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.

Are You Whistle Worthy?

Lifeguard Certification Course at the Stratford YMCA

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. 

Call or stop by the Stratford YMCA to Register today!

AGES: 15+

WHEN: Full Certification:  October 1, October 2, October 8 – 9:00am-5:00pm

Recertification: October 1, October 2 – 9:00am-5:00pm

FEE:  1st Time Lifeguard Members $275 / Program Participant $375

Lifeguard Recertification Members $50 /   Program Participant $100

For more information or to register, please contact our District Aquatics Director, Oscar Rodriguez E: orodriguez@cccymca.org.



Adaptive Swim Experience

The focus for our Adaptive Swim Experience program is to help children with diverse abilities learn an important life skill and support them in gaining the knowledge, ability, and stamina to become strong and confident swimmers.

Y instructors use child-centered methods and flexible teaching to deliver
instruction to children of varying abilities. This one-on-one program is
designed to give the swimmer individualized attention needed to
address their needs.

WHEN:  Flexible Scheduling – 8 forty-five minute lessons.

FEE:  Free made possible by grant funding.

For more information or to register, please contact our District Aquatics Director, Oscar Rodriguez E orodriguez@cccymca.org.

BSY Torpedoes Swim Team

Fall 2022 Swim Team

“Shaping the mind, body, and spirit into a streamlined vessel built for enduring success in life and the sport of competitive swimming.” – BSY Mission

Our team offers a stimulating, enjoyable program that stresses stroke technique, starts, turns, and basic to advanced training. Our team ranges from entry level competitive swimmers to National Championship caliber swimmers – all are welcome and encouraged to swim with the BSY Torpedoes!

Register Today!

Swim Team Universal Payments & Fees:  Youth Membership plus Annual Registration – $80 payable online; due at start of season / Meet Fees – Vary per swim meet, are due the week following each meet

Team Evaluations: Based on swimmer age on December 1, 2022

Fee: $5 By appointment only, please contact head coach Marta Anne Taddeo

Contact bsyswimming@cccymca.org or mtaddeo@cccymca.org

Swimmers must be able to complete a 25 yard length on both stomach and back

Details: BSY 2022 Fall Brochure


Compete In The Fast Lane

swimmer's silhouetteBecome a member of the BSY Torpedo Swim Team at the Stratford YMCA!

Torpedoes will develop and learn the fundamentals and techniques in the 4 competitive strokes; backstroke, butterfly, breaststroke and freestyle starts, plus skills for turns, diving, teamwork, and most importantly ENJOYMENT through swimming. Swimmers are also introduced to competition through USA Swimming and YMCA Swimming with the goal that all swimmers will enjoy the experience and look forward to more.

Stratford Y Swim Team

AGES: 5 – 18 years (participation depends on ability level)

The Stratford YMCA 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 bsyswimming@cccymca.org. For meet details: TeamUnify/BSY Swim Team

Private and Semi-Private Swim Lessons

AGES: 3 and up

One-on-one swim or two-on-one lessons with a trained swim instructor. Each 30-minute session is scheduled between the instructor and the participant.

REGISTRATION: Members may register by filling out our Registration Form at the member service desk. CCC YMCA Private Semi-Private Swim Lesson Registration

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, 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.