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 basic skills and knowledge needed to be lifeguards in pools and aquatic environments. 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 the completion of online prerequisite courses prior to the first day of class. Fall and winter classes available.
WHEN: Winter Course:
Friday, 12/27, 6 pm – 8 pm
Saturday, 12/28, 11 am – 5 pm
Sunday, 12/29, 10 am – 4 pm
FEE: Members $275 / Community Members $375
CONTACT: Scott Buckholz, Director of Healthy Living, P 203-375-5844
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.
AGES: 13 and up
Our adult swim lessons are for individuals 13 years of age and up. The YMCA Adult Lesson plan offers an introduction to the water for those seeking to learn how to swim. The goal of these lessons is to make the adults competent, confident, and successful swimmers.
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 Swim Lesson Registration Form Stratford
Join the Stratford YMCA Water Volleyball Group. Come in and fulfill your weekly need for fun and exercise.
WHEN & TIME: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 1:00-3:00 pm
FEE: Free for Members
Community Members $20.00/8 week session
AGES: 18 and up
The Stratford YMCA’s synchronized swimming club invites other Y swimmers to learn the sport of synchronized swimming. It is a great combination of sport and art. Participants must be at least 18 years of age. Benefits include physical fitness, creative swimming, and a welcoming group atmosphere.
TIME: 8:00 – 8:45 pm
FEE: Free for Members
If you are comfortable in the water and want to join a fun group, this is the group for you! All equipment is provided…just bring your bathing suit and towel. For more information, please contact James Saulnier P 203-426-8824 or E email@example.com.
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.