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!


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!


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.



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.


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.


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.



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


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

Huntington YMCA Lifeguard & CPR Training Schedule

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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.


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