Building Confidence in the Water
We're here for everyone. All ages — from infants to seniors — can learn to swim. Check out our class offerings below to find one that fits your skill level, or skip straight to swim level descriptions. Don't know what level you or your child should register for? Our friendly and knowledgable staff are happy to help you find the level that's right for you.
What age group does your student fall into?
- 6 months-2 years | Parent and Child (Infant): Stages A-B
- 2-3 years | Parent and Child (Toddler): Stages A-1
- 3-6 years | Preschool: Stages 1-4
- 6-12 years | School Age: Stages 1-6
- 12-17 years | Teen: Stages 1-6
- 18+ years | Adult: Stages 1-6
All age groups are taught the same skills, but divided according to their developmental milestones.REGISTER FOR SWIM LESSONS
Which stage is the student ready for?
Can the student respond to verbal cues and jump on land?
Not yet > A / WATER DISCOVERY
Is the student comfortable working with an instructor without a parent in the water?
Not yet > B / WATER EXPLORATION
Will the student go underwater voluntarily?
Not yet > 1 / WATER ACCLIMATION
Can the student do a front and back float on his or her own?
Not yet > 2 / WATER MOVEMENT
Can the student swim 10-15 yards on his or her front or back?
Not yet > 3 / WATER STAMINA
Can the student swim 15 yards of front and back crawl?
Not yet > 4 / STROKE INTRODUCTION
Can the student swim front crawl, back crawl, and breaststroke across the pool?
Not yet > 5 / STROKE DEVELOPMENT
Can the student swim front crawl, back crawl, and breaststroke across the pool and back?
Not yet > 6 / STROKE MECHANICS
Our swim levels are broken into six stages in three categories: Swim Starters for parents, infants, and toddlers; Swim Basics for preschool, school-age, teen, and adult; and Swim Strokes for preschool, school-age, teen, and adult swimmers. Read below to learn more about each stage and register for classes.
The YMCA Swim Lessons program helps adults, kids, and families learn an important life skill and supports them in gaining the knowledge, ability, and stamina to become strong and confident swimmers.
Curriculum from YMCA of the USA is followed for all YMCA swim lessons. Please review information below to learn about the curriculum and discover which class would be appropriate for your swimmer. Swim lessons are FREE for YMCA members and $50/session (5 weeks) for non-members.
Greg Mackem - Aquatics Director, Bremerton Family YMCA
USES SKILL-BASED INSTRUCTION
Instructors set customized expectations for students based on their ability, facilitate skill practice in multiple ways, and support students based on where they are so that they can be successful.
MAXIMIZES PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
The curriculum maximizes the number of minutes students are physically active. At every lesson, students engage in group activities that promote additional active time in the pool and give students a chance to practice skills while having fun.
EMPHASIZES SAFETY AND ELEVATES CHARACTER
The curricula includes information and instruction in water and personal safety. Safety topics address issues that affect the day-to-day lives of students and their families.
Additionally, the curriculum integrates age-appropriate character development topics that allow the instructor and students to define, model, and celebrate the Y’s four core values: caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.
Engagement begins at home. Comprehensive parent communication tools help parents understand what skills students learn at each stage and how those skills build on each other as their students progress.
I have a 6 year old, which program should my child be in?
You have the option to enroll your child in the Preschool program or School Age program based on your child’s skill level and developmental level.
I have a 12 year old, which program should my child be in?
You have the option to enroll your child in the School Age program or Teen program based on your child’s skill level and developmental level.
How will I know what level my child should be in?
If your child is currently in lessons, the new swim lesson level will be marked on their report card at the end of this current sessions.
We have never taken swim lessons at the Y. Which level should my child be in?
Please refer to our lessons selector guide. First choose the age category your child falls in to, then select the level based on skill.