Swim Lessons

YMCA swim lessons encourage children and adults to learn proper swimming technique and understand the importance of water safety. Classes emphasize having fun while learning from qualified instructors.

Swim Lesson Policies

  • You must have a membership to register for swim lessons.
  • Members may register or make a lesson change at any time.
  • If a child misses three lessons in a row for reasons other than documented illness, the space will be forfeited.
  • If a membership is on hold, the child will be removed from the lessons.
  • Evaluations are done approximately every 6 – 8 weeks.
  • Little Swimmer disposable swim pants MUST be worn for all children who need to wear diapers.
  • Swim caps are mandatory at the YMCA.
  • Parents must sign their children under the age of 10 in and out of lessons with the Instructor.
  • One adult per child in Otter level and below is required in the pool.
  • Please show up already dressed in swim attire to minimize locker use.

Preschool Swimming Lessons

1 – 2 yrs

Safety education for adults with child, attempt assisted front and back float, front and back tow with buoyant aid, bubble blowing and learning to get their face wet. These skills will be taught through songs, games and play.

**** Due to COVID-19 – All Swimming Lesson Participants in a preschool level, Otter, or Seal class must be accompanied by their parent or guardian in the water. ****

1 – 2 yrs

Safety education for adults with child including a variety of entering/exiting the water techniques, assisted front and back floats, surface support, kicking, submersion and object retrieval. Skills will be taught through songs, games and play.

**** Due to COVID-19 – All Swimming Lesson Participants in a preschool level, Otter, or Seal class must be accompanied by their parent or guardian in the water. ****

Bobbers, part of the YMCA L’il Dipper program, is for children 3-5 years old who are new to swimming. Children are encouraged to attend without a parent.

In Bobbers, we’ll continue to introduce fun activities in the water to activate the movements that will eventually lead to swimming. By the end, your child will be comfortable having their face in the water, and will have learned basic movements while being supported.

Bobbers is taught in small groups by a certified YMCA Swim Instructor who will help your children feel comfortable in the water without a parent, however parents must be ready to get in the water and participate if the instructor deems necessary.

**** Due to COVID-19 – All Swimming Lesson Participants in a preschool level, Otter, or Seal class must be accompanied by their parent or guardian in the water. ****

Floaters, part of the YMCA L’il Dipper program, is for children 3-5 years old who have completed Bobbers or equivalent.

In Floaters, we introduce floating and gliding, and continue to practice other movements. Through structured activities and play, children will also become comfortable submerging themselves under water.

Children are encouraged to attend independent of their parent. Floaters is taught in small groups by a certified YMCA Swim Instructor who will continue to encourage your child to build their confidence in the water.

**** Due to COVID-19 – All Swimming Lesson Participants in a preschool level, Otter, or Seal class must be accompanied by their parent or guardian in the water. ****

Gliders, part of our YMCA L’il Dipper program, is for children who are 3-5 years old and have completed Floaters or show an equivalent level of competence.

In Gliders, children will combine kicking with gliding to learn how to propel themselves through the water.

Gliders is taught in small groups by a certified YMCA Swim Instructor who will encourage your child’s progression. Children are encouraged to attend without a parent.

**** Due to COVID-19 – All Swimming Lesson Participants in a preschool level, Otter, or Seal class must be accompanied by their parent or guardian in the water. ****

Divers, part of our YMCA L’il Dipper program, is for children who are 3-5 years old and have completed Gliders or show an equivalent level of skill.

In Divers, children will combine all the skills they have learned so far to swim on their front and back unaided for a distance of 10 metres. Your child will also learn to jump into and float in deep water unassisted.

Divers is taught in small groups by a certified YMCA Swim Instructor who will tailor the learning experience to your child’s needs. Children are encouraged to attend without a parent.

**** Due to COVID-19 – All Swimming Lesson Participants in a preschool level, Otter, or Seal class must be accompanied by their parent or guardian in the water. ****

5 years old – Completed Divers Level

Child must have passed Divers. Child must be comfortable in the main pool without a lifejacket or belt. Must be able to swim a half-length of the pool.

In this level, children will learn ice safety education, standing/kneeling dives, surface support, front and back somersaults, and front and back swim. Children will spend most of this class in the main pool.

**** Due to COVID-19 – All Swimming Lesson Participants in a preschool level, Otter, or Seal class must be accompanied by their parent or guardian in the water. ****

5 yrs – Completed Divers Level

(Child must have passed Divers. Child must be comfortable in the main pool without a lifejacket or belt and must be able to swim ½ length of pool.)

In this level, children will learn boating safety education, standing dive, surface support, sculling & finning, and surface dives. Children will spend most of this class in the main pool.

**** Due to COVID-19 – All Swimming Lesson Participants in a preschool level, Otter, or Seal class must be accompanied by their parent or guardian in the water. ****

Learn-to Swim School-age Lessons

An introductory level for beginner swimmers aged 6-12 years old, Otter will teach your child the basics of pool safety, going underwater, and gliding on their front and back.

The first of four levels in our national YMCA Learn to Swim program, Otter teaches your child how to stay safe in the water and to develop their swimming skills. During these classes, your child will also select from an optional list of skills to learn during the session.

Otters is taught in small groups by a certified YMCA Swim Instructor who encourages your child to actively participate in their own learning.

**** Due to COVID-19 – All Swimming Lesson Participants in a preschool level, Otter, or Seal class must be accompanied by their parent or guardian in the water. ****

Seal is for children 6-12 years old who have completed Otter or who have equivalent skills. In this level they will further develop the skills of gliding, kicking, and submerging.

The second of four levels in our national YMCA Learn to Swim program, Seal teaches your child how to stay safe in the water and to develop their swimming skills. During this these classes, children will also select from an optional list of skills to learn during the session.

Seal is taught in small groups by a certified YMCA Swim Instructor who will encourage the children to build their confidence in the water.

**** Due to COVID-19 – All Swimming Lesson Participants in a preschool level, Otter, or Seal class must be accompanied by their parent or guardian in the water. ****

Dolphin is for children 6-12 years old who have completed Seal or who demonstrate an equivalent skill set. Your child will be introduced to swimming on their front, back, and under water.

The third of four levels in our national YMCA Learn to Swim program, Dolphin teaches kids how to stay safe in the water and how to develop their swimming skills. During these classes, your child will also select from an optional list of skills to learn during the session.

Dolphin is taught in small groups by a certified YMCA Swim Instructor who will be cheering your child on as they complete their first full swim strokes!

Swimmer is for children 6-12 years old who have completed Dolphin or have equivalent skills. In this class, kids will learn front and back crawl, and how to tread water.

The last level in our national YMCA Learn to Swim program, Swimmer teaches children how to stay safe in the water and how to develop their swimming skills. Children at this level will have achieved a solid foundation of swimming skills and be able to front swim for a distance of 25 metres.

Swimmer is taught in small groups by a certified YMCA Swim Instructor who will inspire your child to reach their potential in the water.

Star 1 is for children 6-12 years old who have completed the Swimmer level in our Learn to Swim program. In this class, kids will learn to use the whip kick on their back and the egg-beater motion for treading water. We will help your child continue to develop the front and back crawl technique and endurance.

As the first level of our YMCA Star Program, Star 1 also introduces your child to other aspects of swimming. Kids select new skills they would like to learn from a list that includes competitive swimming, lifesaving, synchronized swimming, aquatic fitness and water polo.

Star 1 is taught in small groups by a certified YMCA Swim Instructor who will guide your child through each lesson.

Star 2 is for children 6-12 years old who have completed Star 1 or who show an equivalent skill level. At this level we focus on the backstroke while continuing to help kids refine their stroke technique and increase their endurance.

In Star 2, we continue to encourage your child to build on the optional skills they selected in Star 1. Your child may choose to try something new or continue to focus on one area — the choice is theirs! Optional skills include competitive swimming, lifesaving, synchronized swimming, aquatic fitness and water polo.

Star 2 is taught in small groups by a certified YMCA Swim Instructor who will share their passion for swimming.

The third level of our YMCA Star Program, Star 3, is for children 6-12 years old who have completed Star 2 or who show an equivalent skill level. In this level your child will focus on the breaststroke and egg-beater motion for treading water, while continuing to build endurance in the pool. We will also introduce young swimmers to introductory lifesaving concepts.

Building on the optional skills learned in Star 2, kids will select from a new set of skills they would like to learn. They may choose to try something new or focus on one area — the choice is theirs! Skills include competitive swimming, lifesaving, synchronized swimming, aquatic fitness and water polo.

Star 3 is taught in small groups by a certified YMCA Swim Instructor who will nurture the love of swimming in your child.

Star 4 is for children 6-12 years old who have completed Star 3 or who show an equivalent skill level. In this level we will help your child focus on the sidestroke and we will continue to introduce lifesaving skills.

Your child will also continue to explore other interests in the pool by selecting more optional skills to learn. They may choose to try something new or focus on one area — the choice is theirs! Options include competitive swimming, lifesaving, synchronized swimming, aquatic fitness or water polo.

Star 4 is taught in small groups by a certified YMCA Swim Instructor who will work with your child to learn each new skill.

Star 5 is for children 10 years and older who have completed Star 4 or who show an equivalent skill level. We will introduce the butterfly stroke along with lifesaving and first aid elements from the Rookie and Ranger levels of the Canadian Swim Patrol program.

Swimmers will also have the opportunity to continue to develop advanced aquatics skills by selecting from a range of options: advanced strokes, water polo, synchronized swimming or aquatic fitness.

Led by a certified YMCA Swim Instructor, this course will allow swimmers to work together in groups to reach their goals. After completion of Star 5, your child will be eligible to be certified as a Rookie in the Canadian Swim Patrol program.

Star 6 is for children 10 years and older who have completed Star 5 or show an equivalent skill level. Swimmers will continue to develop lifesaving and first aid skills at the Ranger and Star level of the Canadian Swim Patrol program. They will also begin to learn how to teach others to swim.

Star 6 encourages your child to take responsibility for their own learning outcomes by selecting optional skills to learn, including advanced strokes, water polo, synchronized swimming or aquatic fitness.

Led by a certified YMCA Swim Instructor, this course will allow swimmers to work together in groups to reach their goals. After completion of Star 6, your child will be eligible to be certified as a Ranger in the Canadian Swim Patrol program.

Star 7 is for children 10 years and older who have completed Star 6 or show an equivalent skill level, and have a strong interest in pursuing more advanced aquatics certifications. Star 7 bridges to the YMCA Assistant Swim Instructor and Lifesaving Society’s Bronze programs.

In addition to first aid and lifesaving skills, swimmers will also continue to build their abilities by selecting from a list of optional skills to learn, including advanced strokes, water polo, synchronized swimming or aquatic fitness.

Star 7 is led by a certified YMCA Swim Instructor and runs for an hour as a club. Swimmers work together to reach their goals and practice lifesaving skills with each other. At the end of Star 7, your child will be eligible to be certified as a Star in the Canadian Swim Patrol program.

Lifesaving Rescue Club provides enriched training for those who are ready to go beyond learn-to-swim program. This club will continue to develop participants’ swim strokes and provide the skill foundation that prepares them for success in the Lifesaving Society’s Bronze medal awards. Participants must have completed Star 4 or an equivalent level.

Adult Lessons

Our adult swim lessons are drop-in for members, with no registration required. Come out and enhance your swimming skills. From beginner to advanced.

For adults and children 4 years old and over.

Private swim lessons are excellent for anyone who would be more comfortable with one-on-one training. Four half-classes take place over a four-week period, with flexibility for holidays, sickness, etc.  Payment for the private lessons must be made prior to the first lesson. Please contact the Aquatic Director for booking available dates and times.

This introduction to competitive swimming focuses on technique, speed and endurance. It’s a great way for youth to try competitive swimming! Open to all youth ages 10-14 who can swim 25 metres or more non-stop without assistance and have completed the Swimmer swim level. For more information, please contact the Aquatics Office at 857-0606 x 2248 or joey.doucet@ymcamoncton.ca. Each participant will receive a swim cap, flutter board, pull buoy and mesh bag!