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.

One-on-one instruction for individuals age 3 yrs and up is also available. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Aquatics Director.


Parent-Child A (Water Discovery)

6 mos - 2 years with Adult Parents accompany their children in stage A, which allows infants and toddlers to gently discover the aquatic emvironment and encourages them to enjoy themselves while learning about the water. Children must wear swim diapers (With snug-fitting elastic around the legs) under a swimsuit.

Parent-Child B (Water Exploration)

2-4 years with Adult In stage B, parents work with their children to explore body positions, floating, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatics skills. Children not yet toilet-trained must wear swim diapers (With snug-fitting elastic around the legs) under a swimsuit.

Gym & Swim

3 years - Kindergarden

This class incorporate a 40-minute gym session with various sports and games before a 40 minute swim lesson.

Preschool Block: Pike (Level 1)

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.

Preschool Block: Eel (Level 2)

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.

Preschool Block: Ray (Level 3)

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.

Preschool Block: Starfish (Level 4)

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.

Deep Water Aerobics

Intensify your workout with greater water resistance in a program that eliminates the impact of exercising while benefiting painful joint problems.

Shallow Water Exercise

This is an ideal form of exercise for all ages and pregnant women. This class promotes strength, increased mobility and flexibility, improved circulation and relaxation.

Cardio Splash

A good high-level aerobic workout without the joint-jarring and musclepounding effects of land exercises.

Gentle Joints

This class is designed for anyone with any joint/mobility problems, recovering from surgery, or simply needing a slow, gentle exercise program.

Aqua Ease

This gentle combination of shallow water and deep water aerobics is perfect for those who want a great all-around workout.

Swim, Stretch & Socialize

Combine lap swim with water exercise for the foundation of good relationships and conversation that ranges from recipes to movies to current events!