Youth Development Programs

Swim Lessons

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:

Water Acclimation

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

Water Movement

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.

Water Stamina

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.

If you are unsure of the appropriate level for your child, please contact Matt Busse at 203-920-1643 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 Matt Busse, Director of Pool Operations.

Fees:

  • $55/Members for Private swim lessons (30-minute lesson)
  • $47.50 for Semi-Private swim lessons (30-minute lesson)

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, Director of Pool Operations, at 203-920-1643. Cancelling with no notice or “no shows” must be paid for.

For additional information about Private or Semi-Private swim lessons, contact Matt Busse at 203-920-1643.

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.