The YMCA has come a long way since the very first group lesson back in 1906 and we’re excited to present a new curriculum to you. These lesson upgrades are based on extensive research and we look forward to seeing swimmers advance more quickly through the stages. Here’s what you need to know:

  • The fun fish names we previously used to identify the different levels have been replaced with names that more closely relate to the skills we will be working on in each stage. In stages 1-3, our certified swim instructors facilitate activities that focus on building confidence in the water, instilling good water safety habits and personal growth. In stages 4-6, instructors help swimmers build confidence in deep water as well as work on stroke techniques. And swim stages A and B give our youngest friends, infants and toddlers, an opportunity to get comfortable in the water with a parent or guardian.

    Please see below for more information about these stages or download these documents to learn more. One of the best parts of this new curriculum is the assessment that we’ll do to match our swimmers into the stages that most closely meet their needs. Aquatics Levels
  • We’re also excited to tell you that ALL of our Y swim instructors are nationally certified. Their training includes CPR, AED, First Aid and Oxygen Administration. We’ve also adjusted our class ratios to meet our needs based on recommendations from Y-USA.
  • This new lesson format will begin with our summer sessions. If your child is currently enrolled in lessons, your swim instructor will assess your child's skills to determine the level that meets their needs for the following session.

This exciting new curriculum helps each participant experience a sense of accomplishment after each lesson and build relationships with other swimmers in their class. We’re looking forward to teaching it!

We understand this is a big change, but we’re confident it will help us create stronger swimmers.


On Deck Registration and Drop Off Registration (held week 6 of every session) / Open Registration (held week 8 after session)
For Those Not Currently Enrolled into Swimming Lessons:
In order to sign up for swim lessons, you must have a swim assessment so we can provide all of our participants with a great swim lesson program best suited to their swimming ability.

During our assessments we will have sign up sheets on the pool deck, these assessments are first come first serve.

If you take a session off, and do not participate in lessons for one session, you will need to come in and be re-assessed before you are able to sign up for swim lessons.

At your swim assessment, you will be given a half sheet of paper with your assessed swim level. You will need to attach this to your registration form in order to register for lessons.

November 1 - December 15

Currently enrolled in our Fall 1 Session of lessons?

·Pick up your Achievement Card and Registration Form from our Relationship Builder desk on the pool deck at your last class or in the Aquatics Office if you are unable to attend your last class (between Monday October 15th and Saturday October 20th by 1pm)

·Turn in your Registration Form to the Aquatics Office no later than Saturday October 20th at 1pm to register for the next session.

Not currently enrolled in our Fall 1 Session of lessons?

·Choose one of the Swim Assessments to attend, all participants will need to have a Swim Assessment from September or October to register for the Fall 2 Session.

·Our Swim Assessments are on a first come, first serve basis. We have a sign up sheet at our Relationship Builder desk on the pool deck at the start time of each assessment with time slots you can sign up for.

·Each Swim Assessment takes about 5 minutes to complete. If your child is under the age of 3, a parent will need to be in the water with them for the assessment.

·After your assessment you will receive a half sheet of paper with your assessed level and at that time you may fill out a Registration Form that you will place into the drop box between October 15 and October 21, and will be processed with our Drop Box Registration the week of October 22 - October 26.

Waitlisted for our Fall 1 Session of lessons and did not get into a class?

·You will receive a letter and a bright colored Registration Form in the mail during our Drop Off Registration week, between October 15th - 20th.

·Starting October 15th, you may bring in your bright colored Registration Form with your choices filled out and place it into the Swim Lesson Drop Box in the lobby near our Member Services desk.

·You must drop off your forms to the Swim Lesson Drop Box no later than October 21st at 7pm.

Upcoming Swim Assessment Dates

Tuesday October 9th: 6-8pm
Thursday October 11th: 6-8pmSaturday October 13th: 12-2pm

Tuesday October 16th: 6-8pm
Thursday October 18th: 6-8pm
Saturday October 20th: 12-2pm

Our final swim assessment for the Fall 2 Session will be Saturday, November 10th : 12:00-2:00pm