This YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy's swim lesson curriculum is designed to increase the accessibility and enjoyment of swimming to all ages and skill levels. The latest evolution of Y Swim Lessons accommodates varying abilities to help foster a sense of achievement as swimmers’ progress between levels. Through this approach, advanced swimmers flow more easily to higher levels while swimmers who need more instruction can learn at their own pace. This results in more confident swimmers who stick with lessons and develop a love for swimming that can last a lifetime.

There are three general categories of Y Swim Lessons:

  • Swim Starters develops water enrichment and aquatic readiness in children ages 6 months to 3 years. This category focuses on developing swim readiness skills through fun and confidence-building experiences. Parents also learn how to supervise children in the water, how to prevent accidents and how to plan for emergencies.
  • Swim Basics develops personal water safety and basic swimming skills in students of all ages. Swimmers develop a high level of comfort in the water by practicing safe water habits, engaging in underwater exploration, and learning how to swim to safety and exit if they fall into a body of water.
  • Swim Strokes introduces and refines stroke technique in older students (school age, teens and adults). Having mastered the fundamentals, students learn additional water safety skills and build stroke technique, developing skills that prevent chronic disease, increase social-emotional and cognitive well-being and foster a lifetime of physical activity.

Metuchen YMCA

Swim Starters Parent/Child Swim Lessons (Ages 6 months to 5 years)
  • Level A/B -Parent and child 6months to 3 years

    6 months to 3 years- ratio 1 instructor to 8 participants (one guardian in water per child)
Swim Basics Swim Lessons (Ages 3-12 years)
  • Level 1- Water Acclimation (ages 3-5)

    Increases comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance. 
  • Level 1- Water Acclimation (ages 6-12)

    Increases comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance. 
  • Level 2-Water Movement (ages 3-5)

    Encourages forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently. 
  • Level 2-Water Movement (ages 6-12)

    Encourages forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently. 
Swim Strokes Swim Lessons (Ages 3-12 years)
  • Level 3/4 -Water Stamina & Stroke Intro (ages 3-5)

  • Level 3-Water Stamina (ages 6-12)

  • Level 4- Stroke Introduction (Ages 6-12 years)

    Introduces basic stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and reinforces water safety through treading water and elementary backstroke.
  • Level 5/6 -Stroke Development& Stroke Mechanics (Ages 5-12 years)

    Introduces breast-stroke and butterfly and reinforces water safety through treading water and sidestroke. 
Teen/Adult Swim Basics (Ages 13+ years)
  • Swim Basics
Private/Semi-Private Swim lessons
1, 4, 8 or 12 lessons available, for 30 or 45 minute sessions.

Please contact Alexis Brown for availability 
Email: alexis.brown@ymcaofmewsa.org

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South Amboy YMCA

Group Swim Lessons
Group Swim Lessons are available at the South Amboy YMCA for ages 3 to 13 years at Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced levels.

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Private Swim Lessons
Your choice of 1, 4 or 8 private lessons, available in 30 or 45 minute sessions.

Please contact Scott Reiners for availability 
Email: scott.reiners@ymcaofmewsa.org

Edison YMCA

Swim Starters Parent/Child Swim Lessons (Ages 6 months to 5 years)
Accompanied by a parent or guardian, infants, toddlers and preschoolers learn to be comfortable in the water and develop swim readiness skills through fun and confidence-building experiences, while parents learn about water safety, drowning prevention, and the importance of supervision.
  • Water Discovery (Ages 6 months- 3 years)

    Introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment.
Swim Basics Swim Lessons (Ages 3-12 years)
Students will learn benchmark skills: swim, float, swim-sequencing front glide, roll, back float, roll, front glide, and exit- and jump push, turn, grab.

Students are taught the recommended skills to have around water including safe water habits, underwater exploration and how to swim to safety and exit in the event of falling into a body of water,  Activities, games, and drills, geared to reinforce learning are utilized heavily as students progress in this skill-based approach to swimming.
  • Beginner: Water Acclimation (Ages 3-5 years)

    Begins by increasing comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue performed with assistance. Progressively encourages forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently. 
  • Water Movement (Ages 3-5 years)

    Encourages forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently. 
  • Water Stamina (Ages 3-5 years)

    Develops intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distances than in previous stages. 
  • Beginner: Water Acclimation (Ages 6-12 years)

    Begins by increasing comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue performed with assistance. Progressively encourages forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently. 
  • Water Movement (Ages 6-12 years)

    Encourages forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently. 
  • Intermediate: Water Stamina (Ages 6-12 years)

    Develops intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distances than in previous stages. Introduces basic stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and reinforces water safety through treading water and elementary backstroke.
Swim Basics Swim Lessons (Ages 13+ years)
Students will learn benchmark skills: swim, float, swim-sequencing front glide, roll, back float, roll, front glide, and exit- and jump push, turn, grab.

Students are taught the recommended skills to have around water including safe water habits, underwater exploration and how to swim to safety and exit in the event of falling into a body of water,  Activities, games, and drills, geared to reinforce learning are utilized heavily as students progress in this skill-based approach to swimming.
  • Beginner: Water Acclimation Men Only (Ages 13+ years)

    Increases comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance. 
  • Beginner: Water Acclimation Women Only (Ages 13+ years)

    Increases comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance. 
  • Water Movement (Ages 13+ years)

    Encourages forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently. 
Swim Strokes Swim Lessons (Ages 3-12 years)
Having mastered the fundamentals, students learn additional water safety skills and build stroke technique, developing skills that prevent chronic disease, increase social-emotional and cognitive well-being, and foster a lifetime of physical activity. 

In Stroke Introduction, Stroke Development and Stroke Mechanics, swimmers are introduced to the four competitive swimming strokes  as well as rescue skills and healthy lifestyle habits. 
  • Advanced: Stroke Introduction (3-5 years)

    Develops intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distances than in previous stages. Introduces basic stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and reinforces water safety through treading water and elementary backstroke.
  • Intermediate: Stroke Introduction (Ages 6-12 years)

    Introduces basic stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and reinforces water safety through treading water and elementary backstroke.

  • Advanced: Stroke Development (Ages 6-12 Years)

    Introduces breast-stroke and butterfly and reinforces water safety through treading water and sidestroke. Refines stroke technique on all major competitive strokes and encourages swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle. 
  • Advanced: Stroke Mechanics (Ages 6-12 years)

    Refines stroke technique on all major competitive strokes and encourages swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle. 

Please visit the YMCA at the Piscataway Community Center page for information on swimming lessons at our Piscataway branch.


PRIVATE & SEMI-PRIVATE SWIM LESSONS

We are now offering private and semi-private swim lessons!

Lessons will be offered during operational hours. Private swim lessons are 30 minutes and semi-private swim lessons are 45 minutes. Please contact Aquatics Director prior to purchasing. 

For your health and safety please review our outlined protocol and Standard Operating Procedures.

For Metuchen, please send completed swim lesson request form and aquatics waiver to Alexis Brown at alexis.brown@ymcaofmewsa.org.  Both forms can be found to the right.

For South Amboy, please send completed swim lesson request form and aquatics waiver to Scott Reiners at scott.reiners@ymcaofmewsa.org.  Both forms can be found to the right.

For Piscataway, please contact Aquatics Director Kelly Molinelli at kelly.molinelli@ymcaofmewsa.org or at 732-562-2302, Ext. 5003.

For Edison, please call the branch at 732-494-3232.