Our program will inspire your little swimmers (and big ones too) to meet goals, take challenges, and grow in confidence and self-assurance. Our five areas of focus for YMCA Swim Lessons are Personal Safety, Personal Growth, Stroke Development, Rescue and Water Sports & Games. We hope to encourage our youth to grow in character development by practicing our values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. You may see that the names of our levels have changed. If you need assistance in the placement of your child in YMCA Swim Lessons, please don’t hesitate to contact us! We look forward to your family participating in this program!

Downloadable Aquatic Schedule

Downloadable Aquatic Lessons




Water Babies and Aqua Tots:

Water Babies (6-18 months old)
This program focuses on water orientation with assistance from a parent or guardian. 

Aqua Tots (18- 36 months old)
The Aqua Tots program focuses on water comfort and very basic water skills. Aqua Tots is similar to our first Pre-School lesson, Pike, but with a parent or guardian in the water.

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Preschool Swim Lessons: 3-5 years old

PIKE- Beginning Swimmer (Preschool 1)
Little swimmers develop safe pool habits, adjust to the water, and learn basic paddle stroke. To progress, the child must feel comfortable holding face in water while blowing bubbles and must be able to float on their back.

EEL (Preschool 2)
The child is comfortable in the water. The swimmer is taught to kick, dive, float and paddle stroke. To progress, the child must swim across the pool without assistance with their face in the water.

RAY (Preschool 3)
The child can briefly swim independently without a flotation device.

The child improves stroke skills, builds endurance, and treads water. Child can swim on their front and back without assistance.

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Youth Swim Lessons: 6-14 years old

POLLIWOG – Beginner (Level I)
Students become acquainted with the water, flotation devices, and pool. Students will learn paddle stroke, side and back paddle. To move to the next level, they will need to swim across the pool with assistance with their face in the water.

GUPPY (Level 2)
Students are introduced to lead-up strokes: Front and back crawl, sidestroke, breaststroke, and elementary backstroke. Before moving on, students must swim the length of the pool without assistance.

MINNOW (Level 3)
Students further refine the lead-up strokes: Front and back crawl, sidestroke, breaststroke, and elementary backstroke. To move to the next level they need to be comfortable swimming all strokes 25 yards.

FISH (Level 4)
Students work to perform the crawl stroke, elementary backstroke, back crawl stroke, and sidestroke with turns. They are introduced to butterfly stroke. To advance, students must be able to swim all strokes 50 yards without stopping.

Perform the front crawl, backstroke, elementary backstroke, sidestroke, & breast-stroke; to advance student needs tread water for three minutes with combination kicks plus swim all strokes 100 yards.

SHARK (Level 6)
Swimmers focus on perfecting strokes and increasing endurance with open and flip turns. The students also learn advanced skills in boating, safety, and rescues. Student must perform front crawl, breaststroke, elementary backstroke, & sidestroke with open turns and perform the butterfly.

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Summer Sharks

Summer sharks is a swim program that will introduce the swimmer to competitive swimming. Summer Sharks provides an opportunity for swimmers ages 5-18 to work on strokes, build endurance and participate in a positive and fun semi-competitive atmosphere. At the end of the summer the swimmer will get to participate in our “Shark Week Meet” swim meet which has competitive strokes as well as fun relays!

2 sessions available:
5/30-8/8 Thursdays
5/25-8/3 Saturday
9:00am-10:00 am

Prices per session:
Family Members: $60
Members: $80
Non Members:$120

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Adult Lessons

Swimming is not only an essential life skill, but it’s a cardio and resistance workout in one! The Y is now offering Adult Group Swim Lessons for Beginner and Intermediate Swimmers. Depending on your experience, sign up for the beginner class to become familiar with the water and learn basic swimming fundamentals. Choose the intermediate class to learn better swim techniques, drills, and basic training principles.

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Aquatics Personal Training

Our aquatics personal training offers you a 30-minute one-on-one session, which gives you a personal experience not found in a group setting. Water‘s natural resistance and balance, provide the perfect setting for water training to get a great total body workout. Aquatics personal training is also great for those with sports injuries, orthopedic concerns and people in need of a workout variety. It is also great for those considering triathlons, swim teams, or any other aquatic performance-based activities. To receive more information regarding Aquatics, please contact our Aquatics Department at

Private Lessons

Our private swim lesson program offers individualized 30-minute lesson plans for people of all ages and abilities. Our instructors will work one-on-one with you or your child to improve on the many elements of swimming. We have several Water Safety Instructor (WSI) certified teachers who can accommodate your schedule. To receive more information regarding Aquatics, please contact our Aquatics Department at

Competitive Lessons 

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Safety Education

The Aberdeen Family YMCA offers safety education courses. Lifeguard and Water Safety Instructor Training, and provides participants the opportunity to learn life-saving skills and become certified for fun and rewarding jobs. YMCA aquatics staff even have the ability to work year-round! The Y also offers CPR/AED classes for adult, child and infant certifications as well as first aid. For more information Click Here