Y Stingrays Swim Academy Featuring: Nationally Recognized Y Progressive Swim Program

We will continue to provide the same great National Y progressive swim program developed by aquatics experts using the latest instructional and motivational techniques. Classes will be taught by our own caring and expert staff who bring years of experience in teaching all levels of swimming from basic water safety and swimming through coaching our USA & Y accredited swim teams.

For questions, please contact Flora Mannino, Aquatic Director, fmannino@hcymca.org, 908-483-4924.

Parent/Child Swim Lessons Ages 6 months to 3 years 
With a parent/caregiver,  toddlers are introduced to the aquatic environment through fun activities and songs which teach purposeful arm and leg movements and blowing bubbles. Parents learn how to guide their child through these skills and practice the survival skill of rolling from front to back and floating. In addition they learn about water safety and drowning prevention.

Stingrays Swim Academy | Preschool 3-5 years
Under the guidance of caring instructors, students progress from water acclimation through water movement and stamina.  Students learn personal water safety, and achieve basic swimming competency by learning benchmark skills:  floating, paddle stroke, treading, rhythmic breathing (bobs), elementary backstroke. Go online to register your child for the appropriate level and requested time. 
Non-swimmers: Level 1 or 2. | Beginner Swimmers with no floatation: Level 3.

Stingrays Swim Academy | Youth 6-12  years
Students learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency learning benchmark skills: floating, paddle stroke, treading, safe entry and exit of pool, rhythmic breathing, elementary backstroke and introduction to diving, front crawl and backstroke.  Please go online to register your child for the appropriate level and requested time. 

  • Non-swimmers:  Level 1 or 2
  • Beginner Swimmers with no floatation: Level 3
  • Beginner Intermediate swimmers with no floatation learning Freestyle and Backstroke: Level 4
  • Intermediate swimmers: Learning breaststroke, perfecting all other strokes and increasing endurance:  Level 5

Members on Freeze will be charged the non-member rate for swim lessons either.

Please click button below for current program guide, which includes program times, prices, and schedules. Online registration will close at the beginning of each session, but please speak with a staff member at Welcome Center or call 908-782-1030 to find out about class availability.

Welcome Back to the Y Stingrays Swim Academy

This is a listing of most frequently asked questions compiled to provide information on our  swim lessons. They focus on new program model, social distancing, disinfecting, and other preventative measures. They are subject to change based on updated information and recommendations from local, state and federal authorities.


How Has the Y Swim Academy Changed?

Registration is by Session
Due to the social distancing restrictions and other practical considerations the Swim Academy program will be conducted on a Session by Session basis. This allows you to select a specific program level and time and base your participation on the health and well-being of your family and their needs.

What are my lesson options?

You will be required to select your child’s Swim Level when registering for Class.

Use this easy Guide to make your selection:

Preschool Ages 3 to 5

Level 1 – First time Non-swimmer age 3 or fearful

Level 2 – Non-swimmer age 3 to 5

Level 3- Beginner swimmer.  Can doggie paddle without floatation.  Starting to learn swim strokes


Youth Swim Lessons – Ages 6 to 12

Level 1 – First time non-swimmer or fearful

Level 2 – Non-swimmer. Comfortable in the water but needs floatation

Level 3 – Beginner swimmer.Can doggie paddle without floatation. Starting to learn swim strokes

Level 4 – Intermediate Swimmer- Swims confidently in the deep section without floatation.  Needs to perfect Freestyle and Backstroke.

Level 5 – Has passed Level 4.  Learning Breaststroke and diving,  improving endurance and continuing to perfect all other strokes.

You must sign a waiver for you and your child during registration in order to attend.

Class sizes

During our initial phases we will limit the number of classes in the pool area and class sizes to ensure social distancing requirements are met. (Usually no more than 4 per class).   We will re-evaluate over time. We are adapting to the ever-changing situation and will keep you informed of what we will do in the future.

Locker Rooms and Showers

If the weather is warm, we encourage a Wrap –n- Go policy. We ask that students arrive in their swim suits and immediately after class wrap in a towel and exit facility with the exception of those children that need to change from swim diapers.

The family locker room will be available upon arrival to rinse off prior to class. No lockers will be available.  Please limit the amount of personal belongings brought with you.  After class, students should change and complete their showering at home.

On the Pool Deck

Children under the age of 6 may have one adult present during classes.  Due to social distancing requirements if there is not enough space for parents to safely stay on the bleachers, we ask that they leave the pool area and return 5 minutes prior to the end of class to pick up their children.  NO STROLLERS WILL BE ALLOWED ON DECK.

Aquatic Staff

Our goal is to maintain the Y Swim Academy’s commitment to creating a warm and loving environment while also keeping your children and our instructors safe.

All staff that are not in the water will be wearing face masks or face shields. We require everyone visiting our facility to wear a face mask as well. Children will not be wearing face masks while in the water

All instructors in the water will be wearing face shields. While the face shield may be a strange sight to your child, we will be working on making the shields as fun as possible. The face shields are for your child’s protection and the instructor’s protection.

 What can I do to keep the Y Swim Academy safe for me and my family?

We will be asking the following questions of everyone entering the facility. Our teachers will be answering the same questions every day.

Have you been ill with fever, chills, cough or body aches in the last 14 days?

Has anyone in your household had these symptoms in the last 14 days?

Have you or anyone in your household traveled internationally or to a state on the quarantine list in the last 14 days?

Have you been told by a healthcare provider that you should self-quarantine due to potential COVID-19 exposure or you are suspected of having COVID-19?

Before entering the facility, you and your child will undergo a wellness screening and temperature check.


What about Make-ups?

No make-ups will be available.  Credits will be available with a Doctor’s note if your child is sick.

We will be constantly learning as we move through this time. We are trying to make everything as simple as possible as we start. These policies will change over time.


Who can come to swim lessons?

We are asking only one caregiver per child.

My other child who is not swimming and I have no other option but to bring them.

If your family has no other choice, bring the sibling and keep them close to you.

Keep them close to you and please respect social distancing.  Follow the directions of Swim Academy staff with respect to where to sit and place your belongings.

If a baby swims with one parent, can the other parent attend?

We prefer one parent comes per child.

We understand that there may be situations where two adults are needed.

Is it safe to swim?

Yes the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) issued guidance that it is safe to swim as the virus cannot be spread via properly chlorinated and maintained water. Our pools meet or exceed the health standards recommended by the CDC and local authorities. In addition, the indoor pool at Deer Path increased the air circulation of our HVAC system to ensure that adequate fresh air is brought in and exhausted.  This new Poolpak system that was just installed in September 2019 is the state of the art in aquatic venue air handling

Here is a link to CDC about pools and COVID-19 https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/water.html


What is the Y Swim Academy doing to comply with physical distancing?

One care-taker per child inside the pool area.  Please note:  Depending upon enrollment, parents may be asked to wait in their cars or at picnic tables outside the pool area.  You will be instructed as to where to wait upon your arrival at the pool each day.

Chairs/benches on the pool deck will be 6 ft apart and we ask you to be mindful of others and be patient while occupying shared spaces.  We will be marking the pool deck so students know where to sit while not in the water.

We ask that students arrive only 5 minutes before their scheduled class time to keep occupancy numbers within guidelines and walkways clear. Swimmers and their parents may enter the pool area through the Family Locker rooms.  However, remember: no lockers are available.


What is the Y Swim Academy doing to keep the facility clean?

We will be following all CDC cleaning protocols and those set out by other health professionals and authorities.

Family Locker rooms will be reserved for swim lesson participants and are not open to the general public.

We have always followed the NJ Department of Health and CDC Guidelines for proper pool maintenance.

The pool will be wiped down with disinfectant throughout the day.

Disinfecting wipes will be available throughout the facility and changing areas.

We are asking parents to bring their own floaty toys for the parent-child classes. We will provide basic equipment (kickboards/barbells) that will be disinfected between uses

Hand sanitizer will be available.


What type of Personal Protective Equipment is being used?

Face coverings are required for all adults and children over the age of 3.

Face coverings should NOT be worn in the pool by swimmers.

Face shields will be worn by swim instructors in the pool.

Face Masks will be worn by all staff.

Temperature checks will be performed on all employees.

During our initial phase temperature checks will be performed on anyone entering our facility.

Other procedures for a safer environment

Personal Protective Equipment will be worn by the Y Swim Academy team.

We will be adjusting techniques to practice proper distancing while maintaining safety.

We will be constantly learning as we move through this time. These policies will change over time. We are adapting to the ever changing situation and will keep you informed of what we will do in the future.

We are grateful for our extended Y Swim Academy Family. We take the safety of your family and our team seriously. Thank you for working with us to put these best practices in place. We will do our absolute best to create a great environment for you and your family.

Make A Splash

The Hunterdon County YMCA has partnered with Make a Splash, a national child-focused water safety initiative created by the USA Swimming Foundation. Launched in 2007, Make a Splash works by aligning the nation’s top learn-to-swim resources in an effort to save lives. Make a Splash educates parents through a national awareness campaign and saves lives by teaching at risk children basic swimming and water safety skills.

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