For more than 160 years, the YMCA has nurtured potential and united communities across America to create lasting, meaningful change. Everything the Y does is in 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.

Our 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 students for a lifetime.

All ages - from infants to seniors - can learn to swim at the Y. What age group does the student fall into? What swim stage is the student ready for? The specific days and times of our classes can be found when you register on-line or by reviewing our Program Guide.

Have questions? Call the Y or speak with anyone in our Aquatics Department or on our Member Services Team. For a full listing of our swim lesson class options, days and times – please visit our Home Page and review our Program Guide.



Swim Lesson Finder

Answer the questions below to find the swim lesson that fits.

Free swim lesson assessments are available to determine the appropriate swim lesson stage for each student. Discuss what level is appropriate with anyone in our Aquatics Department, or register for the Stage that is most appropriate for the swimmer’s abilities and our trained staff will place students in the correct Stage during the first lesson.

Building Strong & Confident Swimmers

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Whether it is gaining the confidence that comes from learning how to swim or building positive relationships that lead to good sportsmanship and teamwork from being part of a swim team, swimming at the Y is about building the whole child from the inside out. We are holding tryouts for Intro to Swim Team at the Bridgeport YMCA!

Intro to Swim has been established for swimmers who have advanced through the stages of the YMCA swim lesson program and want to continue their swim education and training. Participants are ages 8 years or older, swimmers must have knowledge of rotary breathing, four major strokes and swim at least 50 yards (2 laps) freestyle independently at a moderate pace. Students will enhance stroke technique, build upon familiarity of 4 major competitive strokes: butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke & freestyle, drills, turns, dives, etc.

WHEN: Practice is held Tuesdays & Thursdays at 6:30-7:30pm

Swimmers must have water bottle, cap and goggles, and be on time for practice!

If you are interested in coming in for a swim evaluation, please speak to Justine Dupree, Aquatic Director jdupree@cccymca.org



In Partnership With The Puerto Rican Parade Of Fairfield County Inc.

Are you looking for a job that will change your life? If you’re 15-23 years old and looking for a great part time job or a challenging career, that’s in demand, the YMCA is one of the best places to start. Students gain the opportunity to explore exciting career fields that let them work as part of a team. You’ll discover new ways to connect with your community, find your purpose and fuel your passion every day! You could even save a life! Learning is fun and easy! Through videos, group discussion and hands-on practice, you’ll learn—

  • Rescue skills for use in the water and on land.
  • First aid and professional rescuer CPR/AED training to help you prepare for an emergency.
  • Professional lifeguard responsibilities.
  • Surveillance skills to help you recognize and prevent injuries.
  • Customer service skills.
  • Swim Instruction along with basic swim skills.

TIME: Tuesdays 3:15pm – 4:00pm until June 27, 2023

WHERE: Bridgeport YMCA, 850 Park Avenue

For more information, please call Justine Dupree at 203 334 5551 or via email at jdupree@cccymca.org and at PRPFC.org

Private and Semi-Private Swim Lessons

AGES: 3 and up

One-on-one private swim lessons with a trained swim instructor are available to fit your busy schedule. Each 30-minute session is scheduled between the instructor and the participant. 2023-CCC-YMCA-Private-Semi-Private-Swim-Lesson-Registration-Form

Y Aquatic Safety Guidelines

Our lifeguards are here to ensure your safety and have the authority to restrict any behavior deemed unsafe. Y members and guests must follow all safety guidelines or may be asked to leave the pool area.

  • State health codes require all persons to shower with warm water and soap before entering the swimming pool.
  • Wear appropriate swimming attire in the water at all times. T-shirts, shorts, cut-offs and street clothing are not appropriate.
  • A parent/guardian, at least eighteen (18) years of age, who is a Y member, must accompany any child five (5) years of age and younger in the water at all times. Parents/guardians, of children seven (7) years of age and younger who have passed the swim test must remain on the pool deck. All swimmers eight (8) years of age and older who have passed the swim test may use the pool on their own.
  • Any non-swimmer must have an adult accompany them in the water and be within arm’s reach.
  • Children who are not potty trained should wear two layers of accident protection, a waterproof swim diaper and a bathing suit, at all times while in the swimming pool. For privacy and sanitary reasons, please refrain from changing children on the swimming pool deck.
  • If you have a communicable or infectious disease or an open sore, please do not enter the swimming pool area.
  • Spitting and nose blowing in the pool, pool areas and locker rooms are not permitted.
  • For everyone’s safety, the swimming pool will be closed during lightning and thunderstorms and will not reopen until thirty (30) minutes after the last occurrence of either.
  • Walk, do not run, to avoid injury.
  • Pushing, dunking and rough play are not permitted.
  • For your safety, diving is only permitted in water at least nine (9) feet in depth. Do not perform back-flips, back-dives, twists or any other type of flip that may cause injury to yourself or others.
  • Extended breath holding activities may cause blackouts and are strictly prohibited.
  • United States Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Devices can be used in the shallow end of the pool. They should be properly sized and in good condition. Persons wearing the device must be accompanied by adult in the water within arm’s reach.
  • Y equipment is for Y programs only. Starting and diving blocks are not for public use. Inflatable pool toys and flotation devices are not permitted.
  • Glass containers, food, and gum are not allowed on the swimming pool deck.
  • Please do not sit, play, hang or lie on the lane lines.
  • Before entering the deep end of the swimming pool, all swimmers must complete the swim test including an unassisted 25-yard non-stop swim and a thirty (30) second tread which will be recorded in our log. The lifeguard may administer a swim test at any time.
  • Stop, look and listen when you hear the lifeguard’s whistle blow.
  • Have fun, be safe and keep your language and behavior family friendly.