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.
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.
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. Lifeguarding lets you work as part of a team to help people safely enjoy the water. You could even save a life!
Learning is fun and easy! Through videos, group discussion and hands-on practice, you’ll learn—
Dates/Times: Specific dates and program times can be found in our Program Guide.
Fees: Member: $275 / Community Member: $375 CPR pocket mask and participant manual included
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 YMCA Adult Lesson plan offers an introduction to the water for those seeking to learn how to swim. The goal of these lessons is to make the adults competent, confident, and successful swimmers.
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 the Y for more information. Registration form: CCC Y Private Swim Lesson Form
Ages: 5 – 18 years
The Hamden/ North Haven Typhoons were organized in 2014. Typhoon swimming Team has focused and continues to facilitate the development swimmers in and out of the water. As one of the leading swim teams in the area, our head swim coach Kevin Brown has over 19 years of teaching and instructing in aquatics and competitive swimming. He also has an extensive background in fitness training. The both our team and coach’s promote individual swimmer stroke technique and time achievements while emphasizing the development of the team, friendships, and core values that last a lifetime. As the Typhoons actively participate in Swim USA, we look forward to another successful season and growing our swim team family! We practice from September to March (short course season) and April to July (long course season).
While our YMCA swim meets are separated by primarily age, our practice groups are separated by both age and ability level. The swim team practice groups are designed to bring out the maximum potential of every swimmer through in-water practices as well as dry-land practices, and practices are held at the main facility.
Ages: 18 and up
We offer several fitness classes that take advantage of the unique properties of water. The workouts will include a warm up, aerobics, toning, stretching and cool down. Flotation devices such as noodles and barbells will be utilized to increase resistance. Come join the fun! Classes offered during the day and evenings.
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.