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.

You Can Be Whistle Worthy

lifeguards 1Lifeguard Course

Our Y offers Red Cross Waterfront Life Guard certification courses throughout the year. The course includes CPR, AED and First Aid certifications for ages 15 years and up. Candidates must be able to swim 550 yards non-stop and tread water for three minutes. All participants must take and pass the pre-test before registering for class. We are offering a blended learning course, online and classroom. Participants must attend all classes. Four dates and times offered, choose the one that works best for you.

FEE: $275 for Y Member, $375 Program Participant

CLASS INCLUDES: A two year certification for CPR for the Professional Rescuer, First Aid and AED Training, Waterfront Lifeguard Certification

WHEN: May 11, Pre-test at 1pm, Classroom hours: May 18, 9am-6pm; May 19, 9am-4pm

May 25, Pre test at 1pm, Classroom hours: June 1, 9am-6pm; June 2, 9am-4pm

June 8, Pre-test at 1pm, Classroom hours: June 15, 9am-6pm; June 16, 9am-4pm

June 22, Pre-test at1pm, Classroom hours: June 29, 9am-6pm; June 30, 9am-4pm

Fun In The Sun

kayakingBeach Club

Beach Club is a wonderful opportunity for children to make friends and enjoy the beautiful costal area we are blessed to live in. Participants get lots of exercise and have fun in the water, sand, and sun; a perfect combination of what we all need now more then ever! There is never a dull moment as we swim, fish, clam, kayak, and paddleboard. Participants should be strong swimmers having the ability to swim 25 yards without any floatation, be comfortable in open water, as well as treading and swimming in deep water. Participants will need to bring their energy and endurance as it is a very physical program. Join us as we explore Fairfield’s five beautiful beaches and estuaries, as well as form friendships that will last a lifetime.

WHEN: Monday through Friday, June 24-August 12

TIME: 9am– 2:30 p.m

FEES: Members $225/Program Participants $360

Splash into Summer

half day swim schoolHalf Day Swim School

In this 5-day swim lesson program, children learn to swim and be safe in and around the water. Half Day Swim School is designed for children ages 3-10 years old, who want to learn to swim or improve their swim strokes. Children swim twice a day, enjoy a snack and have lots of fun.

SESSIONS: June – August

TIME: 9:00 am – 12:00pm or 1:00 pm -4:00pm

HOW TO REGISTER: Registration begins March 9 for Members, April 6 for Program Participants. Register online, or call the Y’s Welcome Center Desk at 203-255-2834.

For more information contact, Amanda Goodwin or Russ Spodenko 203 255 2834 ext. 2325 agoodwin@cccymca.org/rspodenko@cccymca.org


Adaptive Aquatics

AGES: 3 and up

This one to one class is open to all individuals with cognitive and/or physical disabilities and is designed to provide a positive recreational and educational experience for all participants. Existing YMCA Swim Lesson Programs will be adapted to meet individual needs. This program is for all levels. An adult may accompany if needed.

Private and Semi-Private Swim Lessons

AGES: 3 and up

One-on-one swim lessons with a trained swim instructor. Each 30-minute session is scheduled between the instructor and the participant. Registration form: 2024-CCC-YMCA-Private-Semi-Private-Swim-Lesson-Registration

CONTACT: Maureen Scinto, Director of Aquatics, at 203 255 2834 ext. 2318 or MScinto@cccymca.org

Lifeguard Certifications

Classes are taught by American Red Cross Instructors. First Time certifications and re-certifications are available for Lifeguarding and CPR for the Professional Rescuer. Lifeguarding candidates must be 15 years and older, be able to swim 550 yards non-stop, and must be able to tread water for 3 minutes. Check out our schedule of training or contact Maureen Scinto at 203 255 2834 ext. 2318 or MScinto@cccymca.org for more information.

Lap Swimming Etiquette


  • Swimmers are encouraged to contribute to an atmosphere of cooperation and courtesy.
  • Always enter from the shallow end.
  • A maximum of five swimmers are permitted in each lane during lap swimming.
  • Please swim with others of similar speed. Lifeguards will move swimmers to the appropriate lane when necessary.
  • Always let swimmers in your lane know when you are entering the water.
  • Always circle swim counter-clockwise when three or more swimmers are in a lane.
  • Fins and/or kickboards are not permitted during circle swim.
  • Allow faster swimmers to pass. Passing always occurs on the left of the swimmer or at the end walls.
  • Do not stand at the ends of the pool for an extended period of time.
  • Teens age fourteen and older may participate in lap swimming.


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.