The YMCA offers swim lessons for babies and toddlers ages 6 - 36 months and their parents. Playgroup classes are offered for children ages 6 - 18 months and parent-child classes are offered for children ages 18 months - 3 years.
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. Lifeguards are always on the pool deck during swim lessons.
A parent/family member must accompany the child in the water (the swim instructor* may be on the deck or in the water while providing instruction).
Babies and toddlers who are not toilet trained must wear a swim diaper.
Feb. 1: Members
Feb. 15: Program Participants
April 1: Members
April 15: Program Participants*
*Outdoor summer swim lessons are only available for YMCA Members.
Aug. 1: Members
Aug. 15: Program Participants
*Chapel Hill & Downtown Durham registration opening soon
Nov. 1: Members
Nov. 15: Program Participants
Not all lesson days and times are available for Program Participants, due to demand.
A.E. Finley YMCA, Linda Singh
Alexander Family YMCA, Alexander Walker
Chapel Hill - Carrboro and Meadowmont YMCAs, Jonathan Sasser
*Meadowmont lessons will resume Spring '23
Downtown Durham and Hope Valley Farms YMCAs, Stanley Bass
East Triangle YMCA, Robin Miller
Ingram Family YMCA, Christopher McLaughlin
Kerr Family YMCA, Max Turner
Kraft Family YMCA, Tom Wilson
Northwest Cary YMCA, Allie LoPiccolo
Poole Family YMCA, Robin Miller
Taylor Family YMCA, Eric Bjorkquist
Southeast Raleigh YMCA, Waleska Brown
YMCA at Knightdale Station, Matt McDonough