The Y: We’re for Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility.


Lots of adults learn to swim or strengthen their swimming abilities at the Y under the patient and skillful direction of Y aquatics professionals. Enjoy learning with others, so you’ll never feel unsafe around water, leading you to a healthier lifestyle including the many physical benefits regular swimming can provide. Through learning how to perform a sequenced set of skills over eight lessons of 45 minutes each, learning safety around water reduces the risk of drowning - giving you confidence in and around water.

A typical session includes:

  • Exercises to help adjust to being in water
  • Instruction in “Jump, Push, Turn, Grab” and “Swim, Float, Swim,” two skill sets to use if you unexpectedly find yourself in the water
  • Specific safety topics, like what to do if you see someone in the water who needs help
  • Fun activities that reinforce skills

LEVEL 1: For people who have a fear of the water or have never taken a swimming lesson. Water adjustment, kicking, arm strokes and confidence in deep water are emphasized. Also for people who can swim a short distance in shallow water with their faces in the water. Emphasis is on refining basic strokes and confidence in deep water.

LEVEL 2: For those comfortable in deep water who want to improve their form and learn new strokes. Emphasis is on building endurance and mastering skills. Also for those who can swim a length or two of several strokes. Emphasis is on building skills and endurance for swimming as a physical activity.

This program is offered through both our Pittsfield & Northern Berkshire Branch.