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: 12 and up
Our adult swim lessons are for individuals 13 years of age and up. Class size is limited to ten and the structure of the class will be based on the level of swimmers in the class. 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.
Days & Times:
Tuesday, 7:00 – 7:45 pm
Facility Members: $70
Community Members: $140
Ages: 5 – 18 years
The Sprinters Swim team is open to all boys and girls interested in individual and team competition. Everyone participates and acquires a sense of achievement. The Valley YMCA competes in the Yankee Cluster Swimming League. Individuals will be placed into practice groups according to their ability with the potential to advance into the next group as their performance improves. During meets, individuals compete by age groups against rival teams. To comply with the Yankee Cluster League requirements, all swimmers must be full privilege members of the YMCA.
Yellow Group: Beginner swimmers and or younger swimmers.
Green Group: Improving swimmers who can swim all four of the strokes. Also includes younger swimmers (10 and under) with competitive experience.
Blue Group: Experience in competition and can swim all four strokes. Most swimmers in this group should be at least 10 years of age.
Red Group: Experienced in competition and can swim all four strokes well. Most swimmers in this group should be at least 11 years of age.
Gold Group: Most experienced and skilled members of the team. Most swimmers in this group should be at least 12 years of age.
For further information about the swim team, please contact the Y at 203-736-9622.
Ages: 18 and up
We offer several fitness classes that take advantage of the unique properties of water. The workouts will include a warm up, aerobics, toning, stretching and cool down. Come join the fun! Classes offered during the day and evenings.
Classes are taught by American Red Cross Instructors. First Time certifications and re-certifications are available for Lifeguarding and CPR for the Professional Rescuer. Lifeguarding candidates must be 15 years and older, be able to swim 550 yards non-stop, and must be able to tread water for 3 minutes. Contact the Y for more information.
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.