Youth Swim Lessons

Swimming is a vital skill that makes life safer and more fun. Understanding water safety and how to swim minimizes the risk of drowning while building self-reliance, self-confidence, and fitness abilities. We offer swim lessons for children ages 3 years to 14 years. All ability levels are welcome.

Swim lessons are tailored to the child’s age, swimming ability, level of physical development and confidence in the water. Participants advance as they become more skilled.

 

Metuchen YMCA

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Parent/Child Swim Lessons (Ages 6 months to 5 years)
  • Shrimp/Kipper (Ages 6-12 months)

    Children explore the water through songs and games with a trusted adult participating. Due to health regulations, children in these classes must wear plastic pants over a swim diaper.
  • Inia/Perch (Ages 1-3 years)

    Children explore the water through songs and games, with more independent movement, with a trusted adult participating. Due to health regulations, children in these classes must wear plastic pants over a swim diaper.
  • Seahorse (Ages 3-5 years)

    Children who are afraid of the water or who have never been in a pool before will explore the water through songs and games, with more independent movement, with a trusted adult participating.
Preschool Swim Lessons (Ages 3-5 years)
  • Pike (Ages 3-6 years)

    This is your child's first swimming experience without a parent or guardian. This class focuses on water adjustment, kicking, blowing bubbles and padding with assistance. Children wear floatation belts
  • Eel (Ages 3-6 years)

    Children entering an Eel class should be comfortable padding on front and back across the pool unassisted. Stroke development, independent swimming and personal safety are emphasized.
  • Ray (Ages 3-6 years)

    Children in this class can swim full length of the pool independently on front and back. They will be introduced to rotary breathing and will increase endurance and self-confidence.
  • Starfish (Ages 3-6 years)

    Children in this class can swim front and back crawl full length of the pool without assistance. They will be able to float and tread water for 15 seconds. This class will focus on rotary breathing, stroke refinement and endurance.
Youth Swim Lessons (Ages 6-12 years)
  • Polliwog 1 (Ages 6-12 years)

    This class is for the beginner swimmer with no previous water experience. The focus will be on water adjustment, front/back float and paddle. Proper use of flotation devices will be stressed.
  • Polliwog 2 (Ages 6-12 years)

    This class is held in the Hoppel Pool. Children can swim 1 length of pool Freestyle with proper Rotary Breathing an Backstroke without stopping or hanging on wall. Emphasis is on proper body position, floating, gliding, and personal water safety.
  • Guppy (Ages 6-12 years)

    Guppy is an advance beginner class. Children in this level can swim 2 lengths of the pool Freestyle with Rotary Breathing and Backstroke with proper form. They start learning to dive.
  • Minnow (Ages 6-12 years)

    In this level children swim 50 yards Freestyle with Rotary Breathing and Backstroke. They float and tread water for 1 minute and are introduced to Breaststroke. Emphasis is on stroke refinement and endurance. 45 minute class
  • Fish (Ages 6-12 years)

    In Fish level children swim 75 yards Freestyle and backstroke. Backstroke is refined and butterfly is introduced. Endurance and stroke refinement are stressed as well as diving skills. 45 minute class
  • Flying Fish (Ages 6-12 years)

    In this level children swim 100 yards Freestyle and backstroke, 50 yards Breaststroke and 25 yards Butterfly. Diving skills are refined and endurance is stressed. 45 minute class.
  • Shark (Ages 6-12 years)

    Child must be proficient in all 4 strokes. They are introduced to individual Medley and competition starts, turns and finishes. Diving skills are refined and emphasis is on building endurance. 45 minute class.
  • Stroke Mechanics (Ages 6-18 years)

    This class is for those who completed the Shark level and are interested in joining a swim team. Emphasis is on stroke refinement, racing starts, turns and finishes and proper diving. 45 minute class
  • Special Needs Swim (Ages 3-15 years)

    A swim class for children ages 3-15 who have special needs. This class is small and usually held with one-on-one instruction. Contact Danica Lindsey at 732-548-2044 ext.2212 for more information.

Edison YMCA

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Parent/Child Swim Lessons (Ages 6 months to 5 years)
  • Inia/Perch (Ages 6 months-3 years)

    No previous water experience needed. Children explore the water through songs and games with a trusted adult participating. Special Note: Due to health regulations children in these classes must wear plastic pants over a swim diaper.
  • Seahorse (Ages 3-5 years)

    For children afraid of or are inexperienced with water. This class will prepare the child for the Pikes class.
Preschool Swim Lessons (Ages 3-5 years)
  • Pike (Ages 3-5 years)

    This is your child's first swimming experience without a parent or guardian. This class focuses on water adjustment, kicking, blowing bubbles and paddling with assistance. Children wear flotation belts. Children must 3 years old by the first class. For the beginner who cannot swim independently while wearing floatation.
  • Eel (Ages 3-5 years)

    Children entering Eel class should be comfortable paddling on front and back across the pool unassisted. Stroke development, independent swimming and personal safety are emphasized. Prerequisite: Can paddle on front, back and side for 25 yards while wearing a floatation belt and for 6 yards without one; is comfortable blowing bubbles for 3 seconds with entire face in the water.
  • Ray (Ages 3-5 years)

    Children in this class can swim full length of the pool independently on front and back. They will be introduced to rotary breathing and will increase endurance and self-confidence. Prerequisite: Can paddle on front (with rotary breathing), side and back for 12 yards without flotation.
  • Starfish (Ages 3-5 years)

    Children in this class can swim front and back crawl full length of the pool without assistance. They will be able to float and tread water for 15 seconds. This class will focus on rotary breathing, stroke refinement and endurance. Prerequisite: Can swim rudimentary front and back crawl for 25yards without floatation.
Youth Swim Lessons (Ages 6-12 years)
  • Polliwog 1 (Ages 6-12 years)

    This class is for the beginner swimmer with no previous water experience. This focus will be on water adjustment, front/back float and paddle. Proper use of floatation devices will be stressed. Prerequisite: Can paddle on front, back and side for 12 yards with a floatation belt and for 3 yards without one; is comfortable putting entire face in the water.
  • Polliwog 2 (Ages 6-12 years)

    Children can swim 1 length of the pool Freestyle with proper rotary breathing and Backstroke without stopping or hanging on the wall. Emphasis is on proper body position, floating, gliding, and personal water safety. Prerequisite: Can paddle on front (with rotary breathing), side and back for 12 yards without floatation.
  • Guppy (Ages 6-12 years)

    Guppy is an advanced beginner class. Children in this level can swim 2 lengths of the pool Freestyle with Rotary Breathing and Backstroke with proper form. They start learning to dive. Prerequisite: Can perform rudimentary front crawl for 25 yards without floatation using rhythmic breathing, as well as rudimentary back crawl for 25 yards without floatation.
  • Minnow (Ages 6-12 years)

    In this level children swim 50 yards Freestyle with Rotary Breathing and Backstroke. They float and tread water for 1 minute and are introduced to Breaststroke. Emphasis is on stroke refinement and endurance. Prerequisite: Can perform freestyle, backstroke and elementary backstroke for 25 yards without floatation. Note: Swimmer must have stamina to maintain 50 yards of continual swim.
  • Fish (Ages 6-12 years)

    In fish level children swim 75 yards Freestyle and Backstroke. Breaststroke is refined and Butterfly is introduced. Endurance and stroke refinement are stressed as well as diving skills. Prerequisite: Can perform freestyle, backstroke, and elementary backstroke for 50 yards of continual swim as well as 25 yards of rudimentary Breaststroke.
  • Flying Fish (Ages 6-12 years)

    In this level children swim 100 yards Freestyle and Backstroke, 50 yards Breaststroke and 25 yards Butterfly. Diving skills are refined and endurance is stressed. Prerequisite: can perform Freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, elementary backstroke, and sidestroke for 50 yards of continual swim.
  • Shark (Ages 6-12 years)

    Child must be proficient in all 4 strokes. They are introduced to Individual Medley and competition starts, turns and finishes. Diving skills are refined and emphasis is on building endurance. Prerequisite: Can perform freestyle, backstroke, and sidestroke for 100 yards of continual swim as well as 25 years of butterfly.
  • Porpoise (Ages 6-12 years)

    This class is for advanced swimmers after completing Shark. Swimmers will swim laps, demonstrating good form in all strokes and volunteer for a half hour to help them understand personal safety and aquatic leadership

South Amboy YMCA

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Parent/Child Swim Lessons (Ages 6 months to 5 years)
  • Shrimp/Kipper (Ages 6-12 months)

    Intro to water through songs and games.
  • Inia/Perch (Ages 1-3 years)

    Involves an introduction to swimming skills through songs and games with more independent movement.
  • Seahorse (Ages 3-5 years)

    For children who are ready for structured lessons, but not ready for an independent class.
Preschool Swim Lessons (Ages 3-5 years)
  • Pike (Ages 3-6 years)

    This is your child's first swimming experience without a parent or guardian. This class focuses on water adjustment, kicking, blowing bubbles, and paddling with assistance. Children wear flotation belts.
  • Eel (Ages 3-6 years)

    Children entering an eel class should be comfortable paddling on front and back across the pool unassisted. Stroke development, independent, swimming, and personal safety are emphasized.
  • Ray (Ages 3-6 years)

    Children in this class can swim full length of the pool independently on front and back. They will be introduced to rotary breathing and will increase endurance and self-confidence.
  • Starfish (Ages 3-6 years)

    Child can swim front and back crawl full length of pool without assistance. They will be able to float and tread water for 15 seconds. Class will focus on rotary breathing, stroke refinement and endurance.
  • Safety Around Water

    Free 1 week program. Ages 3-18 are welcome to come Monday through Friday from 4:30-5:30pm.  Students will learn about boat safety and proper behavior in & around water.
Stroke & Turn Clinic
  • Stroke and Turn Clinic 2 Days

    This program is for participants already on our SABY swim team!!!
    Pick your days Tuesday & Thursday 6:30-7:45pm, Saturday 11-12:15pm.
  • Stroke and Turn Clinic 3 Day

    This program is for participants already on our SABY swim team!!!
    Pick your days Tuesday & Thursday 6:30-7:45pm, Saturday 11-12:15pm.
Youth Swim Lessons (Ages 6-12 years)
  • Polliwog 1 (Ages 6-12 years)

    This class is for the beginner swimmer with no previous water experience. This focus will be on water adjustment, front/back float and paddle. Proper use of floatation devices will be stressed. Prerequisite: Can paddle on front, back and side for 12 yards with a floatation belt and for 3 yards without one; is comfortable putting entire face in the water.
  • Polliwog 2 (Ages 6-12 years)

    Swimmers can swim one length of the pool. Freestyle with proper rotary breathing and backstroke without stopping or hanging on the wall. Focus on proper body position, floating, gliding, and personal water safety.
  • Guppy (Ages 6-12 years)

    This is an advanced beginner class. Children in this level can swim 2 lengths of the pool freestyle w/rotary breathing and backstroke w/proper form. They start learning to dive.
  • Minnow (Ages 6-12 years)

    Children will swim 50 yards freestyle with rotary breathing and backstroke. They float and tread water for 1 minute and are introduced to breaststroke. Emphasis on stroke refinement.
  • Fish (Ages 6-12 years)

    Children swim 75 yards freestyle and backstroke. Breaststroke is refined and butterfly is introduced. Endurance and stroke refinement are stressed as well as diving skills.
  • Flying Fish (Ages 6-12 years)

    In this level children swim 100 yards freestyle and backstroke, 50 yards breaststroke and 25 yards butterfly. Diving skills and flip turns are refined and endurance is stressed.
  • Shark (Ages 6-12 years)

    Child must be proficient in all 4 strokes. Introduced to individual medley and competition starts, turns, and finishes. Diving skills are refined and emphasis is on building endurance.
  • Stroke Mechanics (Ages 6-18 years)

    Emphasis on stroke refinement and in techniques to increase speed. Swimmers will learn racing starts, turns, and finishes. Designed for children that have completed the progressive swim lessons.
  • Safety Around Water

    Free 1 week program. Ages 3-18 are welcome to come Monday through Friday from 4:30-5:30pm.  Students will learn about boat safety and proper behavior in & around water.
Autism Swims
A class designed for those with Autism.
  • Autism Swims