Swim Lessons | New Jersey

For over 100 years, the YMCA has been one of America's favorite swim instructors and a leader in water safety. Our proven curriculum and friendly environment enhance skills, all while having fun.

At the Y, swimming is a life skill. We offer a wide selection of parent & child, preschool, school age, teen, and adult swim lessons that build strong and confident swimmers. All age groups are taught the same skills but divided according to their developmental milestones.

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Monthly Drafting for Swim Lessons & FAQ's

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Our program session structure is designed to better meet your needs. All of our Swim Lessons are on a convenient, low-cost monthly draft. Your child will have more consistency with our instructors over a longer period of time, creating stronger swimmers and creating more convenience for you. In addition, starting or stopping your monthly draft is easy and painless.

Lap swimming for active members of the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges.
One swimmer will be permitted in each lane. All swimmers must shower before entering the pool area, wear foot coverings until entering the water, be able to swim 25 yards without stopping, and obey all posted rules. Please follow all signs and guidelines within each aquatic facility.

The Y is unable to provide equipment for member use at this time. Please bring the following items with you for your personal use:

  • Proper bathing attire
  • Swim cap
  • Goggles
  • Towel
  • Personal water bottle
  • Foot coverings
  • Any equipment you may need
A designated space on the pool deck will be available for your personal belongings.

Top 10 Things to Know During COVID-19

The Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges is committed to ensuring the safety and health of our youth, families and employees in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are some important changes for members to know about our pools and swim lessons as we work to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

  1. Members and staff will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms prior to entering or being admitted to the facility each day. Screening includes temperature checks (may not exceed 100.4 degrees F) and a symptom questionnaire and handwashing upon entering.
  2. Staff and members with a fever of 100.4 F or higher, cough, or shortness of breath will be excluded from the facility. Children with household members who are known to have COVID-19 will also be excluded from the facility.
  3. Parents should arrive 10-15 min. early to their scheduled program in order to facilitate the screening process and start class on time.
  4. Parents will NOT be permitted to stay on the pool deck for their child’s program, unless there is a special circumstance for children 5 years old or under. There will be no seating available in the pool area and is limited only to participants and staff.
  5. Swimmers should shower before entering the pool. Locker rooms will be open for changing but lockers will not be available for use. There will be designated areas to store belongings along the pool deck.
  6. Participants should come to the pool with a personal towel, water bottle, any equipment needed for their class or activity, and personal belongings.
  7. No equipment will be shared between participants. All equipment will be sanitized after use and placed aside for an appropriate amount of time for disinfection.
  8. Staff are required to wear face coverings unless the covering inhibits their health. During swim lessons, swim instructors will be required to wear face shields if in the water with participants. Lifeguards on duty are not permitted to wear face masks.
  9. Swimmers should NOT wear face masks in the water because of the danger of drowning.
  10. Group swim lessons will be held in wider areas of multiple lanes and instructors will use class management techniques that stagger participants during activities.

View our Aquatics Relaunch Playbook for more information about our new Health and Safety Guidelines for swim programs.

Note: Group lesson sizes and ratios outlined in the playbook will vary by Y branch based on the size of the pool at each location.

Private Swim Lessons

The YMCA Swim Lesson Curriculum is a core group of aquatic skills every person needs to be safe around water. As the foundation of our program, these skills allow students to learn correct swim stroke techniques. Students begin with and build upon skills they are ready to learn, helping them to celebrate their successes, build self-confidence, and enjoy learning to swim and water safety.

Our Private Swim Lessons provide more flexibility and one-on-one instruction at a time that is convenient for you and your family. Our experienced instructors teach core swimming skills and stroke techniques so children and adults can become more confident swimmers. Private swim lessons will be offered in 1:1 and 2:1 ratios.

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"[Tommy] was sooo patient with Elijah, taking it slow to allow his comfort level to increase, constant praise as he completed each task and keeping my overall anxiety under wraps. I was super proud of Elijah but happy I chose to send him to the East Orange program. We obviously work in a community where fear of the water is common but to learn how to swim is a necessary life skill. We have the perfect size pool to address fears and common misconceptions about the water. I think Elijah’s fear was non existent because of 1. Him getting a little older, 2. Tommy’s patience but 3. The size of that pool. It's not intimidating at all and I think we can capitalize on that. I’m happy to see our pool open again and great things are going to happen."- YMCA Parent


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