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—
ENROLL TODAY! Lifeguarding Dates/Times: 3/27, 3/29, 4/3, 4/6, 4/10, 4/12, 417, 4/19, 4/24, 4/26; 2:30-4:30pm
Cost: Free to New Haven YMCA Youth Center walk-in eligible participants CPR pocket mask and participant manual included
When: Monday – Friday 2-4pm
Enjoy the New Haven YMCA Youth Center swimming pool during open swim. Pool usage guidelines apply.
Teaching children how to swim and be safe around water is one of the most important life skills parents can help their children learn. It not only saves lives, it builds confidence. Swim lessons promote a lifelong enjoyment of swimming, encourages healthy living and the prevention of chronic disease. Plus it’s fun! Whether you are a beginner or more advanced, the Y can help you improve your swimming ability. Contact the Y at 203 776 9622 for more information.
When: Tuesday/Thursday July 24 – August 18 (8 lessons)
Time: 4:30pm (Beginner), 5:00pm (Intermediate), 5:30pm (Advanced)
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.