About Swim Lessons
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At the Y, we believe that swimming is first and foremost 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!
Group swim lessons are offered year-round. First, find your swimmer's level. Then, follow the steps to register online during the open registration period. Swim Lesson registration is offered online and is open to both new and current participants. Our window to register opens during the last week of each session.
Upcoming Session Dates
Summer Session 1: May 26 - June 21, 2020 (please note this is subject to change in light of recent events).
Summer Session 2 (Intensive - M-TH, 8 lessons total): June 22 - July 2, 2020 (please note this is subject to change in light of recent events).
Pricing is the same across skill levels. Financial assistance is available - fill out the application here and contact us with questions.
Facility Members: $28/lesson
Community Participants: $33/lesson
For questions regarding Group Swim Lessons or Camp Add-On Lessons, please contact Kate Eaneman, Aquatics Program Director.
Private & Semi-Private Lessons
Private Swim Lessons
We believe that swimming learned early-on is a building block for life. Learning these skills is exactly what we offer in personal, one-on-one swim lessons with our certified swim instructors. Private lessons help boost swimming coordination and confidence, no matter what stage your child is at. All sessions are 30 minutes in length.
Semi-Private lessons are offered to friends, siblings, or companions of similar levels—and are tailored to their needs. This can be a great alternative to larger group lessons. Let our nurturing swim instructors boost your children’s skill and endurance both in and out of the water.
Intensive One-Week Private or Semi-Private Lessons
These one-week lessons are booked on a week by week basis and are meant to significantly boost skill and confidence in the water. Lessons are booked on a first-come, first-served basis. Please email us for open availability and to reserve your spot. Lessons will be prorated for any holidays or weeks with M/W/F only.
Summer Session 1: May 26 - June 21, 2020
Summer Session 2: July 8 - August 11, 2020
June 8-12, 2020
June 15-18, 2020
June 22-25, 2020
June 29 - July 2, 2020
Pricing is the same across skill levels. Classes are bundled by the session, but come down to the following prices:
Facility Members: $50/lesson
Community Participants: $65/lesson
All semi-private lesson prices are per swimmer.
Facility Members: $43/lesson
Community Participants: $56/lesson
Intensive One-Week Private Lessons
Facility Members: $50/lesson, Community Participant: $65/lesson
Semi-Private Lesson Pricing (2 participants per lesson)
Facility Members: $43/lesson, Community Participant: $56/lesson
For more information on Private & Semi-Private Lessons, please contact Kate Eaneman, Aquatics Program Director.
Summer Specialty Swim Lessons
Summer Camp Add-On Lessons
Add Swim Lessons to your child's Summer Camp experience! If you're adding lessons to camp, a Presidio Y staff person will meet your child at camp and walk them to the pool for a swim lesson. Swimmers should be between preschool and 10 years of age and comfortable blowing bubbles. Register early - space is limited!
Summer Swim Lesson Dates
1 hour lessons, Tuesdays & Thursdays (Summer Camp weeks 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8)
For more information on Summer Camp Add-On Lessons, please contact Kate Eaneman, Aquatics Program Director.
One-Week Private & Semi-Private Lessons (Through August 10)
Make a splash this summer by signing up for our intensive one-week private or semi-private lessons! These one-week lessons are booked on a week by week basis, and are meant to significantly boost skill and confidence in the water.
For available days and times and to sign up, please contact Kate Eaneman, Aquatics Program Director.
Private Lesson Pricing: Facility Members - $50/lesson, Community Participant - $65/lesson
Semi-Private Lesson Pricing (2 participants per lesson): Facility Members - $43/lesson, Community Participant - $56/lesson
For more information on One-Week Intensive Lessons, please contact Kate Eaneman, Aquatics Program Director.
Find the Level for Your Swimmer
While there are many skills constantly being developed in our swim lessons, we strive for simplicity and quick advancement between levels. Read each stage description below to help find the right level for your child.
Still not sure about the new swim stage levels? Use our lesson selector below. You'll be an expert in no time!
For older youth swim lessons, please visit our adult lesson program page.
Make-up lessons and class cancellations will be done on a case-by-case basis, but will follow these guidelines:
- Group Lessons: We offer 1 make-up lesson per session, to be utilized within the session dates. This is contingent on current class availabilities.
- We will offer more than one make-up lesson only if we (the YMCA) must cancel for any reason.
- We are able to refund class registrations fully up to 3 business days before the start of the session date. Cancellation requests after that period will be processed on a case-by-case basis, but may include a partial refund of up to 50% of the original cost.
- Private Lessons: Because classes are booked by the session, we depend on full attendance from each participant. Because of this, we are unable to reschedule or refund private lessons for absences unrelated to medical emergencies.
- Should you have some sort of emergency or are sick, please note we will require some type of documentation such as a doctor's note.
- We are able to refund class registrations fully up to 5 business days before the start of the session. Cancellation requests for reasons unrelated to emergencies will be processed on a case-by-case basis, but may include a partial refund of up to 50% of the original cost.
Kate has been around water her entire life, and loves helping both youth and adults develop life-saving skills. She is passionate about ensuring that swimming is accessible, welcoming, and fun for all!
Kyle is our Aquatics Coordinator!