Build confidence in the water! Swim Lessons provide important life skills that could save a life and will benefit you for a lifetime. The Y offers swim instruction for all ages and skill levels.
Please review our reopening guide before coming to the Y so you know what to expect.
Group Swim Lessons
Group swim lessons are taught by caring, certified instructors, and teach people to have fun in the water while staying safe, creating an environment where all can come together to learn, grow, and thrive.
|A / WATER DISCOVERY Parents accompany children in stage A, which introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment through exploration and encourages them to enjoy themselves while learning about the water.||B / WATER EXPLORATION In stage B, parents work with their children to explore body positions, floating, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills.|
|1 / WATER ACCLIMATION Students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water in stage 1. This stage lays the foundation that allows for a student’s future progress in swimming.||2 / WATER MOVEMENT 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.|
|3 / WATER STAMINA 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.||4 / STROKE INTRODUCTION 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.|
|5 / STROKE DEVELOPMENT 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.||6 / STROKE MECHANICS 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.|
- Please see our reopening plan for updates on mask requirements and building entry check-in. Please arrive 5-10 minutes early to check-in.
- Parents will drop off swimmers on the pool deck. Parents may view lessons from our seating areas outside the pool deck or wait outside for children to finish lessons.
- We recommend participants arrive and leave in their bathing suits to minimize exposure time.
- If our facilities are open, we will have locker rooms available. If facilities remain closed, we will only have our Private Locker Rooms available.
- Swim lessons must be registered and paid for before attending class.
(Summer I & II Only)
(Summer I & II Only)
Group Swim Lesson Schedules
|Benton Harbor-St. Joseph YMCA
Fall II 2020
Fall II 2020
Private & Semi-Private Lessons
A YMCA certified swim instructor could be just what you or your child needs to get comfortable in the water or achieve your swimming goals. Your lessons are designed to meet your specific needs. Punch cards are available for private and semi-private lessons for all ages. Please contact your preferred branch for more information. For ages 6 months+.
|Benton Harbor-St. Joseph YMCA||6 Private Half-Hour Punches
|6 Semi-Private Half-Hour Punches
|Niles-Buchanan YMCA||5 Private Half-Hour Punches
|5 Semi-Private Half-Hour Punches
Adult Swim Lessons
For adults, ages 13 +, who want to learn the basics of swimming, or conquer a fear of swimming. We have trained and dedicated instructors who can help you learn to swim what matter your experience or background is. Please register for private or semi-private lessons. Days & times vary.
Become a certified lifeguard through the American Red Cross!
Course: For first-time lifeguards or lifeguards who have let their certification lapse. Participants will receive a handbook, CPR mask, whistle, and certification valid for 2 years. Must turn 15 years old prior to completion of the course. Additionally, participants will receive a link from the American Red Cross for blended learning approximately one week before the start of class. This module takes 7 hours to complete and there will be an exam at the end that will certify them in CPR and AED. This must be completed before the first day of class. Participants will review the content from the blended learning in class as well. Participants must pass a prerequisite skills evaluation on the first day, consisting of the following:
Swim 300 yards continuously, including freestyle and breaststroke. No swimming on back. Tread water for 2 minutes, using only the legs. Retrieve a 10-lb dive weight from 7 ft deep, surface and swim 20 yards on their back with the weight, using legs only, and exit the pool within 100 seconds.
Course + Waterfront: Waterfront training is required for lifeguards who wish to use their skills to prevent and respond to emergencies in non-surf, open water areas found at public parks, resorts, summer camps, and campgrounds. Course + Waterfront participants must pass a prerequisite skills evaluation on the first day, consisting of the following:
- Swim 550 yards, continuously.
- Tread water for 2 minutes, using only the legs.
- Swim 20 yards, retrieve brick off the bottom, return to the starting point and climb out in 1 minute and 40 seconds.
- Retrieve three dive rings placed 5 yards apart in 4 to 7 feet of water.
Re-Certification: For any lifeguard whose certification is getting ready to expire.
|Niles-Buchanan||Tuesday, October 13 • 6:30-9:30 PM
Thursday, October 15 • 6:30-9:30 PM
Saturday, October 17 • 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Saturday, October 24 • 10:00 Am-5:00 PM
Course + Waterfront: $200
The Junior Dolphin swim class is designed for swimmers who want to learn the strokes and experience the practice of a swim team without attending meets and a rigorous practice schedule. This program is designed to teach all four strokes, starts, turns, and all other skills taught on a swim team. To participate in this class all swimmers must be able to swim one length of the pool without a flotation device or other aid practicing both freestyle and backstroke. The Jr. Dolphins practice twice a week. Please make sure to bring a pair of goggles to your lesson. For ages 6-12.
|Benton Harbor-St. Joseph YMCA|
Aqua Greyhound Masters Swimming
Aqua Greyhound Masters Swimming
Aqua Greyhound Masters Swimming is an adult aquatics program that promotes lifelong fitness that includes fun, camaraderie, and motivation to all adult age and swimming abilities. We offer a variety of activities including structured workout sessions, coached swimming analysis, and feedback. A minimum of 6 participants is required to have the team coached. For ages 18+.
Whether you are a fitness swimmer, a triathlete in training, or simply learning how to swim, everyone is welcome on the Aqua Greyhound Masters Swim Team. No registration required.
|Benton Harbor-St. Joseph YMCA||October 27, 2020–May 20, 2021
Thursday & Thursday
Per 10-Punch Card