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. Please register your child for the appropriate level and requested time. 

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  register your child for the appropriate level and requested time. 

Tween/Teen Swim Lessons | 9-14 years
The Y offers  tween  & teen  swim lessons at various competency levels from beginner to pre-competitive.  We have designed age-appropriate classes to ensure that children of any age can learn to swim and advance in their swimming goals for safety, fitness or sport.

Swim Lesson Levels

  • Preschool 1 | Youth 1– Non-swimmer – Floatation needed. Students work on water adjustment and basic safety and survival skills laying the foundation for future progress in swimming.
  • Preschool 2 | Youth 2 – Non-swimmer – Floatation needed.  Students focus on body position and control, directional change and forward movement in the water while continuing to practice safety and survival skills.
  • Preschool 3 | Youth 3– No floatation needed.  Students learn to swim safely from a longer distances.  Introduction of rhythmic breathing and integrated arm and leg action and backstroke.
  • Preschool 4 | Youth 4 – Students develop stroke technique in front and back crawl.  Diving is introduced.  Water safety includes elementary backstroke and treading. 
  • Youth 5 – Students perfect freestyle and backstroke technique and learn breaststroke.  Diving from the block is introduced.
  • Youth 6 – Students learn butterfly while continuing to develop endurance.  All other strokes are refined.  Flip turns and competitive diving starts and turns are taught.

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

Locker Rooms and Showers

Locker rooms and showers are currently available.

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.


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.

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.

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 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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