The YMCA has been teaching swim lessons for over 100 years. Although many other agencies and organizations offer swim lessons, the difference is this: The Y uses programs as a vehicle to deliver its mission, which is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. The YMCA swim lesson program is designed to ensure students’ safety, provide students with regular, progressive success, and make the learning process enjoyable.

Recently, the YMCA of the USA launched a new swim lesson program curriculum, which was fully implemented at the Central YMCA in January 2017. While the strokes have not changing, the method of delivering the curriculum has. One of the most noticeable elements of the new Swim Lesson program is the names of the classes… the cute fish names have been replaced by letter stages for parent/child classes, and numeric stages for preschool and youth classes.

With the new format, you will see more group practice versus one-on-one practice, which allows your child more swim time (and less time waiting for a turn). You will also see more games, which have been designed to allow students to practice the skills they are learning while having fun at the same time.

Stage Descriptions

Confused by the new classifications? Don’t know the difference between a #1 and a #4? Click on the image to the right to read about the new swim stage levels. You’ll be an expert in no time!

Lesson Selector

Now that you know all the different names for the stages, it’s time to determine where your child belongs. Click on the image to the right to answer questions that will guide you to the proper lesson selection.

Swim Lesson Skills

Learn what your child (or you) will learn in swim lessons by clicking on the image to the right. We’ve broken it down into Parent/Child (6-36 months), Beginner/Intermediate (ages 3-17) and Intermediate/Advanced (ages 6-17).


Check out our swimming programs and schedules.

Private Swim Lessons

A one-on-one swim lesson with a certified swim instructor may be just the boost you or your child needs to become a stronger and more confident swimmer. The individual training will help you reach that personal goal to not only improve your swimming technique, but to work toward achieving personal health and fitness. There is a choice of one, three or six private lessons where the length of each lesson is 30 minutes.

We also offer semi-private lessons for two participants of similar abilities. This is a nice option for siblings.


Private (1 person):
1 Lesson $15/$25
3 Lessons $45/$65
6 Lessons $80/$105

Semi-Private (2 people):
1 Lesson $12/$20 each
3 Lessons $36/$55 each
6 Lessons $65/$90 each


Erica McElroy, Central YMCA Aquatic Coordinator, 330-744-8411 x156 or aquatics@youngstownymca.org

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