As “America’s swim instructor,” the YMCA teaches children of all ages from all backgrounds that water should be fun, not feared, if you know how to be safe around water. We provide equal opportunity for all, ensuring everyone has the tools they need to be confident in and around water.
Watch our video to learn about the impact our Swim Team has had for families at the Roxbury YMCA!
You asked, we answered! Having parents joining their swimmers in the pool is now OPTIONAL for Preschool and Youth Stages 2 and 3.
Capacity is limited, so register early to secure your spot. All YMCA of Greater Boston “Safe for You, Safe for Us” protocols apply. Before visiting our facilities, please review our new member safety agreement, as well as our policies and procedures.
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Swim Lesson Descriptions
SPRING 2: APRIL 25 – JUNE 19, 2022
(East Boston Dates: May 31 – July 2)
SUMMER A: July 5 – August 28, 2022 (8 weeks)
SUMMER B: July 5 – July 31, 2022 (4 weeks)
SUMMER C: August 1 – August 28, 2022 (4 weeks)
FALL 1: September 12 – October 30, 2022 (7 weeks)
FALL 2: October 31 – December 23, 2022 (7 weeks)
Find the right Swim Lessons with these three steps
Step 1: Which age group does the student fall into?
6 Months - 3 Years
Parent* & Child:
3 Years - 5 Years
5 Years - 12 Years
Teen & Adult:
Step 3: Which stage is the student ready for?
Age Group: "Adult"
Primary Location: "Adult"
Can the student respond to verbal cues and jump on land?
A / Water Discovery
Parents accompany children in stage A, which introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment through exploration and encourages them to enjoy themselves while learning about the water.
Is the student comfortable working with an instructor without a parent in the water?
B / Water Exploration
In stage B, parents work with their children to explore body positions, floating, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills.
Will the student go underwater voluntarily?
1 / Water Acclimation
Students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water in stage 1. This stage lays the foundation that allows for a student’s future progress in swimming.
Can the student do a front and back float on his or her own?
2 / Water Movement
In stage 2, students focus on body position and control, directional change, and forward movement in the water while also continuing to practice how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water.
Can the student swim 10–15 yards on his or her front and back?
3 / Water Stamina
In stage 3, students learn how to swim to safety from a longer distance than in previous stages in the event of falling into a body of water. This stage also introduces rhythmic breathing and integrated arm and leg action.
Can the student swim 15 yards of front and back crawl?
4 / Stroke Introduction
Students in stage 4 develop stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and learn the breaststroke kick and butterfly kick. Water safety is reinforced through treading water and elementary backstroke.
Can the student swim front crawl, back crawl, and breaststroke across the pool?
5 / Stroke Development
Students in stage 5 work on stroke technique and learn all major competitive strokes. The emphasis on water safety continues through treading water and sidestroke.
Can the student swim front crawl, back crawl, and breaststroke across the pool and back?
6 / Stroke Mechanics
In stage 6, students refine stroke technique on all major competitive strokes, learn about competitive swimming, and discover how to incorporate swimming into a healthy lifestyle.
* At the Y, we know families take a variety of forms. As a result, we define parent broadly to include all adults with primary responsibility for raising children, including biological parents, adoptive parents, guardians, stepparents, grandparents, or any other type of parenting relationship.