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Stroke School

Stroke School is an advanced series of swim instruction for youth who are interested in stroke proficiency for swim teams or lifeguarding certifications.

The program is taught by YMCA swim instructors and is for youth who have completed the Advanced Level of group swim lessons or have successfully completed an assessment showing preparedness for the program.

Stroke School focuses on the four strokes in competitive swimming – freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly – as well as turns and dives. This program is instructional and recreational. There are no swim meets.

Stroke School is the next step for swimmers who have completed the Advanced Level of group swim lessons and is a great prequel to the YMCA’s YOTA Prep or Summer Swim Teams.

Stroke School is typically offered in the fall, winter and spring. 

*For the comfort of our instructors, they have the option of utilizing a face shield. An emphasis on consistent social distancing during in-pool instruction (6' or roughly an arm's length plus a kick board) is our primary, CDC-advised modification to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This is in addition to our screening and cleaning protocols. All deck-based swim instruction will be administered with use of a face mask.

Registration Dates

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

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, Gretchen Golz
Chapel Hill - Carrboro YMCA, Seattle Kiser
Downtown Durham YMCA, Stanley Bass
Kerr Family YMCA, Lorie Buchholz
Taylor Family YMCA, Christopher Thomas