The YMCA swim lesson programs uses a skill-based approach designed to meet the needs of each child or adult. Sign up today to start your or your child’s journey to water safety.

ADULT SWIM LESSONS — Lessons for adults are offered through the private and semi-private lessons. Lessons are available for those with special needs with an experienced instructor. Please fill out and submit a private lesson application available at front desk.

PRIVATE SWIM LESSONS — Please fill out and submit a private lesson application available at the front desk or online at saymca.org to schedule 30-minute lessons. Receive 15% off when purchasing four or more lessons. IMPORTANT: Please allow several weeks after submitting private swim lessons applications to be contacted by a swim lesson instructor before contacting the front desk.

Private Lesson Fees:
Members: $22, 2nd child $17
Non Members: $34, 2nd child is $29

Semi-Private Lesson Fees:
Members: $15, 2nd child $13
Non Members: $24, 2nd child $22

Group Lessons

$55 Member
$65 Non-Member

Important Information

  • Registration must be done in person with payment during the registration window (see above dates).
  • Please register on the wait list if a class is full. Additional classes may be added at any time as space/ instructors are available; based on three or more swimmers.
  • A 10% discount is given for siblings in the same session.
  • A minimum of three students (six for parent/child class) is required to hold class. The Aquatics Coordinator has the right to ask classes with not enough participants to combine with another at a different time, and if that is not possible they have the right to cancel a class and offer a refund/ system credit.
  • If you are new to our program and your child has some existing swim skills, please fill out a FREE Swim Evaluation Request form at the front desk. An instructor will assess their skills for proper class placement. Registration for classes beyond Pike and Polliwog level are restricted to returning students, or new students who have completed a skills evaluation. Please submit your evaluation form one week before it is needed for class registration.
  • If a student is registered for a class inappropriate to their skill level, the swimmer will be moved if space allows, or given a credit toward future lessons. No refunds are given once a session has started, unless approved by the Swim Lesson Coordinator.

Parent/Child Aquatics

Parent Child I (Ages 6 months – 2 years)

Specifically designed for infants and toddlers with their parent. This is a beginner class to introduce parent/child teams to the aquatic environment through water exploration with songs, games and rudimentary propulsive movements. Emphasis is placed on basic safety and enjoyable experiences for both parents and children.

Parent Child II (Ages 2-3 years)

This class is designed to build on basic introductory skills covered in Parent Child I, such as safety skills and the beginnings of propulsive movement. Parent Child II is recommended for Parent/Child pairs who have already taken Parent Child I and are looking for more skill development. This class is also recommended for Parent/Child pairs whose children may not meet the height/age requirements of the Pike Level Class.

Preschool Aquatics (Ages 3-5 years)

Preschool Aquatics is a progressive program that involves five components: personal growth, personal safety, stroke development, water sports and games, and rescue skills. Progress reports are give to swimmer at the last class.

PIKE — This class is for the child who has had little or no prior water experience and/or is hesitant about going under water. Lessons develop swimming readiness through activities to build a child’s comfort level and self-confidence in the water.

EEL — Must complete all Pike level skills.

RAY/STARFISH (Intermediate) — Must complete all Eel level skills.

Youth Aquatics: (Ages 6-12)

The YMCA youth swim program involves five components: personal growth, personal safety, stroke development, water sports and games, and rescue skills.

POLLIWOG (Beginner) — This class is an introductory class that teaches breath control, efficient kicking on both front and back, effective arm pulls, treading water, and safety.

GUPPY — Must complete all Polliwog level skills.

MINNOW — Must complete all Guppy level skills.

FISH — Must complete all Minnow level classes.

BARRACUDA — Must Complete all Fish level Skills.

Tuesday/Thursday Lessons

Oct/Nov Session:
October 17 – November 9
Member Registration: October 5 (5:00 PM) – October 12
Non-Member Registration: October 6 – October 12

Saturday Lessons

Oct/Nov Session:
October 28 – December 9
Member Registration: October 14 – 21
Non-Member Registration: October 15 – 21

View the Spring/Summer 2023 Swim Lesson Guide

View September Pool schedule.


Assistant Aquatics Director/Swim LessonCoordinator

Aquatics Director

With Coach Antonella Zullo

For swimmers ages 4-18. Participants must be able to swim the length of the pool enthusiastically. (Max 30 swimmers)

The Club at Ironwood Pool

Dates and Times
September 11 – October 18

Mondays 5:00 – 6:00 PM

Wednesdays: 5:15 – 6:15 PM

Registration opens August 14 at 5:00 PM (members), August 15 (non-members)

$75 / Member
$90 Non-member


Aquatics Director


Build confidence, save lives!  If you’re 15 or older and looking for a great year-round job or challenging career that’s in demand, the American Red Cross Lifeguard Training is the best place to start. The Y offers lifeguard certifications, CPR/AED and other first aid training.  Further your career and learn how to take the right safety measures.  Contact Aquatics Director Beth Valentine for more information at beth@saymca.org.

Members: $275
Non-members: $325
Cost covers all four dates

*Lifeguard classes are blended learning with 7 hours of online work to be completed before the first day of class.

Dates and Times:

The Club at Ironwood

*Session dates and times are subject to change due to pool availability. Contact: beth@saymca.org.

CPR/AED/First Aid Classes — Learn to Save a Life

American Red Cross First Aid, CPR and AED certification courses are designed to give you the confidence to respond in an emergency situation with skills that can save a life. Classes are held in the YMCA Multi-Purpose Room. This is a very basic course and includes Adult and Pediatric CPR, AED and First Aid. Contact Wendy Shutty at wendy@saymca.org for more information. Must be at least 12-years-old.

Members: $75
Non-members: $85

Dates and Times:

Check back for dates!

These sessions are individual classes. Participants only need to take one date for certification.


Fitness Director

Assoc. Executive Director



What it includes:
When purchasing a Club at Ironwood Pool Membership, you will have access to the Volleyball Court, Tennis Court, and the Pool. You will also be able to purchase food and drinks from the Cabana next to the Pool. No outside food or drinks are permitted.

Dates and Hours:
May 27 – September 4.
Hours of operation are 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM daily.

YMCA Members:
$410 Family Membership
$310 Single Membership

$560 Family Membership
$435 Single Membership


Aquatics Director