For more than 160 years, the YMCA has nurtured potential and united communities across America to create lasting, meaningful change. Everything the Y does is in service of building a better us. One of the most effective ways to accomplish this is to teach youth, teens, and adults to swim, so they can stay safe around water and learn the skills they need to make swimming a lifelong pursuit for staying healthy.

Y swim instructors are nationally certified. Their training includes CPR, AED, First Aid and Oxygen Administration. Swim lessons provide important life skills that could save a life and will benefit students for a lifetime.


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>>Swim Starters Aquatic Program
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.
Stage Descriptions:
A –Water Discovery Introduction to the aquatic environment.
B –Water Exploration Focuses on exploring body positions, blowing bubbles,  fundamental safety and aquatic skills.


>>Swim Basics for Preschool and School Age
Students learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by learning two benchmark skills: swim, float, swim—sequencing front glide, roll, back float, roll, front glide, and exit—and jump, push, turn, grab.
Stage Descriptions:
1 –Water Acclimation Increases comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance.
2 –Water Movement Encourages forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently.
3 –Water Stamina Develops intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distances than in previous stages.


>>Swim Strokes for Preschool and School Age
In Stroke Introduction, Stroke Development and Stroke Mechanics, swimmers are introduced to the four competitive swimming strokes as well as rescue skills and healthy lifestyle habits.
Stage Descriptions:
4 –Stroke Introduction Introduces basic stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and reinforces water safety through treading water and elementary backstroke.
5 –Stroke Development Introduces breast-stroke and butterfly and reinforces water safety through treading water and sidestroke.
6 –Stroke Mechanics Refines stroke technique on all major competitive strokes and encourages swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle.


SWIM FREE  Did you know, seven-year-old children receive FREE SWIM LESSONS at  the Auburn YMCA-WEIU, and the Skaneateles YMCA & Community Center. This program is open to both members and the general public, pre-registration is required. For more information call the Y at 315.253.5304


Aquatic Fitness Classes ..Water Fitness Information and Schedule


Lifeguard Classes.Click here for a Lifeguard Class Flyer
Course is designed to provide the participants with the knowledge and skills needed to be a lifeguard and professional rescuer.
Participants will be Certified in CPR Pro for the Professional Rescuer, Basic First Aid and Emergency Oxygen Administration. Course covers safety skills, Accident prevention, scanning, guarding techniques, emergency systems, rescue skills, first aid in aquatic environments,spinal injury management, open water dangers, legal responsibilities,pool management, and information on how to get a job as a lifeguard.


Aquatic Safety Assistant (YASA) …..Click here for more information
reat course for 14 & 15 year-olds in preparation for Lifeguarding and for assisting with Swim Instruction.