Swim Lessons

Youth Swim Lessons

The YMCA is “America’s Swim Instructor” and the most accessible community resource to prevent drowning and encourage a lifelong enjoyment of swimming. Lancaster Family YMCA youth swim lessons help children across our community gain the skills and confidence needed to learn to swim and be safe around water.  We offer progressive youth swim lessons for ages 6 months through age 12 and adaptive swim lessons for youth with special needs.


Parent/Child Swim Lessons

(age 6 months – 3 years)
Accompanied by a parent and/or caregiver, infants and toddlers learn to be comfortable in the water and develop swim readiness skills through fun and confidence-building experiences, while parents and/or caregiver learn about water safety, drowning prevention, and the importance of supervision.

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Preschool Swim Lessons

(age 3 -5 years)

For Preschool age children who have never had swim lessons without a parent or guardian, or are afraid of the water. Students develop comfort with underwater exploration and a foundation that allows for a student’s future progress in swimming. By session end, children will be able to swim, float, and swim assisted for 5 feet; and submerge their head underwater.

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School-Age Swim Lessons

(ages 6-12 years)

Levels 1-3

Students learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by learning two benchmark skills:
• Swim, float, swim— sequencing front glide, roll, back float, roll, front glide, and exit
• Jump, push, turn, grab

Levels 4-6

Having mastered the fundamentals, students learn additional water safety skills and build stroke technique, developing skills that prevent chronic disease, increase social-emotional and cognitive well-being, and foster a lifetime of physical activity.

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View our Swim Lesson Selector Guide.

Adaptive Swim Lessons for youth with special needs

Private or Semi-Private Swim Lessons




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