BUILDING STRONG & CONFIDENT SWIMMERS

SWIM LESSONS FOR All

At the Y, our Swim Programs builds strong, secure, connected and confident swimmers. We work on developing sequence based skill sets that organically build on one another until students succeed.

>> Swim Lessons
>> Swim Evaluations
>> Aqua Exercise
>> Diving Lessons
>> Summer Camp

 

REGISTRATION FOR SWIM LESSONS IS NOW OPEN FOR SAY & POOL MEMBERS ONLY. NON-MEMBER REGISTRATION WILL OPEN SOON.

 


SUMMER CAMP

camp lagoonland

WK: 1-10 | 9AM-4PM | AGES 5-8 | COST: $390

Campers swim everyday at Camp Lagoonland (except on scheduled trip days), in addition to games, arts and crafts and field trips to local attractions. They also participate in weekly swimming lessons. Field trips may include state parks, sporting events, movies, mini-golf and more.

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Additional camps that frequent the Berkeley Heights Community Pool at the YMCA:

Busy Bees (Ages 3-5)
Camp Cannundus  (Ages 5-13)

The Summit Area YMCA offers a variety of 40+ unique camp options to ensure your child has every opportunity to enjoy the best possible summer camp experience ever! Financial assistance available.

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Swim Evaluations

SWIM SAFETY EVALUATION SCHEDULE

For the safety of our members, all swimmers between the ages of 3-14 are REQUIRED to take a swim evaluation administered by the BHCP Management Team. Swimmers are accessed based on their swimming abilities and provided designated color bracelets upon completion which reflect each swimmers swimming proficiency level and the areas they are allowed to go in the pool.

Learn more here or visit our Rules, Policies & FAQ page for more details.

What is a Swim Evaluation?

All swimmers below the age of 14 are REQUIRED to take a swim evaluation administered by the BHCP Management. Swimmers will be evaluated based on their current swimming abilities. The test is required, even for swimmers who took a swim test in previous seasons. Swim Bracelets will be distributed to swimmers ages 3-14 based on current swimming ability (not age) and must be worn at all times.

Why do children need to wear Swim Bracelets?
Your Swim Bracelet certifies your swimming ability and privileges. These are a quick and efficient way to indicate to lifeguards the swimming ability of each swimmer. Each child under the age of 14 MUST complete a swim evaluation and wear their designated Swim Bracelet at all times.

What if my child does not take the Swim Evaluation?
Swimmers who decline to take the Swim Evaluation will be given a red bracelet, which limits them to the shallow end of the pool.

What does my child have to do during the Swim Evaluation?
Swimmers will be asked to demonstrate their swimming abilities and stamina during a Swim Evaluation that will consist of the following requirements:


Swim Evaluation Task

• The Swim Evaluation tests the current swimming ability and stamina of the swimmer and involves the following tasks:

PART 1
Yellow bracelet

• Swim length of shallow end on front continuously (maintaining horizontal body position)
• Touch the bottom of the pool in the yellow area
• Swim length of shallow end on back continuously (maintaining horizontal body position)
• Swimmer may be asked to tread water or “bob” for at least 20 seconds

PART 2
GREEN BRACELET

• Complete Part 1 Yellow Bracelet
• Jump into deep water and safely resurface
• Swim 1 continuous lengths of freestyle (25 meters)
• Swim 1/2 continuous length of backstroke in diving tank (approximately 14 meters)
• Tread water for 1 minute
• Continue swimming freestyle immediately after treading water (remainder of length)

 


Swim Bracelet colors denote the following:

 

 


SWIM LESSONS

Updated May 2022

While swim lessons are open to all, members of the Berkeley Heights Community Pool at the YMCA & the Summit Area YMCA receive reduced pricing benefits. 

REGISTRATION FOR SWIM LESSONS IS NOW OPEN FOR SAY & POOL MEMBERS ONLY. NON-MEMBER REGISTRATION WILL OPEN SOON.

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.

 


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.

*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.

SESSION 1

JUNE 19 - JULY 24

sundayS

LEVEL 1: 6 - 18 MONTHS
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

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LEVEL 2: 9 MONTHS - 3 YEARS
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

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No class on July 4, 2022

 


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 customized swim lesson experience.

Private lessons are only one-on-one lessons; lessons cannot be shared between siblings, relatives, or friends.


To purchase a package, please contact us. A member of the BHCPY team will contact you to assign your swim instructor. Lesson dates/times will be determined between the participant and the swim instructor. Private lessons must be used in the pool season in which they are purchased, they do not carry over year to year.

 


Diving Lessons are booked as 3 lessons to ages 8+ who have received a Green Bracelet in the current pool season. Participants will learn the fundamentals of diving and competitive diving. The clinic will promote diving safety, confidence in using the boards, proper approach, jump, and diving techniques, as well as give participants a feel for what a “dive team meet” is like. 

Diving lessons are only one-on-one lessons; lessons cannot be shared between siblings, relatives, or friends.


To purchase a package, please contact us. A member of the BHCPY team will contact you to assign your swim instructor. Lesson dates/times will be determined between the participant and the swim instructor. Diving lessons must be used in the pool season in which they are purchased, they do not carry over year to year.

 


ADULT WATER EXERCISE

Join our Water Exercise Classes and enjoy a great low impact workout with the guidance of trained instructors. Water exercise can aid in physical therapy, loosen up stiff joints, help lessen arthritis pain, and provide a great cardio and full body workout.

SCHEDULES

aqua fit

A low impact , cardio, strength, flexibility and balance workout using the waters natural resistance and aquatic strength equipment. The workouts are aimed to improve cardiovascular fitness and increase muscular strength. No swimming skills necessary as classes are held in 4 to 5 foot deep water.|

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EXTREME POWER WORKOUT

Fast paced cardiovascular aquatic workout. Classes will incorporate periods of high intensity training, to benefit cardiovascular fitness and increased metabolism. Equipment will also be utilized to increase muscular strength. Aquatic footwear is recommended.

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QUESTIONS

If you have any questions about swim lessons, payment and/or scheduling, please contact us using the form below.