YMCA Swim Lessons



Basic skills are taught that are the building blocks of swimming. Pool safety and the use of personal floatation devices are also taught. Classes are taught by caring, YMCA instructors. Class participants are divided into skill levels and class size is such that the instructor can provide proper instruction.



Session 1: Sunday September 14, 2014 – October 26, 2014 (7 lessons)

Session 2: November 2, 2014 – December 14, 2014 (6 lessons--no class on Thanksgiving Weekend, November 30th)


Please check this list to see what class is appropriate for your level.

Session 1, 7 x 30 minute sessions $87.50

Session 1, 7 x 45 minute sessions (available for Guppy, Minnow, Fish)  $111

Session 1, 7 x 1 hour sessions (Swim School)  $132

RVY is a Make a Splash Local Partner

The USA Swimming Foundation’s Make a Splash initiative is a national child-focused water safety campaign, which aims to provide the opportunity for every child in America to learn to swim. Through Make a Splash, the USA Swimming Foundation partners with learn-to-swim providers and water safety advocates across the country to provide swimming lessons and educate children and their families on the importance of learning how to swim. The USA Swimming Foundation has invested millions of dollars to provide grants to qualified Local Partner learn-to-swim programs, to spread national awareness, and to bring together strategic partners to end drowning.  To date, more than 2 million children have received the lifesaving gift of swim lessons through the USA Swimming Foundation Make a Splash Local Partner network, comprised of more than 600 qualified lesson providers across the nation. To learn more, visit www.usaswimmingfoundation.org/makeasplash.

Session 2, 6 x 30 minute sessions $75

Session 2, 6 x 45 minute sessions (available for Guppy, Minnow, Fish)  $95

Session 2, 6 x 1 hour sessions (Swim School)  $113

Adult Lap Swim: Free to Facility Members, $75 per program member

Annual Membership Fee:  $60.00 (required)


REGISTRATION INFO: All class registrations are on a first-come, first enrolled basis. A current YMCA membership is required. Full payment of class fees are required upon registration. Non-refundable deposit required for child care. Cash, credit/debit cards and personal checks (made out to Raritan Valley YMCA) accepted. Register in person at 144 Tices Lane, call 732-257-4114 (credit card only) or mail to: Raritan Valley YMCA 144 Tices Lane East Brunswick, NJ 08816

REFUND POLICY:  A full refund will be issued if a member withdraws prior to the first day of class. If a member withdraws from the program once the class has started, no refund will be issued. Memberships are non-refundable.



Preschool: Ages 3-5 Years

Pike: Entry level class for beginners and non-swimmers. No pre-skills are required to register.

Eel: Child can get their face wet comfortable and can float on their back on their own.

Ray: The child submerges comfortable, can float without assistance, can paddle stroke and rythmic breath with bubble for 25 yards. Also, for children who can jump from the side of the pool and swim without bubble.

School Age: Grades K and up

Entry level class for the older beginner swimmer or a child with no swim experience.

Guppy: The child can swim on their own without assistance, submerges comfortably gets their face wet comfortably and can float on their back on their own.

Minnow: Must be able to swim front crawl with rotary breathing 25 yards multiple times, swim backstroke 25 yards, swim in deep water, tread water for 2 minutes, survival float for 3 minutes and have passed Guppy level.

Fish: Must be able to swim front and back crawl 50 yards, elementary back stroke 25 yards, endurance swim for 150 yards without stopping, tread water for 4 minutes, and survival float for 5 minutes.

Swim School: This is a one hour class where youth and teens with advanced skills will swim multiple laps of front crawl, backstroke, and breast stroke.  The class focuses on building endurance, perfecting strokes, and learning advanced skills in a pre swim team style. Children must come to class knowing how to swim all of the above strokes and have no fear of deep water.  If coming through the YMCA swim program, they must have passed Guppy level.

Teens and Adults

Adult Lap/Stroke Swim:
Participants will be given a stroke workout that promotes distance, endurance, and technique.  This class is for those who already can swim. (No Lessons) 

Teen/Adult Swim Lessons: This class is suitable for adults and young adults who have limited swimming ability and are unable to float or swim. We will work to reduce fears and develop comfort in the water. Skills taught include front and back floats and arm strokes. Also covered are rotary breathing, water safety skills, and various strokes.  Swimmers should have a desire to swim properly and looking to increase their endurance.

Teen/Adult Swim Lessons are also suitable for capable swimmers who want to focus on efficiency and endurance for exercise, who want to learn new strokes, or who may be training for swim tests, triathalons, or races.