The Y has long been known as the gold standard for swim lessons. After all, the Y organized the very first group swim lessons in 1909.
Here at the NSYMCA we continue that tradition. We offer swim lessons for individuals of all ages. Our knowledgable and helpful swim instructors are multilingual, speaking up to seven different languages collectively, ensuring that everyone has a chance to be happy, confident and safe in the water. We offer group and private lessons for all ages and ability levels. Click on a lesson type below to learn more.
6 mos with Adult This is an introduction for children to explore the aquatic environment and become more independent with the help of their parents. *Children must wear swim diapers and rubber pants (snug fitting elastic around the legs) under a swimsuit.
2-4 yrs with Adult At this level children start moving more independently through the water under their parent's guidance. *Children must wear swim diapers and rubber pants (snug fitting elastic around the legs) under a swimsuit.
This level is for the beginner. Emphasis remains on fun; beginner stroke techniques, individual swimming skills, and underwater exploration are also taught. Previous lesson experience is not required, providing that the child experiences no fear in the water or doesn't require the aid of a parent.
Designed to provide students success with fundamental skills, independent swimming, and beginner stroke techniques. Entrance requires successful completion of Pike. Children are taught to perform glides, float, and basic boating safety, and use of PFD's.
This is an advanced preschool class offering refinement of the front and back crawl, advanced body control skills, and endurance work through swimming and treading water. Entrance requires successful completion of EEL.
This is the advanced level for children who are comfortable in the water and can swim 25 yards with an IFD and 20 feet without. Emphasis is placed on endurance, front and back crawl, modified breaststroke and butterfly, and personal, safety, and rescue skills.
Polliwog - Beginner
This is the beginning level for school-age children. Children get acquainted with the pool, use of flotation devices and floating. By the end of this level, they should know the front, side, back paddle, and be able to swim 20 feet without a flotation device.
Guppy - Beginner
This advanced beginner level is for children who will continue to practice and build upon basic skills. They are introduced to the front and back crawl, side-stroke, breaststroke,, and elementary backstroke. Children can swim 25 yards of the pool by the end of this level without the aid of a flotation device. They should also be able to do 25 yards rudimentary rhythmic breathing.
Minnow - Intermediate
Students willl further refine front and back crawl focusing on rotary breathing and flutter kicking. They will also work on elementary, breast, and side-strokes. They will increase their endurance. Children should be able to swim 1 length of the pool using refined front and back crawl and be confortable diving, treading water, and floating.
Fish - Intermediate
This intermediate level is for children who are ready to refine their strokes and turns. They will work on rotary breathing for the front crawl. THey are introduced to the butterfly. Students should be able to perform 50 yards each of the front crawl, breaststroke, elementary backstroke, backstroke, and side-stroke by the end of this level.
Flying Fish - Advanced
At this advanced level, students should be able to swim 200 yards continuously. Children will refine all strokes while increasing their endurance. Students should be able to swim 100 yards of all strokes in good form, except butterfly, which is a minimum of a 25-yard swim with fins and 15 ft. without.
Shark - Advanced
This advanced level is for those who have mastered the competitive strokes. The swimmers continue to refine strokes and increase endurance. Children will be introduced to inverted breaststroke, trudgen crawl, and life-saving skills. They will also perform the 200 yard individual medley.
Porpoise - Advanced
At this final level, students are exposed to a wide range of aquatic experiences. These advanced swimmers learn new strokes and rescue skills, as well as develop leadership skills. They may have the opportunity to aid swim lessons.
Adult Learn To Swim - Beginner
The goal is to teach the non-swimmer to become comfortable and confident in the water by learning the fundamentals of swimming. Various kicks, arm strokes, breathing, float and recovery, swimming on your front and back, and water acclimation will be covered. Bring goggles.
Adult Learn To Swim - Intermediate
Develop confidence and efficiency with the front crawl and back stroke in all areas of the pool. Participants also begin to learn the basics of breaststroke.
Adult Stroke Refinement
Prerequisite: Ability to swim 25 yards on your front and back comfortably, face in the water, float front and back, ability to tread water. This class continues forward with progression of skills and stroke refinement for front crawl, backstroke, breaststroke, and elementary backstroke. Drills are used to build strength, endurance, and proper breathing techniques.