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BURBANK YMCA (READING)
36 Arthur B. Lord Drive Reading, MA 01867

CHARLES RIVER YMCA (FITNESS CENTER, GROUP EXERCISE AND BABYSITTING)
380 Chestnut Street Needham, MA 02492

CHARLES RIVER YMCA (POOL SITE AND SCHOOL AGE CHILD CARE)
863 Great Plain Ave Needham, MA 02492

CHARLESTOWN YMCA
150 3rd Avenue Charlestown, MA 02129

DORCHESTER YMCA
776 Washington Street Dorchester, MA 02124

EAST BOSTON YMCA
215 Bremen Street East Boston, MA 02128

EAST BOSTON YMCA (ASHLEY STREET)
54 Ashley Street East Boston, MA 02128

HUNTINGTON AVENUE YMCA
316 Huntington Avenue Boston, MA 02115

NORTH SUBURBAN YMCA (WOBURN)
137 Lexington Street Woburn, MA 01801

OAK SQUARE YMCA (BRIGHTON)
615 Washington Street Brighton, MA 02135

PARKWAY COMMUNITY YMCA (WEST ROXBURY)
1972 Centre Street West Roxbury, MA 02132

ROXBURY YMCA
285 Martin Luther King Boulevard Roxbury, MA 02119

THOMAS M. MENINO YMCA (HYDE PARK)
1137 River Street Hyde Park, MA 02136

WALTHAM YMCA
725 Lexington Street Waltham, MA 02452

WANG YMCA OF CHINATOWN
8 Oak Street West Boston, MA 02116

Swim lessons provide important life skills that could save a life and will benefit students for a lifetime. To build a better us, the Y teaches youth, teens, and adults to swim, enabling you to stay safe around water and learn the skills needed to make swimming a lifelong pursuit for staying healthy. Y swim instructors are nationally certified. Their training includes CPR, AED, First Aid and Oxygen Administration.

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Swim Lesson Descriptions
 
UPCOMING SESSION DATES:
FALL 2: NOVEMBER 1 – DECEMBER 19, 2021
WINTER: JANUARY 3 – FEBRUARY 20, 2022
SPRING 1:FEBRUARY 28 – APRIL 17, 2022
SPRING 2: APRIL 25 – JUNE 19, 2022

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.

Parent/Child Classes Parent/Child Classes

Parent/Child Classes

Swim Starters Parent & Child Swim Lessons – The aim of Parent & Child Swim Lessons is to provide a positive aquatic experience for parents and young beginner swimmers. As early as 6 months old, children can learn basic water safety skills and have fun discovering and exploring the pool. During these 30-minute lessons, parents learn about basic aquatic safety and how to ensure their child is safe around water.

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Preschool Classes Preschool Classes

Preschool Classes

Swim Basics Preschool Swim Lessons For children ages 3 through Kindergarten age. These 30-minute lessons help teach students safety skills for building the foundation to be a safe swimmer. Students will work through stages 1- 4 as they build endurance through independent swimming and push to be able to swim 25 yards and pass the YGB Swim Test.

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Parent/Child Classes

Swim Starters Parent & Child Swim Lessons – The aim of Parent & Child Swim Lessons is to provide a positive aquatic experience for parents and young beginner swimmers. As early as 6 months old, children can learn basic water safety skills and have fun discovering and exploring the pool. During these 30-minute lessons, parents learn about basic aquatic safety and how to ensure their child is safe around water.

+ Book Learn More

Preschool Classes

Swim Basics Preschool Swim Lessons For children ages 3 through Kindergarten age. These 30-minute lessons help teach students safety skills for building the foundation to be a safe swimmer. Students will work through stages 1- 4 as they build endurance through independent swimming and push to be able to swim 25 yards and pass the YGB Swim Test.

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Youth/School-Age Classes Youth/School-Age Classes

Youth/School-Age Classes

Swim Strokes Youth Swim Lessons – For swimmers as young as 6 years old. Classes are 45 minutes in length. Beginner swimmers will work their way through the Swim Basics skills in Stages 1-3 with the goal of passing the YGB Swim Test. Beginning at Youth Stage 4, swimmers will be introduced to the 4 major competitive swim strokes & skills for Aquatic Programming, such as diving & rescue strokes.

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Pods & Private Swim Lessons Pods & Private Swim Lessons

Pods & Private Swim Lessons

PODS & PRIVATE SWIM LESSONS ARE ALWAYS ENROLLING!

Private Swim Lessons for preschoolers, youth and adults are scheduled at the convenience of the individual, instructor, and pool availability.

Any pod that would like to book a program is welcome to call their local YMCA of Greater Boston branch to arrange. Pods are groups of children who have been quarantining or schooling together through COVID-19.

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Youth/School-Age Classes

Swim Strokes Youth Swim Lessons – For swimmers as young as 6 years old. Classes are 45 minutes in length. Beginner swimmers will work their way through the Swim Basics skills in Stages 1-3 with the goal of passing the YGB Swim Test. Beginning at Youth Stage 4, swimmers will be introduced to the 4 major competitive swim strokes & skills for Aquatic Programming, such as diving & rescue strokes.

+ Book Learn More

Pods & Private Swim Lessons

PODS & PRIVATE SWIM LESSONS ARE ALWAYS ENROLLING!

Private Swim Lessons for preschoolers, youth and adults are scheduled at the convenience of the individual, instructor, and pool availability.

Any pod that would like to book a program is welcome to call their local YMCA of Greater Boston branch to arrange. Pods are groups of children who have been quarantining or schooling together through COVID-19.

Request Form
Adult Classes Adult Classes

Adult Classes

Swimming lessons for adults. Two classes offered including Beginners skills and training and Intermediate skills and training. Beginners classes are swimming lessons offered to adults with any skill level and Intermediate classes are offered to adults with intermediate swimming skills.

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GROUP FITNESS CLASSES

Group Exercise

Explore all the fitness classes and reserve a space by logging into Motionvibe. Get your blood pumping with classes like HIIT and Zumba or tap into your mindfulness with yoga, Barre or Pilates.

WATER FITNESS

Water Fitness classes are an excellent choice to give your heart and muscles a great workout. The Y offers a range of Water Fitness classes, find the perfect one for you by logging into Motionvibe!

Programs
Locations
Adult Beginner
5-10 weeks

Swimmers focus on body position and control, directional change, and forward movement in the water.

Fall
Charles River
Dorchester
Huntington
Oak Square
Parkway Community
Roxbury
Wang
Adult Intermediate
5-10 weeks

Swimmers learn how to swim to safety from a longer distance. Rhythmic breathing and integrated arm and leg action are introduced.

Fall
Charles River
Dorchester
Huntington
Parkway Community
Roxbury
Wang
Basketball Skills & Drills
5-10 weeks

This class teaches youth the fundamentals of basketball including ball control, dribbling, passing, and shooting while incorporating teamwork and good sportsmanship.

Fall
Oak Square
Thomas M. Menino
Gymnastics
5-10 weeks

Learn basic gymnastics skills like forward rolls, handstands and cartwheels. Flexibility and proper stretching techniques will be taught.

Fall
Oak Square
Junior Celtics Youth Development League (JCYDL)
5-10 weeks

The YMCA of Greater Boston has partnered with the Boston Celtics and their Jr. Celtics Youth Development Leagues! During this unprecedented time participants can expect a safe and engaging experience that will focus on fundamental skill development from YMCA coaches and Celtics professionals. This exclusive basketball program teaches the values of Celtics basketball and healthy player development along with skills and drills to enhance ball control, dribbling, passing, and shooting. Enrolled participants have the chance to become a Jr. Celtic Player of the week, participate in our pre-season Draft and sign their Celtics Contract, and attend an end of the season group chat/webinar with a Celtics VIP.

Fall
Burbank
Charlestown
Dorchester
East Boston
Huntington
North Suburban
Oak Square
Parkway Community
Roxbury
Thomas M. Menino
Parent/Child Stage A and B: Water Discovery and Exploration
5-10 weeks

In Stage A, the parent/guardian is introduced to working with their infant or toddler in the aquatic environment. In Stage B, the parent/guardian works with their child to learn the fundamentals of safety and swimming skills.

Fall
Burbank
Charles River
Charlestown
Dorchester
Huntington
North Suburban
Oak Square
Parkway Community
Roxbury
Thomas M. Menino
Waltham
Wang
Pickleball

Pickleball is a paddle sport that combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong and is also fun, social, and friendly.

Fall
Parkway Community
Preschool Basketball
5-10 weeks

This class helps children develop fundamental skills and incorporates teamwork through instructional play.

Fall
Dorchester
North Suburban
Waltham
Preschool Soccer
5-10 weeks

This class will teach the fundamentals of soccer. Classes will focus on improving the players’ ball control skills, learning game rules and teamwork, and then playing a game.

Fall
North Suburban
Preschool Stage 1: Water Acclimation
5-10 weeks

In Stage 1, the parent/guardian works with their child to develop comfort with the following swim skills: underwater exploration, floating and learning to safely exit the pool.

Fall
Burbank
Charles River
Charlestown
Dorchester
Huntington
North Suburban
Oak Square
Parkway Community
Roxbury
Thomas M. Menino
Waltham
Wang
Preschool Stage 2: Water Movement
5-10 weeks

In Stage 2, the child works to develop the following swim skills: body position and control, directional change, and forward movement in the water.

Fall
Burbank
Charles River
Charlestown
Dorchester
Huntington
North Suburban
Oak Square
Parkway Community
Roxbury
Thomas M. Menino
Waltham
Wang
Preschool Stage 3: Water Stamina
5-10 weeks

In Stage 3, the child will work to develop the stamina needed to swim 25 yards unassisted, and introduces the following new skills: rhythmic breathing, and integrated arm and leg actions.

Fall
Burbank
Charles River
Charlestown
Dorchester
Huntington
North Suburban
Oak Square
Parkway Community
Roxbury
Thomas M. Menino
Waltham
Wang
Preschool Stage 4: Stroke Introduction
5-10 weeks

In Stage 4, students work on developing swim stroke techniques for the front and back crawl and introduced to the breaststroke and butterfly kick.

Fall
Burbank
Charles River
Dorchester
Huntington
North Suburban
Parkway Community
Roxbury
Thomas M. Menino
Waltham
Wang
Private Swim Lessons
5-10 weeks

Private swim lessons for youth and adults are scheduled at the convenience of the individual, the instructor and pool availability.

Fall
Burbank
Charles River
Charlestown
Dorchester
Huntington
North Suburban
Oak Square
Parkway Community
Roxbury
Thomas M. Menino
Waltham
Wang
Private Swim Lessons
5-10 weeks

Private swim lessons for youth and adults are scheduled at the convenience of the individual, the instructor and pool availability.

Burbank
Charles River
Charlestown
Dorchester
Huntington
North Suburban
Oak Square
Parkway Community
Thomas M. Menino
Waltham
Rock Climbing

This class teaches the basics of climbing and bouldering on our indoor rock wall. You will learn to conquer your fears and improve self-confidence, all while getting exercise and learning to trust yourself and those around you.

Fall
Oak Square
Soccer Skills & Drills
5-10 weeks

This class teaches youth the fundamentals of soccer including ball control skill, passing, and shooting while incorporating teamwork and good sportsmanship.

Fall
Burbank
Charles River
Charlestown
East Boston
North Suburban
Oak Square
Parkway Community
Waltham
Sports Sampler
5-10 weeks

Introduces youth to sports at the Y while fostering the values, skills and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health, and good sportsmanship. This engaging program focuses on the skills and drills essential to learning the fundamentals of a variety of sports including basketball, baseball/t-ball, floor hockey, and soccer while having fun.

Fall
Burbank
Charlestown
Huntington
North Suburban
Oak Square
Waltham
T-Ball Skills & Drills
5-10 weeks

This class teaches youth the fundamentals of T-Ball including fielding, throwing, swing form and hitting while incorporating teamwork and good sportsmanship.

Fall
Burbank
Charles River
Parkway Community
Tumbling Tots
5-10 weeks

Develop climbing, balance, and agility and coordination class in this physical play class.

Fall
Oak Square
Y-Fit Kids
5-10 weeks

Gain an understanding of and experience what being physically and mentally fit is all about. Kids will sample many different sports, group exercise classes, body weight exercises, yoga, safety around water, cardio equipment, nutrition information and more!

Fall
Burbank
Waltham
Youth Stage 1: Water Acclimation
5-10 weeks

In Stage 1, the parent/guardian works with their child to develop comfort with the following swim skills: underwater exploration, floating and learning to safely exit the pool.

Fall
Charles River
Dorchester
Huntington
North Suburban
Parkway Community
Thomas M. Menino
Waltham
Youth Stage 2: Water Movement
5-10 weeks

In Stage 2, the child work to develop the following swim skills: body position and control, directional change, and forward movement in the water.

Fall
Burbank
Charles River
Charlestown
Dorchester
Huntington
North Suburban
Oak Square
Parkway Community
Roxbury
Thomas M. Menino
Waltham
Wang
Youth Stage 3: Water Stamina
5-10 weeks

In Stage 3, the child will work to develop the stamina needed to swim 25 yards unassisted, and introduces the following new skills: rhythmic breathing, and integrated arm and leg actions.

Fall
Burbank
Charles River
Charlestown
Dorchester
Huntington
North Suburban
Oak Square
Parkway Community
Roxbury
Thomas M. Menino
Waltham
Wang
Youth Stage 4: Stroke Introduction
5-10 weeks

In Stage 4, students work on developing swim stroke techniques for the front and back crawl and introduced to the breaststroke and butterfly kick.

Fall
Burbank
Charles River
Charlestown
Dorchester
Huntington
North Suburban
Oak Square
Parkway Community
Roxbury
Thomas M. Menino
Waltham
Wang
Youth Stage 5: Stroke Development
5-10 weeks

In Stage 5, students work on integrating arm and leg actions for the breaststroke and butterfly strokes, and refine swim stroke skills and techniques for all other swim strokes.

Fall
Burbank
Charles River
Charlestown
Dorchester
Huntington
North Suburban
Oak Square
Parkway Community
Roxbury
Thomas M. Menino
Waltham
Wang
Youth Stage 6: Stroke Mechanics
5-10 weeks

In Stage 6, students work on refining swim stroke technique for all major competitive strokes and building stamina to perform each stroke for greater distances. Students are introduced to the concept of, competitive swimming, and discover how to incorporate swimming into a healthy lifestyle.

Fall
Burbank
Charles River
Charlestown
Dorchester
Huntington
North Suburban
Oak Square
Parkway Community
Roxbury
Thomas M. Menino
Waltham
Wang

GROUP FITNESS CLASSES

Group Exercise

Explore all the fitness classes and reserve a space by logging into Motionvibe. Get your blood pumping with classes like HIIT and Zumba or tap into your mindfulness with yoga, Barre or Pilates.

WATER FITNESS

Water Fitness classes are an excellent choice to give your heart and muscles a great workout. The Y offers a range of Water Fitness classes, find the perfect one for you by logging into Motionvibe!

Programs
Locations
Adult Beginner
5-10 weeks

Swimmers focus on body position and control, directional change, and forward movement in the water.

Fall
Charles River
Dorchester
Huntington
Oak Square
Parkway Community
Roxbury
Wang
Adult Intermediate
5-10 weeks

Swimmers learn how to swim to safety from a longer distance. Rhythmic breathing and integrated arm and leg action are introduced.

Fall
Charles River
Dorchester
Huntington
Parkway Community
Roxbury
Wang
Basketball Skills & Drills
5-10 weeks

This class teaches youth the fundamentals of basketball including ball control, dribbling, passing, and shooting while incorporating teamwork and good sportsmanship.

Fall
Oak Square
Thomas M. Menino
Gymnastics
5-10 weeks

Learn basic gymnastics skills like forward rolls, handstands and cartwheels. Flexibility and proper stretching techniques will be taught.

Fall
Oak Square
Junior Celtics Youth Development League (JCYDL)
5-10 weeks

The YMCA of Greater Boston has partnered with the Boston Celtics and their Jr. Celtics Youth Development Leagues! During this unprecedented time participants can expect a safe and engaging experience that will focus on fundamental skill development from YMCA coaches and Celtics professionals. This exclusive basketball program teaches the values of Celtics basketball and healthy player development along with skills and drills to enhance ball control, dribbling, passing, and shooting. Enrolled participants have the chance to become a Jr. Celtic Player of the week, participate in our pre-season Draft and sign their Celtics Contract, and attend an end of the season group chat/webinar with a Celtics VIP.

Fall
Burbank
Charlestown
Dorchester
East Boston
Huntington
North Suburban
Oak Square
Parkway Community
Roxbury
Thomas M. Menino
Parent/Child Stage A and B: Water Discovery and Exploration
5-10 weeks

In Stage A, the parent/guardian is introduced to working with their infant or toddler in the aquatic environment. In Stage B, the parent/guardian works with their child to learn the fundamentals of safety and swimming skills.

Fall
Burbank
Charles River
Charlestown
Dorchester
Huntington
North Suburban
Oak Square
Parkway Community
Roxbury
Thomas M. Menino
Waltham
Wang
Pickleball

Pickleball is a paddle sport that combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong and is also fun, social, and friendly.

Fall
Parkway Community
Preschool Basketball
5-10 weeks

This class helps children develop fundamental skills and incorporates teamwork through instructional play.

Fall
Dorchester
North Suburban
Waltham
Preschool Soccer
5-10 weeks

This class will teach the fundamentals of soccer. Classes will focus on improving the players’ ball control skills, learning game rules and teamwork, and then playing a game.

Fall
North Suburban
Preschool Stage 1: Water Acclimation
5-10 weeks

In Stage 1, the parent/guardian works with their child to develop comfort with the following swim skills: underwater exploration, floating and learning to safely exit the pool.

Fall
Burbank
Charles River
Charlestown
Dorchester
Huntington
North Suburban
Oak Square
Parkway Community
Roxbury
Thomas M. Menino
Waltham
Wang
Preschool Stage 2: Water Movement
5-10 weeks

In Stage 2, the child works to develop the following swim skills: body position and control, directional change, and forward movement in the water.

Fall
Burbank
Charles River
Charlestown
Dorchester
Huntington
North Suburban
Oak Square
Parkway Community
Roxbury
Thomas M. Menino
Waltham
Wang
Preschool Stage 3: Water Stamina
5-10 weeks

In Stage 3, the child will work to develop the stamina needed to swim 25 yards unassisted, and introduces the following new skills: rhythmic breathing, and integrated arm and leg actions.

Fall
Burbank
Charles River
Charlestown
Dorchester
Huntington
North Suburban
Oak Square
Parkway Community
Roxbury
Thomas M. Menino
Waltham
Wang
Preschool Stage 4: Stroke Introduction
5-10 weeks

In Stage 4, students work on developing swim stroke techniques for the front and back crawl and introduced to the breaststroke and butterfly kick.

Fall
Burbank
Charles River
Dorchester
Huntington
North Suburban
Parkway Community
Roxbury
Thomas M. Menino
Waltham
Wang
Private Swim Lessons
5-10 weeks

Private swim lessons for youth and adults are scheduled at the convenience of the individual, the instructor and pool availability.

Fall
Burbank
Charles River
Charlestown
Dorchester
Huntington
North Suburban
Oak Square
Parkway Community
Roxbury
Thomas M. Menino
Waltham
Wang
Private Swim Lessons
5-10 weeks

Private swim lessons for youth and adults are scheduled at the convenience of the individual, the instructor and pool availability.

Burbank
Charles River
Charlestown
Dorchester
Huntington
North Suburban
Oak Square
Parkway Community
Thomas M. Menino
Waltham
Rock Climbing

This class teaches the basics of climbing and bouldering on our indoor rock wall. You will learn to conquer your fears and improve self-confidence, all while getting exercise and learning to trust yourself and those around you.

Fall
Oak Square
Soccer Skills & Drills
5-10 weeks

This class teaches youth the fundamentals of soccer including ball control skill, passing, and shooting while incorporating teamwork and good sportsmanship.

Fall
Burbank
Charles River
Charlestown
East Boston
North Suburban
Oak Square
Parkway Community
Waltham
Sports Sampler
5-10 weeks

Introduces youth to sports at the Y while fostering the values, skills and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health, and good sportsmanship. This engaging program focuses on the skills and drills essential to learning the fundamentals of a variety of sports including basketball, baseball/t-ball, floor hockey, and soccer while having fun.

Fall
Burbank
Charlestown
Huntington
North Suburban
Oak Square
Waltham
T-Ball Skills & Drills
5-10 weeks

This class teaches youth the fundamentals of T-Ball including fielding, throwing, swing form and hitting while incorporating teamwork and good sportsmanship.

Fall
Burbank
Charles River
Parkway Community
Tumbling Tots
5-10 weeks

Develop climbing, balance, and agility and coordination class in this physical play class.

Fall
Oak Square
Y-Fit Kids
5-10 weeks

Gain an understanding of and experience what being physically and mentally fit is all about. Kids will sample many different sports, group exercise classes, body weight exercises, yoga, safety around water, cardio equipment, nutrition information and more!

Fall
Burbank
Waltham
Youth Stage 1: Water Acclimation
5-10 weeks

In Stage 1, the parent/guardian works with their child to develop comfort with the following swim skills: underwater exploration, floating and learning to safely exit the pool.

Fall
Charles River
Dorchester
Huntington
North Suburban
Parkway Community
Thomas M. Menino
Waltham
Youth Stage 2: Water Movement
5-10 weeks

In Stage 2, the child work to develop the following swim skills: body position and control, directional change, and forward movement in the water.

Fall
Burbank
Charles River
Charlestown
Dorchester
Huntington
North Suburban
Oak Square
Parkway Community
Roxbury
Thomas M. Menino
Waltham
Wang
Youth Stage 3: Water Stamina
5-10 weeks

In Stage 3, the child will work to develop the stamina needed to swim 25 yards unassisted, and introduces the following new skills: rhythmic breathing, and integrated arm and leg actions.

Fall
Burbank
Charles River
Charlestown
Dorchester
Huntington
North Suburban
Oak Square
Parkway Community
Roxbury
Thomas M. Menino
Waltham
Wang
Youth Stage 4: Stroke Introduction
5-10 weeks

In Stage 4, students work on developing swim stroke techniques for the front and back crawl and introduced to the breaststroke and butterfly kick.

Fall
Burbank
Charles River
Charlestown
Dorchester
Huntington
North Suburban
Oak Square
Parkway Community
Roxbury
Thomas M. Menino
Waltham
Wang
Youth Stage 5: Stroke Development
5-10 weeks

In Stage 5, students work on integrating arm and leg actions for the breaststroke and butterfly strokes, and refine swim stroke skills and techniques for all other swim strokes.

Fall
Burbank
Charles River
Charlestown
Dorchester
Huntington
North Suburban
Oak Square
Parkway Community
Roxbury
Thomas M. Menino
Waltham
Wang
Youth Stage 6: Stroke Mechanics
5-10 weeks

In Stage 6, students work on refining swim stroke technique for all major competitive strokes and building stamina to perform each stroke for greater distances. Students are introduced to the concept of, competitive swimming, and discover how to incorporate swimming into a healthy lifestyle.

Fall
Burbank
Charles River
Charlestown
Dorchester
Huntington
North Suburban
Oak Square
Parkway Community
Roxbury
Thomas M. Menino
Waltham
Wang