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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East Orange Swim Lessons Schedule

OPEN SWIM: All Ages, Members Only.

**Dates and times are subject to change. No make-ups for missed classes. We will honor make-up classes if the East Orange YMCA cancels due to technical issues.


For more information about the Aquatics Program, Adult Swim Lessons and Pool Rentals, please email Scott Weber at sweber@metroymcas.org or call 973-673-5588.

Greater Bergen County YMCA Swim Lessons Schedule

Currently Enrolled Participants

If your child was in our enrolled in spring or summer program you do not need a swim evaluation. Please register at the front desk.

New Participants and Returning Participants:

Beginners registering prior to September 22nd, may register at the front desk. Those registering after September 22nd-June 1st, 2019 will need to email their class request to the Aquatic Department at gb-aquatics@metroymcas.org . Please include your 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice for class age/day/time.

Non-Beginners: swim evaluations are required for all non-beginners. Children who can swim 10 yards, unassisted will need to be evaluated for proper placement.

To check swim lesson availability - call our welcome center at 201-487-6600

 YMCA Swim Lesson Schedules:

Pathways: Specialized tracks (Ages 6-17, Ratio 1:15)

Stroke School for those who already swim and want to improve their strokes, this class focuses on proven techniques and training tips that will make your strokes more efficient and increase your stamina. The class is taught by professionally certified instructors who enjoy swimming as a life sport.

Friday: 4:30-5:30 pm

Sunday: 11:30 am-12:30 pm

Competitive Stroke School is for those who want to improve their swimming skills without a full competitive schedule. Focus will be on advanced competitive techniques that help maintain endurance, increase speed and add power to each stroke, start and turn.

Tuesday: 5:40-6:40 pm

Saturday: 9:00-10:00 am


Private swim lessons are offered for children and adults who are interested in mastering a swimming skill or for those with special needs, or those seeking one on one instruction.

Lesson times are based on instructor and pool availability and subject to change.

We offer a variety of options: single class, 4 class package, or a 8 class package. All private lessons are 30 minutes unless otherwise noted.

To schedule a private lesson, please contact the welcome center to fill out a private lesson inquiry form or email the aquatic director. dabreu@metroymcas.org

Private Swim Lesson Form

Current Enrollees: if your child was in our spring or summer program you do not need a swim evaluation. Please register at the front desk.

New or non current enrollees: beginners registering prior to September 22nd, may register at the front desk. Those registering after September 22nd-June 1st 2020 will need to email their class requests to the aquatic department at gb-aquatics@metroymcas.org . Please include your 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice for class age/day/time.

Non Beginners: Swim evaluations are required for all non beginners. Children who can swim 10 yards, unassisted will nee to be evaluated for proper class placement.

Swim Evaluation Time: Please bring bathing suit and towel. A swim cap is required if hair is chin length or longer.  Goggles are optional.

Evaluations will be held: Monday-Thursday, 4:00 - 4:30 pm or by appointment only.

Sussex County YMCA Swim Lessons Schedule

Accompanied by a parent, infants and toddlers learn to be comfortable in the water and develop swim readiness skills through fun and confidence-building experiences, while parents learn about water safety, drowning prevention, and the importance of supervision.


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


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.


Teen beginner swim lessons (Ages 13-17 years old)
Ideal for teens who have never learned to swim or who have some basic skills in the water, but never learned technique.

Adult beginner swim lessons  (Ages 18+)
This class is ideal for adults who have never learned to swim of who have some basic skills in water, but never learned technique.

Prerequisite: Completed Level 5 or higher and swim 100 yards without assistance.  Learn the fundamentals of team training: competitive strokes, turns, dives, build endurance and learn how to circle swim.

Jr Swim Fit (7-11 years old)
Sr Swim Fit (12-17 years old) 

Private Swim Lessons

Offered for children and adults who are interested in mastering a swimming skill or for those with special needs, or those seeking one on one instruction.

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Wayne YMCA Swim Lessons Schedule

Accompanied by a parent, infants and toddlers learn to be comfortable in the water and develop swim readiness skills through fun and confidence-building experiences, while parents learn about water safety, drowning prevention, and the importance of supervision.

West Essex YMCA Swim Lessons Schedule

Accompanied by a parent, infants and toddlers learn to be comfortable in the water and develop swim readiness skills through fun and confidence-building experiences, while parents learn about water safety, drowning prevention, and the importance of supervision.

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


Having mastered the fundamentals, students learn additional water safety skills and build stroke

(30 Min Lessons) Private lessons provide the greatest flexibility and one-on-one instruction for all ages and abilities. Please fill out a form at the Welcome Center.

Facility Member: $40 / Program Member: $45

Semi-private Facility Member: $45 / Program Member: $50

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Only group classes with 3 or more participants will continue after the first week.  If this happens, we will provide you with other options for your child’s swim instruction. 


Make-up classes will be provided only if the YMCA cancels a class, the facility closes or you can provide a doctor’s note verifying a medical reason for the absence.  There will be no make-up if half the lesson time has lapsed before we stop the lesson.

Credits for cancellations must be requested within 10 days of an absence.  Any requests beyond that time will not be honored.

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Swim Starters

Accompanied by a parent or guardian, infants and toddlers learn to be comfortable in the water and develop swim readiness skills through fun and confidence-building experiences, while parents learn about water safety, drowning prevention, and the importance of supervision.

Swim Basics

Recommended skills for all to have around water

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

Swim Strokes

Skills to support a healthy lifestyle

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.

Teen & Adult 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.


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