The purpose of the YMCA Swim Lesson Program is to develop competency in swimming, along with confidence, endurance, and a sense of achievement. At the Y, students learn more than just stroke technique -instructors also include activities that focus on personal safety, personal growth, and having fun.

Recently, the YMCA of the USA launched a new swim lesson program curriculum, which was fully implemented at the Davis Family YMCA in January 2017. As a result, we recommend that all children have their swim skills assessed by one of our certified instructors prior to registering for the upcoming session. While the strokes are not changing, the method of delivering the curriculum is. You will see more group practice versus one-on-one practice, which will give 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. One of the most noticeable elements of the new Swim Lesson program is the renaming 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 The cute fish names have been replaced by letter stages for parent/child classes, and numeric stages for preschool and youth classes.

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).

Swim Assessments

Still not sure which class to register for? Contact Catherine Stan, Davis Family YMCA Aquatic Coordinator, to schedule a free Swim Assessment at 330-480-5665 or


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Private Swim Lessons

In addition to our standard 6-week sessions that run year-round, your YMCA also offers Private Swim Lessons. Private lessons are ideal for the student who requires more one-on-one attention or possibly an adult who is learning to swim or someone who is looking to perfect their stroke.

Whatever the reason, we have a number of instructors available. We do our best to match students with an instructor based on availability, skill, and gender preferences when possible. We also offer a semi-private option where two individuals with similar ability take the lessons together.

To schedule a Private Lesson, contact Catherine Stan to schedule a free Swim Assessment at 330-480-5665 or

Fees for Private Lessons are as follows:

1 Session: $15/$25
2 People: $12/$20

Homeschool Fit & Swim

The next session of Homeschool Fit & Swim is slated for Fall 2017. Registration will begin mid to late August. More information will be available at that time.

Our Homeschool Fit & Swim program is offered for students ages 4-18. Each class consists of a combination of a gym session and swim lesson.

Pool Rules

Ever wonder what you are and aren’t allowed to do around the pools? Read the RULES to find out.


Chris Hughes, Davis Family YMCA Aquatic Director, 330.480.5655 or

Catherine Stan, Davis Family YMCA Aquatic Coordinator, 330.480.5665 or

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