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!
Accelerated Swim Lessons
They are back and just in time for the summer! Join us for swim lesson offered four days in a row . View online registration links (below) for a full listing of days/times available.
Monday-Thursday, June 18-August 20
Lessons held in our indoor aquatics center at the Doylestown branch
Warminster, Monday-Thursday, June 25-August 16
Lessons held in the outdoor pool at the German VE Club, 130 Davisville Road, Warminster
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!
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 Becky Connor
to schedule at 215.348.8131, x1159.
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Private/Semi-Private Swim Lessons (all ages)
Private Swim Lessons (3 yrs to adult)
Semi-Private Swim Lessons (3 yrs to adult)
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.
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.
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.
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)
Pike - Preschool Swim - Water Movement (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)
Eel - Preschool Swim - Water 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)
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.
Accelerated Preschool Swim - Turtle - Water Acclimation (3 to 5 yrs)
Accelerated Preschool Swim - Pike - Water Movement (3 to 5 yrs)
Accelerated Preschool Swim - Eel - Water Stamina (3 to 5 yrs)
Accelerated Preschool Swim - Ray - Stroke Introduction (3 to 5 yrs)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Accelerated Youth Swim - Polliwog - Swim Basics (6 to 12 yrs)
Accelerated Youth Swim - Guppy - Stroke Introduction (6 to 12 yrs)
Accelerated Youth Swim - Minnow - Stroke Development (6 to 12 yrs)
Accelerated Youth Swim - Flying Fish - Stroke Mechanics (6 to 12 yrs)
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 our aquatics department at 215.348.8131.
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.