Group Swim Lessons

Learn to swim now and be ready for summer fun at the beach and pool. Sign up for swim lessons at the Meriden YMCA. We offer swim lessons for ages 6 months and up for all levels. The Y is committed to keeping kids active and safe. We offer small classes,and follow all COVID-19 safety protocols.

  • Spring II Session: May 7 - June 18, 2022
  • Summer: July 9 - August 20, 2022
  • Registration: If you have an up-to-date membership you may register over the phone at 203.235.6386 or online through your account. If you do not have a Meriden-New Britain-Berlin YMCA membership please visit the Meriden YMCA Welcome Center. 
  • Fee: Full Member Fee $70, Program Member Fee $100

Swim Class Levels and Descriptions

Swim Starters - For ages 6 months to 36 months (Children participate with a parent in the water) 
  • A/ Water Discovery: Wednesdays 11:00 a.m. and Saturdays 12:35 p.m. Introduction to the aquatic environment through exploration & fun while learning about the water.
  • B/ Water Exploration: Wednesdays 11:00 a.m. and Saturday 12:35 p.m. Exploring body positions in the water, floating, blowing bubbles, & fundamental safety skills.
Preschool Swim Lessons - For ages 3 to 5 
  • Stage 1/ Water Acclimation: Wednesdays 11:30 a.m., Saturdays 9:40 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 10:50 a.m., and 12:35 p.m. Students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water. This stage lays the foundation that allows for the child future progress in swimming.
  • Stage 2/ Water Movement: Wednesdays 12:00 p.m., Saturdays 10:15 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Students focus on body position and control, directional change, and forward movement in the water while also continuing to practice how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water.
  • Stage 3/ Water Stamina: Saturdays 10:15 a.m. Students learn how to swim to safety from a longer distance than in previous stages in the event of falling into a body of water. This stage also introduces rhythmic breathing and integrated arm and leg action.
School Age Swim Lessons - For ages 6 - 10 and 10 & over
  • Stage 1/ Water Acclimation: Wednesdays 4:00 p.m., Saturdays 9:40 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 10:50 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 12:35 p.m. Students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water in stage 1. This stage lays the foundation that allows for a student’s future progress in swimming.
  • Stage 2/ Water Movement: Wednesday 4:30 p.m., Saturday 9:05 a.m., 10:50 a.m., 11:25 a.m., 12:35 p.m. Students focus on body position & control, directional change, & forward movement in the water while also continuing to practice how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water.
  • Stage 3/ Water Stamina: Wednesday 5:00 p.m., Saturday 9:05 a.m., 11:25 a.m. Students learn how to swim to safety from a longer distance than in previous stages in the event of falling into a body of water. This stage also introduces rhythmic breathing and integrated arm and leg action.
  • Stage 4 /Stroke Introduction: Thursdays 4:00 p.m., Saturdays 11:25 a.m. Students develop stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and learn the breaststroke kick and butterfly kick. Water safety is reinforced through treading water and elementary backstroke.
  • Stage 5/Stroke Development: Thursday 4:30 p.m., Tues 4:30 p.m., Saturdays 9:05 a.m. Students work on stroke technique and learn all major competitive strokes. The emphasis on water safety continues. 
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