Youth Swim

BUILDING STRONG AND CONFIDENT SWIMMERS

SWIM LESSONS FOR YOUTH AS EARLY AS 6 MONTHS

At the YMCA, we build strong, secure, connected and confident swimmers all year long in both our indoor and outdoor pools! Our swim programs work on developing sequence based skill sets that organically build on one another. Students learn faster, are safer in water sooner, and progress quickly through the various stages until they succeed. 

SWIM LESSONS

Youth group swim lessons are available for children ages 3+ and are taught by Swim Instructors who have been trained in the American Red Cross swimming program as Water Safety Instructors (WSI). Instruction levels are designed using the Red Cross’s Learn-to-Swim Levels, all which are adjusted to suit the needs of our members. Students learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by learning benchmark skills: Swim, Float, Swim and Jump, Push, Turn, Grab, etc.

• Group swim lessons are 30-40 minutes per week.
• There will be a maximum of 6 children per lane for group swim lessons.
• Groups are defined by age and swimming ability levels ex. Preschool (3-5), School age (6+), Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced (see definitions below for details).

Select a location:

BERKELEY HEIGHTS (OUTDOOR) 

SPRINGFIELD (OUTDOOR) 

SUMMIT (INDOOR)

With a parent present in the water with the child, infants and toddlers from 6 months to 3 years 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. This introductory course lays a foundation for learning to swim. One parent* must be present in the water per child registered.

Select a location:

BERKELEY HEIGHTS (OUTDOOR) 

SPRINGFIELD (OUTDOOR) 

SUMMIT (INDOOR)


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

Private swim lessons are booked as 4 lessons per session to all members, ages 3+, regardless of swimming abilities or experience. Lessons are 30-minutes long and guarantee one-on-one lessons tailored to the needs of the swimmer. Private lessons are recommended to those who are looking for a custom and personalized swim lesson experience.

Select a location:

BERKELEY HEIGHTS (OUTDOOR) 

SPRINGFIELD (OUTDOOR) 

SUMMIT (INDOOR)

Swimming aids in relaxation, teaches them new skills, helps to build muscle and stamina, all while increasing self-esteem and confidence. Skills are taught by instructors who have been trained in the American Red Cross swimming program as Water Safety Instructors (WSI). Instruction levels are designed using the Red Cross’s Learn-to-Swim Levels, adjusted to suit the needs of each child's individual ability. Parents are encouraged but not required to get in with their child. Swim lessons are held in our indoor heated pool at the Summit YMCA.

The summer 2022 program is FREE to participants via our gracious sponsor, the Summit PAL.

DETAILS 

 

NEED AN ACCESS ID CARD?

If you are entering the Y to pick-up or drop-off a program participant and are not a Y member, you’ll need an access ID card. Access ID cards are issued individually and are not transferrable.

To receive your access ID card and take your photo, visit the membership desk of the Berkeley Heights YMCA or Summit YMCA:

Tuesday – Thursday from 10:00 AM-2:00 PM or 6:00-8:00 PM
Friday & Saturday from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

A government issued photo ID must be presented for anyone over the age of 18. Prior to entering any YMCA facility, all visitors must complete our participation waiver online at www.thesay.org/waiver. After receiving your access ID card, you may use the SAY Mobile App to scan in for convenience. Click here for app download links, features, and FAQ, like how to add multiple barcodes.