For more than 160 years, the YMCA has nurtured potential and united communities across America to create lasting, meaningful change. Everything the Y does is in service of building a better us. One of the most effective ways to accomplish this is to teach youth, teens, and adults to swim, so they can stay safe around water and learn the skills they need to make swimming a lifelong pursuit for staying healthy.

Our Y swim instructors are nationally certified. Their training includes CPR, AED, First Aid and Oxygen Administration. Swim lessons provide important life skills that could save a life and will benefit students for a lifetime.

All ages - from infants to seniors - can learn to swim at the Y. What age group does the student fall into? What swim stage is the student ready for? The specific days and times of our classes can be found when you register on-line or by reviewing our Program Guide.

Have questions? Call the Y or speak with anyone in our Aquatics Department or on our Member Services Team.



Swim Lesson Finder

Answer the questions below to find the swim lesson that fits.

Free swim lesson assessments are available to determine the appropriate swim lesson stage for each student. Students who took lessons under the previous Y swim lesson structure (with level names like Pike, Ray, Eel) can easily transition to the new curriculum. Discuss what level is appropriate with anyone in our Aquatics Department, or register for the Stage that is most appropriate for the swimmer’s abilities and our trained staff will place students in the correct Stage during the first lesson.

Life Skills Save Lives

Become a Certified Lifeguard!

If you’re 15 or older and looking for a great part time job or a challenging career, that’s in demand, the American Red Cross Lifeguarding Program is one of the best places to start.

Learning is fun and easy! Through videos, group discussion and hands-on practice, you’ll learn—

  • Rescue skills for use in the water and on land.
  • First aid and professional rescuer CPR/AED training to help you prepare for an emergency.
  • Professional lifeguard responsibilities.
  • Surveillance skills to help you recognize and prevent injuries.


  • Swim a minimum of 550 yards continuously in a prone position.
  • Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs.
  • Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds.
  • Swim 20 yards, feet-first surface dive to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10 pound object return to
  • surface swim 20 yards hold object with both hands keeping face at or near pool surface.
  • Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.
  • Swim 5 yards, submerge and retrieve three dive rings placed 5 yards apart in 4 to 7 feet of water, resurface, and swim 5 yards to the side of the pool.

Choose the class that works best for you!

Dates and Times:  April 8-15 6-9:30pm M-F and Sat, Sun 1-6pm pre-test April 8 at 4pm

April 9- 13 10am-4pm M-F and Sat, Sun 1-6pm pre-test April 8 at 4pm

April 29-May 6 6-9:30pm M-F and Sat, Sun 1-6pm pre-test April 29 at 4pm

May 13-20 6-9:30pm M-F and Sat, Sun 1-6pm pre-test May13 at 4pm

Fees: Member: $275 / Community Member: $375 CPR pocket mask and participant manual included

Contact : MScinto@cccymca.org  or 203 255 2834 ext. 2318

Swim Clubs

Especially for Fairfield Public Schools!

Your children can learn to swim with their school friends! The Fairfield Y bus will pick up your child at school and parents pick up at the Y.

Participating schools are:  Holland Hill School, McKinley School,  Mill Hill School,  Riverfield School, Sherman School, Stratfield, Ludlowe Middle School and Tomlinson Middle School

And for the Saints: Saint Ann, Saint Thomas and Assumption Holy Family Students…

Your child can learn to swim with their school friends at the Y.   The Fairfield Y bus will pick up your child at school and parents pick up at the Y or children can return to their school by the Y bus.

Call the Y for more details!

Adaptive Aquatics

Ages:  3 and up

This one to one class is open to all individuals with cognitive and/or physical disabilities and is designed to provide a positive recreational and educational experience for all participants. Existing YMCA Swim Lesson Programs will be adapted to meet the individual needs. This program is for all levels. An adult may accompany if needed.

Adult Swim Lessons

Our adult swim lessons are for individuals 12 years of age and up. Group instructions are offered for non-swimmers, beginners and intermediate swimmers.  The goal of these lessons is to help adults be competent, confident and successful swimmers.  Class size is limited; the structure of the class will be based on the level of swimmers in the class. Please refer to our Program Guide shared on our Home Page for days and times for all our swim lessons.

Ages: 12 and up

Facility Members: $140 / person
Community Members: $170 / person

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.

Contact Maureen Scinto at mscinto@cccymca.org or ext 2318 for more information.

Lifeguard Certifications

Classes are taught by American Red Cross Instructors.  First Time certifications and re-certifications are available for Lifeguarding and CPR for the Professional Rescuer.  Lifeguarding candidates must be 15 years and older, be able to swim 550 yards non-stop, and must be able to tread water for 3 minutes.   Check out our schedule of trainings or contact Maureen Scinto at mscinto@cccymca.org or ext 2318 for more information.

Lap Swimming Etiquette

  • Swimmers are encouraged to contribute to an atmosphere of cooperation and courtesy.
  • Always enter from the shallow end.
  • A maximum of five swimmers are permitted in each lane during lap swimming.
  • Please swim with others of similar speed. Lifeguards will move swimmers to the appropriate lane when necessary.
  • Always let swimmers in your lane know when you are entering the water.
  • Always circle swim counter-clockwise when three or more swimmers are in a lane.
  • Fins and/or kickboards are not permitted during circle swim.
  • Allow faster swimmers to pass. Passing always occurs on the left of the swimmer or at the end walls.
  • Do not stand at the ends of the pool for an extended period of time.
  • Teens age fourteen and older may participate in lap swimming.


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.