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Youth Swim Lessons

Gain Confidence in the water with YMCA swim lessons!

At the Y, swimming is a life skill. Our swim lessons prepare kids of all ages to stay safe and have fun in the water while building strong kids and confident swimmers. The Ocean County YMCA strives to create a safe, fun, and encouraging environment for children, youth, and adults to develop as swimmers.

Water Discovery (Ages 6-23 months)

This class is designed to introduce children to the aquatic environment while introducing basic water skills and safety. No evaluation needed for this level.  Must wear swim diapers.

Water Exploration (Ages 18-36 months)

This class is designed for the child to explore fundamental water skills and safety. No evaluation needed for this level. Must wear swim diapers.

Water Application (Ages 24-36 months)

This class is designed for the child to adjust to swimming independently. Parents are in the water to facilitate learning and direction following, but instructions are directed towards the child. Child must be recommended for this class. Must wear swim diapers.

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Preschool Swim Acclimation

Child must be independent of parent and at least 3 years old before the first day of class. This class increases comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance. No evaluation is needed to register for this level.

Preschool Water Movement

This class encourages forward movement in the water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently. Child must be evaluated for this level to register.

Preschool Water Stamina

This class develops intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distances than in previous stages. Child must be evaluated for this level to register.

Preschool Stroke Introduction 1

This class introduces basic stroke technique in front crawl (freestyle) and back crawl (backstroke) and reinforces water safety through treading water and elementary backstroke. Child must be evaluated for this level to register.

Preschool Stroke Introduction 2

This class refines basic stroke technique in freestyle and backstroke and reinforces water safety through treading water and elementary backstroke. Child must be evaluated for this level to register.

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Youth Water Acclimation/Water Movement (Ages 6-12)

This class increases comfort with underwater exploration and encourages forward movement in the water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently. No evaluation is needed to register for this level.

Youth Water Stamina (Ages 6-12)

This class develops intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distances than in previous stages. Child must be evaluated for this level to register.

Youth Stroke Introduction 1 (Ages 6-12)

This class introduces basic stroke technique in front crawl (freestyle) and back crawl (backstroke) and reinforces water safety through treading water and elementary backstroke. Child must be evaluated for this level to register.

Youth Stroke Introduction 2 (Ages 6-12)

This class refines basic stroke technique in freestyle and backstroke and reinforces water safety through treading water and elementary backstroke. Child must be evaluated for this level to register.

Youth Stroke Development (Ages 6-12)

This class introduces breaststroke and butterfly while continuing to refine freestyle and backstroke. This class also reinforces water safety through treading water and sidestroke. Child must be evaluated for this level to register.

Youth Stroke Mechanics (Ages 6-12)

This class refines stroke technique on all major competitive strokes and encourages swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle. Child must be evaluated for this level to register.

Porpoise Club (Ages 8 & up)

For swimmers with goals of leadership or recreational swimming. Swimmers must have completed Stroke Development level and be approved by Jamie at jbeers@ocymca.org before registering.

Shark Clinic (Ages 8-14)

Competitive based program for the swimmer who loves practicing for competitions, but involved in other activities, and unable to commit to swim team. Swimmers must have completed Stroke Mechanics and be approved by Jamie at jbeers@ocymca.org before registering.

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For children with special needs and unable to swim in group lessons. Contact aquatics@ocymca.org for more information.

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