Fun with a splash of confidence.

We offer swim classes for parent and child, infants, young children, teenagers, and adults on weekdays, evenings, and weekends all year long.

If you have any questions regarding Swim School including registration, pricing and class schedules, please contact Lauren Chiappetta, Swim School Specialist, at swimschool@gwymca.org.

*Please note all times and offerings are subject to change.


FALL II 2019 – NOV. 11, 2019 – JAN. 26, 2020

  • NO CLASSES Nov. 27-Dec. 1, Dec. 20 – Jan. 1, and Jan. 20, 2020

*To register:


Following the YMCA National Swim Instruction Program, our curriculum focuses on teaching water safety and comfort followed by stroke development. All lessons are held in our Alumni warm-water pool for 30 minutes with the exception of YOUTH levels 4-6 which are 45 minutes, and Level 7’s which are 1 hour.  

REQUIRED SWIM EVALUATIONS

If you are not a member of the YMCA of Greenwich, or have not taken a class within the last session at our facility, a swim evaluation is necessary. Registration without an evaluation will result in non-refund. Evaluations take approximately 5 minutes. No evaluation needed for children under 3 years old (i.e. Parent & Child Classes).

If you would like to schedule a swim evaluation, please contact Lauren Chiappetta, Swim School Specialist, at swimschool@gwymca.org.


LEVEL A1 & A2 

  • LEVEL A1 – 6 MONTHS – 13 MONTHS
  • LEVEL A2 – 14 MONTHS – 21 MONTHS

Parents accompany children in Level  A, which introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment through exploration and encourages them to enjoy themselves while learning about the water.

LEVEL B1 & B2

  • LEVEL B1 – 22 MONTHS – 28 MONTHS
  • LEVEL B2 – 29 MONTHS – 35 MONTHS

In stage B, parents work with their children to explore body positions, floating, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills. 

LEVEL 1

In stage 1, students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water. This stage lays the foundation that allows for a student’s future progress in swimming.

LEVEL 2

In stage 2, students focus on body position and control, directional change, and forward movement in the water while also continuing to practice how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water.

LEVEL 3

In stage 3, students learn how to swim to safety from a longer distance than in previous stages in the event of falling into a body of water. This stage also introduces rhythmic breathing and integrated arm and leg action.

LEVEL 4

Students in stage 4 develop stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and learn the breaststroke kick and butterfly kick. Water safety is reinforced through treading water and elementary backstroke.

LEVEL 5

Students in stage 5 work on stroke technique and learn all major competitive strokes. The emphasis on water safety continues through treading water and sidestroke. 

LEVEL 6 

In stage 6, students refine stroke technique on all major competitive strokes, learn about competitive swimming, and discover how to incorporate swimming into a healthy lifestyle.

PRETEAM LEVEL 7A & 7B (6-13 yrs)

Students in stage 7 are able to swim all four strokes and are looking to join a competitive team or are looking to reinforce skills in a non competitive setting.


*Please note all times and offerings are subject to change.

Not sure what class you should sign up for? We would love to help. Please contact Lauren Chiappetta, Swim School Specialist, at swimschool@gwymca.org.