Berkshire County – April is Adult Learn to Swim Month

Hosted by The Simon’s Rock PaceMakers and The Pittsfield Polar Bears

April is Adult Learn to Swim Month is a volunteer-based program administered by United States Masters Swimming. The April program was started by the PaceMakers Masters Swim Team in 2012 with 12 volunteers from the team teaching over 20 residents of the Southern Berkshires how to swim. In 2013, 15 additional teams throughout New England joined the PaceMakers in offering adult swim lessons. With recognition and promotion by USMS, 2014 saw April is Adult Learn to Swim Month become the main outreach program for the organization. To date, adult swim lessons taught by volunteer Masters Swimmers are offered in over 30 states in the U.S. Polar Bear participation in the program started in April of 2013, and has grown each year, teaching over 30 new swimmers in 2017. The Pittsfield Y program has also attracted participants from northern Berkshire County.

Locally in 2018: The two United States Masters Swim Teams in Berkshire County, The Simon’s Rock PaceMakers and the Pittsfield YMCA Polar Bears, will coordinate their efforts so they can serve a larger population in a more efficient and convenient way. This collaboration will help to get the message to a broader range of the community. This unique partnership will not only facilitate better service to the community, but also show that the combined strength of two organizations with different missions can have a greater impact overall to everyone’s benefit.

In mid-March, the teams will get together to review the instructor training. To celebrate the collaboration between the two teams and to foster a sense of shared mission, the teams will meet at the Kilpatrick Athletic Center for a fun dual swim meet and post-meet brunch at the end of March. Swim Classes will be offered at both facilities throughout the month of April.

Lessons at both facilities are FREE!

Berkshire Family YMCA Pittsfield Branch:

Register at the Welcome Center. For more information, contact or 413-499-7650 x146

Thursdays - April 5-26, 2018

  • Two time slots available
    • 5:30-6:15 p.m.
    • 6:15-7:00 p.m.

Kilpatrick Athletic Center @ Simon's Rock:

Register at the Front Desk. For more information, contact Bill Meier – 413-528-7777 or

Tuesdays & Thursdays

  • 7:15-8:30 p.m.