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Jessica Keavney, Assistant Aquatics Director

The YMCA is America's favorite swim instructor.  Every year at the Rockland County YMCA we teach over a thousand students of all ages and abilities to swim.  We provide a year-round aquatics program, both instructional and recreational, for all ages, levels, abilities and interests.  Our aquatics program lays a foundation of water skills and safety guidelines so participants can enjoy a lifetime of safe and healthy aquatic activities.  Our programs are designed to allow members to master skills at their own pace, while encouraging their progress and building self-confidence.



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Spring 1 - Feb 27th-April 15th

Spring 2 - April 24 st -June 11th

Summer  Session 1 June 19 to August 6

Summer Session #2 - Special Monday to Friday classes - August 14-18th

Fall Session 1 - September 11 to October 29

Fall Session 2 November 6 to December 24




This is a child’s first experience in the pool without parental assistance. Children are placed in levels suitable to their individual abilities and are taught the basic building blocks of swimming during these 30-minute
classes. Instructor-to-student ratio is 1:5. 

  • Pike - This beginner-level class helps children develop safe pool behavior,adjust to the water, and develop independent movement. Children will learn basic paddle strokes and kicking with the use of swim aids. 
  • Eel- This advanced beginner-level class is for children who are comfortable in the water. They are taught to kick, float, dive, and perform a simple paddle stroke. 
  • Ray-Children begin to build endurance, while learning formal strokes and skills. They learn to swim on their front and back, tread water, and perform progressive diving skills. Children can swim the width of the pool without assistance by the end of this level. 
  • Starfish - Children at this level refine their strokes, while reviewing previously learned skills. They also learn underwater swimming skills. Children can swim the width of the pool on their front and back in the deep end without assistance by the end of this level


Youth Lessons (ages 6-12)

Classes meet once a week for 45 minutes through the length of the seven week session.  Students are placed in classes according to their age and ability.  Our instructors teach swimming fundamentals, stroke improvement and water safety.  Parents and other spectators are invited to watch the first and last class of the session from the pool window.  Due to safety issues, all other classes must be viewed from the two closed circuit televisions in the members lounge just off the lobby. Click here for a swim lesson schedule

This progression of lessons for children age 6 to 12 years old is comprised of five main components: personal growth, personal safety, stroke development, water sports and games and rescue.  Each skill level builds upon the preceding level. 

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Youth Lessons - I
  • Polliwog - This beginning level course acquaints children with the pool, the use of flotation devices and floating.  By the end of this level they should know the front, side and back paddle strokes.  Children can swim across the width of the pool by the end of the class. 
  • Guppy - Children continue to practice and build upon basic skills.  Now performing more skills with less aid of a flotation device.  They are introduced to lead-up strokes to the front and back crawl, sidestroke, breaststroke and elementary backstroke.  Children can swim a length of the pool without assistance by the end of this level. 
  • Minnow - This is the intermediate level.  Children further refine lead up strokes as their skills become more like those normally used in swimming.  


Youth Lessons – II

 For children that have mastered swimming the length of the pool in freestyle and on their back.  Children will be tested and grouped in the first class and will develop endurance, refine formal swim strokes, develop competitive style turns, and improve their diving and underwater swimming.

  • Dolphin - This level is for children who are not quite ready for the Fish level.  Participants work on building stamina to swim two continuous lengths of the pool and getting their strokes ready for the higher levels. .
  • Fish - Children work to perform the front and back crawl with flip turns, elementary backstroke, and sidestroke.  They are introduced to the butterfly stroke.  Each class is 45 minutes.  Program fee and available classes are the same as for Dolphin.
  • Flying Fish - At this advanced level students work on refining their strokes and increasing endurance to swim four continuous lengths of the pool with correct technique.  Each class is 45 minutes. Program fee and available classes are the same as for Dolphin.
  •  Shark - The children at this level continue to perfect their strokes using proper starts and turns.  Students at this level are able to practice their swimming during Adult Lap hours.  (There is a fee for this extra time for non-members). 


 Teen Lessons (Age 13 to 17)

 Offered at the beginner and advanced levels.  The instructor to student ratio is 1:8.  Classes for all levels take place on the same date and time period and are combined with the Adult lessons.

  •  Teen Beginner - This level is for those teens who have not had swimming lessons before or who are not comfortable in the water.  Participants will learn basic swimming and water safety skills.
  • Teen Advanced - This level is for teens that wish to improve their basic strokes while learning some more advanced skills including freestyle, backstroke, sidestroke and breaststroke.   Participants will then attempt to perfect their strokes through repetition and instruction.
 Pre-Competitive (Age 8 to 14)

This program is designed to build endurance, work on stroke technique and prepare for competitive racing.  Knowledge of strokes and ability to swim ten continuous lengths of the pool are necessary.  The class meets two times a week for one hour each time.  Program fee: Members $250; Non-members $300



You may register for upcoming swim classes any time before the first day of classes Register at the Member Service Desk of the Nyack Facility during normal business hours.  **Online registration: Click here

 Current Class Schedule



PLEASE be on time and ready to be in the pool when you class starts.

we cannot admit anyone more than 10 minutes late for class.