Sonoma County Family YMCA

1111 College Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA
(707) 545-9622

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We will be closed Monday, May 29th in observance of Memorial Day.

swim lessons


Current Group Swim Lessons Schedule

The Y Swim Lesson Program focuses on 5 key components consisting of personal safety, personal growth, stroke development, water sports and games, and rescue components. Participants are taught in a non-competitive environment. Each child will progress at his or her own pace.

Because each level builds on skills taught in previous levels, it is important to place your child in the correct level. It is also important not to progress the child to the next level until he or she is physically and mentally ready and can perform the skills at his or her current level proficiently. Some levels are more difficult than others and may take several sessions to learn all the skills necessary to move to the next level.

If currently enrolled, the participant will receive a progress report from the instructor the week prior to registration, informing the participant if he/she must repeat the level or if he/she may move to the next level.


Swim Lesson Procedure & Guidelines

  • Classes must be paid in full at the time of registration.
  • Online registration is available by visiting our website.
  • Priority registration is given to YMCA Facility Members.
  • Requests for refunds or credits must be submitted at least 72 hours before the swim class is to begin. All refunds will incur a processing fee (Minimum $10).  All class transfers/credits will incur a $5 processing fee.  Credits must be used within (1) year of the date of approval.
  • All swim participants must shower in the locker room prior to entering the pool.
  • Participants may not enter the water until the instructor announces that the lesson has begun, and must exit once the lesson is complete.
  • Wear a standard bathing suit; cut-offs and t-shirts are not allowed in the pool.
  • Bring a towel and a lock.
  • For the safety of all, obey all posted pool rules.
  • Due to the limited pool deck space, please view lessons taught in the large pool through the observation window in the lobby.
  • If child is under 3 years of age or is not toilet-trained, he/she must wear an approved swim diaper.
  • Adults experiencing incontinence will need to wear an approved swim diaper.

Every day, children learn the basics of swimming at the Y, or enhance their skills with our progressive lessons that turn beginners into experts, polliwogs into sharks. And our kids are having fun, being healthy, learning safety, and building confidence all at the same time! The Y insures a low instructor-to-student ratio to make sure your kids get plenty of personal attention. And with our wide selection of classes and schedules, you’re sure to find one that fits your child’s needs and your schedule. 

Not sure which class to enroll them in?  Check the helpful chart.


Swim Starters Aquatic Program

Accompanied by a parent, infants and toddlers learn to be comfortable in the water and develop swim readiness skills through fun and confidence-building experiences, while parents learn about water safety, drowning prevention, and the importance of supervision.

Stage Descriptions:

A / Water Discovery:   Introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment.

B / Water Exploration:  Focuses on exploring body positions, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills.


Swim Basics for Preschool, School Age, Teen, and Adult:

Students learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by learning two  benchmark skills: swim, float, swim-and jump, push, turn, grab.

Stage Descriptions:

1 / Water Acclimation:  Increases comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance.

2 / Water Movement:  Encourages forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently.

3 / Water Stamina:  Develops intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distances than in previous stages.


Swim Strokes for Preschool, School Age, Teen, and Adult:

Having mastered the fundamentals, students learn additional water safety skills and build stroke technique, developing skills that prevent chronic disease, increase social-emotional and cognitive well-being, and foster a lifetime of physical activity.

Stage Descriptions:

4 / Stroke Introduction:  Introduces basic stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and reinforces water safety through treading water and elementary backstroke.

5 / Stroke Development:  Introduces breast-stroke and butterfly and reinforces water safety through treading water and sidestroke.

6 / Stroke Mechanics:  Refines stroke technique on all major competitive strokes and encourages swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle.



  1. You may sign up online or in person at designated times.
  2. Classes must be paid in full at the time of registration.
  3. Priority registration is given to YMCA Members.
  4. Requests for refunds or credits must be submitted at least 72 hours before the swim class is to begin. An appeal to this policy due to exceptional circumstances only will be considered by the Aquatics Director. All refunds will incur a $10 processing fee. Class transfers will incur a $5 processing fee.



Private swim lessons provide one-on-one or two-on-one (semi-private) instruction for youth and adults. Days and times available are limited. For more information, please return a request form to the Member Center; forms are available in the Member Center and online.

Private Swimming Lesson Info


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2017 Swim Lesson Session Calendar

Session Name

Session Start Date

Session End Date

Facility Member Registration

Program Member Registration

Non-Member Registration

Registration End Date


January 2nd

January 28th

December 26th

December 27th

December 28th

December 31st




January 30th


Febuary 25th


January 23rd


January 24th


January 25th


January 28th


*3 week session*


February 27th


March 18th


February 20th


February 21st


February 22nd


February 25th

**Splash Saftey Around Water Week March 20th -March 24th. No lessons/ extended family swim during Splash**


March 27th

April 22nd

March 20th

March 21st

March 22nd

March 25th




April 24th


May 20th


April 17th


April 18th


April 19th


April 22nd


*prorated Mon. classes for Memorial Day*


May 22nd


June 17th


May 15th


May 16th


May 17th


May 20th


*Prorated Tues. classes for July 4th*


June 19th


July 15th


June 12th


June 13th


June 14th


June 17th


July 17th

August 12th

July 10th

July 11th

July 12th

July 15th


*prorated Mon. classes for Labor day*


August 14th


September 9th


August 7th


August 8th


August 9th


August 12th


September 11th

October 7th

September 4th

September 5th

September 6th

September 9th


October 9th

November 4th

October 2nd

October 3rd

October 4th

October 7th


*prorated Thurs. classes for Thanksgiving*


November 6th


December 2nd


October 30th


October 31st


November 1st


November 4th


*Prorated 2 week session*


December 4th


December 16th


November 27th


November 28th


November 29th


December 2nd

** Winter Holiday Break December 18th- January 1st. No lessons/ Extended Family swim**





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