Swim

Bridgeport Y Pool


Youth Swim Lessons

Our youth aquatics program is designed to teach personal water safety, stroke development, water sports and games, rescue and personal growth skills to children. Our program is divided by age and skill levels. Children learn at their own pace and advancing to the next level is dependent on the child’s completion of required skills. Please keep in mind that the session length does not guarantee that all children will advance to the next level. All of our YMCA instructors are trained and certified.

Start Swimming at the Y

Registration dates are posted in our online brochure, at your local Y branch, and through our online registration system. Try our Swim Flow Chart to help you determine your child’s swim level.

How Old is Your Child?

At the Y, we are dedicated to providing student-centered swim lessons designed to nurture the development of each individual participant through our unique and dynamic group lessons. To help you determine which lesson level will create the best learning environment for your child, click through the options below.

6 to 36 Months 3 to 5 Years 6 to 12 Years
SKIP (Shrimp, Kipper, Inia, & Perch)

With the help of songs, games, and social activities parents work hand-in-hand with our team in the water as we introduce water skills based on each child's unique development level.

If this level is the best fit for your child, you can register online or at your Y.

Can your child swim independently on their front and back without a flotation (i.e. bubble, noodle, etc)?
No
Pike

Ideal for children to adjust to the water and learn basic swimming movements as they progress toward swimming independently.

If this level is the best fit for your child, you can register online or at your Y.

Yes
Can your child willingly submerge underwater?
No
Pike

Ideal for children to adjust to the water and learn basic swimming movements as they progress toward swimming independently.

If this level is the best fit for your child, you can register online or at your Y.

Yes
Does your child put his face in the water when he swims?
No
Eel

For children who can independently swim at least five feet without a flotation. Our team focuses on teaching progressive kick, arm, and breathing technique.

If this level is the best fit for your child, you can register online or at your Y.

Yes
Can your child swim 15 feet
No
Eel

For children who can independently swim at least five feet without a flotation. Our team focuses on teaching progressive kick, arm, and breathing technique.

If this level is the best fit for your child, you can register online or at your Y.

Yes
Ray/Starfish

For children who are able to swim 15 feet independently without a flotation and their face is in the water with rhythmic breathing.

If this level is the best fit for your child, you can register online or at your Y.

Will your child go underwater and float independently on their front/back without flotation?
No
Polliwog

A beginner level for kids either uncomfortable or inexperienced in the water. Our team focuses on basic water skills including gliding with face in water, floating and kicking.

If this level is the best fit for your child, you can register online or at your Y.

Yes
Can your child (without flotation) swim 15 yards without stopping and fully submerge?
No
Polliwog

A beginner level for kids either uncomfortable or inexperienced in the water. Our team focuses on basic water skills including gliding with face in water, floating and kicking.

If this level is the best fit for your child, you can register online or at your Y.

Yes
Can your child swim 25 yards of front crawl and back crawl with good form?
No
Guppy

For swimmers able to complete at least 15 yards of front and back crawl independently. Our team will focus on progressive technique for the front and back crawl as well as the side stroke.

If this level is the best fit for your child, you can register online or at your Y.

Yes
Can your swimmer demonstrate at least 25 yards of breaststroke?
No
Minnow

For swimmers able to complete 25 yards of front and back crawl. Our team focuses on building swim endurance, enhancing stroke technique, and introducing breaststroke movements.

If this level is the best fit for your child, you can register online or at your Y.

Yes
Fish/Flying Fish/Shark

For swimmers able to complete 25 yards of breaststroke, 50 yards of freestyle, and 50 yards of backstroke. Our team will focus on building endurance, teaching advanced swim technique, and introducing butterfly.

If this level is the best fit for your child, you can register online or at your Y.

Start Over

This tool is designed to assist parents in evaluating their child’s swimming skills. The YMCA will provide a quick swim evaluation during the first day of each swim session to ensure correct level placement for the child’s best learning environment. Please answer the questions below regarding your child’s swimming ability to place him or her in the correct class.


BSY Swim Team

Ages: 5 – 18 years (participation depends on ability level)

A collaborative effort between the Bridgeport and Stratford Ys, our team offers a stimulating, enjoyable program that stresses stroke technique, endurance, sportsmanship, goal-setting and leadership.  We strive to do all this in an environment that embraces the YMCA’s philosophy of building spirit, mind and body for all.  We believe these qualities serve our swimmers well in the pool, but also in the classroom and in life.

Practices take place weeknights at the Stratford Y, 3045 Main Street, Stratford.  For more information email bsyswimming@cccymca.org. For meet details: TeamUnify/BSY Swim Team


Special Needs Classes

Ages:  All

We provide classes of all kinds for children and adults with disabilities.  Classes are tailored around the individual or group’s needs. Instructors will lead the class in water adjustment, water safety and stroke development.  Contact the Aquatics Department  for more details.


Adult Swim Lessons

Ages: 13 and up

Our adult swim lessons are for individuals 13 years of age and up. Class size is limited to ten and the structure of the class will be based on the level of swimmers in the class. The Bridgeport Y offers both beginner and advanced lessons for adult swimmers. The goal of these lessons is to make the adults competent, confident, and successful swimmers.

Registration: Six week sessions, registration is open three weeks prior to session date start.

Cost:
Facility Members: $63 / person for 30 minute lesson.  $75 / person for 45 minute lesson
Community Members: $99 / person for 30 minute lesson.  $150 / person for 45 minute lesson
Financial Aid is available to those who qualify.


Private and Semi-Private Swim Lessons

Ages: 3 and up

One-on-one swim lessons with a trained swim instructor.  Each 30-minute session is scheduled between the instructor and the participant.

Registration:
You may register by filling out a Private Lesson Request Form at the member service desk.


Water Walking Classes

Ages: 18 and up

Water Walking is a great class for novice and seasoned exercisers, as well as those with joint problems or other physical limitations.  Take advantage of the unique properties of water with resistance and buoyancy to get a great workout. Come join the fun! Classes offered during the day and evenings.

View our schedules

Cost:  Free with Membership


Swim Lesson Make-Up Practice

If a swimming lesson is cancelled by the YMCA, a system credit will be issued to all participants within a week of the session ending.

If a participant is absent from a group swimming lesson, a maximum of two make-up classes may be scheduled within the current program session, pending class availability.


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Pool Usage Guidelines

Our lifeguards are on the pool deck to ensure your safety and have the authority to restrict any behavior deemed unsafe.  Y members and guests must follow all safety guidelines or may be asked to leave the pool area.

  • State Health Codes require all persons to shower with warm water and soap before entering pool.
  • Wear appropriate swimming attire in the water at all times. T-shirts, shorts, cut-offs and street clothing are considered not appropriate.
  • A parent/guardian, at least 18 years of age, must accompany any child five and under in the water at all times. Parents/guardians of children under age eight who have passed the swim test must remain on the pool deck. All swimmers age 8 or older who have passed the swim test may use the pool on their own.
  • Any non-swimmer must have an adult in the water within arm’s reach.
  • Children who are not potty trained should wear two layers of accident protection, a waterproof swim diaper and a bathing suit, at all times while swimming or playing.  For   privacy and sanitary reasons, please refrain from changing children on the pool deck.
  • If you have a communicable or infectious disease or an open sore, please do not enter the pool area.
  • For everyone’s safety, the pool will be closed during lightning and thunderstorms and will not reopen until thirty minutes after the last occurrence of either.
  • Walk, do not run, to avoid injury.
  • Pushing, dunking and rough play are not permitted.
  • For your safety, diving is only permitted in water at least nine feet in depth. Do not perform back-flips, back-dives, twists or any other type of flip that may cause injury to yourself or others.
  • Extended breath holding activities may cause blackouts and are strictly prohibited.
  • United States Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Devices can be used in the shallow end of the pool. They should be properly sized and in good condition. Persons wearing the device must have an adult in the water within arm’s reach while in the pool.
  • YMCA equipment is for Y programs only. Starting and diving blocks are not for public use.  Inflatable pool toys and flotation devices are not permitted.
  • Glass containers, food, and gum are not allowed on the pool deck.
  • Please do not sit, play, hang or lie on the lane lines.
  • To swim in the deep end, all swimmers must complete the swim test including an unassisted, 25-yard non-stop swim and a 30 second tread which will be recorded in our log. The lifeguard may administer a swim test at any time.
  • Stop, look and listen when you hear the lifeguard’s whistle blow.
  • Have fun, be safe and keep your language and behavior family friendly.

6/29/2016


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