Swimming & Water Fitness

The Y has been the premier destination for aquatics since 1885. With a variety of programs to choose from, we encourage you and your family to get involved in water activities. It’s never too early to start. We begin our programs at 6 months and there’s no age cap, so it’s also never too late to make a splash!

Starting August 20th, the YMCA of Long Island is proud to announce the launch of our new swim lessons. The updated swim lesson program focuses even more on keeping kids safe in and around the water with an emphasis on true progression of swimming. This update allows us to keep doing what we’ve been doing great and build up on it as the leading provider of aquatics in our community.Register Now!

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The YMCA is the leading provider of swim lessons on Long Island. Every year, we teach more than 22,000 swim lessons and are nationally recognized for our skill building and drown prevention efforts. The classes below are offered at our branch locations across Long Island. Exact class offerings and ages may vary, so please check your local branch for the most up-to-date classes and schedules. Please note that the following age ranges are general, for further clarification please contact the branch of your choosing. YMCA Swim Lessons are like no other – watch our video about the Y’s philosophy on swimming, skills and safety!

STAGE A: WATER DISCOVERY (INFANT & TODDLER) 6 MONTHS – 3 YEARS

Introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment. Accompanied by a parent, 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.

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STAGE B: WATER EXPLORATION (INFANT & TODDLER) 6 MONTHS – 3 YEARS

Focuses on exploring body positions, blowing bubbles and fundamental safety and aquatic skills. Accompanied by a parent, 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.

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STAGE 1: WATER ACCLIMATION (PRESCHOOL) 3 – 5 YEARS OLD

Increases comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance. Students learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency learning two benchmark skills: Swim, float, swim–sequencing front glide, roll, back float, roll, front glide and exit. Jump, push, turn, grab.

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STAGE 1: WATER ACCLIMATION (SCHOOL AGE) 5 – 12 YEARS OLD

Increases comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance. Students learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency learning two benchmark skills: Swim, float, swim–sequencing front glide, roll, back float, roll, front glide and exit. Jump, push, turn, grab.

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STAGE 1-3: SWIM BASICS (TEEN) 12 – 17 YEARS OLD

Students learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency learning two benchmark skills: Swim, float, swim–sequencing front glide, roll, back float, roll, front glide and exit. Jump, push, turn, grab.

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 STAGE 1-3: SWIM BASICS (ADULT) 17+

Students learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency learning two benchmark skills: Swim, float, swim–sequencing front glide, roll, back float, roll, front glide and exit. Jump, push, turn, grab.

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STAGE 2: WATER MOVEMENT (PRESCHOOL) 3 – 5 YEARS OLD

Encourages forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently. Students learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency learning two benchmark skills: Swim, float, swim–sequencing front glide, roll, back float, roll, front glide and exit. Jump, push, turn, grab.

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STAGE 2: WATER MOVEMENT (SCHOOL AGE) 5 – 12 YEARS OLD

Encourages forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently. Students learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency learning two benchmark skills: Swim, float, swim–sequencing front glide, roll, back float, roll, front glide and exit. Jump, push, turn, grab.

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STAGE 3: WATER STAMINA (PRESCHOOL) 3 – 5 YEARS OLD

Develops intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distances than in previous stages. Students learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency learning two benchmark skills: Swim, float, swim–sequencing front glide, roll, back float, roll, front glide and exit. Jump, push, turn, grab.

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STAGE 3: WATER STAMINA (SCHOOL AGE) 5 – 12 YEARS OLD

Develops intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distances than in previous stages. Students learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency learning two benchmark skills: Swim, float, swim–sequencing front glide, roll, back float, roll, front glide and exit. Jump, push, turn, grab.

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STAGE 4: STROKE INTRODUCTION (PRESCHOOL) 3 – 5 YEARS OLD

Introduces basic stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and reinforces water safety though treading water and elementary backstroke. Having mastered the fundamentals, students learn additional water safety skills and build stroke technique, developing skills that prevent chronic disease, increase social-emotional and cognitive well-being, and foster a lifetime of physical activity.

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STAGE 4: STROKE INTRODUCTION (SCHOOL AGE) 5 – 12 YEARS OLD

Introduces basic stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and reinforces water safety though treading water and elementary backstroke. Having mastered the fundamentals, students learn additional water safety skills and build stroke technique, developing skills that prevent chronic disease, increase social-emotional and cognitive well-being, and foster a lifetime of physical activity.

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STAGE 4-6: SWIM STROKES (TEEN) 12 – 17 YEARS OLD

Having mastered the fundamentals, students learn additional water safety skills and build stroke technique, developing skills that prevent chronic disease, increase social-emotional and cognitive well-being, and foster a lifetime of physical activity.

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STAGE 4-6: SWIM STROKES (ADULT) 17+

Having mastered the fundamentals, students learn additional water safety skills and build stroke technique, developing skills that prevent chronic disease, increase social-emotional and cognitive well-being, and foster a lifetime of physical activity.

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STAGE 5: STROKE DEVELOPMENT (SCHOOL AGE) 5 – 12 YEARS OLD

Introduces breaststroke and butterfly and reinforces water safety through treading water and sidestroke. Having mastered the fundamentals, students learn additional water safety skills and build stroke technique, developing skills that prevent chronic disease, increase social-emotional and cognitive well-being, and foster a lifetime of physical activity.

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STAGE 6: STROKE MECHANICS (SCHOOL AGE) 5 – 12 YEARS OLD

Refines stroke technique of all major competitive strokes and encourages swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle. Having mastered the fundamentals, students learn additional water safety skills and build stroke technique, developing skills that prevent chronic disease, increase social-emotional and cognitive well-being, and foster a lifetime of physical activity.

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Water provides an ideal environment for strength training, cardiovascular workouts, balance training and rehabilitative exercise. Water workouts are low-impact, and provide a natural resistance that promotes muscle tone, reduces pain and increases flexibility. It is also a favorite prenatal exercise to reduce swelling and stress. Check your local branch for fees and schedules.

ARTHRITIS AQUATICS (AFYAP)

Uses a series of gentle movements to help maintain range of motion and strengthen muscles. Approved by the L.I. Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation.

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AQUA ZUMBA

All the fun of Zumba with the gentle support of the water. High energy and motivating music allow participants to dance away their cares

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HYDROFIT / HYDROSCULPT 

Maximize water resistance and challenge every muscle group. Excellent workout for arms, abs, hips, and thighs.

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SWIMNASTICS (ALSO WATER SLIMNASTICS)

A total body exercise program performed mostly in shallow water. Aerobic plus upper and lower body strength training.

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WATER WALKING (AGES 6-13)

An effective cardio workout that uses variations of water walking to strengthen and tone muscles.

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AQUAJOG 

Walking, jogging, cross-country skiing in deep water. Exercises to improve cardiovascular fitness and muscle tone.

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PRIVATE SWIM LESSONS

Group lessons are not for everyone. Don’t give up! Try a private or semi-private lesson. Lessons are available for all ages and abilities. Private lessons are 30 minutes with a 1:1 student to instructor ratio.

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AQUA AEROBICS 

This class develops cardiovascular fitness and strengthens your muscles using water’s natural resistance. Most muscles will be stretched and strengthened. Feel vibrant after taking this class!

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CARDIOKICK

This high-intensity/low-impact workout incorporates kickboxing skills.

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SENIOR SHAPE UP

A total body exercise program designed for seniors, performed mostly in shallow water. Aerobic plus upper and lower body
strength training.

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TWINGES (AFYAP)

This program is a cooperative program of the YMCA and the National Arthritis Foundation, and benefits anyone with arthritis and people recovering from surgery or injury. This class uses the water to decrease pain and stiffness, as well as improve and maintain joint flexibility.

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ADULT WORKOUT 

Participants must be 16 or older and have some knowledge of front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke. Participants must be able to swim at least 50 yards continuously of the previously mentioned strokes. Participants in this class will be coached to improve their swimming technique, endurance, speed and should expect a challenging workout in the water.

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AQUA POWER/ SUPER WATER WORKOUT

A circuit training program using various trainings to enhance the workout and make your exercise FUN!

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ADULT INSTRUCTION

Designed for non-swimmers and swimmers ages 16 and older who would like to become more comfortable in the water by learning the proper stroke and breathing techniques. Not all programs are available in every session.

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Group lessons are not for everyone. Don’t give up! Try a private or semi-private lesson. Lessons are available for all ages and abilities. Private lessons are 30 minutes with a 1:1 student to instructor ratio.

  • Semi-Private Swim Lessons
  • Private Swim Lessons

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Splashing around the water is more fun when you do it with friends and family. Each of our branches offer family and youth recreational swim time. It’s a great way to bond , build comfort in the water, and practice skills.

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JUNIOR LIFEGUARD (45 MIN.)

Prerequisites: Participants must be 11-14 years old, be able to swim at least 100 yards, dive to a depth of 10 feet and tread water for 1 minute. This class provides a foundation of lifeguarding skills. For youth with swim skills, this program makes an ideal transition between swim lessons and lifeguard training. This course includes both classroom and pool time. Participants will not receive a Lifeguard certification at the end of this course.

LIFEGUARD PREP COURSE (60 MIN.)

Prerequisites: Participants must be 14 or older, be able to swim a continuous 200 yards, tread water for a least a minute and dive a depth of 10 feet. This class is designed to prepare participants to pass the pre-test for the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course. They will work on stroke development and strength building exercises. Life saving techniques will not be covered in this course. Participants will not receive a lifeguard certification at the end of this course.

AMERICAN RED CROSS WATERFRONT/ LIFEGUARD CERTIFICATION

Prerequisites: Participants must be 15 or older (proof of age required). Pretest: Participants must be able to swim 300 yards (12 laps) continuously, demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both but swimming on back or side is not allowed. Swim goggles may be used. They must tread water for 2 minutes using only their legs. Candidates should place their hands under their armpits. They then must swim 20 yards using front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive to a depth of 10 feet, retrieve a 10- pound object, return to the surface and swim 20 yards back to the starting point with the object. When returning to the starting point, the participant’s face must remain above water and the participant must hold the 10-pound object with both hands. (Time requirement within 1:40) This course is intended to teach lifeguard candidates the skill and knowledge needed to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies. The course content and activities prepare candi­dates to recognize and respond quickly and effectively to aquat­ic emergencies and to prevent drowning or injuries. Participants will receive American Red Cross Lifeguarding, First Aid, CPR and AED certifications upon successful completion of this course.

AMERICAN RED CROSS LIFEGUARD RECERTIFICATION

AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION 

  • BLS for the Healthcare Provider
  • Adult/Child/Infant CPR/AED Full Course and Recertification Course

AMERICAN RED CROSS:

  • Administering Emergency Oxygen Full Course or Recertification course
  • First Aid Course
  • Responding To Emergencies

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Young people can compete on swim team at the Huntington YMCA and the YMCA East Hampton RECenter. Please visit branch links for more information. The YMCA offers young people a chance to participate in competitive swim teams. Pre-Swim Team practice programs are also available. See branch locations.

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The YMCA offers the fundamentals of Boating Safety, covering boating law, equipment, conduct & protocol, navigation principals, lights, sounds, emergency response. Course meets all current federal & state requirements for the operation of power driven vessels & jet skis.

Location times and schedules vary. Please call the 855.2YMCALI to learn more

Huntington YMCA Boating Safety Course