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Parent & Child Swim Lessons

The YMCA offers swim lessons for babies and toddlers ages 6 - 36 months and their parents.  Playgroup classes are offered for children ages 6 - 18 months and parent-child classes are offered for children ages 18 months - 3 years.

This water introduction program helps the parent and the child get used to the water and see the pool as fun. 

Parents and children play games that introduce basic introductory water skills such as blowing bubbles, breath control, kicking and floating.

The class focuses on water orientation and encourages parents and babies to trust each other in the water. Lifeguards are always on the pool deck during swim lessons.


A parent/family member must accompany the child in the water (the swim instructor* may be on the deck or in in the water while providing instruction).

Babies and toddlers who are not toilet trained must wear a swim diaper.

*For the comfort of our instructors, they have the option of utilizing a face shield. An emphasis on consistent social distancing during in-pool instruction (6' or roughly an arm's length plus a kickboard) is our primary, CDC-advised modification to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This is in addition to our screening and cleaning protocols. Deck-based swim instruction may be administered with the use of a face mask.

Registration Dates

Spring Lessons
Feb. 1: Members
Feb. 15: Program Participants

Summer Lessons
April 1: Members
Summer swim lessons are only available for YMCA Members. 

Fall Lessons
Aug. 1: Members
Aug. 15: Program Participants

Winter Lessons
Nov. 1: Members
Nov. 15: Program Participants

Not all lesson days and times are available for Program Participants, due to demand.

Aquatics Directors

A.E. Finley YMCA, Linda Singh
Alexander Family YMCA, Gretchen Golz
Chapel Hill - Carrboro and Meadowmont YMCAs, Denise Done
Downtown Durham and Hope Valley Farms YMCAs, Stanley Bass
East Triangle YMCA, Jessica Meder
Ingram Family YMCA, Christopher McLaughlin
Kerr Family YMCA, Lorie Buchholz
Kraft Family YMCA, Kristin Hutchins
Northwest Cary YMCA, Allie LoPiccolo
Poole Family YMCA, Jessica Meder
Taylor Family YMCA, Eric Bjorkquist
Southeast Raleigh YMCA, Christopher Thomas
YMCA at Knightdale Station, Jeff Little