What should I bring to swim lessons?
A towel and bathing suit should be all you need. If your child is most comfortable with swim goggles, we recommend bringing those as well. We provide all flotation devices needed for the class.
What should I expect for my first lesson?
We recommend showing up early for your first class. Our lifeguards and swim instructors will have rosters and can direct you to your class or instructor.
SWIM LESSONS, SWIM TEAM AND AQUATICS CERTFICATION
At the Y, swim lessons prepare the swimmer for all aspects of the water experience and life by teaching skills in personal safety, personal growth, stroke development, water sports and rescue.
CONFIDENCE WITH EVERY STROKE
We're not just teaching life-saving skills--we're building confidence
We use a student centered learning style to keep children actively involved in their progression. When students are allowed to figure out what to do on their own, they are actively and creatively participating in their learning. As a result they tend to remember what they learn better and longer.
Participants are placed in a level based on age and ability to help meet the developmental needs of each swimmer. Beginner swimmers will wear an IFD (instructional flotation device) to help them swim in the correct body position and improve their arm and leg motions while being able to remain afloat.
SWIM CURRICULUM: Swim Curriculum Description and Stage Definitions.
After viewing the swim curriculum and stage definitions at the link above, determine the correct age bracket, click on the appropriate box below and follow the enclosed link to the registration portal for more information and program availability after registration opens. Full schedules for the current/upcoming session can be found at the link near the top of the page.
- Guardian and Child Swim Programs
We offer a variety of Guardian and Child swim lessons for children ages 6 months to 3 years. Our objective is to support families with a foundation of swim skills at an early age. Basic water skills are introduced as well as safety tips and drowning prevention. Songs and games are utilized to promote fun while reinforcing swimming fundamentals. Swimming skills such as floating, paddling kicking and water acclimation are introduced to gain independence in the water and prepare your child for the independent swim program. One guardian per child is required in the water.
- Preschool Swim Programs
Whether your child is starting their first formal swim lessons or continuing to learn new techniques, we have the right preschool swim program for you. Your preschool aged child will become acclimated with the water and gain confidence with every lesson. Our program listings below have descriptions of each class and a link to register.
- Youth Swim Programs
Our youth programs are designed for children between the ages of 5 and 12. In addition to our staged progressive swim program we offer adaptive swim; for children with special needs, homeschool swim, private and semi-private lessons. Use the search bar to narrow down your search in the program listings below.
- Teen and Adult Swim Programs
Our teen and adult classes range from beginners to advanced. The Adult & Teen Swim Basics program is for swimmers ages 16 and up who have little to no experience in the pool, while the Stroke Development program is the intermediate level.
SETS, SETA and Triathlon Training Classes are for the teens and adults who are focusing on improving their techniques or even training for a triathlon. See which one is right for you.
- Private Swim Lessons
We offer private swim lessons for ages 4 and above. A nonrefundable $50 deposit is required to reserve your time slot.
Please reach out to Allie Thomas to inquire further about Private Swim Lessons at the Merrimack YMCA or see the registration link below.
Please reach out to Meredith Stensaas to inquire further about Private Swim Lessons at the Nashua YMCA or see the registration link below.
- Storm Swim Team
STORM Swim Team
As a program within the Y of Greater Nashua, STORM operates as a year round competitive swim team that competes in both YMCA and USA Swimming meets. Located in Nashua, New Hampshire, STORM strives to provide a program that instills belief and inspires excellence both in the water and out. It is our belief at STORM that the values learned through striving for excellence in the water build values such as integrity, discipline, teamwork and sportsmanship that can and should last a lifetime.
To learn more about the team, visit The Storm Swim Team Web Site!
- Masters Swim Team
YMCA Masters Swim Team is designed for, but not limited to, the intermediate-advanced swimmer who would like to improve on endurance and stroke technique. Participants, 18 and older, will be lead through practices from an on-deck coach.
Swimmers will be members of US Masters Swimming. Competition is optional but there will be plenty of opportunities.
There will be a coach on deck who will have workouts written and help guide swimmers with a mix of technique and training.
- Aquatics Certifications - Lifeguard Training, CPR and First Aid
The YMCA offers classes in CPR, First Aid, and Lifeguard Training. You never know when you might be tested to save a life. Emergency preparation techniques can be used in the workplace, at sporting events, at the beach, or in the home. Become certified in Adult, Child and Infant CPR and Standard First Aid and AED Training (Automated External Defibrillator) for the professional rescuer.
To learn more about YMCA aquatic certifications, contact Meredith Stensaas or check out this link for any currently available certification courses.
- Water Exercise Classes
Try our water fitness classes like Aqua Zumba, Aqua Fit or Deep Water Aerobics and get a work out without the high impact on your joints.