Rockland County YMCA

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The Y is “America’s Swim Instructor” and the most accessible community resource to prevent drowning and encourage a lifelong enjoyment of swimming. The Y introduced the country to the concept of group swim lessons more than 100 years ago, (1909), and each year, the Y teaches more than a million children invaluable water safety and swimming skills. As one of the largest community-based organizations in the country, the Y owns or manages over 2,000 pools. Thanks to its size and reach, the Y is in a unique position to help bridge the gap in the delivery of swim lessons and water safety education in the U.S.—especially in underserved communities.

There are three general categories of Y Swim Lessons:

  • 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 in 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.
2018 Sessions:
  • Spring 1: February 26th- April 15th -Registration opens February 19th
  • Spring 2: April 16th- June 3rd -Registration opens April 9th
  • Summer 1 (week-long session): June 18th-22nd -Registration opens June 11th
  • Summer 2 (week-long session): June 25th-29th -Registration opens June 18th
  • Summer 3: July 2nd- August 19th (prorate for Wednesday, July 4th) Registration opens June 25th
  • Fall 1: September 10th- October 28th Registration opens September 4th
  • Fall 2: October 29th- December 16th (prorate November 22nd- thanksgiving) Registration opens October 22nd

 Click here for a current flyer and registration form

If you are a member you can register online:


How do I know what level my child is in group lessons?

Please click here for a YMCA Lesson Selector - If you need further assistance -please call the Aquatics Department to schedule a swim level evaluation. 

When can I sign up for group swim lessons? 

 Registration for classes is generally open 2-3 weeks before sessions start and close after the first week of classes. There is no rollover registration. All classes have limited availability and fill up quickly.

Make-Up Policy - The lessons are truly progressive swim lessons and build on each prior lesson. Therefore, we highly recommend participants attend all lessons and we cannot offer any make-ups classes or allow participants to join the class after the 1st completed week.

Cancellation/Sick Policy: Children who have been ill should be kept at home. This is in the best interest of their health as well as the health of other class participants and the instructor. Unfortunately, non-attendance for any reason does not entitle you to a refund or a make-up class