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Swim Lessons

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Swim year-round in our heated, indoor pools! Swimming is a life skill as well as great exercise and a challenging sport. Ys offer swim lessons (for all ages), family swim, competitive swimming and diving teams, and many kinds of adaptive swim programs for kids with special needs, so we can all safely enjoy the pleasures of an aquatic environment. We offer swim lessons at our C.M. Gatton Beaumont, High Street, North Lexington and Jessamine YMCAs.  


Skip Class- Ages 6 months-2 years: For our littlest swimmers, Skip is designed to introduce babies and parents to the aquatic environment. This class will help parents learn realistic developmental expectations, introduce basic aquatic safety to parent and child, and provide a fun and positive first experience in the water. Skips class will help babies with basic motor skills, as well as introduce them to a water environment without fear. Skills include blowing bubbles, floating on front and back, kicking on front and back, social interaction through songs, and basic aquatic safety knowledge for parents. This is a fun class that will help prepare your child for future swim classes!

Perch: This class is for the 2-3 year old child that is comfortable in the swimming pool but not yet ready for preschool swim lessons. The class will be taught like a traditional swim class, but the parents must stay to help monitor their children. 


Pike: This class is designed for the preschool beginner who has had no real experience in the water. Children participate without parents and work on floating on front and back, kicking on front and back, bubbles, putting face in the water, basic paddle stroke, pool safety, boating safety, and water adjustment. Patient instructors work to create a positive experience for these little swimmers. There are no prerequisites for enrollment, other than age.

Eel: For the advanced beginner who can already swim 3-5 feet on their own and can put their entire face in the water without fear. Participants will work on developing front, back, and side paddle as well as building confidence.

Ray: Ray is for the intermediate preschooler who can already swim 15 feet unassisted using a paddle stroke on their front, side, and back. Participants work on rotary breathing, backstroke development with proper technique, and elementary backstroke. There is also continued work on treading water, deep water swimming, basic diving, floating, endurance, and pool safety.

Starfish: For advanced preschoolers, students must be able to swim 15 feet of all strokes. Participants work on technique for all strokes and additional work is on endurance, pool safety, deep water swimming, diving, treading water, and boating safety. Starfish takes place in the lap pool and instructional pool.

Youth Swimming

Polliwog: Designed for the school-age beginner who has little or no experience. Emphasis is placed on water adjustment, kicking on front and back, basic paddle stroke, floating on front and back, basic backstroke, and pool safety. There are no prerequisites for enrollment other than age requirement.

Guppy: This level is for school-age advanced beginner that can swim 15 feet on their own but need to work on their freestyle technique. Rotary breathing will be introduced, as well as a more advanced technique for backstroke and elementary backstroke. Participants will work on floating on front and back, treading water, deep water swimming, pool safety, and introduction to diving.

Minnow: This class is for children who can swim 1/2 length of a 25-yard lap pool on front or back. Children will continue to progress with breaststroke, sidestroke, back crawl, and diving

Fish: This class is for children who can swim one length of a 25-yard lap pool using front crawl with good and consistent rotary breathing. Participants will continue to refine breaststroke, learn butterfly, open turns, and continue other strokes.

Flying Fish: Flying Fish is for children who can already swim 100 yards of freestyle and 50 yards of backstroke and breaststroke. Flying Fish is designed as a swim team preparatory class. Students will focus on technique and endurance for freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly. Continued work on elementary backstroke, pool safety, treading water, deep water swimming, and diving.

Shark: This class is for the advanced swimmer interested in preparation for swim team. Participant needs to be able to swim 150 yards freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and 50 yards butterfly. There will be a strong emphasis on technique and endurance for I.M. strokes. The class will include improvement on competitive starts, turns, plus expansion on rescue skills, and aquatic emergencies.

Stroke Mechanics: Your child will focus on perfecting all strokes with drills that focus on details of arm strokes, kicking, breathing & coordination & timing patterns. Note: your child needs to be able to swim 4 lengths of the pool of all strokes.


Whether it is your first time in the water or you just need some help fine tuning your strokes, our experienced instructors can help teens to adults. Our lessons will put you at ease in the water and help you achieve your personal goals. Through various aquatic programs, the Y not only helps develop swimming and water safety skills, but also focuses on members' needs, as well as those of the community. Overcoming fear of the water and developing water and swimming skills are rewarding. And, it promotes better health as a physical activity that can be performed throughout life.

Special Needs

The Y's Goldfish swim team is for children/young adults with special needs, including neurological, physical and social challenges. Our instruction is designed around the specific needs of each participant who may be accompanied in the water by a parent, guardian or caregiver. 

Private Lessons

The Y offers private swim lessons for all ages and skill levels.