YMCA of Sandusky County

Youth Swim

Swimming at the YMCA

The YMCA has a long history of teaching swim lessons. In fact, the Y is credited for being first to develop a group swim instruction program in 1906. We have come a long way since that first group lesson. Our swim curriculum is extensively research-based and enables swimmers to advance more confidently and quickly through the stages.

Stages A and B: Infant and Toddler

6 mos. – 3 yrs.
Getting comfortable in the water with a parent or guardian.

Stages 1-3:

Pre-School – School Age
Confidence building in the water, instilling good water safety habits, basic swim skills, and personal growth.

Stages 4-6:

Pre-School – School Age
Confidence building in deep water as well as learning the six basic strokes.

Making A Splash With YMCA Swim Lessons

The YMCA of Sandusky County wants to ensure youth in our community know how to be safe in and around water. Through All Kids Swim, children ages 5-12 years develop personal water safety and basic swimming skills like: swim-float-swim, sequencing front glide, roll, back float, roll, front glide and exit water—jump, push turn and grab.

Y Swim Lessons

Not all swim lessons are alike! Here’s just a few things that make us different at the Y;

  • Safety and rescue training taught in ALL levels – including victim recognition, 9-1-1 and hands on CPR!
  • Trained instructors with combined 75+ years experience
  • We offer both one-on-one lessons and group lessons for your convenience
  • We build relationships and develop character

All Swim Levels Learn

  • Stroke development
  • Personal growth
  • Personal Safety
  • Water sports and games
  • Rescue

Personalized Swim Lessons

Private Swim Lessons

Private swim lessons are available for all ages and swim levels. Please stop by the front desk today to place your name on our interest list. Once there is an opening, your instructor will call and set up your lessons. Please note this is a premium service with limited instructor availability. For more immediate instruction, consider our group lessons.

Cost = (6) half-hour lessons

Member Fee: $60
Non-Member Fee: $80

Semi-Private Lessons

Do you have children that are of the same skill level and would like to have them participate in a lesson together? Semi-private swim lessons are for you. Have your name put on the interest list, and an instructor will call you as soon as one becomes available. Please note this is a premium service with limited instructor availability. For more immediate instruction, consider our group lessons.

Cost = (6) half-hour lessons

Member Fee: $30
Non-Member Fee: $60

Swim Lessons Age Groups

Swim Lessons Age 6 Month - 5 Years


No swim skills for ages 6-months to 36-months.
A fun class for parents and children to familiarize children with the water, promote family enrichment and bonding, and water safety. Parent or guardian must accompany each child in the water.
Saturday 9:00 – 9:30am


Beginning swim level for ages 3-5.
Must be comfortable without parent.
Children will learn general pool safety and how to paddle the width of the pool on their stomach and kicking across on their back. A swim belt is used to help child feel comfortable in the water, all while gaining self-confidence.
Monday 5:00 – 5:30pm

Swim Lessons Age 6 & Up


Beginning swim skills.
This class teaches the basic skills of floating, kicking and reaching/pulling while teaching pool safety and gaining self-confidence. Wet ball, synchronized skills.
Tuesday 5:00 – 5:45pm


Intermediate beginning swim skills.
Youth must be confident swimming a length of the pool before registering for Guppy class. This class teaches rotary breathing, back crawl and refines the front crawl while learning safety precautions. Wet ball and synchronized swim.
Saturday 9:30 – 10:15am


Advanced swim skills.
Youth must be confident swimming multiple lengths of the pool as this class teaches endurance, refines the front and back crawl and continues the emphasis of water safety skills. The breast stroke is introduced. Wet ball and synchronized swim, as well as introduced to diving off board.
Saturday 9:30 – 10:15am


Advanced swim skills.
Youth will improve stroke development as well as dives for technique. Swimmers will also work on swimming continuously for 100 yards and the importance of teamwork. Diving off board, standing in tuck & pike position.
Saturday 9:30 – 10:15am