Youth Swim Lessons


photo by Heather Perry

Parent and Child Classes (6 months to 3-year-olds)

FEES: Members $45, Community Members $60

Parent and Child, 6 months to 2-year-olds (Level A Water Discovery)

Ages 6 months to 2 years with parent. This class is an introductory class for those children just starting out, with parents in the pool with them. It introduces children to the aquatic environment through songs and games.

  • Wednesday: 9-9:30 a.m. 
  • Thursday: 9-9:30 a.m.
  • Saturday: 10:15 a.m.-10:45 a.m. 
Parent 2's and 3's Swimming (Level B Water Exploration) 

Ages 2 to 3 years with parent. This class is an introductory class for those children who are just starting out and need a parent in the water with them. This class focuses on exploring body positions, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills. Must be ready to be independent from parent before moving to a Pike (Level 1 Water Acclimation) class.

  • Saturday: 10:55-11:25 a.m.
  • Saturday: 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. (will open if first class wait-lists)

Preschool Classes (Ages 3-5)

FEES: Members $45, Community Members $60

Pike (Level 1 Water Acclimation)

This is a non-swimmer or a child who does not like to get their face wet. This class increases comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance.

  • Monday: 4:30-5:05 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 9-9:35 a.m., 4:30-5:05 p.m.
  • Thursday: 9-9:35 a.m.
  • Saturday: 8-8:35 a.m., 8:45-9:20 a.m., 9:30-10:05 a.m. 
Eel (Level 2 Water Movement)

This child must be able to get their face wet and paddle halfway across the pool without flotation. We are working off flotation devices and the child should show confidence without the belt. Beginner stroke skills are being taught at this level. This class encourages forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently.

  • Monday: 4:30-5:05 p.m.
  • Thursday: 4:30-5:05 p.m.
  • Saturday: 8:45-9:20 a.m., 9:30-10:05 a.m.
Ray (Level 3 Water Stamina)

For children who are swimming without buoyancy belts. They can put their whole face under and are ready to learn more skills including diving, front crawl arms, back crawl, elementary back stroke, etc. This class develops intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distances than in previous stages. This class takes place primarily in the big pool, so they must be able to swim the length of the I/T Pool to be in this level.

  • No classes offered this session 

Youth Classes (Ages 5-12)

FEES: Members $55, Community Members $85

Polliwog (Level 2 Water Movement)

For the older child who has never had lessons and may be hesitant to get their face wet, or who is still doggy paddling. Focus on water adjustment, beginner’s strokes, and floating. Must be able to swim width of I/T pool without assistance to move up to Guppy level (Level 3 Water Stamina).

  • Wednesday: 4:30-5:15 p.m. 
  • Saturday: 8:00-8:45 a.m. 
Guppy (Level 3 Water Stamina)

This child has gone through the preschool program or Polliwog (Level 2 Water Movement) class. They are ready to go into the deeper water and work on the front crawl, backstroke, elementary backstroke, breast stroke, and endurance at a much higher level. Basic sidestroke will be introduced. They will be introduced to the main pool toward the end of the session. Must be able to do front crawl with rudimentary rotary breathing and be able to swim 25 yards before moving up to Minnow.

  • Wednesday: 4:30-5:15 p.m.
  • Saturday: 8:30-9:15 a.m., 9:30-10:15 a.m.
Minnow (Level 4 Stroke Introduction)

This child is ready to start doing laps and really working on perfecting their strokes with the front crawl, backstroke, elementary backstroke, breast stroke, and sidestroke. All of these will go for a longer distance than the previous class. They will also learn safety skills like jumping in the water with a life jacket on, the H.E.L.P. position, and the Huddle position. Diving will be introduced in this class.

  • Wednesday: 4:30-5:15 p.m.
  • Saturday: 8:30-9:15 a.m., 9:30-10:15 a.m.

Youth Swim Program FAQ

Q: If my child cries should I withdraw him from the lesson program?

A: Many children cry for the first few weeks. It always seems like it will never stop, but it does. Kids cry for many reasons, fear, anxiety, a new environment. Very often small children can not express themselves any other way. Crying, because they know it will stop, does not upset the instructors.
The other parents watching the class aren’t bothered by it either; their happy, laughing child probably did the same thing when he/she started.

Q: Do you offer private lessons?

A: Yes! Please contact Sean Vaillancourt at or call 442-4112 x23 for more information.

Q: Why can’t I sit on the deck during my child’s lesson?

A: It is easier for our instructors to keep your child’s attention when mom and dad are not at the child’s eye level. Also, our staff is trained to react to any sudden movement or calling out by parents on deck. It detracts from the lesson and the safety of all participants if the Lifeguards are also watching the deck. We welcome everyone to watch from the spectator area or the bleachers.  

Q: Can I make up lessons?

A: Swim lessons can only be made up when the Y cancels the class. An occasional absence will not affect your child’s’ progress. Solutions can be found for other situations on an individual basis.

Q: Sometimes my child won’t pay attention, would it help if I went down and spoke to my child?

A: The instructors and swimmers only have a short time together to develop a relationship. The instructor can handle just about any behavior. Sometimes, an instructor will let some kids play around a little because they already have a skill another child is struggling with. If you don’t think your child is being challenged, or if there is a technique that works well with your child, please speak to the instructor after class.

Q: My child has participated in another swim program and was a level 3; does that mean they are at  the third level of Y’s program?

A: All swim programs are different, with different expectations and philosophies.
The levels of different programs are not equivalent. We always try to place children where they will be challenged, but not overwhelmed.

Q: How will I know if my child is ready to pass?

A:  We try not to use the terms “pass” or “fail” and we do not test kids at any time during their participation. As children accomplish required skills at each level, it is recorded. At the end of the session, you will receive a progress report.