Group Swim Lessons      

Registration is available online for those who have visited the YMCA. You may access your online account using an email the Y has on file or the phone number of the primary user on your account. Please call or stop by if you are new to the Y or need assistance. 

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.


    7-Week Lessons
    7-Week Lessons
    5-Week Lessons
    (Summer I & II Only)
    5-Week Lessons
    (Summer I & II Only)
    Member: $73.50
    Non-Member: $147
    Member: $84
    Non-Member: $168
    Member: $52.50
    Non-Member: $105
    Member: $60
    Non-Member: $120

    Group Swim Lesson Schedules

    Benton Harbor-St. Joseph YMCA
    Winter II 2021
    Niles-Buchanan YMCA
    Winter II 2021
    Spring (7 weeks)
    April 18-June 5, 2021
    Registration opens March 28
    Summer I (5 weeks)
    June 6-July 17, 202
    No classes June 27-July 3
    Registration opens May 23
    Summer II (5 weeks)
    July 18-August 21
    Registration opens July 4

    COVID-19 Modifications

    • 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.