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. 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.
ARE YOU WHISTLE WORTHY?
Become a Certified Lifeguard
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 completion of online prerequisite courses prior to first day of class.
When: Winter Course: Monday, 12/28 10am to 5pm / Tuesday, 12/29 10am to 5pm / Wednesday, 12/30 10am – 4pm
Fees: Member: $275 / Community Member: $375
For more information or to register, please contact our Membership Services Representatives at 203-375-5844.
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 email@example.com. 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
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
Under Water Hockey
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lap Swimming Etiquette
TEMPORARY LAP SWIMMING ETIQUETTE
So that we can meet State of CT, CDC and our Health Department guidelines for health and safety, the following adjustments are being made to our Lap Swim Etiquette, temporarily:
- Advance reservations for lap swimming are required so that we can properly clean areas and maintain social distancing in tight common areas such as doorways and hallways.
- Lap swimmers must have the ability to swim the length of the pool without a floatation device.
- One swimmer per lane for a maximum of 45 minutes as recommended by the State of Connecticut.
- Face masks are required in common areas such as the pool deck. Face masks should be removed before entering the pool. Lifeguards will be wearing face masks when 6 feet from others.
- Bring your own aquatic equipment – towels, kickboards, noodles and goggles please. Equipment is temporarily unavailable.
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 have be accompanied by adult in the water within arm’s reach while in the swimming pool.
- 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.