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Swim Lessons

The YMCA is the nation’s leading provider of swim lessons, teaching children and adults of all ages about swimming and water safety since the early 1900s. We offer a comprehensive, progressive swimming program where each level builds upon the previous one, focusing on skill development, technique, water safety, personal safety, and fun. From tiny swimmers to adults learning something new, we offer swim lessons for every ability level.

Preschool Swim Lessons

Ages 6 months – 5 years

Preschool swimming encourages self-awareness and self-confidence. Swim 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 help develop kids’ skills and confidence. They also provide valuable aquatic survival skills to community members.

Youth Swim Lessons

Ages 6 – 12 years

While encouraging self-confidence, our youth swim 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.

Adult Swim Lessons

Ages 18 and up

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.

Mission Statement

YMCA Buffalo Niagara is a charitable, community based organization committed to providing programs designed to build a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.

Swimming Lessons Offered at the YMCA

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This class is for the advanced swimmer interested in preparation for swim team. Participant needs to be able to swim 25 yards freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and 25 yards butterfly. There will be a strong emphasis on technique development and endurance for I.M. strokes. The class will include instruction on competitive starts, flip turns for skill progression.

Dates: March 7, 2017 - April 27, 2017
Days & Time: Tue, Thu, 5:30 PM - 6:15 PM
YMCA Member Rate: $35.00   Program Member Rate: $105.00

This class is for the advanced swimmer interested in preparation for swim team. Participant needs to be able to swim 25 yards freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and 25 yards butterfly. There will be a strong emphasis on technique development and endurance for I.M. strokes. The class will include instruction on competitive starts, flip turns for skill progression.

Dates: March 7, 2017 - April 27, 2017
Days & Time: Tue, Thu, 4:45 PM - 5:30 PM
YMCA Member Rate: $35.00   Program Member Rate: $105.00