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Parent & Child Swim Lessons

The YMCA offers swim lessons for babies and toddlers ages 6 - 36 months and their parents. Parent-child classes are offered for children ages 18 months - 3 years. Playgroup classes are offered for children ages 6 - 18 months.

This water introduction program helps the parent and the child get used to the water and see the pool as fun. 

Parents and children play games that introduce basic introductory water skills such as blowing bubbles, breath control, kicking and floating.

The class focuses on water orientation and encourages parents and babies to trust each other in the water.

Parents must accompany the child in the water. Babies and toddlers who are not toilet trained must wear a swim diaper.

Lifeguards are always on the pool deck during swim lessons.

Registration Dates

Spring Lessons
Feb. 1: Members
Feb. 15: Program Participants

Summer Lessons
May 1: Members
May 15: Program Participants
Summer swim lessons at outdoor pools are only available for YMCA Members. 

Fall Lessons
Aug. 1: Members
Aug. 15: Program Participants

Winter Lessons
Nov. 1: Members
Nov. 15: Program Participants

Not all lesson days and times are available for Program Participants, due to demand.

Aquatics Directors

A.E. Finley YMCA, Linda Singh
Alexander Family YMCA, Whitney Anderson
Chapel Hill - Carrboro and Meadowmont YMCAs, Seattle Kiser
Downtown Durham and Hope Valley Farms YMCAs, Stanley Bass
Ingram Family YMCA, Josh Tillett
Kerr Family YMCA, Lorie Buchholz
Kraft Family YMCA, Jack Schenk
Northwest Cary YMCA, Jessica Meder
Taylor Family YMCA, Christopher Thomas
YMCA at Knightdale Station, Jeff Little