Youth Swim Lessons

Summer Brochure

Lakeland Hills YMCA Swim Lessons

Nurturing skills and building confidence in the water

For more than 160 years, the YMCA has nurtured potential and united communities to create lasting, meaningful change. In each of our communities, the Y is in the service of building a better us. One of the most effective ways to accomplish this is to teach youth, teens, and adults to swim, so they can stay safe around water and learn the skills they need to make swimming a lifelong pursuit for staying healthy.

Y swim instructors are nationally certified. Their training includes CPR, AED, First Aid and Oxygen Administration. Swim lessons provide important life skills that could save a life and will benefit youth and adult swimming students for a lifetime.

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Swim For Kids at The Y

Our swim lesson program is designed to help kids develop a lifelong love of the water with competency, confidence and endurance. Parents or Guardian/Child classes for children under age 3 years (or not potty trained) offer the opportunity for toddlers to become comfortable in the water with the security of a parent or guardian. Please have your child wear a waterproof swim diaper. No disposable diapers at any time.

Preschool classes for children 3-6 years (and potty trained) start them on the way to becoming a swimmer with four progressive levels starting with “Polliwog” class will be introduced in our Youth classes for children 7-15 years.


Lesson Placement and Registration

If your child is new to our program (or has not participated at our Y for more than 6 months), you must set-up an evaluation to determine their swim level before registering for a class. Call (973-507-7022), or email ( the Aquatics Director for an appointment. If your child is currently enrolled in lessons, go to the website the day before the next registration time and check the appropriate swim level for which your child should sign-up. Evaluation is not needed for a beginner. Just sign-up for the age-appropriate class. Non-members are welcome to sign-up for any parent/child class. It is not uncommon for participants to remain in the same skill level for multiple sessions while they develop all the skills, necessary for advance. Our swim philosophy believes in the use of bubbles (flotation devices) to help children gradually become accustomed to the water. We remove the bubbles periodically throughout the program to test your child’s buoyancy and to build confidence.


Infant and Toddler Group Swim Lessons (Ages 3 and under)

At the YMCA, our goal is to create a healthy respect for water to keep youth safe while creating a lifelong love of aquatics environments. Accompanied by a parent*, infants and toddlers learn to be comfortable in the water and develop swim readiness skills through fun and confidence-building swim lessons experiences. At the same time, parents learn about water safety, drowning prevention, and the importance of supervision.

Infants and toddlers will be introduced to the aquatic environment safely and comfortably to gain confidence and a healthy respect for the water. As students progress and grow, they begin to explore body positions, blowing bubbles and fundamental safety and aquatics skills. Please have your child wear a waterproof swim diaper. No disposable diapers at any time. For children 6 – 18 months, register for SKIP Class. For children 18 – 36 months, register for PERCH. For descriptions on all of our swim classes, click on the brochure button on the top of this page.

*Parent must participate in the water with child during the class


Preschool Swim Classes Ages 3-6 (and potty trained)

New to swim lessons? The basis of Y swim lessons is water safety skills. Students learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by learning two benchmark skills: swim, float, swim—sequencing front glide, roll, back float, roll, front glide and exit—and jump, push, turn, grab.

As students’ progress, they are taught in swim lessons the recommended skills for all to have around water, including safe water habits, underwater exploration and how to swim to safety and exit in the event of falling into a body of water. Activities, games, and drills geared to reinforce learning are utilized heavily as students continue through this skill-based approach to swimming. Preschool classes start them on the way to becoming a swimmer with 4 progressive levels starting with “Pike” class. For descriptions on all of our swim classes, click on the brochure button on the top of this page.


School Aged Advanced Swim Lessons 7 – 14 Years

After having mastered the fundamentals, students learn additional water safety skills and build stroke technique preventing chronic disease, increasing social-emotional and cognitive well-being and fostering a lifetime of physical activity. Students work on refining stroke technique and learning all major competitive strokes in swimming lessons. The emphasis on water safety continues through treading water and sidestroke. Students will learn about competitive swimming and discover how to incorporate swimming into a healthy lifestyle. A swim evaluation is needed prior to registration for new students except for Polliwog.

For descriptions on all of our swim classes, click on the brochure button on the top of this page.


Pre-Teen and Teen Beginners 12 – 15 Years

This class is for pre-teens and teens who want to learn how to swim. It will teach basic swimming strokes so participants can feel more comfortable in the water.

For descriptions on all of our swim classes, click on the brochure button on the top of this page.


I-SNAP (Individual Needs Aquatic Program)

This 30-minute weekly pool program provides each child (ages 3 and potty trained through 18 years) the support and tools needed to develop and increase basic aquatic skills in a safe environment. For more information, contact Aquatics Director, Alex Fraser at

Trust Your Team

Parents can help establish trust between youth and their instructors by sitting back from the class and allowing the instructor to give guidance, help solve issues, etc. Talk with your child(ren) about their time at lessons and your role during this time versus the instructor. If needed, talk with the instructor about how to help establish boundaries.

Swim Regularly

Reinforce and practice swim skills taught at class by spending time together during a recreational swim at your local YMCA.

Prevent Drowning

Safety is the number one priority around any depth of water. Find tips and information to help keep your family safe here.

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