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Swim Lessons

From preschoolers to adults, we specialize in all aspects of water safety and lifelong swim skills ranging from overcoming fear of water to upper level stroke development. Learning to swim at the Y is about more than just stroke development. It's a swimmer-centered approach, where students learn through play, hands-on exercises and creative repetition. Children are taught in small groups with swimmers at their skill level. When ready, swimmers can apply their skills to upper level programs like swim team, lap swimming for exercise, lifeguard training and Masters Swimming.

Swimming is an activity you can enjoy your whole life. Let the Y help your family discover the exercise, sport and fun that is swimming!

Private & Semi-Private Swim Lessons

YMCA aquatics offer private and semi-private lessons to allow students to work one-on-one with an instructor on their particular goals and needs. Whether you child is not able to submerge or wants to work on upper-level stroke development, the Y has an instructor that can meet your needs and schedule. Register below and contact Ashley to schedule at 215.348.8131, x1409.

Summer Swim Lessons

Want to get a session of swim lessons in one week? We will offer summer accelerated lessons at our Warminster and Doylestown locations and at the Warminster VE club

Doylestown branch
2500 Lower State Road, Doylestown, PA

Both accelerated (all-in-one week) lessons and traditional once per week lessons available.

Vereinigung Erzgebirge (VE) Club
130 Davisville Rd, Warminster, PA

Accelerated lessons at the VE Club are held Monday-Thursday, 4 lessons in one week. Registration is online or in-person at our Welcome Center.

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Contact:

Warminster 
Doylestown 

Ashley Coticchio
Director of Aquatics and Ability Programs

215.348.8131, x1409

Doylestown

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Private/Semi-Private Swim Lessons (all ages)
Private Swim Lessons (3 yrs to adult)
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Semi-Private Swim Lessons (3 yrs to adult)
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Swim Specialties
Stroke & Turn and Technique Class (8 to 13 yrs)
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Parent/Child Swim Lessons (6 mos to 5 yrs)
Perch - Parent/Child Swim Classes (19-36 mths)
With the guidance of our trained instructors, parents help children further their water acclimation and be introduced to beginning swim and water safety skills. Ratio 1:10
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Perch Plus - Parent/Child Swim Classes (2-1/2 to 5 yrs)
For the 2 ½-3 year old who progresses from Perch but is not yet ready for preschool lessons, or the 3-5 year old who is not ready to swim without a parent. Parents will work hand-in-hand with our trained instructors to establish comfort and confidence in the water for their children as well as introduce beginning swimming and water safety skills. Ratio 1:8
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Shrimps, Kippers, Inias - Parent/Child Swim Classes (6-18 mths)
Help children acclimate to water through games, activities and songs facilitated by trained instructors. Opportunity for children to become more confident in the water. Ratio 1:12
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Preschool Swim (3-5 yrs)
Pike - Water Movement (age 3-5 years)
Formerly Pike II
1:5 ratio Focuses on forward movement in water and basic self-rescue
skills performed independently; meant for beginner swimmers who are
comfortable swimming 5 ft with a ‘2-bubble’ flotation.
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Turtle - Water Acclimation (age 3-5 years)
(Formerly Pike I)
1:4 ratio Increases comfort with underwater exploration and introduces
basic self-rescue skills; meant for first-time swimmers or swimmers who
are not yet comfortable in the water.
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Pike II - Beginner II (3-5 yrs)
Advanced beginner level for swimmers who completed Beginner I who are or voluntarily submerging their head underwater and swimming without instructor assistance at least 5 feet with 2 bubbles. Focus on increased coordination of front and back stroke, confidence around and in water, and swimming while blowing bubbles. Ratio 1:4
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Eel - Water Stamina (3-5 yrs)
(Formerly Eel I) 1:6 ratio Develops intermediate self-rescue skills, performed at longer distances; meant for swimmers who are able to swim 5 yards, tread water for 10 seconds and float on their back for 10 seconds with minimal floatation support.
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Eel II - Intermediate II (3 - 5 yrs)
Must be able to swim without instructor assistance or flotation at least 15 feet on their front, while blowing bubbles, and on their back. Ratio 1:5
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Ray - Stroke Introduction (3-5 yrs)
1:6 ratio Introduces basic stroke technique in freestyle and backstroke and reinforces water safety; meant for swimmers are able to swim 10 yards on front/back and can tread water for 30 seconds.
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ACCELERATED Preschool Swim - Pike I - Beginner I (3 to 5 yrs)
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ACCELERATED: Preschool Swim - Pike II - Beginner II (3 to 5 yrs)
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ACCELERATED: Eel I - Intermediate I (3-5 yrs)
Five lessons in one week.

Must be able to swim without instructor assistance at least 10 feet on their front and back with 1 bubble while blowing bubbles. Ratio 1:5
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ACCELERATED: Eel II - Intermediate II (3 - 5 yrs)
Five lessons in one week.

Must be able to swim without instructor assistance or flotation at least 15 feet on their front, while blowing bubbles, and on their back. Ratio 1:5
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ACCELERATED: Ray - Advanced (3-5 yrs)
Five lessons in one week.

Must be able to swim without instructor assistance or flotation at least 20 feet of front crawl with rhythmic breathing and backstroke. Ratio 1:6
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Youth Swim Lessons (6 to 12 yrs)
Polliwog - Beginner I (6 to 12 yrs)
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Guppy - Beginner II (6 to 12 yrs)
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Minnow - Intermediate (6 to 12 yrs)
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Fish/Flying Fish - Advanced (6 to 12 yrs)
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ACCELERATED: Polliwog - Beginner I (6 to 12 yrs)
5 lessons in one week
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ACCELERATED: Guppy - Beginner II (6 to 12 yrs)
Five lessons in one week
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ACCELERATED: Minnow - Intermediate (6 to 12 yrs)
Five lessons in one week
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ACCELERATED: Fish/Flying Fish - Advanced (6 to 12 yrs)
Five lessons in one week
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Swim Evaluations (all ages)
Complimentary swim evaluations
Complimentary swim evaluations to help place your child in the correct class are available free of charge. Connect with Ashley Coticchio for details at 215.348.8131, x1409.
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Warminster

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Youth Swim Lessons (6 to 12 yrs)
ACCELERATED: Polliwog - Warminster (6 to 12 yrs)
Swim Basics
Focuses on all three (3) swim basic topics of water acclimation, water movement and water stamina. Students will develop overall confidence and basic self-rescue skills. Ratio 1:5
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ACCELERATED: Guppy - Warminster (6 to 12 yrs)
Stroke Introduction
Introduces basic stroke technique and continues to practice safety techniques in deep water. Must be able to swim on front and back with any basic stroke up to 25 yards. Ratio 1:6
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ACCELERATED: Minnow -Warminster (6 to 12 yrs)
Stroke Development
Develops freestyle and backstroke, while introducing breaststroke and butterfly. Must be able to swim 25 yards on front (with overarm recovery and rotary breathing) and back. Ratio 1:6

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ACCELERATED: Fish/Flying Fish - Warminster (6 to 12 yrs)
Advances Stroke Development
Builds on endurance and form for freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly. Must be able to swim 50 yards of freestyle (with rotary breathing) and backstroke and 25 yards of breaststroke. Ratio 1:8
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Private & Semi-Private Swim Lessons - Warminster (3 yrs+)
Private and Semi-Private Swim Lessons are available at the Log College pool. Contact Ashley Coticchio for details and the reserve your lessons at 215.348.8131, x1409.
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Open Swim - Warminster
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Preschool Swim (3 to 5 yrs)
ACCELERATED: Pike I Warminster (3 to 5 yrs)
Water Acclimation
Develops students' comfort with underwater exploration and focuses on basic self-rescue skills with the assistance of an instructor. Must be willing to voluntarily separate from parent. Typically wears three (3) bubbles. Ratio 1:4



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ACCELERATED: Pike II - Warminster (3 to 5 yrs)
Water Movement
Focuses on forward movement and basic self-rescue skills performed independently. Must be voluntarily submerging their head underwater and swimming without instructor assistance at least 5 feet with two (2) bubbles)

Ratio 1:5
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ACCELERATED: Eel I - Warminster (3 to 5 yrs)
Water Movement & Stamina
Builds endurance in forward movement and intermediate self-rescue skills. Must be able to swim without instructor assistance at least 10 feet on their back and front with one (1) bubble while blowing bubbles, Ratio 1:5
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ACCELERATED: Eel II- Warminster (3 to 5 yrs)
Water Stamina
Further develops forward movement with stroke introduction and intermediate self-rescue skills. Must be able to swim without assistance or flotations at least 15 feet on front and back. Ratio 1:5
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Private & Semi-Private Swim Lessons - Warminster (3 yrs+)
Private and Semi-private swim lessons are available at the Log College Middle School pool. Contact Ashley Coticchio to reserve your lessons today at 215.348.8131, x1409.
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Open Swim/Lap Swim - Warminster
Open Swim and Lap Swim available on a limited basis at Log College Middle School. Check our schedule here for full details.
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Testimonials:

We really love having M as an instructor for our son and he really likes her a lot. She's been so patient and positive with him. Thank you so much for everything she's done for him over the last 9 months. We know he's a handful and she's really taught him so much, while keeping him focused.  We really appreciate all of her efforts! She has been a wonderful teacher and a mature, responsible, kind and caring young woman!

I just want to say you do an amazing job! I love how you keep us informed and excited about up coming swimming. I have never been so impressed with the service of a gym as I have with the YMCA and a lot of it has to do with the teachers, and the programs offered with swimming. It is seamless and very well organized! Well done and thank you. ~Shannon Cowan, January, 2017
‚ÄčI'm so happy that the Y is helping children learn how to be safe in the water. My daughter has been to two classes so far and I already see a big difference in her confidence level.  My daughter loves it here so much! - M. Velez