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 four lessons of 60 minutes each, learning safety around water reduces the risk of drowning - giving you confidence in and around water. This program is uniquely taught by our own master swim team participants. We have the lessons separated into two groups for those fearful of water and those that are looking to improve on different strokes.

"I have small children and taking lessons has made me more confident to help them and keep them safe." - Ernest A.

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 physical activity.


  • Active BFYMCA membership required
  • Bathing suit and towel required
  • Swim caps and goggles are not required but suggested


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