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Youth Swim Lessons

YMCA youth swim lessons emphasize water safety, skill and stroke development. 

Youth swim lessons are offered year-round for swimmers ages 6 - 12 of all skill levels.

YMCA swim lessons emphasize water safety, skill and stroke development.

Beginning swimmers are introduced to basic stroke movement and learn how to be more comfortable in the water. More advanced swimmers are instructed in stroke technique, endurance and safety skills.

YMCA swim lessons have a low child-to-instructor ratio to ensure plenty of time in the water. Swim lessons and classes are available during the week and on weekends. Parents are welcome to watch lessons from the pool deck.

All children are evaluated at the beginning of each session and placed in the appropriate level based on demonstrated ability. 

Swim Lesson Critical Skills


  • Jump into water and resurface
  • Tread water for 30 seconds
  • Swim 12.5 yards freestyle and elementary backstroke
  • Float on front and back for 20 seconds


  • Jump into the deep end of the pool and resurface
  • Swim 25 yards freestyle
  • Swim 12.5 yards backstroke
  • Perform streamlined push-off from wall 
  • Touch at the shallow end bottom of pool


  • Swim 25 yards breaststroke and backstroke
  • Perform racing dive
  • Swim 12.5 yards dolphin kick
  • Perform 75-yard endurance swim

The Y knows each child is different and will advance at his or her own pace. Learning to swim takes time and patience. Y swim instructors will let parents know how each child progressed at the end of the session.


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.

Aquatics Directors

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