Youth Swim Classes

(Ages 6-12)

The YMCA helps youth develop valuable skills and a lifetime love of the water, while instilling responsibility and safety instruction. See below for current program offerings!

Class Descriptions:

Polliwog Beginner (6 to 12 years): For the beginner swimmer who cannot yet swim independantly on their front and back with 2 or fewer bubbles for 1/2 the length of the pool.  Children will work on rhythmic breathing, paddling and floating.

Polliwog Advanced (6 to 12 years): For children who can swim with 2 bubbles on less, but who cannot yet swim one length of the pool non-stop without flotation.  Children will work on endurance floating and be introduced to the front crawl, backstroke and sidestroke.

Guppy (6 to 12  years): For children who can swim one length of the pool in a horizontal position on their front, back and side without flotation or support.  Children must also be comfortable with rhythmic breathing. The children continue to practice and build upon basic skills, now performing more skills without the aid of a flotation device.  They are introduced to lead-up strokes to the front and back crawl, sidestroke, breaststroke, and elementary backstroke.  More synchronized swimming and wetball skills are taught, as well as some diving skills.

Minnow (6 to 12 years): Children need to be able to swim one length of the pool each front crawl with rotary breathing, backstroke, rudimentary elementary backstroke and sidestroke.  Children will be introduced breaststroke. Children further refine the lead-up strokes they have learned as their skills become more like those normally used in swimming.  They learn still more synchronized swimming, wetball, and diving skills.

Fish (6 to 12 years): Children must be able to swim 50 yard non-stop using front crawl and backstroke and 25 yards non-stop using sidestroke, elementary backstroke and rudimentary breaststroke.  They will work to refine those strokes and be introduced to butterfly and flip turns. At this point, students work to perform the front crawl stroke, elementary backstroke, back crawl stroke, and sidestroke, with turns.  They are introduced to the butterfly stroke.  They continue learning additional synchronized swimming movements, wetball skills, and diving skills, and are introduced to the use of mask and fins.

Flying Fish (6 to 12 years): Children must be able to swim 75 yards front crawl and back crawl proficiently, swim 50 yards using sidestroke, elementary backstroke, and breaststroke and swim 25 yards rudimentary butterfly.  Children will work on endurance and refining their strokes. At this advanced level, students work on refining their strokes and increasing their endurance.  They also are introduced to the use of a snorkel.

Shark (6 to 12 years): Children must be able to swim 100 yards front crawl with bi-lateral breathing and backstroke, sidestroke and breaststroke and swim 50 yards butterfly.  They will be introduced to the inverted breaststroke, trudgen crawl and over arm sidestroke and continue to refine all previous skills. The students at this level continue to improve their strokes, with starts and turns, and are introduced to the inverted breaststroke, the crawl, and the overarm sidestroke.

Find a Program
Burbank YMCA(70 Items)
Program No. Name Days Offered Dates Avail. Times Avail. Action
02400/56 Polliwog Beginner - Sa, 11:55 Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 11:55 AM - 12:40 PM Signup
02403/56 Minnow - Sa, 11:55 AM Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 11:55 AM - 12:40 PM Signup
02406/55 Shark - Sa, 11:55 AM Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 11:55 AM - 12:40 PM Signup
02405/55 Flying Fish - Sa, 11:55 AM Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 11:55 AM - 12:40 PM Signup
02402/58 Guppy - Sa, 11:05 AM Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 11:05 AM - 11:50 AM Signup
02401/57 Polliwog Advanced - Sa, 11:05 Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 11:05 AM - 11:50 AM Signup
02404/55 Fish - Sa, 11:05 AM Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 11:05 AM - 11:50 AM Signup
02402/57 Guppy - Sa, 10:15 AM Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 10:15 AM - 11:00 AM Signup
02400/55 Polliwog Beginner - Sa, 10:15 Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 10:15 AM - 11:00 AM Signup
02401/56 Polliwog Advanced - Sa, 09:20 Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 09:20 AM - 10:05 AM Signup
Charles River YMCA(66 Items)
Program No. Name Days Offered Dates Avail. Times Avail. Action
02406/66 Shark - Sa, 12:10 PM Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 12:10 PM - 12:55 PM Signup
02401/66 Polliwog Advanced - Sa, 12:10 Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 12:10 PM - 12:55 PM Signup
02403/66 Minnow - Sa, 12:10 PM Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 12:10 PM - 12:55 PM Signup
02402/66 Guppy - Sa, 12:10 PM Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 12:10 PM - 12:55 PM Signup
02405/66 Flying Fish - Sa, 12:10 PM Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 12:10 PM - 12:55 PM Signup
02404/66 Fish - Sa, 12:10 PM Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 12:10 PM - 12:55 PM Signup
02406/65 Shark - Sa, 11:20 AM Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 11:20 AM - 12:05 PM Signup
02401/65 Polliwog Advanced - Sa, 11:20 Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 11:20 AM - 12:05 PM Signup
02403/65 Minnow - Sa, 11:20 AM Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 11:20 AM - 12:05 PM Signup
02402/65 Guppy - Sa, 11:20 AM Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 11:20 AM - 12:05 PM Signup
Charlestown YMCA(10 Items)
Program No. Name Days Offered Dates Avail. Times Avail. Action
02403/23 Minnow - Sa, 11:40 AM Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 11:40 AM - 12:25 PM Signup
02404/23 Fish - Sa, 11:40 AM Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 11:40 AM - 12:25 PM Signup
02402/23 Guppy - Sa, 10:50 AM Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 10:50 AM - 11:35 AM Signup
02400/22 Polliwog Beginner - Sa, 10:00 Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM Signup
02403/20 Minnow - Th, 05:50 PM Thursday Mar 5, 2015 - Apr 16, 2015 05:50 PM - 06:35 PM Signup
02404/20 Fish - Th, 05:50 PM Thursday Mar 5, 2015 - Apr 16, 2015 05:50 PM - 06:35 PM Signup
02400/21 Polliwog Beginner - Th, 05:00 Thursday Mar 5, 2015 - Apr 16, 2015 05:00 PM - 05:45 PM Signup
02402/21 Guppy - Th, 05:00 PM Thursday Mar 5, 2015 - Apr 16, 2015 05:00 PM - 05:45 PM Signup
02400/20 Polliwog Beginner - Tu, 05:00 Tuesday Mar 3, 2015 - Apr 14, 2015 05:00 PM - 05:45 PM Signup
02402/20 Guppy - Tu, 05:00 PM Tuesday Mar 3, 2015 - Apr 14, 2015 05:00 PM - 05:45 PM Signup
Dorchester YMCA(34 Items)
Program No. Name Days Offered Dates Avail. Times Avail. Action
02406/4 Shark - Sa, 09:20 PM Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 09:20 PM - 10:05 PM Signup
02404/5 Fish - Sa, 11:50 AM Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 11:50 AM - 12:35 PM Signup
02403/5 Minnow - Sa, 11:00 AM Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM Signup
02402/5 Guppy - Sa, 11:00 AM Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM Signup
02400/6 Polliwog Beginner - Sa, 10:10 Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 10:10 AM - 10:55 AM Signup
02401/5 Polliwog Advanced - Sa, 10:10 Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 10:10 AM - 10:55 AM Signup
02405/4 Flying Fish - Sa, 09:20 AM Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 09:20 AM - 10:05 AM Signup
02404/4 Fish - F, 07:30 PM Friday Mar 6, 2015 - Apr 17, 2015 07:30 PM - 08:15 PM Signup
02403/4 Minnow - F, 06:40 PM Friday Mar 6, 2015 - Apr 17, 2015 06:40 PM - 07:25 PM Signup
02401/4 Polliwog Advanced - F, 05:50 Friday Mar 6, 2015 - Apr 17, 2015 05:50 PM - 06:35 PM Signup
Huntington Avenue YMCA(14 Items)
Program No. Name Days Offered Dates Avail. Times Avail. Action
02403/7 Minnow - Sa, 12:30 PM Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 12:30 PM - 01:15 PM Signup
02402/7 Guppy - Sa, 12:30 PM Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 12:30 PM - 01:15 PM Signup
02400/7 Polliwog Beginner - Sa, 09:40 Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 09:40 AM - 10:25 AM Signup
02401/7 Polliwog Advanced - Sa, 09:40 Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 09:40 AM - 10:25 AM Signup
02401/5 Polliwog Advanced - Th, 05:20 Thursday Mar 5, 2015 - Apr 16, 2015 05:20 PM - 06:05 PM Signup
02401/4 Polliwog Advanced - W, 05:55 Wednesday Mar 4, 2015 - Apr 15, 2015 05:55 PM - 06:40 PM Signup
02403/4 Minnow - W, 05:55 PM Wednesday Mar 4, 2015 - Apr 15, 2015 05:55 PM - 06:40 PM Signup
02402/4 Guppy - W, 05:55 PM Wednesday Mar 4, 2015 - Apr 15, 2015 05:55 PM - 06:40 PM Signup
02400/2 Polliwog Beginner - M, 05:20 Monday Mar 2, 2015 - Apr 13, 2015 05:20 PM - 06:05 PM Signup
02405/1 Flying Fish - Su, 12:30 PM Sunday Mar 1, 2015 - Apr 12, 2015 12:30 PM - 01:15 PM Signup
North Suburban YMCA(65 Items)
Program No. Name Days Offered Dates Avail. Times Avail. Action
02405/9 Flying Fish - Sa, 02:20 PM Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 02:20 PM - 03:05 PM Signup
02400/11 Polliwog Beginner - Sa, 01:30 Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 01:30 PM - 02:15 PM Signup
02402/16 Guppy - Sa, 12:40 PM Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 12:40 PM - 01:25 PM Signup
02403/12 Minnow - Sa, 12:40 PM Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 12:40 PM - 01:25 PM Signup
02404/9 Fish - Sa, 11:50 AM Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 11:50 AM - 12:35 PM Signup
02401/15 Polliwog Advanced - Sa, 11:00 Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM Signup
02400/10 Polliwog Beginner - Sa, 11:00 Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM Signup
02402/15 Guppy - Sa, 10:10 AM Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 10:10 AM - 10:55 AM Signup
02403/11 Minnow - Sa, 10:10 AM Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 10:10 AM - 10:55 AM Signup
02401/14 Polliwog Advanced - Sa, 09:20 Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 09:20 AM - 10:05 AM Signup
Oak Square YMCA(45 Items)
Program No. Name Days Offered Dates Avail. Times Avail. Action
02401/11 Polliwog Advanced - Sa, 12:10 Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 12:10 PM - 12:55 PM Signup
02403/7 Minnow - Sa, 12:05 PM Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 12:05 PM - 12:50 PM Signup
02402/9 Guppy - Sa, 11:45 AM Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 11:45 AM - 12:30 PM Signup
02400/7 Polliwog Beginner - Sa, 10:55 Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 10:55 AM - 11:40 AM Signup
02401/10 Polliwog Advanced - Sa, 09:45 Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 09:45 AM - 10:30 AM Signup
02404/7 Fish - Sa, 09:45 AM Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 09:45 AM - 10:30 AM Signup
02402/8 Guppy - Sa, 09:15 AM Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 09:15 AM - 10:00 AM Signup
02402/7 Guppy - F, 06:15 PM Friday Mar 6, 2015 - Apr 17, 2015 06:15 PM - 07:00 PM Signup
02400/6 Polliwog Beginner - F, 05:40 Friday Mar 6, 2015 - Apr 17, 2015 05:40 PM - 06:25 PM Signup
02406/2 Shark - F, 05:40 PM Friday Mar 6, 2015 - Apr 17, 2015 05:40 PM - 06:25 PM Signup
Roxbury YMCA(19 Items)
Program No. Name Days Offered Dates Avail. Times Avail. Action
02401/6 Polliwog Adv- Sat 11:00am Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM Signup
02403/2 Minnow- Sat 11:00am Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM Signup
02402/2 Guppy- Sat 11:00am Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM Signup
02405/2 Flying Fish- Sat 11:00am Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM Signup
02404/2 Fish- Sat 11:00am Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM Signup
02401/5 Polliwog Adv- Sat 9:35am Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 09:35 AM - 10:20 AM Signup
02403/3 Minnow- Sat 9:35AM Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 09:35 AM - 10:20 AM Signup
02402/3 Guppy- Sat 09:35AM Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 09:35 AM - 10:20 AM Signup
02404/3 Fish- Sat 9:35am Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 09:35 AM - 10:20 AM Signup
02401/3 Polliwog Adv- Thu 6:00pm Thursday Mar 5, 2015 - Apr 16, 2015 06:00 PM - 06:45 PM Signup
Thomas M. Menino YMCA(49 Items)
Program No. Name Days Offered Dates Avail. Times Avail. Action
02400/71 Polliwog Beginner - Sa, 12:20 Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 12:20 PM - 01:05 PM Signup
02401/71 Polliwog Advanced - Sa, 12:20 Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 12:20 PM - 01:05 PM Signup
02403/71 Minnow - Sa, 12:20 PM Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 12:20 PM - 01:05 PM Signup
02402/71 Guppy - Sa, 12:20 PM Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 12:20 PM - 01:05 PM Signup
02404/71 Fish - Sa, 12:20 PM Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 12:20 PM - 01:05 PM Signup
02400/70 Polliwog Beginner - Sa, 11:30 Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM Signup
02401/70 Polliwog Advanced - Sa, 11:30 Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM Signup
02403/70 Minnow - Sa, 11:30 AM Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM Signup
02402/70 Guppy - Sa, 11:30 AM Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM Signup
02405/70 Flying Fish - Sa, 11:30 AM Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM Signup
Waltham YMCA(43 Items)
Program No. Name Days Offered Dates Avail. Times Avail. Action
02406/3 Shark - Sa, 11:55 AM Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 11:55 AM - 12:40 PM Signup
02405/3 Flying Fish - Sa, 11:55 AM Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 11:55 AM - 12:40 PM Signup
02401/10 Polliwog Advanced - Sa, 11:15 Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM Signup
02400/8 Polliwog Beginner - Sa, 11:15 Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM Signup
02403/6 Minnow - Sa, 11:15 AM Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM Signup
02402/9 Guppy - Sa, 10:25 AM Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 10:25 AM - 11:10 AM Signup
02404/4 Fish - Sa, 10:25 AM Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 10:25 AM - 11:10 AM Signup
02401/9 Polliwog Advanced - Sa, 09:35 Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 09:35 AM - 10:20 AM Signup
02400/7 Polliwog Beginner - Sa, 09:35 Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 09:35 AM - 10:20 AM Signup
02406/2 Shark - F, 06:10 PM Friday Mar 6, 2015 - Apr 17, 2015 06:10 PM - 06:55 PM Signup
Wang YMCA of Chinatown(21 Items)
Program No. Name Days Offered Dates Avail. Times Avail. Action
02402/35 Guppy - Sa, 12:30 PM Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 12:30 PM - 01:15 PM Signup
02400/26 Polliwog Beginner - Sa, 12:20 Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 12:20 PM - 01:05 PM Signup
02401/2 Polliwog Advanced - Sa, 12:20 Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 12:20 PM - 01:05 PM Signup
02401/31 Polliwog Advanced - Sa, 12:15 Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 12:15 PM - 01:00 PM Signup
02400/24 Polliwog Beginner - Sa, 11:45 Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 11:45 AM - 12:25 PM Signup
02400/3 Polliwog Beg/Adv Sat 11 Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM Signup
02402/3 Guppy/Minnow Sat 11am Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM Signup
02406/2 Shark/Pourpoise Sat 11am Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM Signup
02403/2 Minnow/Guppy Sat 11am Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM Signup
02404/1 Fish/Flying Fish 11 am Sat Saturday Mar 7, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM Signup
West Roxbury YMCA(21 Items)
Program No. Name Days Offered Dates Avail. Times Avail. Action
02406/12 Shark FRIDAY 4:15 PM Friday Mar 1, 2015 - Mar 28, 2015 04:15 PM - 05:00 PM Details
02405/6 Flying Fish - F, 04:15 PM Friday Mar 1, 2015 - Mar 28, 2015 04:15 PM - 05:00 PM Signup
02402/6 Guppy - F, 03:30 PM Friday Mar 1, 2015 - Mar 28, 2015 03:30 PM - 04:15 PM Signup
02405/7 Flying Fish/Shark Sat 11:15 am Saturday Mar 1, 2015 - Mar 21, 2015 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM Signup
02404/7 Fish - Sa, 11:15 AM Saturday Mar 1, 2015 - Mar 28, 2015 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM Signup
02400/7 Polliwog Beg. - Sa, 10:30 AM Saturday Mar 1, 2015 - Mar 28, 2015 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM Signup
02402/7 Guppy/Minnow Sat 10:30AM Saturday Mar 1, 2015 - Mar 28, 2015 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM Signup
02400/2 Polliwog sun 10:30am Dedham Sunday Mar 1, 2015 - Apr 12, 2015 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Signup
02402/2 Guppy/Minn sun 10:30AM DEDHAM Sunday Mar 1, 2015 - Apr 12, 2015 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Signup
02405/2 Fly Fish/Shark SUN 10;30A DEDA Sunday Mar 1, 2015 - Apr 12, 2015 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Signup

Don't see what you're looking for?

Use the search tool above to search for programs at other locations.