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 be in touch with you to schedule an assessment to place the child in 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.


*Please see the Member Services Desk at your home branch for swim lesson registration. If you have any questions regarding which level would be appropriate for your child, please ask to speak to an Aquatics Supervisor.


On Deck Registration: June 5th - June 10th at 1p.m.
Drop Off Registration (Members not currently in lessons): June 5th - June 11th at 7 p.m.
Open Registration: June 19th - June 24th at 1 p.m.
Classes Start/End: July 9th - August 19th

Fall 1

On Deck Registration: August 14th - August 19th at 1p.m.
Drop Off Registration (Members not currently in lessons): August 14th - August 20th at 7 p.m.
Open Registration: August 28th - September 2nd at 1 p.m.
Classes Start/End: September 10th - October 21st

Fall 2

On Deck Registration: October 16th - October 21st at 1p.m.
Drop Off Registration (Members not currently in lessons): October 16th - October 22nd at 7 p.m.
Open Registration: October 30th - November 4th at 1 p.m.

Classes Start/End: November 1st - December 16th

* We will not hold lessons November 22nd - November 25th, in observation of Thanksgiving.


Please click on "Online Registration" in the top menu bar.

You will have 2 options from here:

a. If you have already used our online service, please sign in with the primary account holder's email address and password.

b. If you are using our online service for the first time, please follow the prompts on the screen to create your account.

Once you are in the online service, please select "Program Balances" to display accepted registrations. It is important that you click "Program Balances" only once to avoid delaying the system. Review class information for accuracy; please be sure to check the date and time of the class as well as the status of the class (accepted status vs. a wait-list status).