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.
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. Students who took lessons under the previous Y swim lesson structure (with level names like Pike, Ray, Eel) can easily transition to the new curriculum. 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.
Through the Safety Around Water program, parents and caregivers will be encouraged to help their children learn fundamental water safety and swimming skills. During the course, child will learn how to respond if they find themselves in unexpected water situations – – from how to reach the water’s surface if they submerge to safely reaching a pool’s edge or exiting any body of water.
For detailed program information, please contact our Aquatics Department or Member Service Team. Class times and locations vary by program and Y Branch.
Great for your first water experience. Water walking is a fun, practical alternative to walking on land. Our eight-week Water Walking program offers a very low cardiovascular workout. Enjoy the heated indoor pool, which also helps your joints move easily. Participants use water-joggers to stay afloat, water weights for resistance and other equipment to make water walking more enjoyable. A variety of equipment make this class a versatile and challenging that will improve your strength, balance, and increase bone density.
Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:15am – 12:45pm
Fee: $30 per program session
We provide classes of all kinds for children with disabilities. Classes are tailored around the individual or group’s needs. Instructors will lead the class in water adjustment, water safety and stroke development. An emphasis will be placed on increasing flexibility, balance, range of motion, muscle tone and coordination as well as general social skills.
Registration: You may register by filling out an Adaptive Swim Lesson Request Form at the member service desk and will be contacted shortly thereafter by Aquatic Director.
Package: 30 minutes – 6 sessions $135.00
Ages: 18 and over
Want to learn how to swim but you think you’re too “old”? Not here. At the Bridgeport Y, we offer personalized teaching through step-by-step goals to get you moving throughout the pool independently. As safety is a priority while in and around water, participants will also learn valuable water safety skills that can help save a life.
Registration: You may register by coming to our 850 Park Ave location to sign up. Already a YMCA member? Call us at P 203 334 5551 to speak with our Aquatic Department or our Member Services Team.
8-week session: Tuesdays 6:45-7:30pm, Member: $82 / Community Member: $164
Bring the kids to our warm water pool for quality family time during our Family Open Swim Program. Families are welcome to bring children of all ages to enjoy our pool. Children under the age of 12 must have a supervising adult with them in the pool area. Children 9 and under are required to have a parent in the water, ages 9-12 need a parent on deck. Any non-swimmer must wear a US Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Device in the shallow end of the pool and must have an adult in the water within arm’s reach. To swim in the deep end, a swim test will be administered by lifeguard.
Days: Wednesdays Time: 6:30-7:30PM
Fee: Adults (ages 18+) $10 & Youth (ages 0-17) $5
Enjoy an hour of swimming in our heated pool with family and friends! Pool parties include community room for 1 hour. A parent/guardian, at least 18 years of age, must accompany any child 5 and under in the water at all times. Parents/guardians of children under age 8 who have passed the swim test must remain on the pool deck. All swimmers age 8 or older who have passed the swim test may use the pool on their own.
Any non-swimmer must wear a US Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Device in the shallow end of the pool and must have an adult in the water within arm’s reach. All participants in the water will be totaled.
Availability: Saturdays 2:30-4:30PM / Pool Time: 2:30-3:30PM
Rates: $250 (max 25 participants). Additional fees may apply depending on number of participants.
Contact Justine Dupree, Aquatic Director, for more details or to schedule a tour and learn more about the facility.
Ages: 5 – 18 years (participation depends on ability level)
A collaborative effort between the Bridgeport and Stratford Ys, our team offers a stimulating, enjoyable program that stresses stroke technique, endurance, sportsmanship, goal-setting and leadership. We strive to do all this in an environment that embraces the YMCA’s philosophy of building spirit, mind and body for all. We believe these qualities serve our swimmers well in the pool, but also in the classroom and in life.
Practices take place weeknights at the Stratford Y, 3045 Main Street, Stratford. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org. For meet details: TeamUnify/BSY Swim Team
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. Bring a friend or family member, two-on-one semi-private swim lessons are available as well.
Registration: You may register by filling out a Private Lesson Request Form at the member service desk and will be contacted shortly thereafter by Aquatic Director.
Individual Lessons: $60 for 1 / $95 for 2 / $150 for 4
Semi-Private Lessons: $70 for 1 / $115 for 2 / $195 for 4
Our lifeguards are on the pool deck 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.