Pool Closings

In the interest of protecting our members and staff, the aquatics staff will close the pool when lightning strikes within a 6-mile radius of the YMCA. If classes are cancelled, make up classes will be offered throughout the session. Read more about aquatic lightning protection and how members can sign-up for make-up classes.

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Private Swim Lessons

Private Lessons are taught in accordance with the YMCA National Aquatic Guidelines and provide individual attention for those wanting to improve on specific skills in all levels of swimming, endurance events, or synchronized swimming. Private lessons are available to all swimmers ages 3 and up (including adults). Please contact Ellen Daudelin to schedule your lessons.

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Swim Starters

Parent & Child

Accompanied by a parent, infants and toddlers learn to be comfortable in the water and develop swim readiness skills through fun and confidence-building experiences, while parents learn about water safety, drowning prevention, and the importance of supervision.

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Swim Basics

Preschool & Youth
Tween/Teen Beginners
Adult Beginners

Students learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by learning two benchmark skills:
• Swim, float, swim – sequencing front glide, roll, back float, roll, front glide and exit
• Jump, push, turn, grab

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Swim Strokes

Preschool & Youth
Tween/Teen Intermediate
Adult Intermediate

Having mastered the fundamentals, students learn additional water safety skills and build strong technique, developing skills that prevent chronic disease, increase social-emotional and cognitive well-being, and foster a lifetime of physical activity.

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American Red Cross Lifeguard Training

This American Red Cross professional lifeguard certification course includes CPR for the Professional Rescuer, First Aid and Lifeguard Training and AED Essentials. Attendance is mandatory at all sessions for certification.

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Swim Team

Our team is a year-round competitive swim team offering high quality professional coaching and technique instruction.

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The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA has partnered with Make a Splash, a national child-focused water safety initiative created by the USA Swimming Foundation. Launched in 2007, Make a Splash works by aligning the nation’s top learn-to-swim resources in an effort to save lives. Make a Splash educates parents through a national awareness campaign, saves lives by…

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