Swim Lessons

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Everyone should know how to swim! YMCA swim lessons are photo_phtaquaticcam06lengthsb_download_3designed to help each participant learn how to swim better and be safe in the water. Our emphasis is on learning, and not on passing or failing. Each level is divided into 5 components: Personal Safety; Stroke Development; Water Sports and Games; Personal Growth; and Rescue.

Swim lessons are categorized by age, though a child’s individual ability is always taken into consideration. Private and semi-private swim lessons are also available. To register for swim lessons, click here. For help choosing the right lesson for your child, click here. Speak with the aquatics director at your branch for more information.

Water Discovery & Exploration (formerly Parent/Child): Accompanied by a parent or caregiver, infants and toddlers learn to be comfortable in the water and develop swim readiness skills through fun and confidence-building experiences, while parents learn about water safety, drowning prevention, and the importance of supervision.

Swim Basics for Preschool, School Age, and Teens:

Level 1 / Water Acclimation – Increases comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance.

Level 2 / Water Movement – Encourages forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently.

Level 3 / Water Stamina – Develops intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distances than in previous stages.

Level 4 / Stroke Introduction – Introduces basic stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and reinforces water safety through treading water and elementary backstroke.

Level 5 / Stroke Development – Introduces breast-stroke and butterfly and reinforces water safety through treading water and sidestroke.

Level 6 / Stroke Mechanics – Refines stroke technique on all major competitive strokes and encourages swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle.

icon_pdfDownload 2018 Winter Swim Lessons Flyer

icon_pdfDownload the Swim Lesson selector and the lesson descriptions

icon_pdfDownload Private Swim Lessons Flyer

What should I wear to swim? May my children swim without me? The answers to these and other frequently asked questions may be found here! YMCA aquatics programs are held in two pools located in the lower level of the building:


The Main Pool is 20 yards long with four lanes and a depth range of four to nine feet. The pool is heated to 82-84 degrees.

Salem YMCA Small Pool

The Small Pool is 15 yards long by 40 feet wide, and is 3 to 3 1/2  feet deep. The small pool, also known as the warm pool, is heated to 89-91 degrees.

The Monmouth-Independence swimming pool is outdoors and opens during the summer months only.

NOTE: The Independence Outdoor Pool is closed for the season. The pool will reopen in the summer of 2018.

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