Healthy Living Programs

Adult Water Activities

Through our Aquatics and Wellness departments, our Y offers programs for adults to become stronger and healthier through swim lessons and group exercise classes in the pool.

Adult Swim Lessons

The goal of our adult swim lesson program is to give adults the opportunity to either learn to swim or master whatever skills they may already have. From beginners who are uncomfortable in the water to intermediate and advanced swimmers looking to enhance technique, our adult swim lessons provide instruction and support in a comfortable and small-class setting.

Class maximum is 4 participants and the minimum is 2 participants.

Adult Private and Semi-Private Lessons

Scheduling private or semi-private lessons are subject to pool and instructor availability. Requests for Private or Semi-Private swim lessons must be done via email only to Matt Busse, Director of Pool Operations.

$57/Members, $72/Non-Member for One-on-One Private swim lessons, 30 minutes each lesson.
$49*/Members, $64*/Non-Members for Semi-Private swim lessons, 30 minutes each lesson. *Rates are per participant.

Please be sure to arrive on time for lessons. All lessons will end at the scheduled time, even if the swimmer is late.

CANCELLATION POLICY
We ask for at least 24-hour notice on any cancellations.

To cancel your Private or Semi-Private lesson, you must call Matt Busse at 203-920-1643. Cancelling with no notice or “no shows” must be paid for.

Arthritis Exercise

Come have fun while you exercise in a class specifically designed for
people with Arthritis. Classes are taught by a certified AFYAP
instructor and will be held in our warm (85-87 degree) Forese Scooter Pool.

Registration required. Free to Members. There is a fee to Non-Members.

To learn more about Adult Swim Lessons and Arthritis Exercise, contact Matt Busse at 203-920-1643.

Aquatic Fitness Classes

Water is a wonderful, supportive environment to exercise in. Athletes have been using water exercise for years to rehab injuries or to cross-train for their sport. The great thing about water exercise is the ability to use the properties of water to vary the intensity of a workout thereby making it a wonderful form of exercise for all ages and abilities.

To let you experience this for yourself. we offer water exercise classes taught in our Forese Family Scooter Pool. If you have any questions about Water Exercise Classes or you need help getting started, please contact Kristin Schnitzler at 203-920-1636.

Masters Swim (Ages 18+)

Masters swim is aimed toward active adults looking to improve their endurance and strokes in the pool, whether for triathlons, Masters Competition, or personal well-being.

For more information on Masters Swim, contact Brian Fazzino at 203-920-1637.

Red Cross Lifeguard Course (Ages 15+)

The American Red Cross Lifeguard course is available to those who are interested in becoming a certified lifeguard. This course includes certification in First Aid, CPR for the Professional Rescuer/AED and Lifeguard. Participants must pass a written and practical exam for each certification. This course is pass or fail. A required online blended learning portion will be emailed out by the Monday prior to the course. The blended learning portion must be completed by the end of the last class and must be completed in order to receive the lifeguard certification. All course materials included.

Participants must bring the following to class: a mask, swimsuit, towel, goggles, notebook, pen or pencil, highlighter, snack and beverage. The water pretest will be held the first day of the course. Anyone who does not pass the pretest will be refunded the course fee minus $35, plus any course materials taken.

*The classes contain blended learning content and are required to be completed prior to the start of class.  Once registration is processed with payment, the link to the blended learning will be found on the receipt. Please be sure a valid email address is used on your profile when paying for the lifeguard course.

Participants must attend all classes 100% attendance.  

Lifeguard Review Course (re-certification course for current lifeguards)

This course is for those individuals who are already certified as a lifeguard and need to re-certify all three certifications: First Aid, CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, Lifeguard certifications. Course dates will be determined in the near future.

*The classes contain blended learning content and are required to be completed prior to the start of class.  Once registration is processed with payment, the link to the blended learning will be found on the receipt. Please be sure a valid email address is used on your profile when paying for the lifeguard course.

Participants must attend all classes 100% attendance.  

Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguard Module

This course is offered to current certified lifeguards seeking additional Red Cross Waterfront certification for outdoor waterfronts, beaches, lakes or ponds.

There are no Waterfront Lifeguard Modules available at this time. Please stay tuned for new classes!

Cancellation of any of the courses listed above must be done 2 weeks prior to the start of the course to receive a full refund minus a $15 service charge.

For additional information on Lifeguard Courses, contact Matt Busse at mbusse@newcanaanymca.org or 203-920-1643.