommendation, must be able to do a coordinated lap
    of front crawl (freestyle) and back crawl (backstroke) without resting
    between lengths.  This class focuses on stroke development and endurance.  Participants will swim multiple laps without resting at each end.

    Skills Taught: rudimentary breaststroke, sidestroke, and elementary backstroke.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

  • MARLIN (AGES 6 TO 9 YEARS)

    Prerequisite: staff recommendation, must be able to do 75 yards coordinated freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke.  This class focuses on skill refinement and endurance training.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

  • PENGUINS (AGES 6 TO 9 YEARS)

    Prerequisite: staff recommendation, must be able to swim 100 yards coordinated freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke without resting between laps.

    Skills Taught: competitive stroke perfection, dolphin kick, rudimentary butterfly, competitive turns.

    Classes are 45 minutes long.

  • MINNOW (AGES 8 TO 14)

    Prerequisite: must be able to swim 50 yards (2 lengths of the pool) of each front crawl (freestyle) and back crawl (backstroke) without resting in between lengths.

    Skills Taught: rudimentary breaststroke, elementary backstroke, and sidestroke.

    Classes are 45 minutes long.

  • FISH (AGES 8 TO 14)

    Prerequisite: must be able to swim 50 yards (2 lengths of the pool) of each front crawl (freestyle), back crawl (backstroke), and coordinated breaststroke without resting in between lengths.

    Skills Taught: dolphin kick, rudimentary butterfly, open turns, and endurance swimming.

    Classes are 45 minutes long.

  • FLYING FISH (AGES 8 TO 14)

    Prerequisite: must be able to swim 150 yards (6 lengths of the pool) of each front crawl (freestyle), back crawl (backstroke), and breaststroke.  Swimmers should need limited rest between each 100 yards swim.

    Skills Taught: coordinated butterfly, competitive turns, and continued work on endurance swimming.

    Classes are 45 minutes long.

  • SHARK (AGES 8 TO 14)

    Prerequisite: must be able to swim a 200 yards individual medley (2 lengths each of butterfly, back crawl, breaststroke, and front crawl) continuously.  Swimmers must also be able to complete the requirements of flying fish with limited rest and instruction.

    Skills Taught: lifesaving strokes and endurance swimming.

    Classes are 45 minutes long.

Pre-Competitive Programs (ages 5 to 18 years)

These programs were developed as a means to teach developmental skills needed to become a competitive swimmer.  Classes are formatted based on a competitive practice with focus on increasing speed, endurance, and technique.  These classes require an evaluation before registration.  Evaluations can be done between Monday and Thursday from 3PM to 4PM on a 10 minute basis each.  Please contact the Front Desk to set up an appointment, 908 273 3330.

  • SEAL PUPS (AGES 5 TO 9 YEARS)

    BY INVITATION ONLY

    Emphasis is on improving stroke techniques through swimming drills and endurance swimming.  Some emphasis will be on competitive starts and turns depending on the make-up and skill level of the group.  Ratio – 1 instructor per 14 participants.

    Classes are 45 minutes long.

  • INTRAMURALS (AGES 10 TO 18 YEARS)

    BY INVITATION ONLY

    Some emphasis will be on stroke technique, but instructors will focus on the use of stroke drills and kicking during endurance building sets.  Some emphasis will be on competitive starts and turns depending on the make-up and skill level of the group.  Ratio – 1 instructor per 28 participants.

    Classes are 45 minutes long.

  • BARRACUDAS (AGES 10 TO 18 YEARS)

    BY INVITATION ONLY

    Emphasis is on endurance swimming and increasing a swimmers ability to race effectively.  Some emphasis will be on competitive starts and turns depending on the make-up and skill level of the group.  Ratio – 1 instructor per 30 participants.

    Classes are 1 hour long, 3 times per week.

Teen Swim Lessons

Teen Lessons are for beginner swimmers and for intermediate level only.

  • TEEN SWIM LESSONS (AGES 12 to 18)

    Teen lessons are for beginner and intermediate swimmers.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

Private Swim Lessons

  • PRIVATE SWIM LESSONS (AGES 5 AND OLDER YEARS)

    Staff Recommended: private lessons will be adapted to your swim expectations.  There will be four half hour sessions to be completed within a six week time frame.  A contract will be needed to register for this class.  Email Sue Palatini for any questions.

    Dates Day(s)   Time  Member   Non-member 
    03/02-04/20 Mon 2:30 PM $160.00 $260.00
    03/02-04/20
    Mon 3:00 PM $160.00
    $260.00
    03/02-04/20
    Mon 3:30 PM $160.00
    $260.00
    03/03-04/21
    Tue 2:30 PM $160.00
    $260.00
    03/03-04/21
    Tue 3:00 PM $160.00
    $260.00
    03/03-04/21
    Tue 3:30 PM $160.00
    $260.00
    03/04-04/22
    Wed 2:30 PM $160.00
    $260.00
    03/04-04/22
    Wed 3:00 PM $160.00
    $260.00
    03/04-04/22
    Wed 3:30 PM $160.00
    $260.00
    03/05-04/23 Thu 2:30 PM $160.00
    $260.00
    03/05-04/23
    Thu 3:00 PM $160.00
    $260.00
    03/05-04/23
    Thu 3:30 PM $160.00
    $260.00
    03/06-04/24
    Fri 2:30 PM $160.00
    $260.00
    03/06-04/24
    Fri 3:00 PM $160.00
    $260.00
    03/06-04/24
    Fri 3:30 PM $160.00
    $260.00
    03/08-04/26
    Sun 9:00 AM $160.00
    $260.00
    03/08-04/26
    Sun 9:30 AM $160.00
    $260.00
    03/08-04/26
    Sun 10:00 AM $160.00
    $260.00
    03/08-04/26
    Sun 10:30 AM $160.00
    $260.00
    03/08-04/26
    Sun 11:00 AM $160.00
    $260.00
    03/08-04/26
    Sun 11:30 AM $160.00
    $260.00

NOTE - According to YMCA standards the instructor to participant ratios are as follows:

 1:4  1:6  1:8
 Pike 1
 Pike 2
 Tadpole
 Wahoo  Eels  Guppy
 Rays  Sea Snakes
 Starfish
 Polliwog  Sturgeon  Marlins
   Stingrays  Minnow
     Penguins
     Fish
     Flying Fish
     Sharks
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March 2 - June 21

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Hours
Monday to Friday
5:00 am to 10:15 pm

Saturday
6:30 am to 8:00 pm

Sunday
7:00 am to 7:00 pm

67 Maple Street
Summit, NJ 07901

Contact us:
Ph: 908-273-3330
Fax: 908-273-0258
Email: Terri Clinton


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