Swim Lessons & Safety

At the Y, swimming is a life skill. Our swim lessons prepare kids of all ages to stay safe and have fun in the water,
building strong swimmers and confident kids.

Our new swim lesson progression curriculum is geared towards what we know about how children and adults learn and develop.

Students begin with and build upon skills they are ready to learn, helping them to celebrate their successes, build self-confidence, enjoy learning to swim, and water safety. Our new swim curriculum is based on extensive research, and we look forward to seeing swimmers advance quicker through each stage.

The fun fish names or numbers we previously used to identify the different levels have been replaced with names that more closely relate to the skills we will be working on in each stage. Swim lessons are now organized into three phases, and each phase includes several stages, focused on a specific skill set.

For the student, the emphasis is on skill progression and water safety. Parents will now have peace of mind knowing that
their child will learn self-rescue skills first, then, how to swim.

As students advance, the focus turns to increase stroke coordination, comfort, and endurance. Once the students have built strength and endurance, they will master familiar strokes, such as elementary backstroke, front crawl, backstroke, breaststroke,

71% of the World is Water | Children Are 100% Curious

Teaching children how to be safe around water is not a luxury; it is a necessity. The YMCA’s Swim lesson program can help you make sure they learn essential water safety skills, which can open up a world of possibilities for them to satisfy their curiosity safely.

 There are three general categories of Y Swim Lessons. Each category is further divided into progressions.

Swim Starters
Develops water enrichment and aquatic readiness in children ages six months to three years. This category focuses on developing swim readiness skills through fun and confidence-building experiences. Parents also learn how to supervise children in the water, how to prevent accidents and how to plan for emergencies.
Swim Basics
Develops personal water safety and basic swimming skills for students of all ages. Swimmers develop a high level of comfort in the water by practicing safe water habits, engaging in underwater exploration, and learning how to swim to safety and exit if they fall into a body of water.
Swim Strokes
Introduces and refines stroke technique in older students (school age, teens, and adults). 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.

Click on our Lesson Selector
for more information about the swim lesson progressions.


Summer Evening session II  

Begins August 5/6 7 lessons

Click Herefor the upcoming Lesson schedule.

During 2019, seven-year-olds receive FREE GROUP  SWIM LESSONS at the Skaneateles Y and Auburn YMCA- WEIU. To participate simply register your child for our Learn to Swim lessons and let us know your child is 7 years old.


 Adaptive Aquatics – Everyone can swim

Adapted Aquatic Skills, Water Safety, Balance and Mobility.
Ages 13 and younger
• Parents/caregivers welcome.
• Class led by certified water instructors with experience in adaptive aquatics.
• The only class in the pool at the scheduled time.
• Focused on basic water safety and swimming skills, while giving your child a fantastic
experience in the water.
Please inquire as to availability.

Private Swim Lessons

Children learn water Safety skills best in a group setting.
The Skaneateles Y offers a low student to teacher ratio and we encourage you to explore the group swim options.
We also have available 
Private children’s swim lessons.
Private lessons are best suited for older children and adults.
 To schedule a lesson or for more information, please contact Our front des at  315-685-2266.

NEW!!! Family Group Swim Lessons

We completely understand how difficult it is to schedule swim lessons
for multiple kids and let’s face it, wouldn’t it be nice to have a
little more free time?

Now you can schedule One 30 min session per week for your whole family,
Mom & Dad are welcome to participate too!
Your schedule, your time – it doesn’t get any easier than that.

The details:
• Lessons available for children ages 6 Months – 12 years and their parents.
• Students will work with their instructor to develop current swimming skills and goals.
• Groups can be made up of children and adults.
• Maximum 4 individuals per group.
• Packages consist of 7- 30-minute sessions
Package Fees
Skaneateles / Auburn Y Members: $350 per session
General public: $400

Please fill out an interest form at our front desk and our Aquatics Director will connect your group with your swim instructor and scheduled time.

Adult Swim Lessons

Adult Group swim lessons are offered occasionally and are for adult beginner swimmers.
For more information contact Christine Casazza,  christinec@auburnymca.net

Personal Swim Coaching

For the  skilled adult swimmer who is  looking to perfect his/her stroke or breathing, our  Aquatics Director
will arrange a 30 minute Swim Coaching session.