The purpose of the YMCA Swim Lesson Program is to develop competency in swimming, along with confidence, endurance, and a sense of achievement. At the Y, students learn more than just stroke technique -instructors also include activities that focus on personal safety, personal growth, and having fun.

The YMCA has been teaching people to swim for over 100 years, but in 2017, the Davis Family 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 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 Catherine Stan, Davis Family YMCA Associate Aquatic Director, to schedule a free Swim Assessment at 330-480-5665 or


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Private Swim Lessons

In addition to our standard 6-week sessions that run year-round, your YMCA also offers Private Swim Lessons. Private lessons are ideal for the student who requires more one-on-one attention or possibly an adult who is learning to swim or someone who is looking to perfect their stroke.

Whatever the reason, 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.

To schedule a Private Lesson, contact Catherine Stan at 330-480-5665 or

Fees for Private Lessons are as follows:

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

Homeschool Gym & Swim

Our Homeschool Gym & Swim program is offered for students ages 4-18 on Tuesdays from 1:15-3:00 pm from September 11 to November 27, 2018. Each class consists of a 30-minute gym session, followed by a 30-minute swim lesson and 30 minutes of recreational swim time.

The gym sessions for students ages 4-5 years old are geared toward improving balance, coordination, and having fun. The gym sessions for students ages 6-18 years old are fitness-oriented and focus on improving coordination, strength, and cardio-endurance. Swim lessons are grouped by ability and focus on safety around water. Skill assessments are conducted on the first day to determine abilities, and each instructor structures lessons for their students accordingly.

During the recreational swim session, students can practice what they have learned or play in the sprays. The water slide will be open for students who meet the height requirement or have passed the swim test. Our swim instructors will stay in the extreme shallow water area and play with students ages 4-5 years old until the end of class.

Parents must accompany their child from the gym to the pool.


$50/$75 Members/Others
Click HERE to register your 4-7 yr old
Click HERE to register your 8-18 yr old

Pool Rules

Ever wonder what you are and aren’t allowed to do around the pools? Read the RULES to find out.


Chris Hughes, Senior Aquatic Director, 330.480.5655 or

Catherine Stan, Davis Family YMCA Associate Aquatic Director, 330.480.5665 or

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