Group Swim Lessons

The Y recognizes that swimming is an important life skill for anyone at any age. Participating in swimming lessons at the Y builds self-confidence, gives both kids and adults the opportunity to have fun discovering what they can achieve, and incorporates water safety skills that one day could save a life. Our trained instructors do their best to make sure everyone feels safe and  is successful in our program. Lessons are divided into three stages: Swim Starters, Swim Basics, and Swim Strokes.


Accompanied by a parent, infants and toddlers learn to be comfortable in the water and develop swim readiness skills through fun and confidence building experiences, while parents learn about
water safety, drowning prevention, and the importance of supervision.

Parent & Child (6-36 Months) = PC A OR B

  • PC A (Ages 6-18 Months): Water Discovery - Parents accompany children in stage A, which introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment through exploration and encourages them to enjoy themselves while learning about the water.
  • PC B (Ages 19-36 Months): In stage B, parents work with their children to explore body positions, floating, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills.


Students learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by learning two benchmark skills:
1. Swim, float, swim—sequencing front glide, roll, back float, roll, front glide, and exit
2. Jump, push, turn, grab

Preschool (3-5 Years) = PS 1-3
School Age (6-12 Years) = SA 1-3
Teen/Adult (13+ Years) = T/A 1-3

  • 1 / WATER ACCLIMATION (PS 1 , SA 1, T/A 1): 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.
  • 2 / WATER MOVEMENT (PS 2 , SA 2, T/A 2): In stage 2, 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.
  • 3 / WATER STAMINA (PS 3 , SA 3, T/A 3): In stage 3, 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.


Having mastered the fundamentals, students learn additional water safety skills and build stroke technique, developing skills that prevent chronic disease, increase social-emotional and cognitive well-being, and foster a lifetime of physical activity

Preschool (3-5 Years) = PS 4
School Age (6-12 Years) = SA 4-6
Teen/Adult (13+ Years) = T/A 4-6

  • 4 / STROKE INTRODUCTION (PS 4 , SA 4, T/A 4):Students in stage 4 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.
  • 5 / STROKE DEVELOPMENT (PS 5 , SA 5, T/A 5): Students in stage 5 work on stroke technique and learn all major competitive strokes. The emphasis on water safety continues through treading water and sidestroke.
  • 6 / STROKE MECHANICS (PS 6 , SA 6, T/A 6): In stage 6, students refine stroke technique on all major competitive strokes, learn about competitive swimming, and discover how to incorporate swimming into a healthy lifestyle.

Click here to view the upcoming or current program session and to learn how to register.

Private Swim Lessons

Looking for a more intense and individualized swimming lesson?

Private Lessons - Work one-on-one with one of our swimming instructors and schedule sessions around a more flexible schedule (30 minutes).

Semi Private Lessons - Its more fun to learn with a friend. Semi private lessons can be arranged for two swimmers of the same swimming ability.

Both private & semi private lessons can be arranged for either 30 minutes or 1 hour, however, the 1 hour lessons are only recommended for the more advanced swimmers looking to build endurance and focus on technique.


Please contact the Aquatics Department at 845 956 1549 or middletownaquatics@middletownymca.org to make arrangements.

Family Swim

Family Swim at our Middletown location is available to all our YMCA's members and here's what you need to know:

Family Swim Rules:

  • You must have an active YMCA Family Membership to participate. To reactivate your membership, email us at contactus@middletownymca.org.
  • A maximum of 5 family members, on the same YMCA Family Membership, may attend.
  • At this time, no guests are allowed.
  • Spectators are not allowed. All in attendance must actively participate in the swim session. A parent/guardian must accompany children in the pool.
  • Family Swim sessions are limited. As a courtesy to all members, please limit your participation to 1 session per week.
  • Reservations are required. Reservations can be made up to 48 hours in advance. You will receive an automatic confirmation email containing details upon completing your reservation.
  • Locker rooms are available. The showers are NOT available.
  • Masks are required for check in and while entering and exiting the pool area and members must complete a brief health screening before entering the Y.
  • Swimmers must follow a traffic pattern on the pool deck.
  • Personal belongings must be placed in designated areas.
  • Be on time! Space is limited and the check-in process takes time. If you have not arrived within 15 minutes after the session start time your spot will be given away!
  • If a session is cancelled, a notification will be sent to the email you used to register for the class and will also be published on our app. Please check your email and the app for updates.
  • Bring plenty of water. Water fountains are not available.
  • You may cancel a session at any time by using the link provided in the confirmation email.

(Note: Reservations may only be made 48 hours prior to each swim session.)
If you have any questions or need assistance with the reservation process please email the Aquatics Department at

We also have AQUACIZE, LAP SWIM, and a MASTERS SWIM PROGRAM available at our Middletown location as well as GROUP EXERCISE CLASSES at both our Middletown and Monroe locations.

Homeschool Swim

Adaptive Aquatics