At the Y, we believe the ability to swim is an important life skill for everyone! Swimming develops the whole person: spirit, mind, and body. In swim lessons, we use a combination of fun methods to help kids overcome fears, build confidence in the water and develop skills that last a lifetime. Qualified instructors meet swimmers at their own level and celebrate all successes. Trained instructors emphasize personal safety, swimming skills, endurance, and social skills, while guiding students with praise and encouragement.
All Pre-school, School Age, and Teen swimmers who are new to taking lessons at the YMCA of Frederick County (or those who have taken a break and do not have an approval for their new program stage) must be evaluated before enrolling in group lessons. Exception: Children who will register for Parent/Child or Water Acclimation do not need to be evaluated.
To schedule an evaluation, please use our online Swim Evaluation Request Form.
The Y offers parent/child swim lessons for children ages 6-36 months (up to 6 years for Acclimate with Me).
The Y offers preschool swim lessons for children ages 3-13 years.
The Y offers school age swim lessons for children ages 6-13 years.
The Y offers teen swim lessons for children ages 11-15 years (9-15 for Competition Pathway).
Each level is divided into five components to help adults learn safety, stroke development, and promote health and fitness.
Private Swim Lessons
Everything you need to know about the swim lesson policies including age groupings, swim evaluation, make up classes and more can be found here.