The YMCA of the USA has rolled out a new curriculum and guidelines for preschool and youth swim lessons and our staff are excited to share this new program with you!  With a focus on water safety and self-survival skills starting with the youngest child in our parent-child program, the new swim lesson curriculum begins with basic swimming readiness skills and, as results are achieved, progresses to stroke introduction, refinement and technique.  
Former class names are listed below to assist parents in the transition to the new curriculum.  

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Swim Basics develops personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by:  swim, float, swim-sequencing front glide, roll, backfloat, roll front glide and exit.

YOUTH 1 – Water Acclimation (formerly beginner Polliwog): Under the guidance of caring instructors trained to instill trust and a love of swimming, students learn to float and develop comfort with getting their faces wet, blowing out underwater (bobs) and learn to safely exit the pool.  Designed for the timid first time swimmer.

YOUTH 2 – Water Movement (formerly intermediate Polliwog): In stage 2, students focus on body position and control, directional change and forward movement in the water continuing to perfect water safety and survival skills and underwater exploration.

YOUTH 3 – Water Stamina (formerly Guppy): In stage 3, students learn how to swim to safety from a longer distance.  Rhythmic breathing with integrated arm and leg action are introduced along with basic diving skills.


Swim Strokes introduces and refines stroke technique in older students as well as safety and survival skills.

YOUTH 4 – Stroke Introduction (formerly Minnow): Students in stage 4 develop stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and learn the breaststroke kick and elementary backstroke.

YOUTH 5 – Stroke Development (formerly Fish): Students in stage 5 learn breaststroke and sidestroke while developing endurance and continue to refine front crawl and backstroke.

YOUTH 6 – Stroke Mechanics (formerly Flying Fish): In stage 6, students learn butterfly while continuing to develop endurance while refining breaststroke, back and front crawl and diving.  Flip turns and diving from the block are introduced.

Competitive Clinic (formerly Shark)Designed for swimmers who have passed level 6 (formerly Flying Fish) and want to learn about competitive swimming while refining their technique in all 4 competitive strokes. Starts, turns and finishes all taught. 

Download for a letter to Parents of New Swimmers.

YMCA – Carta de Natacion Spanish

Second Grade Learn to Swim Program
The Hunterdon County YMCA believes that all children should know how to swim and be safe in and around water. The Y is once again offering the 2nd Grade Learn to Swim Program at the Deer Path Branch pool, which provides one free 7-week session of swim lessons to any 2nd grader in Hunterdon County who is a non-swimmer or beginner level swimmer. Y membership is not required, register at either Y branch. Proof of grade is required.


Little Mermaids & Mermen  - 4-5 years

Mermaid Club - 8-12 years

For questions, contact Flora Mannino at 908-483-4924 or


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