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.
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.
This course is designed to give participants the skills and knowledge needed to be a lifeguard. This comprehensive course offers up to date information on how to guard, anticipate and prevent problems and to take actions to help those in need. CPR, First Aid, AED, and O2 certifications are included in the cost of the program. Participants must pass a swim test on the first day of class in order to remain registered. All class times are required for certification in addition to completion of online prerequisite courses prior to first day of class. Limited spots available.
Lifeguard candidates who apply, are hired, and able to work up to 10 hours weekly for 6 months can get fee waived.
Call or stop by the New Haven YMCA Youth Center to Register today!
WHEN: Full Certification: Monday-Friday: 4/18-4/22, 10:00am-4:00pm / Recertification: Thursday-Friday: 4/21-4/22, 10:00am-4:00pm
FEE: 1st Time Lifeguard Members $275 / Community Members $375
Lifeguard Recertification Members $50 / Community Members $100
For more information or to register, please contact the New Haven YMCA Youth Center at 203-776-9622, extension 2212 or email Kathryn Forsyth, at email@example.com.
At the New Haven YMCA Youth Center Walk-in program kids build self-esteem, values and leadership skills.
Our Walk-in Program provides a safe environment where teens can focus on developing confidence and character with trained professionals guiding them. Participants will be able to take part in open gym basketball, open swim and have access to computers for homework support on scheduled days.
When: Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays
When: Tuesdays & Thursdays
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.