Swim Lessons at the Y
The Marin YMCA offers a variety of group and private swim lessons for all ages and abilities. At the Y, we believe that swimming is a life skill. We offer a wide selection of personalized group and one-on-one swim lessons for youth with our certified YMCA swim instructors. Whether your child has just started swimming or is looking to refine their strokes, let our safe environment and nurturing swim instructors transform your child into a happy, confident swimmer!
Swim Lessons Dates
The Marin YMCA offers a variety of swim lessons and aquatic classes and programs for all ages and abilities.
January 7-30 | Mondays and Wednesdays*
January 8-31 | Tuesdays and Thursdays
January 12 - February 2 | Saturdays
*No lessons on MLK January 21, Monday/Wednesday lessons have been prorated.
February 4-27 | Mondays and Wednesdays*
February 5-28 | Tuesdays and Thursdays
February 9-March 2 | Saturdays
March 5-26 | Mondays and Wednesdays
March 5-28 | Tuesdays and Thursdays
March 9-30 | Saturdays
April 1-May 1 | Mondays and Wednesdays
April 2-May 2 | Tuesdays and Thursdays
April 6-May 4 | Saturdays
*No lessons April 8-12. Lessons are extended.
May 6-29 | Mondays and Wednesdays
May 7-30 | Tuesdays and Thursdays
May 11-June 1 | Saturdays
*No lessons May 27. Lessons have been prorated.
June 2-26 | Mondays and Wednesdays
June 3-27 | Tuesdays and Thursdays
June 8-29 | Saturdays
Swim Lesson Levels
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. Designed for parents to help guide their children in learning aquatics skills and to feel comfortable in the water.
Swim Starter Stages
Stage A: Water Discovery
Stage A introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment through exploration and encourages them to enjoy themselves while learning about the water.
Stage B: Water Exploration
In stage B, children explore body positions, floating, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills.
Our swim lesson stages help youth who want to learn a life skill by increasing their knowledge, ability, and stamina to build smart, strong swimmers and confident kids. Once those are achieved, youth will focus on their stroke refinement, and technique. This approach provides students with a solid foundation for refining their swimming skills as they progress through the stages of the program. Water safety will be reinforced through each stage.
Swim Basics (Ages 3-5 years)
Swim Basics are for Preschool & Youth (Stages 1-4). 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 (Ages 6-13 years)
Swim Strokes is for Youth (Stages 1-5). 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.
Swim Lesson Stages
Stage 1: Water Acclimation (Ages 3-13 years)
Students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water. Stage 1 lays the foundation that allows for a student’s future progress in swimming. Classes available for Preschool (ages 3-5) & Youth (ages 5-13). The Youth class will be mixed with Stage 2. Classes will be paired with similar age and skills level.
Stage 2: Water Movement (Ages 3-13 years)
Students focus on body position and control, directional change, and forward movement in the water while continuing to practice how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water. Classes available for Preschool (ages 3-5) & Youth (ages 5-13). The Youth class will be mixed with Stage 1 or 3. Classes will be paired with similar age and skills level.
Stage 3: Water Stamina (Ages 3-13 years)
Students learn how to swim to safety from a longer distance than in previous stages. This stage also introduces rhythmic breathing and integrated arm and leg action. Classes available for Preschool (ages 3-5) & Youth (ages 5-13). The Youth class will be mixed with Stage 2. Classes will be paired with similar age and skills level.
Stage 4: Stroke Introduction (Ages 3-13 years)
Students in stage 4 develop stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl, and learn the breaststroke kick and butterfly kick. Water safety is reinforced through treading water and elementary backstroke. Classes available for Preschool (ages 3-5) & Youth (ages 5-13). Classes will be paired with similar age and skills level.
Stage 5: Stroke Development (Ages 6-13 years)
Students will work on stroke technique and learn all major competitive strokes. The emphasis on water safety continues through treading water and sidestroke. Classes available for Youth (ages 5-13). Classes will be paired with similar age and skills level.
It is never too late to learn! With over 110 years of experience teaching people to swim, the Y is here to help you learn water safety and basic swim skills. Our swim lessons help teens and adults who want to learn a life skill by increasing their knowledge, ability, and stamina to build smart, strong swimmers.
Teen/Adult Swim Lesson Stages
Beginner (Ages 13+ years)
This class is for adults who cannot swim and who don’t feel at ease in the water. Adults will be taught basic swimming water safety skills. Skills taught are based on class needs. Class ratio is 1:6.
Intermediate (Ages 13+ years)
This level is for adults who are comfortable in the water, and who can swim (even if only for short distances). Swimmers will work on stroke development and endurance. Skills taught are based on class needs. Class ratio is 1:6.
Private Swim Lessons
Safety Around Water
Teaching children how to be safe around water is not a luxury; it is a necessity. The YMCA’s Safety Around Water program can help you make sure they learn essential water safety skills, which can open up a world of possibilities for them to satisfy their curiosity safely. Marin Y places great emphasis on teaching every swimmer the importance of Safety Around Water. Not only can it save their life, but others around them.
Learn more about Safety Around Water and our 5-day course in the Spring.