We are so excited to welcome you to swim lessons, instructional sports, and more. 

Your health and well-being is the YMCA's number one priority. We are taking precautions to make sure you feel comfortable and cared for in our programs and classes.

 

What You Need to Know

New Health Protocols
 

  • Mask Policy We encourage all members, program participants, and visitors to wear a mask when indoors. 
     
  • Cleaning: YMCA staff will be wiping down equipment before, during, and after use. 
     
  • Locker Room Updates: Locker rooms are open. Steam rooms, saunas and towels are not available.
     

COVID-19 Protocols & What to Expect


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Fall I Programming is from September 5th - October 30th!
Member registration opens Saturday, August 13th and community registration opens Saturday, August 20th! Session availability varies by branch location. Explore your branch offerings today and Join the Y today for early access and discounts!


Youth Instructional Sports, Dance & Community Arts

Need Help?

For more information, please contact Program Director, Angel Toliver,  at atoliver@ymcanyc.org.

Basketball Clinic, Ages 3-12

A clinic that will allow young people to develop their basketball skill while building relationships.  The clinic will not include physical contact.  Please choose the offering according to skill level – beginner, intermediate and advanced. Bring your own basketball with your name on it, filled water bottle and towel (optional).  We will provide basketballs for those who do not have their own. All programs will be modified to allow for additional safety precautions including ensuring social distancing as appropriate.

(Ages 3-5 years)
Tuesdays 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Saturdays 10:40 AM - 11:40 AM

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(Ages 6-8 years)
Saturdays 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

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(Ages 9-12 years)
Saturdays 11:50 AM - 12:50 PM

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Jin Sei Ryu Karate, Ages 4-12

Jin Sei Ryu Karate develops physical conditioning, mental awareness and self-defense strategies. Students will learn to develop speed, power, focus, and balance. Summer 2022 is a six-week session. 

Pee Wee (Ages 4-5 years)
Tuesdays 3:15 PM-4:00 PM
Saturdays 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

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Junior (Ages 6-8 years)
Tuesdays 4:10 PM-5:10 PM
Saturdays 12:55 PM - 1:55 PM

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Youth (Ages 9-12 years)
Tuesdays 5:15 PM-6:15 PM
Saturdays 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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Ballet, Ages 3-8

This ballet class is perfect for young dancers of any skill level. This class will be tailored to each student's abilities, while challenging them through classical barre exercises, across-the -floor combinations, and creative play. Dancers will learn basic ballet positions, balances, port-de-bras, short variations, and modes of expression form the classical canon.

(Ages 3-4 years)
Wednesdays 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Saturdays 9:30 AM - 10:15 AM
Saturdays 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
 

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(Ages 5-8 years)
Wednesdays 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Saturdays 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
 

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Creative Movement, Ages 1-4

Move, Stretch, Dance, Shake – This class is all about letting your little ones explore themselves through movement.  Each class will allow for children to be engaged in a variety of ways, incorporating music, singing, tumbling, balancing and more.  Activities will help to develop children’s self-confidence, creativity, balance and coordination all while having fun!  Parent/Guardian participation required for the 1-2yr age group. All programs will be modified to allow for additional safety precautions including ensuring social distancing as appropriate.

(Ages 1-2 years)
Parent/guardian participation is required. 
Mondays 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

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(Ages 3-4 years)
No parent/guardian participation required
Mondays 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM  

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Clayworks, Ages 6-9

A fun clay class designed especially for this age group. Children will explore the entire clay process including making, glazing and firing their work. Projects include boxes, lanterns, wall reliefs, mugs and sculptures. 

Ceramics Classes & Open Studio will operate for 7 weeks from September 12 – October 30

Instructor: Sybil Costello

Tuesdays: 4:00PM-5:00PM

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Intro to Theatre

Introductory theatre course for beginners to build confidence, vocabulary and skills for theatre making.  Learnings include stage directions, script reading, character arc, emotive action and more. Low pressure and lots of fun!

Saturdays 10:00AM - 11:00 AM

(Ages 6-8 years)

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Intro to Musical Theatre

Introductory course on the basics of musical theatre.  Learnings include composure role, story arcs, musicals, straight plays, ensemble dances and more.  Singing and dancing isn't hard when you're having fun!

Saturdays 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

(Ages 8-12 years)

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Adult Artworks and Writer's Voice Classes

For Adult Artworks and Writer's Voice classes, please our new page!

 

Classes for Adults

Swim Lessons, Parents & Child

Need Help?

For more information, please contact Aquatics Director, Melanie Torres, at torresm@ymcanyc.org.

Stage A: Water Discovery, Ages 6-18 months
  • Class length: 30 minutes
  • Qualification: None needed 
  • Adult participation: One parent or guardian per child must be in the pool for each lesson

The class introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment through exploration.
 
Wed 10:00 AM-10:30 AM
Sat 12:15 PM-12:45 PM

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Stage B: Water Exploration, Ages 12-36 months
  • Class length: 30 minutes
  • Qualification: Child is comfortable in the water or child has taken Stage A Water Discovery
  • Adult participation: One parent or guardian per child must be in the pool for each lesson

Focuses on exploring body positions, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills.

Wed 4:00 PM-4:30 PM
Sat 9:00 AM-9:30 AM

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Stage 1 Water Acclimation with Parent, Ages 2.5-5
  • Class length: 30 minutes
  • Qualification: None needed. This class is for kids who aren’t yet comfortable going under water voluntarily.
  • Skills Practiced:
    ○ Bob to submerge in water
    ○ Front and back glide to the wall for 5 feet with no help
    ○ Front and back float for 10 seconds with help
    ○ Roll from back to front and front to back with help
    ○ Jump, push, turn, grab with help
    ○ Swim, float, swim 10 feet with help
    ○ Exit the water

Preschoolers develop comfort with underwater exploration and are introduced to basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance.

Wed 10:30 AM-11:00 AM
Sat 9:35 AM-10:05 AM
Sat 11:00AM-11:30 AM

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Swim Lessons, Preschool

Stage 1 Water Acclimation, Ages 3-5
  • Class length: 30 minutes
  • Qualification: None needed. This class is for kids who aren’t yet comfortable going under water voluntarily.
  • Skills Practiced:
    ○ Bob to submerge in water
    ○ Front and back glide to the wall for 5 feet with no help
    ○ Front and back float for 10 seconds with help
    ○ Roll from back to front and front to back with help
    ○ Jump, push, turn, grab with help
    ○ Swim, float, swim 10 feet with help
    ○ Exit the water

Preschoolers develop comfort with underwater exploration and are introduced to basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance.

Wed 11:00 AM-11:30 AM
Tues 4:35 PM-5:05 PM
Thurs 4:00 PM-4:30 PM
Fri 4:00 PM-4:30 PM
Sat 9:00 AM-9:30 AM

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Stage 2 Water Movement, Ages 3-5
  • Class length: 30 minutes
  • Qualification: Child must be able to demonstrate all Stage 1 skills as follows:
    ○ Go underwater and comfortably open eyes without goggles
    ○ Float on front and back with minimal assistance
    ○ Jump into the pool, submerge, and return to the wall with assistance
    ○ This class is for kids who are not able to do a front and back float on their own.
  • Skills Practiced:
    ○ Submerge to look at an object on the bottom of the pool
    ○ Front and back glide to the wall for 5 feet
    ○ Front and back float for 10 seconds
    ○ Roll from back to front and front to back
    ○ Jump, push, turn, grab
    ○ Swim, float, swim 5 yards
    ○ Tread water near the wall for 10 seconds
    ○ Exit the water

Preschoolers 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 water.

Tues 5:45 PM-6:15 PM
Wed 4:40 PM-5:10 PM
Thurs 4:35 PM-5:05 PM
Fri 4:00 PM-4:30 PM
Sat 9:35 AM-10:05 AM

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Stage 3 Water Stamina, Ages 3-5
  • Class length: 30 minutes
  • Qualification: Child must be able to demonstrate all Stage 2 skills as follows:
    ○ Float on front and back unassisted
    ○ Push off the wall on stomach with face submerged for 10 feet unassisted
    ○ Swim, float, swim 15 feet unassisted
    ○ Jump into deep water and return to the wall unassisted
    ○ This class is for kids who are not able to swim 10-15 yards on their front and back.
  • Skills Practiced:
    ○ Retrieve an object in chest-deep water
    ○ Swim on front and back for 10 yards
    ○ Roll from back to front and front to back
    ○ Jump, push, turn, grab 10 yards
    ○ Swim, float, swim 15 yards
    ○ Tread water for 30 seconds
    ○ Exit the water

Preschoolers learn how to swim to safety from a longer distance than in previous stages. The class also introduces rhythmic breathing and integrated arm/leg action.

Wed 4:35 PM-5:05 PM
Fri 5:10 PM-5:40 PM

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Swim Lessons, School Age and Teens

Stage 1 Water Acclimation, Ages 5-12
  • Class length: 30 minutes
  • Qualification: None needed. This class is for kids who aren’t yet comfortable going under water voluntarily.
  • Skills Practiced:
    ○ Bob to submerge in water
    ○ Front and back glide to the wall for 5 feet with no help
    ○ Front and back float for 10 seconds with help
    ○ Roll from back to front and front to back with help
    ○ Jump, push, turn, grab with help
    ○ Swim, float, swim 10 feet with help
    ○ Exit the water

Students develop comfort with underwater exploration and are introduced to basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance.

Tues 4:00 PM-4:30 PM

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Stage 1 Water Acclimation, Ages 12+
  • Class length: 45 minutes
  • Qualification: None needed. This class is for kids who aren’t yet comfortable going under water voluntarily.
  • Skills Practiced:
    ○ Bob to submerge in water
    ○ Front and back glide to the wall for 5 feet with no help
    ○ Front and back float for 10 seconds with help
    ○ Roll from back to front and front to back with help
    ○ Jump, push, turn, grab with help
    ○ Swim, float, swim 10 feet with help
    ○ Exit the water

Student develops comfort with underwater exploration and are introduced to basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance.

Sat 11:30 PM-12:15 PM

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Stage 2 Water Movement, Ages 5-12
  • Class length: 30 minutes
  • Qualification: Child must be able to demonstrate all Stage 1 skills as follows:
    ○ Go underwater and comfortably open eyes without goggles
    ○ Float on front and back with minimal assistance
    ○ Jump into the pool, submerge, and return to the wall with assistance
    ○ This class is for kids who are not able to do a front and back float on their own.
  • Skills Practiced:
    ○ Submerge to look at an object on the bottom of the pool
    ○ Front and back glide to the wall for 5 feet
    ○ Front and back float for 10 seconds
    ○ Roll from back to front and front to back
    ○ Jump, push, turn, grab
    ○ Swim, float, swim 5 yards
    ○ Tread water near the wall for 10 seconds
    ○ Exit the water

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 water.

Wed 4:00 PM-4:30 PM
Thurs 5:25 PM-5:55 PM
Sat 11:35 AM-12:05 PM

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Stage 2 Water Movement, Ages 12+
  • Class length: 45 minutes
  • Qualification: Child must be able to demonstrate all Stage 1 skills as follows:
    ○ Go underwater and comfortably open eyes without goggles
    ○ Float on front and back with minimal assistance
    ○ Jump into the pool, submerge, and return to the wall with assistance
    ○ This class is for kids who are not able to do a front and back float on their own.
  • Skills Practiced:
    ○ Submerge to look at an object on the bottom of the pool
    ○ Front and back glide to the wall for 5 feet
    ○ Front and back float for 10 seconds
    ○ Roll from back to front and front to back
    ○ Jump, push, turn, grab
    ○ Swim, float, swim 5 yards
    ○ Tread water near the wall for 10 seconds
    ○ Exit the water

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 water.

Thurs 6:00 PM-6:45 PM

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Stage 3 Water Stamina, Ages 5-12
  • Class length: 30 minutes
  • Qualification: Child must be able to demonstrate all Stage 2 skills as follows:
    ○ Float on front and back unassisted
    ○ Push off the wall on stomach with face submerged for 10 feet unassisted
    ○ Swim, float, swim 15 feet unassisted
    ○ Jump into deep water and return to the wall unassisted
    ○ This class is for kids who are not able to swim 10-15 yards on their front and back.
  • Skills Practiced:
    ○ Retrieve an object in chest-deep water
    ○ Swim on front and back for 10 yards
    ○ Roll from back to front and front to back
    ○ Jump, push, turn, grab 10 yards
    ○ Swim, float, swim 15 yards
    ○ Tread water for 30 seconds
    ○ Exit the water

Students learn how to swim to safety from a longer distance than in previous stages. The class also introduces rhythmic breathing and integrated arm/leg action.

Tues 5:10 PM-5:40 PM
Thurs 4:50 PM-5:20 PM
Fri 5:25 PM-5:55 PM
Sat 9:30 AM-10:00 AM
Sat 10:55 AM-11:25 AM

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Stage 3 Water Stamina, Ages 12+
  • Class length: 45 minutes
  • Qualification: Child must be able to demonstrate all Stage 2 skills as follows:
    ○ Float on front and back unassisted
    ○ Push off the wall on stomach with face submerged for 10 feet unassisted
    ○ Swim, float, swim 15 feet unassisted
    ○ Jump into deep water and return to the wall unassisted
    ○ This class is for kids who are not able to swim 10-15 yards on their front and back.
  • Skills Practiced:
    ○ Retrieve an object in chest-deep water
    ○ Swim on front and back for 10 yards
    ○ Roll from back to front and front to back
    ○ Jump, push, turn, grab 10 yards
    ○ Swim, float, swim 15 yards
    ○ Tread water for 30 seconds
    ○ Exit the water

 

Students learn how to swim to safety from a longer distance than in previous stages. The class also introduces rhythmic breathing and integrated arm/leg action.

Wed 6:00 PM-6:45 PM

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Stage 4 Stroke Introduction, Ages 5-12
  • Class length: 45 minutes
  • Qualification: Child must be able to demonstrate all Stage 3 skills as follows:
    ○ Submerge and retrieve an object in chest-deep water
    ○ Swim front crawl 15 yards while taking a breath
    ○ Swim, float, swim 15 yards
    ○ Jump in and tread water for 30 seconds
    ○ Swim to wall and exit
    ○ This class is for kids who are not able to swim 15 yards of front and back crawl.
  • Skills Practiced:
    ○ Swim the front crawl with rotary breathing for 15 yards
    ○ Breaststroke kick for 15 yards
    ○ Butterfly kick for 15 yards
    ○ Elementary backstroke for 15 yards
    ○ Dive from a sitting position
    ○ Tread water using a scissor and whip kick for one minute
    ○ Swim any combination of strokes for 25 yards

Having mastered the fundamentals, students learn additional water safety skills and build stroke technique.

Tues 4:00 PM-4:45 PM
Wed 5:10 PM-5:55 PM
Thurs 4:35 PM-5:20 PM
Fri 5:25 PM-5:55 PM
Sat 11:30 AM-12:15

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Stage 5 Stroke Development, Ages 5-12
  • Class length: 45 minutes
  • Qualification: Child must be able to demonstrate all Stage 4 skills as follows:
    ○ Front crawl and back crawl 25 yards
    ○ Swim breaststroke kick and dolphin kick 15 yards
    ○ Tread water using multiple kicks for 1 minute
    ○ This class is for kids who are not able swim the front crawl, back crawl, and breaststroke across the pool.
  • Skills Practiced:
    ○ Swim the front crawl with bent-arm recovery for 25 yards
    ○ Breaststroke for 25 yards
    ○ Butterfly with simultaneous arm action and kick for 15 yards
    ○ Back crawl for 25 yards
    ○ Sidestroke for 25 yards
    ○ Dive from a kneeling position
    ○ Tread water using a scissor and whip kick for 2 minutes
  • ○ Swim any combination of strokes for 50 yards

Students work on stroke technique and learn all major competitive swimming strokes.

Tues 4:45 PM-5:30 PM
Thurs 4:00 PM-4:45 PM
Fri 5:10 PM-5:55 PM
Sat 10:15 AM-11:00 AM

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Stage 6 Stroke Mechanics, Ages 5-12
  • Class length: 45 minutes
  • Qualification: Child must be able to demonstrate all Stage 5 skills as follows:
    ○ Swim the front crawl with bent-arm recovery for 25 yards
    ○ Swim back crawl with stroke rotation for 25 yards
    ○ Swim butterfly with over arm recovery
    ○ Swim breaststroke for 25 yards achieving stroke rhythm
    ○ Dive from kneeling position
    ○ This class is for kids who are not able swim the front crawl, back crawl, and breaststroke across the pool and back.
  • Skills Practiced:
    ○ Swim the front crawl for 50 yards and do a flip turn
    ○ Breaststroke for 50 yards and do an open turn
    ○ Butterfly for 25 yards
    ○ Back crawl for 25 yards and do a flip turn
    ○ Sidestroke or elementary backstroke for 50 yards
    ○ Dive from a standing position
    ○ Swim any combination of strokes for 150 yards
  • ○ Swim any combination of strokes for 50 yards

Students refine stroke technique on the major competitive strokes, learn about competitive swimming and discover how to incorporate swimming into a healthy lifestyle.

Tues 5:35 PM-6:20 PM
Thurs 4:30 PM-5:15 PM
Sat 10:10 AM-10:55 AM

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Aquatics Conditioning, Ages 8-17

Focusing on conditioning to build endurance and stroke technique on all major competitive strokes and encourages swimming as a part of a healthy lifestyle.


Wed 5:15 PM-6:00 PM
Thurs 5:15 PM-6:00 PM
Sat 10:05 AM-10:55 AM

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Private and Small Group Swim Lessons

Private swim lessons are now available for members ages 3 years and up. Contact us online to learn more >

Family and Friends Swim Lessons
Build your own lesson! This great new program allows you to register your family and friends in the same class. It doesn't matter their ages or abilities. The instructor will create an environment that will build upon any and all skills levels. This is great for families and friends that want to remain in their pod! Contact us online to learn more >

There are no refunds for any aquatics programs. Makeups are given at the discretion of the aquatics director.