Swim Lessons

Winter Swim Lessons Dorchester Family YMCAYouth Swim Lessons - The next session of the YMCA's youth swim lessons start the last week of April/first week of May! Register now to take advantage of our early bird rate and save $10.  If you wait until the day of the class we cannot offer this discount!  Too busy?  Download the form and fax it back to the YMCA with your credit card information.

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Adult Swim Lessons start Monday April 24th from 6:30-7:15pm for beginners.

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We offer a great selection of Parent/Child lessons starting as early as 6 months old to Adult Lessons and everything in between. 

Parent-Child (6-36 months) - The Parent/Child class emphasizes water adjustment, parenting skills and water safety. Special attention is given to the varying developmental stages of this group. Goals for this program include the child’s enjoyment and adjustment in and around the water, while instructing parents how to assist in the development of their children's future swimming skills. * The Perch/Pik lesson may require a parent in the pool.

Pre-School (3-5 years)-  The preschool children work under the direct supervision of qualified instructors to learn basic swimming techniques, water safety, confidence in and around the water. Children will progress at his/her own pace. Classes are 30 minutes in length.
3-4 Pike/Eel (beginner) 
4-5 Ray/Startfish (intermediate) 

Progressive (6-12 years) - Progressive swim lessons develop the child toward student-centered learning. This forty-five minute program offers personal safety, personal growth, stroke development, water games, sports and basic water rescue. Child should be aware of and follow pool rules. The instructor will develop the students technique and will introduce more strokes, as the child progresses.
6-9 Polliwog I (beginner)
10 + Polliwog II (beginner)

6+ Guppy/Minnow (intermediate) 

If you have any questions concerning which level to place your child in, please contact Barbara Wheatley, Aquatic Director at 410-901-9343. The YMCA will hold makeup classes for any class cancelled by the YMCA, make-ups may not be available for students that miss classes that were held.


Members Early Bird - $45-$50 per session (Child must have own membership or be listed as a family member on a family membership)
Members Late Registration - $55-$60
Community Participant Early Bird - $80-$85 per session
Community Participant Late Registration - $90-$95

Early bird rates apply until one day prior to start of selected session.

Private lessons are also available for both members and community participants.  See front desk for details.