Preschool Swim Lessons

The YMCA of the Triangle offers progressive swim lessons for ages 3 - 5. YMCA swim lessons are taught year round. 

The YMCA has a low child-to-instructor ratio. YMCA swim instructors are trained to work with younger children and lifeguards are always on the pool deck during swim lessons. Parents are welcome to watch swim lessons from the pool deck.

The YMCA uses class levels to ensure your preschooler is placed according to his/ her ability. Children are evaluated at the beginning of each session and placed in the appropriate level based on demonstrated ability. Children should be able to work with an instructor and participate in swim lessons independently and willingly. 

Swim Lesson Critical Skills


  • Jump to instructor
  • Swim 5 feet without floatation assistance
  • Submerge face in water 
  • Back float for 10 seconds


  • Tread water for 30 seconds
  • Front float for 10 seconds
  • 12.5 yards elementary backstroke and freestyle without flotation assistance
  • Touch at shallow end bottom of the pool


  • Jump into the deep end and resurface
  • Swim 25 yards freestyle
  • Swim 12.5 yards backstroke and breaststroke
  • Perform streamlined push-off from wall

Registration Information

Swim lessons are offered all year, and new sessions start each season.

February 1 (Spring Lessons)
Registration opens for YMCA Members

April 2 (Summer Lessons)
Registration opens for YMCA Members

August 1 (Fall Lessons)
Registration opens for YMCA Members

November 1 (Winter Lessons)
Registration opens for YMCA Members

The YMCA offers swim lessons for YMCA Members only during the summer season at our outdoor pools. We offer swim lessons for YMCA Members and non-members year-round at our indoor pools. Not all lesson times and sessions are available for non-members, due to demand. 

Waitlist and cancellation information

Is your child Ready?

But how do you tell if your child is ready for swim lessons? The YMCA has a few suggestions to help you decide if your preschooler is ready for swim lessons.

  • Can your child separate from you?
  • Can your child listen well and take turns?
  • Can your child obey simple instructions?
  • Does your child enjoy the water and has he/ she expressed an interest in lessons?