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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.
  • Nov 9, 2017, 14:49 PM

    Accelerated Swim Lessons
    December 27-29

    They are back and just in time for the long, holiday break. Join us for swim lesson offered three days in a row at the same time. Contact Ashley for full details at 215.348.8131, x1409.

    Perch Plus, Turtle, Eel, Polliwog, Minnow

    Perch, Pike, Ray, Guppy, Flying Fish


    Turtle, Pike, Polliwog, Guppy

    Eel, Ray, Minnow, Flying Fish


    Eel, Guppy

NEW! Swim Lesson Upgrade

We’ve updated our lessons to increase the accessibility and enjoyment of swimming to all ages and skill levels. Our goal is to help foster a sense of achievement as swimmers’ progress between levels, focusing first on basic water safety and then growing to introduce strokes and technique.

At the Y, we strive to create more confident swimmers who stick with lessons and develop a love for swimming that can last a lifetime. The NEW Y curriculum breaks swim instruction into 3 tiers: Swim Starters, Swim Basics and Swim Strokes. This ensures all students focus on the ‘Safety Around Water’ benchmark stills: ‘Swim, Float, Swim’ and ‘Jump, push (or swim), turn, grab’ and then continue on to become efficient and strong swimmers. (Read full article with class descriptions here)

Register for classes online below or stop by our Welcome Center anytime!


Ashley Coticchio

Jul 24, 2016, 18:31 PM
First name : Ashley
Last name : Coticchio
Middle name :
Phone : 215.348.8131, x1409
Email :

Hi, I'm Ashley Coticchio. I oversee Group Swim Lessons and work alongside other aquatic management to oversee Lifeguards and general pool facility.

I started here in March, 2013 and am relatively new to the Y world. I got started being part of the Y movement when I served for a year in AmeriCorps (a volunteer program run through the government...think PeaceCorps, but within the states and a wider variety of tasks/programs) at a Y in Montclair, NJ. There I was a Youth Program Coordinator and helped with the 7th grade initiative, afterschool care, and vacation day camp, and was part of the outdoor leadership team at their summer camp. After that year, I became hooked.

I graduated from University of Mary Washington (in Fredericksburg, VA) with a BA in Studio Art. I spent two years serving in AmeriCorps after graduating college. I have been a lifeguard and swim instructor since I was 16 (first job I ever had!)

I am the youngest of 3 girls and my family still lives in the northern NJ/NY area

Fun fact- I am a certified archery instructor.

Personal Philosophy: Things could always be worse and everyone should be grateful for everything they have and each day they have it.

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Private/Semi-Private Swim Lessons (all ages)
Private Swim Lessons (3 yrs to adult)
Dates Day(s) Time Member Non-member  
Semi-Private Swim Lessons (3 yrs to adult)
Dates Day(s) Time Member Non-member  
Parent/Child Swim Lessons (6 mos to 5 yrs)
Shrimps, Kippers, Inias - Water Discovery - Parent/Child Swim Classes (6 to 18 mths)
1:12 ratio; Introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment, so to provide a positive family aquatic experience.
Dates Day(s) Time Member Non-member  
Perch - Water Exploration - Parent/Child Swim Classes (19 to 36 mths)
1:10 ratio; Focuses on exploring body positions, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills.
Dates Day(s) Time Member Non-member  
Perch Plus- Water Acclimation- Parent/Child Swim Classes (2 1/2 to 5 yrs)
1:8 ratio; Equivalent to our turtle level, but just with a parent. Increases comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue skills performed with parent.
Dates Day(s) Time Member Non-member  
Preschool Swim (3-5 yrs)
Turtle | Water Acclimation (age 3-5 years)
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, and require flotation support.
(formerly Pike I)

Dates Day(s) Time Member Non-member  
Pike - Preschool Swim - Water Acclimation (3 to 5 yrs)
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 reduced flotation.
(Formerly Pike II)
Dates Day(s) Time Member Non-member  
Eel - Preschool Swim - Water Movement & Stamina (3 to 5 yrs)
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 flotation support.
(formerly Eel I)
Dates Day(s) Time Member Non-member  
Ray - Preschool Swim - Stroke Introduction (3 to 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.
Dates Day(s) Time Member Non-member  
Youth Swim Lessons (6 to 12 yrs)
Polliwog - Water Basics (6 to 12 yrs)
1:5 ratio; Focuses on the "Safety Around Water" skills; meant for first-time or beginner swimmers.
Dates Day(s) Time Member Non-member  
Guppy - Stroke Introduction (6 to 12 yrs)
1:6 ratio; Introduces basic stroke technique in front crawl/back crawl and reinforces water safety; meant for swimmers who are able to swim 15 yards front/back crawl and can tread water for 1 minute.
Dates Day(s) Time Member Non-member  
Minnow - Stroke Development (6 to 12 yrs)
1:7 ratio; Builds on endurance and introduces breaststroke and butterfly and reinforces water safety; meant for swimmers who are able to swim 15 yards front crawl with side breathing, 15 yards backstroke, 15 yards elementary backstroke, and 15 yards breaststroke and butterfly kick.
Dates Day(s) Time Member Non-member  
Flying Fish - Stroke Mechanics -- (6 to 12 yrs)
1:8 ratio; Refines stroke technique on all major competitive strokes and reviews resting strokes; meant for swimmers who are able to swim 25 yards freestyle, 25 yards backstroke, 25 yards elementary backstroke, 25 yards of breaststroke.

Dates Day(s) Time Member Non-member  
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.
Dates Day(s) Time Member Non-member  
Swim Specialties (age 8 to 13)
Stroke and Turn Mechanics (8 to 13 yrs)
1:10 ratio; Designed to help swimmers prepare for swim team; Learn stroke drills and techniques for effective turns for all 4 competitive strokes. Swimmers should successfully complete Flying Fish or demonstrate 50 yards of freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and 25 yards basic butterfly.
Dates Day(s) Time Member Non-member  


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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