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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:  Burr School, Holland Hill School, McKinley School,  Mill Hill School,  Riverfield School, Sherman School, 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!


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.


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.

Ages: 12 and up

Days & Times:
Tuesday and Thursday.  See our schedule page for detailed times and sessions.

Cost:
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.

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


FlyFins Swim Team

Ages: 6 – 18 years

 

The Fairfield YMCA Flyfins Swim Team focuses on developing the whole swimmer and providing each of them with the coaching and guidance to build confidence through improvement and success.  This competitive swim team offers instruction, training, and competition.  The team participates in both YMCA and USA swim meets.  Potential team members must have completed the Y’s Fish Level swim course and participate in dual and USA meets.  Practice times vary by age and experience.

FlyFins Swim Team Season is September 16, 2013 – February 18, 2014.  Visit www.flyfins.org or contact Aquatic Director Maureen Scinto at mscinto@cccymca.org or 203 255 2834 ext 2318.

Cost:

Facility Members: 6-8 years 9-10 years 11-12 years 13 and over High School
2013-2014 Sept – Feb Season $1,025 $1,050  $1,075 $1,100  $800

Fee includes USA Registration, 5 USA meets (Sat/Sun), 3 Sanctioned Meets, Team T-Shirt, Holiday Party and Swim Team Banquet.


Lifeguard Certifications

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.