Hamilton Area YMCA

As America’s Swim Instructor, the Y is the most accessible community resource to prevent drowning.

The Y encourage a lifelong enjoyment of swimming - teaching more than one million kids per year swimming and water safety skills.

The latest evolution of Y Swim Lessons accommodates varying abilities to help foster a sense of achievement as swimmers’ progress between levels. Through this approach, advanced swimmers flow more easily to higher levels while swimmers who need more instruction can learn at their own pace. This results in more confident swimmers who stick with lessons and develop a love for swimming that can last a lifetime.

There are three general categories of Y Swim Lessons

  • Swim Starters develops water enrichment and aquatic readiness in children ages 6 months to 3 years. This category focuses on developing swim readiness skills through fun and confidence-building experiences. Parents also learn how to supervise children in the water, how to prevent accidents and how to plan for emergencies.

  • Swim Basics develops personal water safety and basic swimming skills in students of all ages. Swimmers develop a high level of comfort in the water by practicing safe water habits, engaging in underwater exploration, and learning how to swim to safety and exit if they fall into a body of water.

  • Swim Strokes introduces and refines stroke technique in older students (school age, teens and adults). 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.

The Y introduced the concept of group swim lessons in 1909. Now, each year in more than 2,000 pools across the country, the Y teaches more than a million children and adults from all backgrounds invaluable water safety and swim skills.

In 2018, the Hamilton Area YMCA taught 2,960 children, youth, and adults water safety and life-saving swim skills.

For more information about our Aquatics program, please contact Nicole Bizuga at 609.581.9622 ext. 128 or nbizuga@hamiltonymca.org.


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Program Dates

Summer: June 24 - August 25

Registration Dates

Facility Member Registration: 
  • Monday, June 10
Program & New Member Registration:
  • Monday, June 17

Swim Evaluations

Current Swimmers will be evaluated during their session for the appropriate stage placement.
New/Returning Swimmers are strongly recommended to attend a swim evaluation prior to registering for a stage.

Evaluations will be offered beginning February 1, during the following times:
Monday - Friday 4:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.

How To Register Your Swimmer

Welcome to the Hamilton Area YMCA Aquatics Department! We are excited for you to start your swim journey with us! Swimming is a lifetime skill for all ages. Our approach differs because we use skill-based instruction that maximizes physical activity, emphasizes safety, and elevates character development to engage families in our community.

Click here for our "how to" that will help you registering, whether you are new, current, or a returning swimmer. We are excited to share this journey with you. Before we start, are you a new swimmer, current swimmer, or returning swimmer (have taken a session or more off)? This will help you choose which information you need.

Click here for all other swim lesson FAQs!

Make-up, Unforeseen Closure & Cancellation Policy

Refunds/credits/make ups will not be issued for missed classes. However if a class is cancelled due to weather, maintenance or emergency related closure, we will make every attempt to reschedule. All refunds/credits must be made within the same session.

Request for credits and refunds must be processed at the Member Service Desk by the end of the session in order for credit to be given. Membership and Joiner’s fees/dues are non-refundable and non-transferable. Membership refund requests accompanied by a physician note will be considered by the Member Initiatives Director. All program requests are processed at the discretion of the program directors. Every effort will be made to allow makeup classes due to emergency situations. We can refund/credit as follows:

  • Refunds will be given for classes cancelled due to insufficient enrollment only.
  • Refunds will be given for program memberships if classes are cancelled for insufficient enrollment. Please note: If you upgrade your membership during a session, the difference in program fees is non-refundable.
  • Credit will be issued only when the YMCA is unable to provide a makeup class due to repairs or when an instructor is absent.
  • Credit will be issued for illness when it results in the loss of four or more consecutive class days and must be supported by a doctor’s note.
  • Credits issued must be used within six months of issue date.
  • Credit will not be issued for missed classes.

Swim Starters

Develops water enrichment and aquatic readiness in children ages 6 months - 3 years. The category focuses on developing swim readiness skills through fun and confidence-building experiences. Parents also learn how to supervise children in the water, how to prevent accidents, and how to plan for emergencies.

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A - Water Discovery

Introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment.


  • DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Mo, We 5:50 PM - 6:20 PM 1AQ2SDIS SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $78 / $56 / $15
    Mo, We 5:50 PM - 6:20 PM 1AQ4SDIS SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $78 / $56 / $15
    Mo 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM 1AQJDIS1 JKR -JKR Branch $81 / $58 / $15
    Tu 5:20 PM - 5:50 PM 1AQJDIS2 JKR -JKR Branch $81 / $58 / $15
    Sa 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM 1AQJDIS3 JKR -JKR Branch $81 / $58 / $15
    Su 10:45 AM - 11:15 AM 1AQJDIS4 JKR -JKR Branch $81 / $58 / $15

B - Water Exploration

Focuses on exploring body positions, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills.
  • DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Mo 5:55 PM - 6:25 PM 1AQJEX1 JKR -JKR Branch $81 / $58 / $15
    Tu, Th 5:50 PM - 6:20 PM 1AQ3SEXP SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $78 / $56 / $15
    Tu, Th 5:50 PM - 6:20 PM 1AQ5SEXP SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $78 / $56 / $15
    We 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM 1AQJEX2 JKR -JKR Branch $81 / $58 / $15
    We 5:55 PM - 6:25 PM 1AQJEX3 JKR -JKR Branch $81 / $58 / $15
    Fr 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM 1AQJEX4 JKR -JKR Branch $81 / $58 / $15
    Sa 9:50 AM - 10:20 AM 1AQJEX5 JKR -JKR Branch $81 / $58 / $15
    Sa 10:40 AM - 11:10 AM 1AQSEXP SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $89 / $64 / $15
    Su 9:50 AM - 10:20 AM 1AQJEX6 JKR -JKR Branch $81 / $58 / $15

Swim Basics

Develops personal water safety and basic swimming skills in students of all ages. Swimmers develop a high level of comfort in the water by practicing safe water habits, engaging in underwater exploration, and learning how to swim to safety and exit if they fall into a body of water.

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1 - Water Acclimation

Increases comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance.

*Unsure of your swim level? We strongly recommend coming in for a swim evaluation. Please see the swim evaluation times listed above.
  • Acclimation A Ages 2.5-3
    DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Mo, We 4:50 PM - 5:35 PM 1AQ2SACA SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $78 / $56 / $15
    Mo, We 4:50 PM - 5:35 PM 1AQ4SACA SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $78 / $56 / $15
    Mo 10:05 AM - 10:50 AM 1AQJACA1 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Tu 5:55 PM - 6:40 PM 1AQJACA2 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    We 11:10 AM - 11:55 AM 1AQJACA3 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    We 4:15 PM - 5:00 PM 1AQJACA4 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    We 6:30 PM - 7:15 PM 1AQJACA5 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Fr 5:55 PM - 6:40 PM 1AQJACA6 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Sa 9:50 AM - 10:35 AM 1AQJACA7 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Sa 10:40 AM - 11:25 AM 1AQSACA SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Su 10:40 AM - 11:25 AM 1AQJACA8 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
  • Acclimation B Ages 4-5
    DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Mo, We 5:40 PM - 6:25 PM 1AQ2SACB SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $78 / $56 / $15
    Mo, We 5:40 PM - 6:25 PM 1AQ4SACB SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $78 / $56 / $15
    Mo 10:55 AM - 11:40 AM 1AQJACB1 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Mo 4:15 PM - 5:00 PM 1AQJACB2 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Mo 5:55 PM - 6:40 PM 1AQJACB3 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Tu 5:55 PM - 6:40 PM 1AQJACB4 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    We 9:30 AM - 10:15 AM 1AQJACB5 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    We 4:15 PM - 5:00 PM 1AQJACB6 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Th 4:15 PM - 5:00 PM 1AQJACB7 JKR -JKR Branch $78 / $56 / $15
    Fr 4:15 PM - 5:00 PM 1AQJACB8 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Sa 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM 1AQSACB SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Sa 10:40 AM - 11:25 AM 1AQJACB9 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Su 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM 1AQJACB10 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Su 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM 1AQJACB11 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
  • Acclimation C Ages 6-9
    DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Tu 4:15 PM - 5:00 PM 1AQJACC2 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    We 5:05 PM - 5:50 PM 1AQJACC3 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    We 5:45 PM - 6:30 PM 1AQJACC4 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Fr 5:05 PM - 5:50 PM 1AQJACC5 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Fr 7:30 PM - 8:15 PM 1AQJACC6 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Sa 9:50 AM - 10:35 AM 1AQSACC SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Sa 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM 1AQJACC7 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Su 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM 1AQJACC8 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
  • Acclimation D Ages 10-12
    DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Tu 6:45 PM - 7:30 PM 1AQJACD1 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Fr 5:55 PM - 6:40 PM 1AQJACD2 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Su 12:20 PM - 1:05 PM 1AQJACD3 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15

2 - Water Movement

Encourages forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently.

*Unsure of your swim level? We strongly recommend coming in for a swim evaluation. Please see the swim evaluation times listed above.

  • Movement A Ages 2.5-3
    DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Mo 4:15 PM - 5:00 PM 1AQJMVA1 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Mo 5:05 PM - 5:50 PM 1AQJMVA2 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Tu, Th 4:50 PM - 5:35 PM 1AQ3SMVA SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $78 / $56 / $15
    Tu, Th 4:50 PM - 5:35 PM 1AQ5SMVA SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $78 / $56 / $15
    Tu 4:15 PM - 5:00 PM 1AQJMVA3 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    We 10:20 AM - 11:05 AM 1AQJMVA4 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    We 4:15 PM - 5:00 PM 1AQJMVA5 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    We 6:30 PM - 7:15 PM 1AQJMVA6 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Sa 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM 1AQJMVA7 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Su 9:50 AM - 10:35 AM 1AQJMVA8 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Su 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM 1AQJMVA9 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
  • Movement B Ages 4-5
    DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Mo, We 4:50 PM - 5:35 PM 1AQ2SMVB SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $78 / $56 / $15
    Mo, We 4:50 PM - 5:35 PM 1AQ4SMVB SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $78 / $56 / $15
    Mo 11:45 AM - 12:30 PM 1AQJMVB1 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Tu 5:05 PM - 5:50 PM 1AQJMVB2 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    We 5:05 PM - 5:50 PM 1AQJMVB3 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Fr 4:15 PM - 5:00 PM 1AQJMVB4 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Fr 7:30 PM - 8:15 PM 1AQJMVB5 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Sa 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM 1AQJMVB6 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Sa 9:50 AM - 10:35 AM 1AQJMVB7 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Sa 10:40 AM - 11:25 AM 1AQSMVB SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Su 9:50 AM - 10:35 AM 1AQJMVB8 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
  • Movement C Ages 6-9
    DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Mo, We 5:40 PM - 6:25 PM 1AQ2SMVC SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $78 / $56 / $15
    Mo, We 5:40 PM - 6:25 PM 1AQ4SMVC SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $78 / $56 / $15
    Tu 5:05 PM - 5:50 PM 1AQJMVC1 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Fr 4:15 PM - 5:00 PM 1AQJMVC2 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Fr 7:30 PM - 8:15 PM 1AQJMVC3 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Sa 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM 1AQSMVC SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Sa 9:50 AM - 10:35 AM 1AQJMVC4 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
  • Movement D Ages 10-12
    DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Mo 6:45 PM - 7:30 PM 1AQJMVD1 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Su 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM 1AQJMVD2 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15

3 - Water Stamina

Develops intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distances than in previous stages.

*Unsure of your swim level? We strongly recommend coming in for a swim evaluation. Please see the swim evaluation times listed above.
  • Stamina A Ages 2.5-3
    DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Tu, Th 5:40 PM - 6:25 PM 1AQ3SSTA SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $78 / $56 / $15
    Tu, Th 5:40 PM - 6:25 PM 1AQ5SSTA SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $78 / $56 / $15
    Tu 6:45 PM - 7:30 PM 1AQJSTA1 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Fr 5:45 PM - 6:30 PM 1AQJSTA2 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Sa 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM 1AQJSTA3 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Su 9:50 AM - 10:35 AM 1AQJSTA4 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
  • Stamina B Ages 4-5
    DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Mo 4:15 PM - 5:00 PM 1AQJSTB1 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Mo 5:45 PM - 6:30 PM 1AQJSTB2 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Tu, Th 4:50 PM - 5:35 PM 1AQ3SSTB SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $78 / $56 / $15
    Tu, Th 4:50 PM - 5:35 PM 1AQ5SSTB SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $78 / $56 / $15
    Tu 4:15 PM - 5:00 PM 1AQJSTB3 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    We 5:05 PM - 5:50 PM 1AQJSTB4 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    We 7:15 PM - 8:00 PM 1AQJSTB5 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Sa 9:50 AM - 10:35 AM 1AQJSTB6 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Sa 9:50 AM - 10:35 AM 1AQSSTB SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Su 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM 1AQJSTB7 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
  • Stamina C Ages 6-9
    DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Mo, We 4:50 PM - 5:35 PM 1AQ2SSTC SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $78 / $56 / $15
    Mo, We 4:50 PM - 5:35 PM 1AQ4SSTC SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $78 / $56 / $15
    Mo 4:15 PM - 5:00 PM 1AQJSTC1 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Th 4:15 PM - 5:00 PM 1AQJSTC2 JKR -JKR Branch $78 / $56 / $15
    Fr 5:05 PM - 5:50 PM 1AQJSTC3 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Fr 6:30 PM - 7:15 PM 1AQJSTC4 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Sa 10:40 AM - 11:25 AM 1AQSSTC SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Sa 12:20 PM - 1:05 PM 1AQJSTC5 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
  • Stamina D Ages 10-12
    DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Tu, Th 6:30 PM - 7:15 PM 1AQ3SSTD SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $78 / $56 / $15
    Tu, Th 6:30 PM - 7:15 PM 1AQ5SSTD SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $78 / $56 / $15
    Tu 7:30 PM - 8:15 PM 1AQJSTD1 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Fr 6:45 PM - 7:30 PM 1AQJSTD2 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15

Swim Strokes

Introduces and refines stroke technique in older students (school age, teens, and adults). 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.

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4 - Stroke Foundation

Following the design of Stroke Introduction, Foundations will modify for the age group, but will still focus on key basic stroke technique. By introducing front crawl and back crawl participants will learn stroke work and will reinforce water safety through treading water and elementary backstroke.

*Instructor approval required.

  • Ages 4-5
    DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Tu 9:15 AM - 10:00 AM 1AQJFA1 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Sa 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM 1AQJFA2 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15

4 - Stroke Introduction

Introduces basic stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and reinforces water safety through treading water and elementary backstroke.

*Unsure of your swim level? We strongly recommend coming in for a swim evaluation. Please see the swim evaluation times listed above.


  • Introduction A Ages 6-9
    DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Mo, We 6:30 PM - 7:15 PM 1AQ2SINA1 SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $78 / $56 / $15
    Mo, We 6:30 PM - 7:15 PM 1AQ4SINA1 SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $78 / $56 / $15
    Mo 5:05 PM - 5:50 PM 1AQJINA1 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Tu, Th 5:40 PM - 6:25 PM 1AQ3SINA2 SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $78 / $56 / $15
    Tu, Th 5:40 PM - 6:25 PM 1AQ5SINA2 SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $78 / $56 / $15
    Tu 6:45 PM - 7:30 PM 1AQJINA2 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    We 4:15 PM - 5:00 PM 1AQJINA3 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    We 6:30 PM - 7:15 PM 1AQJINA4 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Fr 4:15 PM - 5:00 PM 1AQJINA5 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Sa 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM 1AQSINA SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Sa 10:40 AM - 11:25 AM 1AQJINA6 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
  • Introduction B Ages 10-12
    DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Mo, We 5:40 PM - 6:25 PM 1AQ2SINB SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $78 / $56 / $15
    Mo, We 5:40 PM - 6:25 PM 1AQ4SINB SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $78 / $56 / $15
    Mo 5:55 PM - 6:40 PM 1AQJINB1 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Tu 6:45 PM - 7:30 PM 1AQJINB2 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Fr 5:05 PM - 5:50 PM 1AQJINB3 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Fr 6:45 PM - 7:30 PM 1AQJINB4 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Su 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM 1AQJINB5 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15

5 - Stroke Development

Introduces breaststroke and butterfly and reinforces water safety through treading water and sidestroke.

*Unsure of your swim level? We strongly recommend coming in for a swim evaluation. Please see the swim evaluation times listed above.

  • Development A Ages 6-9
    DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Tu, Th 6:30 PM - 7:15 PM 1AQ3SDVA SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $78 / $56 / $15
    Tu, Th 6:30 PM - 7:15 PM 1AQ5SDVA SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $78 / $56 / $15
    Tu 4:15 PM - 5:00 PM 1AQJDVA1 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Fr 7:30 PM - 8:15 PM 1AQJDVA2 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Sa 9:50 AM - 10:35 AM 1AQSDVA SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Sa 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM 1AQJDVA3 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
  • Development B Ages 10-12
    DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Mo, We 6:30 PM - 7:15 PM 1AQ2SDVB SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $78 / $56 / $15
    Mo, We 6:30 PM - 7:15 PM 1AQ4SDVB SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $78 / $56 / $15
    Mo 5:05 PM - 5:50 PM 1AQJDVB1 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Mo 7:30 PM - 8:15 PM 1AQJDVB2 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Tu 5:05 PM - 5:50 PM 1AQJDVB3 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    We 5:55 PM - 6:40 PM 1AQJDVB4 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Th 4:15 PM - 5:00 PM 1AQJDVB5 JKR -JKR Branch $78 / $56 / $15
    Fr 5:00 PM - 5:45 PM 1AQJDVB6 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Sa 12:20 PM - 1:05 PM 1AQJDVB7 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Su 10:40 AM - 11:25 AM 1AQJDVB8 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15

6 - Stroke Mechanics

Refines stroke technique on all major competitive strokes and encourages swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle.

*Unsure of your swim level? We strongly recommend coming in for a swim evaluation. Please see the swim evaluation times listed above.

  • Mechanics A Ages 6-9
    DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Tu 5:55 PM - 6:40 PM 1AQJMEA1 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Th 4:15 PM - 5:00 PM 1AQJMEA2 JKR -JKR Branch $78 / $56 / $15
    Fr 6:45 PM - 7:30 PM 1AQJMEA3 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Su 12:20 PM - 1:05 PM 1AQJMEA4 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
  • Mechanics B Ages 10-12
    DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Mo 5:05 PM - 5:50 PM 1AQJMEB1 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Tu, Th 4:50 PM - 5:35 PM 1AQ3SMEA SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $78 / $56 / $15
    Tu, Th 4:50 PM - 5:35 PM 1AQ5SMEA SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $78 / $56 / $15
    Tu 7:30 PM - 8:15 PM 1AQJMEB2 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Sa 10:40 AM - 11:25 AM 1AQJMEB3 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Su 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM 1AQJMEB4 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15

Stroke Conditioning

Aquatic Conditioning is one offering from the competitive pathway students can pursue following YMCA Swim Lessons. The program focuses on continuing to build endurance and stroke technique on all major competitive strokes and encourages swimming as a part of a healthy lifestyle.

  • Conditioning A - Ages 6-9
    DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Tu 6:45 PM - 7:30 PM 1AQJCNA1 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Fr 5:55 PM - 6:40 PM 1AQJCNA2 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Su 10:40 AM - 11:25 AM 1AQJCNA3 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
  • Conditioning B - Ages 10-12
    DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Tu 7:30 PM - 8:15 PM 1AQJCNB1 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Sa 12:20 PM - 1:05 PM 1AQJCNB2 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15

Safety Around Water (SAW)

Safety Around Water is composed of eight 40-minute sessions to reduce the risk of drowning by giving children confidence in and around water. The program is geared for unintended entries into the water and safety. Our goal is that if a child falls in, they can swim, float swim, tread, and exit the water. The levels build on skill sequences to enable a child to help save themselves or tread/float long enough for help to arrive.

A typical Safety Around Water session includes:

  • Exercises to help kids adjust to being in water
  • Instruction in “Jump, Push, Turn, Grab” and “Swim, Float, Swim,” two skill sets kids can use if they unexpectedly find themselves in the water
  • Specific safety topics like what to do if you see someone in the water who needs help
  • Fun activities that reinforce skills

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Safety Around Water

Learning to be safe around water is a life skill. Today, fewer than half of all Americans say they know how to swim. The Safety Around Water program is designed to help change this reality. Learning to be safe around water builds a sense of achievement. Overcoming a fear of water and mastering skills in the pool build confidence and competence. Safety Around Water, like all Y programs, helps individuals reach their full potential.

Safety Around Water is an independent program designed to reach children at risk of drowning and teach them basic water safety skills, but the skills it develops overlap with those taught in the Swim Basics stage of YMCA Swim Lessons. Students who complete Safety Around Water are prepared to transition directly into swim lessons to continue the learning.

Click here for the Safety Around Water block lesson schedule.

  • Beginner
    DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Mo, We 3:20 PM - 4:05 PM 1AQ2JSAWB1-1 JKR -JKR Branch $78 / $56 / $15
    Mo, We 3:20 PM - 4:05 PM 1AQ2JSAWB2-1 JKR -JKR Branch $78 / $56 / $15
    Tu, Th 4:10 PM - 4:55 PM 1AQ3JSAWB1-2 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Tu, Th 4:10 PM - 4:55 PM 1AQ3JSAWB2-2 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
  • Intermediate
    DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Mo, We 4:10 PM - 4:55 PM 1AQ2JSAWI1-1 JKR -JKR Branch $78 / $56 / $15
    Mo, We 4:10 PM - 4:55 PM 1AQ2JSAWI2-1 JKR -JKR Branch $78 / $56 / $15
    Tu, Th 3:20 PM - 4:05 PM 1AQ3JSAWI1-2 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Tu, Th 3:20 PM - 4:05 PM 1AQ3JSAWI2-2 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15

Pre-Teen/Teen Pathways

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High School Stroke Conditioning

High School Stroke Conditioning is designed to replicate the intensity of a high school swim team practice. Our experienced instructors have over 25 years of coaching experience with competitive swimming. Swimmers must be able to show competency in all four strokes, flip turns, and a minimum distance of 200 yards (8 laps). Instructors will design a weekly set to provide variety focusing on technique and endurance.

  • DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    We 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM 1AQJTHSSC JKR -JKR Branch $188 / $134 / $15
    Sa 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM 1AQSTHSSC SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $188 / $134 / $15

Teen Beginner/Intermediate Lessons (ages 13 - 17)

Non-swimmers and beginners who have basic skills in the water will learn technique and build confidence through various activities. Instructors work on individual needs in a group setting.

  • DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Tu 5:05 PM - 5:50 PM 1AQJTBSL1 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    We 5:55 PM - 6:40 PM 1AQJTBSL2 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15
    Sa 12:20 PM - 1:05 PM 1AQJTBSL3 JKR -JKR Branch $87 / $63 / $15

Precompetitive (ages 9 - 17)

This course is for swimmers who can swim all four strokes and competitive swimmers who are not able to commit to a team.


  • Ages 9-12
    DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Mo 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM 1AQJTPC1 JKR -JKR Branch $94 / $67 / $15
  • Ages 13-17
    DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Tu 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM 1AQJTPC2 JKR -JKR Branch $94 / $67 / $15

Diverse Abilities Swim

According to data from the American Journal of Public Health, children with diverse abilities face a higher risk of drowning. For example, kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are 160 times more likely to die from drowning compared to the general pediatric population. Additionally, 48%, of children with an ASD attempt to elope or wander from a safe environment, a rate nearly four times higher than their unaffected siblings.

The Y is dedicated to elevating and promoting equity within communities around the country, guaranteeing fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all, while striving to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented full participation of some groups. Through this swimming program, parents and caregivers of children with diverse abilities will be given the opportunity to provide their children with the means to learn fundamental water safety and swimming skills in a safe environment.

In achieving its goal to make swim lessons more accessible for all children, this summer the Y will award 75 scholarships for free swim lessons and water safety education to children with diverse abilities.

Please click here for the Diverse Abilities Swim intake form.

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Diverse Abilities Swim - Water Acclimation (ages 3 - 12)

Increases comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance.

  • DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Th 5:00 PM - 5:45 PM 1SKJAC1 JKR -JKR Branch $78 / $56 / $15
    Th 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM 1SKJAC2 JKR -JKR Branch $78 / $56 / $15

Diverse Abilities Swim - Water Movement (ages 3 - 12)

Encourages forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently.

  • DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Th 5:00 PM - 5:45 PM 1SKJMV1 JKR -JKR Branch $78 / $56 / $15
    Th 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM 1SKJMV2 JKR -JKR Branch $78 / $56 / $15

Diverse Abilities Swim - Water Stamina (ages 3 - 12)

Develops intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distances than in previous stages.

  • DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Th 5:00 PM - 5:45 PM 1SKJST1 JKR -JKR Branch $78 / $56 / $15
    Th 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM 1SKJST2 JKR -JKR Branch $78 / $56 / $15

Diverse Abilities Swim - Stroke Introduction (ages 3 - 12)

Introduces basic stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and reinforces water safety through treading water and elementary backstroke.

  • DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Th 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM 1SKJIN JKR -JKR Branch $78 / $56 / $15

Diverse Abilities Swim - Teen (ages 13+)

Non-swimmers and beginners who have basic skills in the water will learn technique and build confidence through various activities. Instructors work on individual needs in a group setting.

  • DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Th 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM 1SKJTEEN JKR -JKR Branch $78 / $56 / $15

Private/Semi-private

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Private Lessons (ages 3+)

Class time: 30 minutes

These swim lessons are available for individuals who need help reaching a specific goal.

  • DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Mo, We 5:15 PM - 5:45 PM 1AQ2SP1 SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $261 / $202 / $202
    Mo, We 5:15 PM - 5:45 PM 1AQ4SP1 SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $261 / $202 / $202
    Mo, We 6:25 PM - 6:55 PM 1AQ2SP2 SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $261 / $202 / $202
    Mo, We 6:25 PM - 6:55 PM 1AQ4SP2 SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $261 / $202 / $202
    Mo 4:45 PM - 5:15 PM 1AQJP1 JKR -JKR Branch $261 / $202 / $202
    Mo 5:15 PM - 5:45 PM 1AQJP2 JKR -JKR Branch $261 / $202 / $202
    Mo 6:15 PM - 6:45 PM 1AQJP3 JKR -JKR Branch $261 / $202 / $202
    Tu, Th 5:15 PM - 5:45 PM 1AQ3SP1 SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $261 / $202 / $202
    Tu, Th 5:15 PM - 5:45 PM 1AQ5SP1 SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $261 / $202 / $202
    Tu, Th 6:25 PM - 6:55 PM 1AQ3SP2 SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $261 / $202 / $202
    Tu, Th 6:25 PM - 6:55 PM 1AQ5SP2 SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $261 / $202 / $202
    Tu 4:15 PM - 4:45 PM 1AQJP4 JKR -JKR Branch $261 / $202 / $202
    Tu 5:45 PM - 6:15 PM 1AQJP5 JKR -JKR Branch $261 / $202 / $202
    Tu 6:45 PM - 7:15 PM 1AQJP6 JKR -JKR Branch $261 / $202 / $202
    We 4:45 PM - 5:15 PM 1AQJP7 JKR -JKR Branch $261 / $202 / $202
    We 5:15 PM - 5:45 PM 1AQJP8 JKR -JKR Branch $261 / $202 / $202
    We 6:15 PM - 6:45 PM 1AQJP9 JKR -JKR Branch $261 / $202 / $202
    Th 4:15 PM - 4:45 PM 1AQJP10 JKR -JKR Branch $232 / $180 / $180
    Th 5:45 PM - 6:15 PM 1AQJP11 JKR -JKR Branch $232 / $180 / $180
    Th 6:45 PM - 7:15 PM 1AQJP12 JKR -JKR Branch $232 / $180 / $180
    Fr 4:45 PM - 5:15 PM 1AQJP13 JKR -JKR Branch $261 / $202 / $202
    Fr 5:15 PM - 5:45 PM 1AQJP14 JKR -JKR Branch $261 / $202 / $202
    Fr 6:15 PM - 6:45 PM 1AQJP15 JKR -JKR Branch $261 / $202 / $202
    Sa 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM 1AQJP16 JKR -JKR Branch $261 / $202 / $202
    Sa 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM 1AQJP17 JKR -JKR Branch $261 / $202 / $202
    Sa 10:45 AM - 11:15 AM 1AQJP18 JKR -JKR Branch $261 / $202 / $202
    Sa 11:45 AM - 12:15 PM 1AQJP19 JKR -JKR Branch $261 / $202 / $202
    Su 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM 1AQJP20 JKR -JKR Branch $261 / $202 / $202
    Su 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM 1AQJP21 JKR -JKR Branch $261 / $202 / $202
    Su 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM 1AQJP22 JKR -JKR Branch $261 / $202 / $202

Semi-Private Lessons (ages 3+)

Class time: 30 minutes

Must have 2 to register. Semi-private classes allow a maximum of two participants; instructors will work to meet the individual needs of each swimmer. 

  • DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Mo, We 5:15 PM - 5:45 PM 1AQ2SSP1 SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $149 / $116 / $116
    Mo, We 5:15 PM - 5:45 PM 1AQ4SSP1 SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $149 / $116 / $116
    Mo, We 6:25 PM - 6:55 PM 1AQ2SSP2 SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $149 / $116 / $116
    Mo, We 6:25 PM - 6:55 PM 1AQ4SSP2 SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $149 / $116 / $116
    Mo 4:15 PM - 4:45 PM 1AQJSP1 JKR -JKR Branch $149 / $116 / $116
    Mo 5:45 PM - 6:15 PM 1AQJSP2 JKR -JKR Branch $149 / $116 / $116
    Tu, Th 5:15 PM - 5:45 PM 1AQ3SSP1 SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $149 / $116 / $116
    Tu, Th 5:15 PM - 5:45 PM 1AQ5SSP1 SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $149 / $116 / $116
    Tu, Th 6:25 PM - 6:55 PM 1AQ3SSP2 SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $149 / $116 / $116
    Tu, Th 6:25 PM - 6:55 PM 1AQ5SSP2 SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $149 / $116 / $116
    Tu 4:45 PM - 5:15 PM 1AQJSP3 JKR -JKR Branch $149 / $116 / $116
    Tu 5:15 PM - 5:45 PM 1AQJSP4 JKR -JKR Branch $149 / $116 / $116
    Tu 6:15 PM - 6:45 PM 1AQJSP5 JKR -JKR Branch $149 / $116 / $116
    We 4:15 PM - 4:45 PM 1AQJSP6 JKR -JKR Branch $149 / $116 / $116
    We 5:45 PM - 6:15 PM 1AQJSP7 JKR -JKR Branch $149 / $116 / $116
    Th 4:45 PM - 5:15 PM 1AQJSP8 JKR -JKR Branch $133 / $103 / $103
    Th 5:15 PM - 5:45 PM 1AQJSP9 JKR -JKR Branch $133 / $103 / $103
    Th 6:15 PM - 6:45 PM 1AQJSP10 JKR -JKR Branch $133 / $103 / $103
    Fr 4:15 PM - 4:45 PM 1AQJSP11 JKR -JKR Branch $149 / $116 / $116
    Fr 5:45 PM - 6:15 PM 1AQJSP12 JKR -JKR Branch $149 / $116 / $116
    Fr 6:45 PM - 7:15 PM 1AQJSP13 JKR -JKR Branch $149 / $116 / $116
    Sa 9:35 AM - 10:05 AM 1AQSSP21 SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $149 / $116 / $116
    Sa 10:15 AM - 10:45 AM 1AQJSP14 JKR -JKR Branch $149 / $116 / $116
    Sa 11:15 AM - 11:45 AM 1AQJSP15 JKR -JKR Branch $149 / $116 / $116
    Su 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM 1AQJSP16 JKR -JKR Branch $149 / $116 / $116
    Su 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM 1AQJSP17 JKR -JKR Branch $149 / $116 / $116
    Su 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM 1AQJSP18 JKR -JKR Branch $149 / $116 / $116
    Registration in person only.

Private/Semi-private Lesson Cancellation & Credit Policy

Request for credits must be processed at the Member Service Desk by the end of the session in order for credit to be given. All program requests are processed at the discretion of the program directors. Every effort will be made to allow makeup classes due to emergency situations. We can credit as follows:

  • Credit will be issued only when the YMCA is unable to provide a makeup class due to repairs or when an instructor is absent.
  • Credit will be issued for illness when it results in the loss of four or more consecutive class days and must be supported by a doctor’s note.
  • Credits issued must be used within six months of issue date.
  • Credit will not be issued for missed classes.

Adult

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Adult Beginner/Intermediate Lessons

This class is designed for novice and intermediate swimmers to enhance their swimming skills. Students will work on stroke development and endurance. Instructors will work with each individual’s level of comfort and ability.

  • Sawmill Beginner/Intermediate
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Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program

Class time: 60 minutes

This non-aerobic exercise program includes exercises to increase flexibility and range of motion and decrease pain and stiffness.

  • DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Mo 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM 1AQJAF1 JKR -JKR Branch $94 / $67 / $15
    We 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM 1AQJAF2 JKR -JKR Branch $94 / $67 / $15

Active Adult

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Novice & Intermediate Swim

It’s never too late to learn how to swim! Develop more confidence and an appreciation for all the health benefits that swimming has to offer.

  • DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Tu 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM 1AOAJNIS JKR -JKR Branch $84 / $60 / $15

Boy Scout/Girl Scout Badge Swims

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Boy/Girl Scout Badge Swims

We offer scouts an opportunity to meet their water requirements for their badge or camp. A staff member will assist in organizing your swim/game. 

Fee: $5 per scout. For more information, contact Aquatic Director Nicole Bizuga at 609.581.9622 ext. 128 or nbizuga@hamiltonymca.org.

Swim To Row

Mercer County YMCAs are excited to partner with Princeton National Rowing Association (PRNA) and Mercer County Park Commission to bring a brand new program, Swimming to Rowing, to Mercer County residents ages 12 - 15. Swimming to Rowing is geared towards introducing underserved youth to the sport of rowing.

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Swim to Row

Mercer County YMCAs are excited to partner with Princeton National Rowing Association (PRNA) and Mercer County Park Commission to bring a brand new program, Swimming to Rowing, to Mercer County residents ages 12 - 15. Swimming to Rowing is geared towards introducing underserved youth to the sport of rowing. Swimming to Rowing will use YUSA’s “Safety Around Water” curriculum to enhance participants’ comfort level in the water, while encouraging their interest in the sport of rowing. Swimming will be taught by certified Hamilton Area YMCA instructors. Rowing will be taught by a PNRA instructor.

Parent Information sessions for Fall sessions will be held:

  • September 10 at Capital YMCA (431 Pennington Avenue, Trenton, NJ) from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
  • September 12 at Hamilton Area YMCA (1315 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road, Hamilton, NJ) from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Swim2Row - Begins October 1
  • Weeks 1 - 4: Two days of swimming
  • Weeks 5 - 8: One day of swimming; one day on rowing machines
Skills2Row - Begins October 1
  • Weeks 1 - 4: One day of swimming; one day of rowing
  • Weeks 5 - 8: One day of swimming; one day of rowing at Caspersen Rowing Center

Applications will be available at the Parent Information sessions and will be due by September 20.