YMCA of Youngstown






Swim Lessons

The YMCA has been teaching swim lessons for over 100 years. Although many other agencies and organizations offer swim lessons, the difference is this: The Y uses programs as a vehicle to deliver its mission, which is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. The YMCA swim lesson program is designed to ensure students’ safety, provide students with regular, progressive success, and make the learning process enjoyable.

The YMCA Swim Lesson program uses a lot of group practice, which gives participants more swim time (and less time waiting for a turn). Our program also includes a lot of games and activities, which have been designed to allow students to practice the skills they are learning while having fun at the same time. Swim lessons at the Y are available for ages 6 months through adults (children under the age of 3 must have a parent or guardian in the water with them during class). To find out which class is most appropriate for you or your child, please click the links below to view the Lesson Stages and Lesson Selector.


Lou Grieco
Central YMCA Aquatic Director

Ed Metzinger
Davis Family YMCA Aquatic Director

Lesson Stages

Lesson Selector

Swim Assessments

Still not sure which class to register for? Contact the Aquatic Coordinator, 330-480-5656 ext. 250, to schedule a free Swim Assessment. 

Sign-Up for Swim Lessons

Swim lessons are held in 6-week sessions year-round at both our Central and Davis Family Y facilities. Do you have multiple swimmers to register? A Family Group lesson may be a great option, saving both time and money! Click below for more information.

Click HERE to view class schedules

Register Online

Private & Semi-Private Swim Lessons

In addition to group lessons, we offer private and semi-private swim lessons. These lessons are ideal for participants who need more one-on-one support or have a specific goal they’d like to accomplish.

Lessons can be scheduled at any time and are, therefore, purchased individually. We do not currently offer package rates.

During the scheduling process, we do our best to match students with an instructor based on availability, skill, and gender preferences when possible.

To request a Private Lesson, Click Here

Homeschool Gym & Swim 

Gym & Swim classes are available during the school day for students K-12 enrolled in school at home. Students receive a 40-minute gym class and a 40-minute swim lesson. 
    • Gym class activities are age-appropriate and range from obstacle courses and games to sports and fitness class routines. 
    • During swim lessons, students are grouped by ability and learn personal safety, rescue skills, and stroke mechanics through conditioning exercises and games.

Click HERE to register.

Diverse Abilities Adaptive Swim Lessons (DAASL)

This program puts an emphasis on identifying participant swim barriers so that every child can learn how to swim and be safe around water. With small participant to teacher ratios, participants get the individualized attention they need in a group setting. DAASL is a great opportunity for all children with diverse abilities to learn to swim while establishing a sense of friendship, achievement and belonging. Click the links above for class times or to register.

Please click here to download our student intake form.* 

Once completed, please bring completed form with you on the first day of class.

*Form completion is voluntary; however, we highly encourage every participant to fill it out so that we can best serve your needs.