The Y has been teaching people to swim for more than a century. Learning to swim at the Y is more than just stroke development. It is a child-centered approach, where kids learn through play, hands-on exercises, and creative repetition. Children are taught in small groups in a progressive approach that allows each child to proceed at their own pace. When your child has mastered one level, they are ready for the next. Each lesson encourages your child to feel good about themselves and what they have learned.

The swim lessons and swim classes offered by the YMCA of Greater Rochester Aquatics Programs include parent-child and preschool classes, and swimming lessons for all ages and abilities. We also offer youth competitive swim team programs, as well as lifeguard, swim instructor, First Aid, and CPR training.

Swim Lessons


Adult Swim Lessons

One-on-one and group swim lessons are available for adults who are beginning to swim or want to improve their swim techniques. We also have Family Swim Lessons available to develop swimming skills and confidence in the water for the whole family. Learn more.

Water Fitness


Water Fitness Classes

Water fitness classes are a great way to get a fantastic, fun workout using the natural resistance of the water, while combining cardio-aerobic work and muscle toning exercises. We also offer Specialty Swim Classes including Personal Training, Triathlon Training, and Masters Swim programs. Learn more.

Lifeguard Certification Classes


Lifeguard Certification Classes

This course provides participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to water emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over. Learn more.

Senior Programs


Senior Programs

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