The Y leads the way for teaching safety around water!  Learn more about the Youth Swim Lessons that are available at the Y and register your child today.

Dates to know:

  • September 28th at 8am - registration opens for Y Members
  • October 5th at 8am - registration opens for the community

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Parent/Child Lessons

These programs are a great way to introduce aquatic safety skills through games and songs.  Classes are designed to encourage learning and water adjustment in a safe and positive setting.  Parents accompany their child at all times while an experienced instructor guides parents in teaching their child fundamental safety and aquatic skills.  These classes are an excellent way for children to beign transitioning to the preschool swim program.

  • Shrimp - 6 to 18 months
    • Shrimp class is an introduction to the aquatic environment for parents and their infants.  Parents are encouraged to develop appropriate expectations for their children's performance in the water.  They learn basic aquatic safety and have a positive experience with their children that can help them grow closer.
  • Kipper - 19 months to 3 years
    • Kipper continues to provide a positive aquatic experience for parents and infants.  Infants learn basic water skills and have fun playing with toys and flotation devices.  Parents review and learn more about basic aquatic safety.

Preschool Lessons

Our preschool lessons provide children with their first pool experience without parental assistance, in a safe, fun, and positive learning environment.  Children must be 3 years of age by the start of class.

  • Perch 
    • This is a transitional class from parent/child to preschool lessons.  It slowly introduces swimmers to the pool who have not had group lessons before or children who might be hesitant about swimming.  Parents are not required to be in the pool with the child but they have the option to be in the pool for the first two lessons.  Skills Spotlight: blowing bubbles, floating, and paddling with assistance.
  • Pike
    • This class is for preschool swimmers who are comfortable in the water without parents.  This class presents basic swim skills through games and fun.  Swimmers begin to submerge their head and swim with an IFD (noodle).  Skills Spotlight:  floating, paddling, and kick on both front and back with assistance.
  • Eel
    • This class is for preschool swimmers who are comfortable in the water and can swim independently with an IFD (noodle, floatation pack).  Skills Spotlight:  Independent paddles front and back (2 yards), floating front and back with assistance, and submerging face/head.
  • Rays
    • This class is for swimmers who are well adjusted to the water and are eager to learn more.  Ray swimmers continue to build on skills such as effective kicking and floating.  Skills Spotlight:  kicking, floating on both front and back, and progressive paddle stroke.
  • Starfish
    • This class is for swimmers who are ready to begin developing their endurance and stroke development.  The swimmers in this level are also introduced to treading water, rhythmic breathing, rescue skills, and personal water safety.  Skills Spotlight:  Independent arm strokes for front crawl, back crawl, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, and sidestroke.

School Age Lessons

Whether your school age child is a new swimmer or has been swimming circles around you, the school age program offers a class that is just right for your child's skill level.  Children must be 6 by the start of the class.

  • Inia 
    • This is the beinner level for school age children who haven't taken lessons before or who are just starting swim lessons at the grade school level.  Skills Spotlight: introduction to fundamental skills of front and back floating, introduction to front crawl, back crawl, intro to elementary backstroke, and treading water; intro to rhythmic breathing, rescue skills, and personal water safety.
  • Polliwogs
    • This is the school age level that follos startfish to help children become adjusted to the water.  Skills Spotlight:  introduction to fundamental skills of front/back floating, treading water with assistance, front, back and side paddles (5 yards with a floatation aide; 2 yards independently.  Equivalent to Red Cross Level 1 and 2.
  • Guppies
    • This class continues to develop confidence in each individuals' abilities by increasing their swim stroke endurance, practicing paddles stroke, floating and rotary breathing without the aid of floating devices..  Skills Spotlight:  Frong/back crawl, breastroke, elementary backstroke, sidestroke, 25 yards with floatation, and 10 yards without floatation aid.  Introduction to scissors and whip kicks, rhythmic diving and diving skills.  Equivalent to Red Cross Level 2 and 3.
  • Minnows
    • This class continues to refine their stroke skills and develop correct timing and coordination of arm and leg movements.  Skills Spotlight:  Introduction to rotary breathing, butterfly, basic water safety and rescue skills.  Equivalent to Red Cross Level 3 and 4.  Prerequisite:  Guppies class or approval from Aquatics Coordinator.
  • Fish
    • We continue to build on previous work in this class to perform strokes with greater precision and accuracy.  Children will work on their front and back crawl, breastroke, sidestroke, and elementary backstroke.  Skills Spotlight:  Endurance continues to increase to 50 yards.  Equivalent to Red Cross Level 4.  Prerequisite:  Minnows class or approval from Aquatics Coordinator.
  • Flying Fish
    •   This is an advanced level where students focus on stroke perfection.  Swimmers will build up their endurance for various strokes, front and back crawl, breastroke, and butterfly.  Skills Spotlight:  Swimmers will learn open turns/flip turns, perfect their strokes, and rescue skills.  Equivalent to Red Cross Level 5.  Prerequisite:  Fish class or approval from Aquatics Coordinator.
  • Porpoise
    •   This swim club is for swimmers ages 11 - 14 or swimmers who have progressed through group lessons and would like to keep swimming noncompetitvely.  Swimmers will work on endurance, stroke, refinement, and more.  Prerequisite: Completed Flying Fish or approval from Aquatics Coordinator.

Fall Swim Lesson Schedules

Class fees are $40 for Y Members and $70 for Non Members.  

Register for Youth Swim Lessons

Sunday - October 29th until December 3rd  
3:30pm - 4:10pm 4:15pm - 4:55pm 5:00pm - 5:40pm 5:45pm - 6:25pm
Pike Ray Perch Eel
Inia Fish Inia Inia
Polliwog Starfish Pike Polliwog
Guppy Flying Fish Polliwog Guppy


Tuesday - October 31st until December 5th    
4:30pm - 5:00pm 4:30pm - 5:10pm 5:15pm - 5:45pm  5:15pm - 5:55pm 6:00pm - 6:40pm
Shrimp Ray Kippers Pike Perch
  Minnow   Eel Fish


Thursday - November 2nd until December 7th     
4:30pm - 5:00pm 4:30pm - 5:10pm 5:15pm - 5:45pm  5:15pm - 5:55pm 6:00pm - 6:40pm
Kippers Perch Shrimp Pike Eel
  Polliwog   Guppy Starfish
        Flying Fish



Saturday - November 4th until December 9th
9:30am - 10:10am 10:15am - 10:55am 11:00am - 11:40am
Ray Inia Guppy
Pike Polliwog Inia
Minnow Perch Ray


Register for Youth Swim Lessons

Youth Swim Lesson Registration and Refund Information

  • Everyone entering the Rochester Area Family YMCA facility must present a photo ID, or have a photo on file at the Welcome Center.
  • Payment must be received at the time of registration.  We will not reserve a space without payment.
  • Make-up classes or refunds for classes missed due to schedule conflicts are not permitted.
  • We reserve the right to combine class levels or cancel classes due to insufficient enrollment.  If the Y cancels a session as a result, a refund will be given.
  • Cancellations of swim lessons requested less than a week before they are scheduled to begin will only be granted a 50% refund.
  • There will be a $10 extra charge for any registrations made after the registration deadline.
  • In the event of severe weather or for other reasons beyond the Y's control, where classes cannot be made up, no refund will be given.
  • Class cancellations and facility closures will be shared through the Y’s mobile app. Please download the app and allow notifications for programs, general information, and schedules. If a class is cancelled due to low enrollment you will be notified prior to the start of the class and a refund for class fees will be issued.