Learn how to swim with us! YMCA swimming lessons are a progressive program teaching swimming skills, stroke technique and water safety skills such as floating, treading water and safety entering and exiting a pool.

Swim lessons are available for all ages, from infants to adults. 

Questions about Friends and Family Swimming Lessons

How many people can participate in a lesson?

The maximum number of people in a lesson is four. 
 

What is the cost of swim lessons?

Brandywine YMCA, Jennersville YMCA, Kennett Area YMCA, Lionville Community YMCA and West Chester Area YMCA

  • $35 per person per lesson for one kid/adult
     
  • $20 per person per lesson for two kids/adults
     
  • $12.50 per person per lesson for three kids/adults
     
  • $9.50 per person per lesson for four kids/adults
     

Upper Main Line YMCA

  • $41 per person per lesson for one kid/adult
     
  • $31 per person per lesson for two kids/adults
     
  • $12.50 per person per lesson for three kids/adults
     
  • $9.50 per person per lesson for four kids/adults

Does the Y choose who is in a lesson together?

The beauty of our Friends and Family swim program is that you choose who you’d like to be included in your or your child’s lesson. So, choose three friends from the neighborhood, school or come as a family. 

However, if you’d like to join a group the Y can accommodate where necessary.
 

Can a group include children and adults?

Yes! Please keep in mind, however, that a group should include swimmers of similar abilities. Our aquatics director can discuss this further with you.
 

Can swimmers of different abilities be in the same group?

Ideally, swimmers in a group should be of similar abilities for the lesson to be most effective. Our aquatics director can discuss beginner vs. advanced capabilities with you.
 

How long is a lesson?

Each lesson is 30 minutes.
 

When do swim lessons begin?

Lessons can start whenever you’re ready! With our Friends and Family program you get to choose the times and dates that are most convenient for you and your group.
 

Do I already need to know how to swim to take a lesson?

No, swimmers of all abilities are welcome to take swim lessons.
 

Do I need to bring any specific equipment?

Each student is provided with any necessary equipment at the lesson. We suggest bringing goggles, a towel and of course, a bathing suit.
 

Are the swim instructors certified?

Yes, our instructors are certified to teach lessons as well as to perform CPR and first aid.
 

Are lessons safe in light of COVID-19?

Your safety is our top priority at the Y which is why we are offering you the ability to choose who participates in your or your child’s lesson.

All equipment that is used during a lesson will be cleaned and sanitized.

Our instructors will also be wearing face shields while in the water and on the pool deck.

For more information on our health and safety protocols click here.
 

How do I register for lessons?

To begin, complete this interest form and our aquatics director will contact you.