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Parent & Child Swim Lessons

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.

Registration Dates

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

Summer Lessons
April 1: Members
April 15: Program Participants*
*Outdoor summer swim lessons 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, Brian Cole
Chapel Hill - Carrboro YMCA, Chris Swennie
Downtown Durham and Hope Valley Farms YMCAs, Stanley Bass
East Triangle YMCA, David Huie
Ingram Family YMCA, Amanda Isham
Kerr Family YMCA, Max Turner
Kraft Family YMCA, Madison Temple
Northwest Cary YMCA, Shane Tillett
Poole Family YMCA, Jaime Jewett
Taylor Family YMCA, AnnaMaria Galardi
Southeast Raleigh YMCA, Waleska Brown
YMCA at Knightdale Station, Matt McDonough