Sonoma County Family YMCA

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

swim lessons



Current Group Swim Lessons Schedule   

Session & Registration Dates Schedule

For more than 160 years, the YMCA has nurtured potential and united communities across America to create lasting, meaningful change. Everything the Y does is in service of building a better us. One of the most effective ways to accomplish this is to teach youth, teens, and adults to swim, so they can stay safe around water and learn the skills they need to make swimming a lifelong pursuit for staying healthy.

Y swim instructors are nationally certified. Their training includes CPR, AED, First Aid, and Oxygen Administration.

Swim lessons provide important life skills that could save a life and will benefit students for a lifetime.

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 the 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.  And our kids are having fun, being healthy, learning safety, and building confidence all at the same time! The Y ensures 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.  We define parents broadly to include all adults with primary responsibility for raising children, including biological parents, adoptive parents, guardians, step-parents, or any type of parenting relationship.

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, turn, grab.

In Water Acclimation, Water Movement, and Water Stamina, students are taught the recommended skills for all to have around water including safe water habits, underwater exploration, and how to swim to safety and exit in the event of falling into a body of water. Activities, games, and drills, geared to reinforce learning, are utilized heavily as students progress in this skill-based approach to swimming.

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 the 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.

In Stroke Introduction, Stroke Development and Stroke Mechanics, swimmers are introduced to the four competitive swimming strokes as well as rescue skills, and healthy lifestyle habits.

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.


young boy in swim trunks

  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     Private Swimming Lesson Info-Spanish


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 Session Start Date

Session End Date

Facility Member Registration

Program Member Registration

Non-Member Registration

Registration End Date


*3wk session*

December 4th

December 23rd

November 27th

November 28th

November 29th

December 2nd


January 8th

February 3rd

January 2nd

January 3rd

January 4th

January 6th


February 5th

March 3rd

January 29th

January 30th

January 31st

February 3rd


March 5th

March 31st

February 26th

February 27th

February 28th

March 3rd

Spring Break: April 1st-8th –No Swim Lessons: Safety Around Water Week

April * 3-week session

April 9th

April 28th

April 2nd

April 3rd

April 4th

April 7th

Black Out Week- April 29th-May 5th

May *No Class on Memorial Day*

May 7th

June 2nd

April 30th

May 1st

May 2nd

May 5th


June 4th

June 30th

May 28th

May 29th

May 30th

June 2nd

July *No class on the 4th*

July 2nd

July 28th

June 25th

June 26th

June 27th

June 30th

Black Out Week: July 29th-August 4th


August 6th

September 1st

July 30th

July 31st

August 1st

August 4th

September *No class on Labor Day*

September 3rd

September 29th

August 27th

August 28th

August 29th

September 1st


October 1st

October 27th

September 24th

September 25th

September 26th

September 29th

Black Out Week: October 28th-November 3rd


*No class on Thanksgiving*

November 5th

December 1st

October 29th

October 30th

October 31st

November 3rd


*3wk Session*

December 3rd

December 22nd

November 26th

November 27th

November 28th

December 1st

January 2019

January 7th

February 2nd

December 17th

December 18th

December 19th

December 22nd


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