Parent-Child Swim Classes
The New Canaan YMCA Aquatics program offers a fun, safe, and enjoyable experience for parents and young children. Learn more
Preschool Swim Classes
The most important aspect of preschool swimming is getting the child comfortable in the water and ready to make the advancements to learn to swim independently. Learn more
School-Age Swim Classes
Children kindergarten and up may join this program for water adjustment, stroke development, water Aquatics Program. Learn more
Parent-Child Swim Programs (Ages 6 Months-3 1/2 Years)
In the Parent/Child aquatic program, skills are taught to make both children and parents comfortable in the water together. Under the direction of trained staff, parents learn how to develop their child’s strength and confidence in the water, while maintaining a safe swimming environment. Infant aquatic classes are a fun, special time for parents to interact with their children and with each other.
Water Discovery (Ages 6 Months-3 Years)
In this beginning class, the children along with their parents or caregiver discover the water environment and how to safely enter and exit the pool. Additional skills demonstrated in the class include bubble blowing and rolling over from front to back and back to front.
Water Exploration (Ages 16 Months-3 Years)
In this beginning class, the children along with their parent or caregiver continue the process of discovering the water and spend additional time on adjustment. Additional skills demonstrated in this class include more independent floating skills, back and front gliding, and entry to and exit from the pool.
Preschool Swim Programs (Ages 3-5)
The most important aspect of preschool swimming is getting the child comfortable in the water and ready to make the advancements to learn to swim independently. The main focus is to build comfort and confidence in the water. This is the foundation for great swimming. The ratio is 1:4 and the class meets once a week for 30 minutes.
Preschool and school-age swimmers will be assigned to one of the following levels after his/her evaluation during the first class:
In this class, the children develop comfort with being underwater while also learning how to safely exit in the event of a fall into a body of water.
Qualifications: None/ Non-swimmer/ Fear of Water
In this class, children are taught skills that focus on buoyancy and movement in the water while also learning how to safely exit in the event of a fall into a body of water.
Qualifications: Swimmers should be able to go underwater and comfortably open eyes without goggles, be able to float on front and back with minimal assistance, and be able to jump in the pool, submerge, and return to the wall without assistance.
In this class, children focus on swimming longer distances. Children also learn how to swim to safety in the event that they fall into a body of water.
Qualifications: Swimmer should be able to float on front and back unassisted, push off the wall on their stomach with face submerged for 10 feet unassisted, swim-float-swim 15 feet unassisted, and be able to jump into deep water and return to the wall unassisted.
School-Age Swim Program Levels 1-6 (Ages 5-12)
The National Y swim lesson program is designed to teach safety, confidence and strength in the water in a supportive and nurturing environment. The program is organized into 8 levels and your child is assigned to a level at the beginning of each session. Refer to our swim lessons level overview to determine your child’s swim lessons level.
If you are unsure of the appropriate level for your child, please contact Emily Daymonde at 203-920-1652 to schedule an evaluation. This brief evaluation allows for each child to be placed accordingly to ensure success and growth within the program.
Private & Semi-Private Swim 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 to Emily Daymonde, Aquatics Director.
Please be sure to arrive on time for lessons. All lessons will end at the scheduled time, even if the swimmer is late.
We ask for at least 24-hour notice on any cancellations. To cancel your Private or Semi-Private lesson, you must call Emily Daymonde, Aquatics Director, at 203-920-1652. Cancelling with no notice or “no shows” must be paid for.
For additional information about Private or Semi-Private swim lessons, contact Emily Daymonde at 203-920-1652.
Swim Lessons Refund Policy
- If the Y cancels a swim lesson program prior to the program commencement date, a full refund will be issued. The YMCA reserves the right to cancel any swim lesson program that fails to meet enrollment requirements.
- Refund requests after withdrawal from a swim lesson program must be made at least five business days prior to the program commencement date.
- After a swim lesson program commences, pro-rated refunds will be issued only for participant withdrawal due to medical reasons, verified in writing by a physician. Refund requests must be submitted to the Y no later than the last day of the session.
- Refunds resulting from participant withdrawal are subject to a $15 processing fee.
- All outstanding balances including YMCA charges and bank fees must be resolved before refunds will be issued.
- Parents and/or guardians of children who are in 4th grade or younger must remain in Dante’s Café or second floor viewing area during swim lessons.