Swim Lessons


The Community YMCA of Eastern Delaware County offers a Safety Around Water (S.A.W.) Program to School Age children at the Lansdowne, Ridley, and Springfield branches.

“With drowning being the 2nd leading cause of death for children in the U.S., our goal is to help our kids to be acclimated to the water, ultimately learning to float on their backs,” says Harrison Brown, Aquatics Director. “We also teach them things such as boat safety, how to choose a life jacket, what to do when they’re in need of help, as well as how to rescue their friends.”

Lastly, and most importantly, drownings don’t happen like they do in the movies. Most people drown silently. In this class, we teach the kids how to be vocal while asking for help.

“Some of the kids in the program are very confident in their abilities, so we talk about ways in which they may not be safe, regardless of how confident they are. Many of these children are eager to participate and show off these skills, so we have a lot of involvement from the kids, and they have a blast with friends!” adds Brown


At the Y, swimming is a life skill. Our swim lessons prepare kids of all ages to stay safe and have fun in the water, building strong swimmers and confident kids.

NEW–  Swim Lessons – You and your child’s health & safety and that of our staff team is very important to us.  All group swim lessons being offered will require a parent/guardian to get into the pool with the child.  Our instructors will guide you to help teach your child in the pool.  Instructors will not have direct contact with the children at this time.  Masks are required for all adults and children 2 years of age and over until they enter the water.

Our new swim lesson progression curriculum is geared towards what we know about how children and adults learn and develop. Students begin with and build upon skills they are ready to learn, helping them to celebrate their successes, build self-confidence, enjoy learning to swim, and water safety. Our new swim curriculum is based on extensive research, and we look forward to seeing swimmers advance quicker through each stage.

The fun fish names we previously used to identify the different levels have been replaced with names that more closely relate to the skills we will be working on in each stage. Swim lessons are now organized into three phases, and each phase includes several stages, focused on a specific skill set.

For the student, emphasis is on skill progression and water safety. Parents will now have peace of mind knowing that their child will learn self-rescue skills first, then, how to swim.

As students advance, focus turns to increasing stroke coordination, comfort and endurance. Once the students have built strength and endurance, they will master familiar strokes, such as elementary backstroke, front crawl, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly.

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PARENT*/CHILD SWIM LESSONS (ages 6 months-3 yrs.)

Swim Starters

Previously Water Babies & Parent/Tot classes

 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.

* At the Y, we know families take a variety of forms. As a result, we define parent broadly to include all adults with primary
responsibility for raising children, including biological parents, adoptive parents, guardians, stepparents, grandparents,
or any other type of parenting relationship.


Swim Basics

Safety Around Water
Previously Pike/Eel & Ray/Starfish

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

YOUTH SWIM LESSONS (ages 6-12 yrs.)

Swim Basics

Safety Around Water
Previously Polliwog/Guppy

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

Swim Strokes

Previously Minnow/Fish & Flying Fish/Shark

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.



For those ages 13+ who are beginner or inexperienced swimmers.


If you feel you work better in a one-on-one setting, want to work on specific skills or strokes, or would like more flexible class times, these lessons are for you. Private lessons are for individuals; semi-private lessons are for two children or adults with one instructor. Lessons are scheduled at the same day and time for seven consecutive weeks.


Competitive swimming is one of the most popular national competitive sports the Y offers. It is available at both of our branches. Competitive swimming helps kids value hard work, reach for excellence, and enjoy spirited competition in state, regional and national championships.

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A fun, non-competitive aquatics program for ages 5 to 18 with developmental challenges.

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Swimmers can refine their technique and learn more about their particular stroke in the 5-week program.