Swim Lessons


The YMCA has been teaching swim lessons for over 100 years. Although many other agencies and organizations offer swim lessons, the difference is this: The Y uses programs as a vehicle to deliver its mission, which is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. The YMCA swim lesson program is designed to ensure students’ safety, provide students with regular, progressive success, and make the learning process enjoyable.

The YMCA has been teaching people to swim for over 100 years, but in 2017, The Central YMCA adopted an awesome new Swim Lesson program curriculum. If you are not familiar with the new program, please take a closer look at the Stage Descriptions, Lesson Selector, and Swimming Skills documents below. The new YMCA Swim Lesson program uses a lot of group practice, which gives participants more swim time (and less time waiting for a turn). The new program also includes a lot of games and activities, which have been designed to allow students to practice the skills they are learning while having fun at the same time. Swim lessons at the Y are available for ages 6 months old through adults (children under the age of 3 must have a parent or guardian in the water with them during class).

Stage Descriptions

Confused by the new classifications? Don’t know the difference between a #1 and a #4? Click on the image to the right to read about the new swim stage levels. You’ll be an expert in no time!

Lesson Selector

Now that you know all the different names for the stages, it’s time to determine where your child belongs. Click on the image to the right to answer questions that will guide you to the proper lesson selection.

Swim Lesson Skills

Learn what your child (or you) will learn in swim lessons by clicking on the image to the right. We’ve broken it down into Parent/Child (6-36 months), Beginner/Intermediate (ages 3-17) and Intermediate/Advanced (ages 6-17).

Swim Assessments

Still not sure which class to register for? Contact Chris Hughes, Senior Aquatic Director, to schedule a free Swim Assessment at 330-480-5655 or chughes@youngstownymca.org.


Check Swim Lesson Schedules
Check out our swimming programs and schedules.

Private Swim Lessons

In addition to our standard 6-week sessions that run year-round, your YMCA also offers Private Swim Lessons. A one-on-one swim lesson with a certified swim instructor may be just the boost you or your child needs to become a stronger and more confident swimmer. The individual training will help you reach that personal goal to not only improve your swimming technique, but to work toward achieving personal health and fitness. Each lesson is 30 minutes.

We have a number of instructors available. We do our best to match students with an instructor based on availability, skill, and gender preferences when possible. We also offer a semi-private option where two individuals with similar ability take the lessons together. This is a nice option for siblings.

To schedule a Private Lesson, contact Emily George at 330-744-8411 or egeorge@youngstownymca.org.

Fees for Private Lessons are as follows:

1 Session: $15/$25
2 People: $12/$20 each


Chris Hughes, Senior Aquatic Director, 330-480-5655 or chughes@youngstownymca.org

Emily George, Central YMCA Aquatic Coordinator, 330-744-8411 or egeorge@youngstownymca.org

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