Swim

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.

SWIM STARTERS:

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.

SWIM BASICS:

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.

SWIM STROKES:

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.

Contact the Aquatics Office for details or click here to complete and submit a Private/Semi-Private Lesson Registration Form. Please note: You will be contacted by a member of the Aquatics Department to confirm your registration form has been received and to schedule your lessons. Completing this form does NOT guarantee enrollment in private lessons.

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

Aquacize

Aquacize is a low impact exercise class offered in the pool. Swimmers and non-swimmers are welcome. Here’s a few important things to know before you attend:

  • You must have an active YMCA membership to participate. To reactivate your membership, email us at contactus@middletownymca.org.
  • Members must be 13 or older to participate.
  • Aquacize sessions are limited. As a courtesy to all members, please limit your participation to 1 session per day.
  • Aquacize sessions are 45 minutes.
  • Be on time! Space may be limited. 
  • Please download our mobile app for updates.

Please contact the Aquatics Department
845 956 1549
middletownaquatics@middletownymca.org

Lap Swim

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

  • You must have an active YMCA membership to participate. To reactivate your membership, email us at contactus@middletownymca.org.
  • Members must be 13 years or older to participate.
  • Lap Swim sessions are limited. As a courtesy to all members, please limit your participation to 1 session per day.
  • Lap Swim operates on a first-come-first-served basis. Lap lanes are limited to a maximum of 3 swimmers per lane and swimmers are responsible for socially distancing within the lane.

Please contact the Aquatics Department
845 956 1549
middletownaquatics@middletownymca.org

Family Swim

Family Swim is a recreational swim time available to YMCA members. 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.
  • Spectators are not allowed. All in attendance must actively participate in the swim session. A parent/guardian must accompany children in the pool.
  • NO INFLATABLE DEVICES ALLOWED.
  • All children under 7, regardless of swimming ability, and non-swimmers (who require a flotation device) must be accompanied in the pool by an adult and must remain under their direct supervision at all times.
  • Swimmers, age 7-12, must be supervised by an adult in the pool area.
  • Family Swim sessions are limited. As a courtesy to all members, please limit your participation to 1 session per week.

Please contact the Aquatics Department
845 956 1549
middletownaquatics@middletownymca.org

Masters Swim

The Masters Swim Program gives our adult members, ages 18 & over, the opportunity to stay in shape while being motivated throughout coached practices and accompanied by fellow swimmers with similar goals.

Lap swimmers of all levels are welcome! Workouts will be modified to your ability.

Practice Schedule:
Wednesday, 5:45am-6:45am
Friday, 5:45am-6:45am
Sunday, 8:00am-9:00am

Monthly Fees:
1x per week - $40/month
2x per week - $50/month
3x per week - $60/month

Click here for a REGISTRATION FORM.
Completed registration forms must be returned to the Y or emailed to Melissa Gillespie at mag@middletownymca.org.

For more information contact Melissa Gillespie at 845-395-1016 or mag@middletownymca.org.

Homeschool Swim

Adaptive Aquatics