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swim lessons

water fitness


" I really enjoyed seeing the improvement in my daughter's ability to swim in just a few weeks. The instructors were very nice and paid attention to the children."
- Swim Lesson Parent, Delaware YMCA

"The staff is very patient and effective. They did a great job making our four year old grandson feel comfortable in the water and improved his swimming skills. Thank you."
- Swim Lesson Grandparent,
Independent Health Family Branch YMCA



The YMCA is the nation’s leading swim instructor, teaching children and adults about swimming and water safety since the early 1900s.  We offer a comprehensive, progressive swimming program where each level builds upon the previous, focusing on skill development, technique, water safety, personal safety and fun.  Lessons are taught beginning at age 6 months. 


Preschool swimming encourages self-awareness and self-confidence. Lessons boost learning and education and improve swimming skills, strength and endurance. Together, these benefits improve students’ overall wellness and social skills. Parent, child lessons strengthen the bonds between parents and children and helps develops kids’ skills and confidence. It also provides valuable aquatic survival skills to community members and helps promote positive values.

AGES 6 - 12

While encouraging self-confidence, these lessons boost learning and enhance swimming skills, strength, and endurance; in turn improving wellness and helping students build social skills. Each level includes activities that promote personal safety, personal growth, stroke development, water games and sports, and rescue.


Introductory swim lessons are available for first timers who want to learn the basics, as well as more advanced level swim clubs for those who are interested in building endurance and improving strokes and turns.

Our water fitness activities are held in a safe environment and encourage members to improve physical activity, health, and wellness while building relationships with other participants. Programs include Aquafit, Aqutics Strength & Stretch, SilverSneakers® Splash, and more. Register online.



YMCA Buffalo Niagara 301 Cayuga Road, Suite 100 Buffalo, NY 14225 716.565.6000 (phone) 716.565.6007 (fax) ymcabuffaloniagara.org