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.

Currently enrolled in our Spring 2 Session of lessons?

Pick up your Achievement Card and Registration Form from our Relationship Builder desk on the pool deck during Week 6 (between Monday June 4th and Saturday June 9th by 1pm)

Turn in your Registration Form to the Aquatics Office no later than Saturday June 9th at 1pm to register for the next session.

Not currently enrolled in our Spring 2 Session of lessons?

Choose one of the Swim Assessments to attend, all participants will need to have a Swim Assessment from April, May or June to register for the Summer 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 will be collected and processed with our Drop Box Registration the week of June 11th through June 15th.

Waitlisted for our Spring 2 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 June 4th and June 9th.

Starting June 4th, 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.

Upcoming Swim Assessment Dates

Tuesday, May 29th: 6-8pm

Thursday, May 31st : 6-8pm

Saturday, June 2nd: 12-2pm

Tuesday, June 5th: 6-8pm

Thursday, June 7th: 6-8pm

Saturday, June 9th: 12-2pm