Swim Lessons

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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 for each student.

At the Y, we believe that we should be teaching each child in our swim programs 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 at our YMCAs are for all ages and abilities. They are comfortable, supportive, and judgment-free zones.

Determine Your Student’s Swim Level

Swim Lessons at the Harrisburg Area YMCA group by skill level and 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 crafts to their specifications, thus assuring the best aquatic experience possible. To assess best where your student should start, refer to the Swim Lesson Selector below. To see our Swim Lessons Program Overview, please click here.

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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 seven weeks and is optimized to help your child develop water safety and swimming skills. Contact Mark Strawbridge at Mark.Strawbridge@ymcaharrisburg.org or by phone at 717-232-9622, ext. 209, with any questions.

Sessions2021-2022 Dates Registration Begins
Fall ISeptember 12–October 23Open Now

CHECK OUT AVAILABLE CLASSES HERE!

Friendship YMCA

The Friendship 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. For more information please email Bruce Matthews: Bruce.Matthews@ymcaharrisburg.org

NOTE: Program Memberships are honored at all Harrisburg Area YMCA branches and allow individuals to register for YMCA programs. Program Membership does not include facility use privileges. Contact the branch for payment details.

Sessions2022 DatesRegistration Facility MembersRegistration Program Members
WinterJanuary 3–February 27, 2022December 6thDecember 13th
Spring IFebruary 28–April 23, 2022February 7thFebruary 14th
Spring IIApril 25–June 19, 2022April 4thApril 11th
SummerJune 20–August 14, 2022May 31stJune 6th

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 offer limited availability. Contact Sidney Watkins at Sidney.Watkins@ymcaharrisburg.org or by phone at 717-362-9494 with any questions.

SessionTimes Registration
Parent/Child
Instructors: Sidney, Cece, Alicen, Olivia
Saturday
10:00-10:30 AM
Class limit: 10 participants
Only 1 parent per child
Open Now
Basics
Instructors: Tatum, Sidney, Cece, Alicen, Olivia, Annie
Saturday
10:30-11:00 AM
Class limit: 6 participantsOpen Now
Strokes
Instructors: Tatum, Sidney, Cece, Annie
Saturday
11:15 AM-12:00 PM
Class limit: 8 participantsOpen Now

This session will run for 8 weeks.

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. Questions? Contact Rachel Beck: Rachel.Beck@ymcaharrisburg.org

Sessions2022 Dates Registration Facility Members Registration Program Members
WinterJanuary 3–February 27, 2022December 6thDecember 13th
Spring IFebruary 28–April 23, 2022February 7thFebruary 14th
Spring II April 25–June 18, 2022April 4thApril 11th
SummerJune 20–August 14, 2022May 31stJune 6th

East Pennsboro Aquatics

**SWIM LESSONS ARE CURRENTLY ON HOLD**

The West Shore YMCA is collaborating with East Pennsboro Township and the East Pennsboro School District to offer aquatic programming to their residents.
Swim lessons are available for children ages 3-12 with two time offerings. Children ages 3-5 will be with their parent in the water learning basic swimming skills. Children ages 6-12 will be evaluated during the first class and broken into smaller groups based on their swimming abilities. Classes meet twice per week for 6 weeks.

Session Date: January 6-February 12, 2020; February 17-March 25, 2020; March 30-June 7, 2020
Days: Mondays & Wednesdays
Fee: $60.00

TimeAges
6:15 pm to 7:00 pmAges 3-5 with Parent
6:15 pm to 7:00 pmAges 6-12
7:15 pm to 8:00 pmAges 3-5 with Parent
7:15 pm to 8:00 pmAges 6-12

CHECK OUT AVAILABLE CLASSES HERE!

YMCA Northern York

**SWIM LESSONS ARE CURRENTLY ON HOLD**

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.

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Child Safety

At the Y, child safety and protection is our number one priority.  Our goal is to help educate parents and children on how to be safe from child abuse in any environment with the skills they learn at our Y.  Our team is trained in comprehensive and innovative practices around child safety to ensure your children are safe in our care.

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