The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA is excited to bring back group swim lessons!

We will be offering 4-week sessions for children ages 2-13, with the next session starting the week of November 9. You must have an active youth or family membership to participate in group swim lessons.

Registration for these classes will start Tuesday, November 3 at 12:00pm at fspymca.org/register. You can currently view the classes here; click “Registration” followed by “Swim Lessons.” If you need assistance with registering, please call our Welcome Center at 908-889-8880.

Please note: space is very limited as we continue to evaluate community needs and interest. A wait list will be available and we encourage those unable to enroll due to space to go on the wait list as we may open more classes.

Updated health and safety protocols are being followed to make this a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone.

View our Swim Lessons flyer with more information here.
Swim Lessons Guidelines can be found here.

If you have questions about group swim lessons, please contact Ellen Daudelin, Aquatics Director, at edaudelin@fspymca.org.

CLASSES AVAILABLE

YMCA swim lessons are designed to help children feel comfortable around water, promote water safety and teach basic and advanced skills, depending on their level. Classes are available for beginner through more advanced swimmers.

Swim Starters (Stage B/Water Exploration)
Under the direction of an experienced swim instructor, parents/guardians will assist their child in the water to become comfortable and develop swim readiness skills through fun and confidence-building activities and experiences, while parents learn about water safety, drowning prevention, and the importance of supervision.

Swim Basics (Stage 1/Water Acclimation; Stage 2/Water Movement; Stage 3/Water Stamina)
Parents/guardians will assist their child in the water, under the direction of an experienced swim instructor, to develop the following skills: safe entry/exit; underwater exploration; submerging; front float; back float; forward movement; arm and leg movements; self-rescue and water safety. Due to the current guidelines provided by the state Department of Health, these classes require a parent or guardian to be in the water with the child.

Swim Strokes (Stages 4-5)
Participants must be able to swim a minimum of 12 yards (half the length of the pool) and tread water for one minute. At these stages, the following skills are introduced and developed: front crawl; back crawl; breaststroke; butterfly; elementary back stroke, and side stroke.

Stroke Mechanics (Stage 6)
Participants must be able to swim at least two lengths each of proper front crawl; back crawl; breaststroke; butterfly and elementary backstroke. At this stage, participants refine stroke techniques on all major competitive stokes; learn about competitive swimming, and how to incorporate swimming into a healthy lifestyle.

Adult Swim Basics
This class is designed for adults age 18 and over. At this stage, participants learn water safety and develop the following skills: safe entry/exit; submerging; front float; back float; forward movement; and arm and leg movements.

Adult Swim Strokes
This class is designed for adults age 18 and over.  At this stage, participants the following skills are introduced and developed: front crawl; back crawl; breaststroke; butterfly; elementary back stroke and side stroke.