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The Y offers a wide range of swimming options for the whole family. Swimming builds self-confidence and develops the whole person – spirit, mind and body. Classes are divided into ability groups while trained instructors who emphasize personal safety, swimming skills, endurance and social skills guided with praise and encouragement.

Group Swim Lessons

All sessions include eight lessons.

Parent/child and preschool lessons are 30 minutes.  Cost: $40/session for members; $80/session for non-members

Youth and adult lessons are 45 minutes. Cost: $50/session for members; $90/session for non-members  



April 4 - April 28



May 2 - May 26



June 13 - July 25



Parent and Child Lessons (6-36 months)  Little ones get an introduction to the water in a nurturing environment. Our instructors guide parents through teaching basic water safety and skills with songs and games. It’s a great first experience! (One adult must accompany each child. A swim diaper is required and can be purchased at the front desk.)  Thursdays at 5:30pm. $40 for members, $80 for nonmembers.

Preschool Swim Lessons (3 years - 5 years)  Children are grouped by ability level and taught personal safety, independent swimming and floating skills. Our instructors build swimmers’ confidence while enabling them to grow independently in the water. Monday/Wednesday classes at 4:30, 5:00 or 5:30pm. Eight 30 minute lessons for $40 (members) or $80 (nonmembers.)

Class descriptions  

Pike is for non-swimmers. Instruction focuses on assisted floating, kicking, paddling and getting comfortable in the water.

Eel is for children who are comfortable in the water by themselves or have passed Pike swimming level. Instruction focuses on floating, kicking and proper arm strokes independently in the water on child's front and back.  

Ray is for children who are able to float, kick and perform arm strokes independently. Instruction focuses on continuing child's freestyle and backstroke, along with learning freestyle side breathing and breaststroke kick.  

Starfish is for children able to swim several yards of freestyle and do backstroke and breaststroke without assistance.  

Youth Swim Lessons (6-12 years) Swimmers are grouped by ability and receive an introduction to all of the strokes. Programs focus on personal growth, safety, rescue skills, diving and water games. Tuesday/Thursday classes at 4:30, 5:15 or 6:00pm. Eight 45 minute lessons for $50 (members) or $90 (nonmembers.)

Class descriptions  

Polliwog is for non-swimmers. Instruction focuses on floating, kicking and paddling on front and back with assistance.

Guppy is for children who have completed Polliwog. Instruction focuses on floating, kicking and proper arm strokes independently in the water on child's front and back.  

Minnow is for children who can swim freestyle and backstroke independently with proper body position, straight leg kicks and arms out of the water. Instruction focuses on freestyle breathing to the side, breaststroke kick and breaststroke arms. 

Fish is for children who can swim 25 yards of freestyle breathing to the side and backstroke. Swimmers learn breaststroke, dolphin kick and butterfly arms.  

Adult Swim Lessons 18 years+ If you have little or no aquatic experience, take this opportunity to develop new lifelong skills or improve your current abilities. Our separate teen and adult classes offer supportive lessons designed to build confidence while you learn.

Private Swim Lessons  

Private Swim Lessons (3 years+)  Participants can learn how to swim or choose personal training to improve competitive skills. All lessons are 30 minutes.  

Private Swim Lesson Registration

At the Y, we strive to include and accommodate all people. If you or your child requires extra assistance in a swim lesson or you'd like to schedule private lessons for an individual with a physical or developmental disability, please contact Richard Kendall, (919) 778-8557 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .




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