Outdoor group exercise classes, outdoor pool, personal training and summer camp are now open at the Berkeley Heights YMCA & Summit YMCA! 



    If you are not participating in available programming, your membership will remain on hold until further notice. We continue to share reopening details and new program information as it becomes available. Looking for more information? Check out our latest announcements.



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Youth Swim


SWIM LESSONS FOR Ages 6 Months to 16 Years

At the Y, our Swim Program builds strong, secure, connected and confident swimmers. It works on developing sequence based skill sets that organically build on one another. One simple sign up for a year long session date allows students to learn faster, be safer sooner, and progress quickly through the various stages until they succeed.

>> Learn More about the New Swim Program
>> Frequently Asked Questions

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With a parent*, infants and toddlers learn to be comfortable in the water and develop swim readiness skills through fun and confidence-building experiences. Parents learn about water safety, drowning prevention, and the importance of supervision. Infants and toddlers are introduced to the aquatic environment through exploration, encouraging them to enjoy themselves while learning about the water.



*Please note: We define "parent" broadly, to include any adults with primary responsibilities for raising children; including biological parents, adoptive parents, legal guardians, step-parents, grandparents, and/or any other type of parenting relationship.

Students learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by learning benchmark skills: Swim, Float, Swim and Jump, Push, Turn, Grab, etc.

• Session runs from September - June with only one sign up. 
• Your lesson day and time remains the same throughout the program year, children progress through swim lessons until they succeed.
• Requires a minimum 2-month commitment. Easy, automatic monthly draft.

Having mastered the fundamentals, students learn advanced swimming skills needed to swim competitively. Increase speed, endurance and enhance techniques in the water.

• Evaluation required for children to be in this program.
• Must be 6-16 years old, able to swim 25 yards of freestyle and backstroke.
• Participation in Pre-Swim Team does not guarantee acceptance to the Summit Area YMCA Swim Team. Fall tryouts are required.

**Children (ages 6-16) currently in Stroke Introduction, Stroke Development, Stroke Mechanics or Pathways can automatically advance to the Pre-Swim Team Program.

Private swim lessons are adapted to your swim expectations. There will be four half an hour sessions to be completed within a five-week time frame. A contract will be needed to register for this class. Email sue.palatini@thesay.org with any questions or to sign up.

Swimming aids in relaxation, teaches them new skills, helps to build muscle and stamina, all while increasing self-esteem and confidence. Skills are taught based on each child's individual ability. Parents are encouraged but not required to get in with their child. Swim lessons are 30 minutes held in our indoor heated pool at the Summit YMCA.

SAT 12:30 PM



The new Seals Swim School allows your swimmer to focus on what's most important - learning to Swim! Enjoy a worry free one time sign up for all of your swim lessons.


• Session runs year-round from September - June with only one sign up.
• Your lesson day and time remains the same throughout the program year, children progress through swim lessons until they succeed.
• Requires a minimum 2-month commitment. Easy, automatic monthly draft.


• 30 days written notice prior to the draft date required to stop the monthly draft.
• Participants with less than 2 months will be drafted for the remaining monthly payment.
>> Billing Terms & Conditions
>> Cancellation Request


• If a scheduling conflict arises and you need to switch your day and time, a Change of Program Form is required to be filled out and approved by the Aquatics Director, dependant on spot availability.
>> Class Change Request


Please contact us!

>> Frequently Asked Questions
>> Billing Terms & Conditions
>> Cancellation Request
>> Class Change Request