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.
Ages: 6 – 15 years
The Lakewood Lightning Swim Team 2019 season is rapidly approaching! Once again we will be having one unified team, intended to benefit everyone. We will have daily practices as well as swim meets throughout the summer. Our meets are designed to give swimmers a fun opportunity to showcase their skills and demonstrate how hard they have worked in practice.
Registration: Online registration is unavailable for the Lakewood Lightning swim team. Please fill out this form: 2019 LIGHTNING INFO REGISTRATION FORM and bring it to the Y. For more information, please call 203 445 9633
Ages: 3 and up
One-on-one swim lessons with a trained swim instructor are held each summer at the Outdoor Family Center. Each 30-minute session is scheduled between the instructor and the participant.
Registration: Please call 203 445 9633 for more information. 2018 Private Swim Lesson Form
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.