Swim Lessons

Swim Lesson Programs

The YMCA has been America’s leading swim instructor for more than 100 years. Swim Lessons encompass the YMCA’s philosophy of developing the participant’s spirit, mind, and body. Instructors focus on skill development, confidence building, increasing endurance, and instilling a sense of personal safety in each student.

At the Y, we believe that each child in our swim programs should be taught to swim at their own level in a fun, safe environment. With learn to swim programs available, the Y can help you get comfortable in the water no matter what age you are. The swim lessons provided by our YMCAs are fit for all ages, all abilities, and are comfortable, supportive, and judgment-free zones.

Options for all swim ability levels

When you register for swim lessons, the YMCA staff will help you identify the appropriate level for you or your child to enjoy. Lessons are grouped by age, but your child may need to do a short swimming test to assess their water competency to be placed appropriately. This way, the experience of our students is crafted to their specifications, thus assuring the best aquatic experience possible.

If you feel that your child may benefit from individual attention, private and buddy swim lessons are available. Adult learners are also always welcome! Adult swim lessons are available and will be tailored to the individual’s comfort level and skill set.  With options for everyone, swim lessons at the Y are perfect for your family!

Swim Lesson Sessions

Swim Lessons at the YMCA follow a yearly session schedule. Sessions vary per location, so click below to find out what sessions are available at a branch near you.

East Shore YMCA

The East Shore YMCA offers swim lessons for 6-36 Month-Olds, 3-5 Year-Olds, 6-12 Year-Olds, as well as Private Lessons for adults and children. Each session lasts 7-Weeks and are optimized to help your child develop water safety and swimming skills.

2017-2018 Sessions:

Sessions2017-2018 Dates Registration Begins
Fall I September 5 - October 22 August 7
Fall II October 30 - December 17 October 16
Winter January 2 - February 25 December 14
Spring I February 26 - April 22 January 29
Spring II April 23 - June 17 March 26
Summer June 18 - August 12 May 21

Northern Dauphin County YMCA

The Northern Dauphin County YMCA offers swim lessons for 6-36 Month-Olds, 3-5 Year-Olds, 6-12 Year-Olds, as well as Adult Lessons and Private Lessons for ages 3 and Up. In addition, every summer the YMCA offers learn to swim camps for children ages 5 -12 at the YMCA and community pools. These camps teach swimming safety and swim stroke development and offers limited availability. For these special session dates and locations, please contact the Northern Dauphin County YMCA at 717-362-9494.

2017 Sessions:

Sessions2016-2017 Dates Registration Facility Members
Spring I February 27 – April 22February 6
Spring II April 24 – June 17April 3
SummerJune 19 – August 12May 30
Fall I August 28 – October 21 August 7
Fall II October 23 – December 16October 2

West Shore YMCA

The West Shore YMCA offers swim lessons for 6-36 Month-Olds, 3-5 Year-Olds, 6-12 Year-Olds, as well as Adult Lessons and Private Lessons for ages 3 and Up. Classes meet once a week for 8 weeks. During the summer, two week classes are available. If a holiday occurs when your class is held, the fees will be prorated. Our experienced Y instructors emphasize the important facets of swim lessons, such as water safety, swimming and endurance skills, as well as social skills.

2017-2018 Sessions:

Sessions2017-2018 Dates Registration Facility Members Begins For Program Members
Fall I September 5 - October 23 August 7 August 14
Fall II October 23 - December 17 September 25 October 2
Winter January 2 - February 25 December 4 December 11
Spring I February 26 - April 22January 29 February 5
Spring II April 23 - June 17March 26 April 2
Summer June 18 - August 12May 21 May 29

YMCA Northern York

The YMCA at Northern York offers swim lessons for 6-36 Month-Olds, 3-5 Year-Olds, 6-12 Year-Olds, as well as Private Lessons for ages 3 and Up. Classes meet once a week for 8 weeks. During the summer, four week and three week classes are available. If a holiday or school activity occurs when your class is held, the fees will be prorated. Our experienced Y instructors emphasize the important facets of swim lessons, such as water safety, swimming and endurance skills, as well as social skills.

*You need to be a resident of the Northern York School District for these class offerings.

2017-2018 Sessions:

Sessions2017-2018 Dates Registration begins for NYSD Residents
Fall ISeptember 11 - October 21August 7
Fall IIOctober 23 - December 16October 2
WinterJanuary 2 - February 24December 4
Spring IFebruary 26 - April 21 January 29
Spring IIApril 23 - June 14 March 26
SummerJune 18 - August 2May 21

*Please note that if no classes are showing, then sessions are not currently running. Please see branch-specific session dates above.

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