Hamilton Area YMCA




Aquatics at Hamilton Area YMCA

Swim Lessons Keep People Safe.
At the Y, we believe that swimming is a life skill. Because of our reach and long history with aquatic programs, the Y is in a unique position to help bridge the gap in the delivery of swim lessons and water safety education in the United States.

New Program, Same Focus!
YMCA of the USA has rolled out new curriculum and guidelines for youth and adult swim lessons and our staff are excited to share the new program with you! The new swim lesson curriculum begins with basic swimming readiness skills and, as results are achieved, progresses to stroke introduction, refinement, and technique. This approach provides students with a solid foundation for refining their swimming skills as they progress through the stages of the program.

Emphasizing Water Safety
The program includes information and instruction not only in swimming skills and keeping students active and engaged but also in water and personal safety. The importance of asking permission to get into the water is emphasized with parents, students, and instructors at every lesson. Safety topics address issues that affect the day-to-day lives of students and their families.

Program Overview and Stages of Learning
Please click here to view the program overview and stages of learning. This will further explain the new swim lesson levels and outcomes at each stage.

For more information, contact Aquatic Director Nicole Bizuga at 609.581.9622 ext. 128 or nbizuga@hamiltonymca.org or Kathy DeCavalcante at 609.581.9622 ext. 124 or kdecavalcante@hamiltonymca.org.

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Aquatics Policies

Swim Evaluations

Current Swimmers will be evaluated during the Winter 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.

Current Participants

If your child is currently enrolled in lessons, you will receive a mid-session report week 5. Please present this to the Member Service Desk when registering for your child’s most appropriate class assignment.

Registration Dates

Facility & Facility Plus Member Registration:
  • Spring I - February 1 
  • Spring II - April 10 
Program & New Member Registration:
  • Spring I - February 6
  • Spring II - April 17

Program Dates

  • Spring I: February 27 - April 23
  • Spring II: April 24 - June 18

Unforeseen Pool Closing

Make-up lessons will be offered for weather, maintenance, and emergency related closings. The Aquatics Department will provide a schedule to parents with dates and times for make-up classes. Credits will not be issued if a participant missed the make-up class.

Age Policy

Members age 8 and under must be accompanied in the pool by an adult member age 18 or over. All non-swimmers must have a parent in the pool and parents must be within arm’s distance of the child at all times. Children who need a flotation device are not allowed in the deep end without a parent.

Make-up & 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.

Showering Policy

Every swimmer must shower before entering the water (NJ State Law 8:26 – 5.4). This means that a full-body shower with a soaked bathing suit is required before entering the pool. Use the locker room showers or the warm water hose on the back wall of the pool deck.

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 Starters

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.

Ages: 6 months - 3 years
Class Time: 30 minutes

*We define parent broadly to include all adults with primary responsibility for raising children, including biological parents, adoptive parents, guardians, stepparents, grandparents, or any other type of parenting relationship. 

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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

Students learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by learning two benchmark skills:

  • Swim, float, swim-sequencing front glide, roll, back float, roll, front glide, and exit
  • Jump, push, turn, grab

Ages: 3 - 12 years
Class time: 40 minutes

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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.

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.

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.

Swim Basics Blocks

Students will be evaluated day 1 and will be placed according to the stage their swim skills meet. Groups will follow the curriculum for the Stages 1 - 3.

  • Block 2 - July 24 to August 27
    DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Mo, We 3:00 PM - 3:40 PM 1AQ3JSB-1 JKR -JKR Branch $94 / $66 / $12
    Mo, We 3:00 PM - 3:40 PM 1AQ3JSB-3 JKR -JKR Branch $94 / $66 / $12
    Tu, Th 3:45 PM - 4:25 PM 1AQ3JSB-2 JKR -JKR Branch $94 / $66 / $12
    Tu, Th 3:45 PM - 4:25 PM 1AQ3JSB-4 JKR -JKR Branch $94 / $66 / $12

Swim Strokes

Having mastered the fundamentals, student learn additional water safety skills and build stroke techniques, developing skills that prevent chronic disease, increase social-emotional and cognitive well-being, and foster a lifetime of physical activity.

Ages: 3 - 12 years
Class Time: 40 minutes

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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.


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.

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.

Swim Strokes Blocks

Students will be evaluated day 1 and will be placed according to the stage their swim skills meet. Groups will follow the curriculum for the Stages 4 - 6.

  • Block 3 - July 24 to August 27
    DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Mo, We 3:45 PM - 4:25 PM 1AQ3JSS-1 JKR -JKR Branch $94 / $66 / $12
    Mo, We 3:45 PM - 4:25 PM 1AQ3JSS-3 JKR -JKR Branch $94 / $66 / $12
    Tu, Th 3:00 PM - 3:40 PM 1AQ3JSS-2 JKR -JKR Branch $94 / $66 / $12
    Tu, Th 3:00 PM - 3:40 PM 1AQ3JSS-4 JKR -JKR Branch $94 / $66 / $12

Pre-Teen/Teen Pathways

Students build confidence, cultivate their passion, and stay active through specialized tracks.

Ages: 9 - 17 years

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Teen Beginner 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.

Teen Intermediate Lessons (ages 13 - 17)

Prerequisite: Complete Teen Beginner. Intermediate swimmers will learn how to make their strokes more efficient.

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.


Adult

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Adult Beginner Lessons (ages 18+)

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.

Adult Intermediate Lessons (ages 18+)

Intermediate swimmers should have the basic technique of the strokes. Instructors will improve on the swimmers’ stroke effectiveness. Ideal for swimmers looking to get back into swimming!

Adult Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced Lessons (ages 18+)

This class is designed for swimmers of different abilities. Instructors will focus on individual goals and successes throughout the session.

Ai Chi (ages 18+)

Class time: 60 minutes

This shallow water class consists of traditional Ai Chi movements with water exercise. Ai Chi provides a great way to improve posture, balance, and flexibility.

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.

SKOR (Special Needs) Swim Lessons

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Tadpole 1 - Acclimation

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

Tadpole 2 - Movement

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

Tadpole 3 - Stamina

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

Teen (ages 11 - 18)

Swimmers will learn the basics of swimming, how to be safe around water and how to enhance their abilities.

For All Ages

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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.

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. 

Homeschool Swim (ages 5 - 9)

School age swimmers will benefit from our morning lessons. Students will swim for 45 minutes and focus on stroke development and personal growth.

Active Older Adult (AOA) Swim Lessons

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AOA Novice 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 $91 / $64 / $12

AOA Intermediate Swim

This course is designed to improve physical fitness and increase endurance in the pool. Become more proficient in a variety of strokes and improve your deep-water skills.

  • DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Tu 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM 1AOAJNIS JKR -JKR Branch $91 / $64 / $12

AOA Grandparent & Tot Swim

Experience the joy of seeing your grandchild blow bubbles, kick and paddle in the water as you participate in the learning process through songs and games in the pool. For children ages six months to five years.

  • DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    We 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM 1AOAJGTS JKR -JKR Branch $86 / $61 / $12