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.

COVID-19 Protocols & What to Expect

What You Need to Know

New Health Protocols

  • Mandatory Vaccinations: As you may know, Mayor de Blasio recently announced that all employees, members, and customers of gyms will be required to provide proof of vaccination in order to enter these facilities. To comply with New York City's mandate, the Y will require all members and program participants 12 and older - as well as individuals who drop them off and pick them up - to demonstrate proof of vaccination. 
     
  • Mask Policy For the protection of our Y community, masks are required for unvaccinated persons aged 2 and older, and strongly recommended by the CDC for those who are vaccinated.  
     
  • 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.

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Fall Programming is from November 1st - December 26th!
Member registration opens October 16th and community registration opens October 23rd!  
Session availability varies by branch location. Explore your branch offerings today and Join the Y today for early access and discounts!


Instructional Sports & Dance

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)

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(Ages 6-8 years)

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(Ages 9-12 years)

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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. 

(Ages 3-4 years)

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(Ages 5-8 years)

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Music and Movement, Ages 0-5

Rhythm, Beats, Dance and Play! Through games, song and dance children will explore songs, rhythm, and the movement of their bodies.

Please note this class is not offered fall 2021.

 

Soccer Foundations, Ages 3-5

An energetic program that emphasizes teamwork and positivity through exercises designed to familiarize young players to the game of soccer with age appropriate teaching tools and drills.

Please note this class is not offered fall 2021.

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. 

(Ages 4-5 years)

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(Ages 6-8 years)

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(Ages 9-12 years)

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Swim Lessons, Parents & Child

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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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

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

 

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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

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.

 

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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

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.

 

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Stage 4 Stroke Introduction, Ages 5-12
  • Class length: 30 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, preschoolers learn additional water safety skills and build stroke technique.

 

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Stage 5 Stroke Development, Ages 5-12
  • Class length: 30 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.

 

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Stage 6 Stroke Mechanics, Ages 5-12
  • Class length: 30 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.

 

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Stage 1 Water Acclimation, Ages 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

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

 

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Stage 2 Water Movement, Ages 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

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.

 

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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.

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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 >

Arts

Watercolor, Ages 18+

This in-person class is for playing with watercolor techniques with an emphasis on finding and developing your own personal style. Frequent subject materials include: still life set-ups and photos, but students are also encouraged to use personal projects. 

 

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Open Studio – Wheel, Ages 18+

Open Studio is recommended for those who are familiar with the ceramic process and feel confident working independently. A studio monitor will be present to assist as needed.

 

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Open Studio – Handbuilding, Ages 18+

Open Studio is recommended for those who are familiar with the ceramic process and feel confident working independently. A studio monitor will be present to assist as needed.

 

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Beaded Jewelry, Ages 18+

This workshop is for beginners as well as those with some beading experience. Participants will learn a variety of popular beading stitches, which will then be applied to projects chosen by the instructor. You may purchase your own supplies through your preferred vendor.

Please note this class is not offered fall 2021.

 

Intro to Theater, Ages 8-12

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!

Please note this class is not offered fall 2021.

Intro to Musical Theater, Ages 8-12

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!

Please note this class is not offered fall 2021.

Writing for Stage and Screen, Ages 18+

In-person class. Do you have an idea for a stage-play, television pilot or screenplay? Or perhaps you’ve written a full or partial draft and now you want some constructive feedback to inspire you toward completion? Or maybe you don't have any ideas at all and just want to get inspired and have fun learning something about writing for the stage and screen? In this workshop writing prompts and in-class writing exercises tailored to individual needs will address Dramatic Writing craft fundamentals including; story, conflict, character, dialogue, visual action and revision.  Students bring in new pages of their script-in-progress to class and hear their material read out loud.  In-class writing exercises tailored to individual needs help students develop skills and write scripts. All levels welcome. If you have questions, contact theschulberts@gmail.com.

Instructor: Charlie Schulman: Charlie is a Playwright, Theater Producer and Screenwriter. He teaches Screenwriting and Playwriting at New York University. 

 

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Life Stories

In-person class. For people who have lived and worked and want to write about their childhood as well as their more recent past. Whether you are a published writer or last wrote in a childhood diary, you are welcome in this class. Mark Twain said, “The difference between the almost right word & the right word is the difference between lightning and lightning bug.” Finding the right word is the goal of this workshop. Suggested weekly assignments will be given to help trigger memories. Along with weekly writing in class, everyone can bring in 2 pages to be critiqued each week by classmates and teacher. The teacher will also take home weekly work, which will be read and returned the following week.

Instructor: Patty Dann

Please note this class is not offered fall 2021.

Telling Great Stories

In-person class. Everyone has a story to tell. Whether you’re a skilled practitioner polishing a piece or a beginner learning the craft, this workshop has something for you. Often, there isn’t a big difference between fiction and nonfiction, and both formats are welcome here. Many writers begin with incidents that they remember, or situations that are happening now, and shape that material into stories. We will focus on elements of “creative” prose writing—plot, character, setting, voice, and beginnings and endings—through weekly prompts and detailed critiques. Exercises and works in progress will be reviewed in class in a friendly supportive atmosphere. Revisions of works in progress will be considered, as well. Often, work begun as an exercise grows into a longer piece after the class meeting. Each writer will receive one-to- one attention. The workshop is open to everyone.

Instructor: Thaddeus Rutkowski

 

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