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 2019, the Hamilton Area YMCA taught 2,600 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

Spring I
  • March 2 - April 26
Spring II
  • April 27 - June 21

Registration Dates

Spring I
  • Facility Members - Monday, February 17
  • Program & New Members - Thursday, February 20
Spring II
  • Facility Members - Monday, April 13
  • Program & New Members - Thursday, April 16

Swim Evaluations

Current Swimmers will be evaluated during their session for the appropriate stage placement. Participants will receive a session progression report. Swimmers must be meet all requirements to move onto the next stage. 

New/Returning Swimmers (age 2.5 - 12 years old) registering for a higher level class other than Acclimation will be required to take a swim evaluation prior to registering for a stage. These evaluations will enhance your swimmer's experience by ensuring they are in the correct skill level.

Teens/Adults registering for swim lessons are not required to do a swim evaluation, however, we do encourage an evaluation.

Evaluations will be offered during the following times:
Monday - Friday from 4:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 - 11:30 a.m
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During registration periods, please register for a time slot for a swim evaluation. Time slots are limited to 3 swimmers per 30 minute evaluation. Please come dressed ready to get in the pool.

  • Spring I Evaluations
    DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Mo 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM 1AQEVALM430 JKR -JKR Branch $0 / $0 / $0
    Tu 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM 1AQEVALT430 JKR -JKR Branch $0 / $0 / $0
    Tu 5:00 PM - 5:30 PM 1AQEVALT500 JKR -JKR Branch $0 / $0 / $0
    Tu 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM 1AQEVALT530 JKR -JKR Branch $0 / $0 / $0
    Tu 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM 1AQEVALT600 JKR -JKR Branch $0 / $0 / $0
    Tu 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM 1AQEVALT630 JKR -JKR Branch $0 / $0 / $0
    Tu 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM 1AQEVALT700 JKR -JKR Branch $0 / $0 / $0
    Tu 7:30 PM - 8:00 PM 1AQEVALT730 JKR -JKR Branch $0 / $0 / $0
    We 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM 1AQEVALW430 JKR -JKR Branch $0 / $0 / $0
    We 5:00 PM - 5:30 PM 1AQEVALW500 JKR -JKR Branch $0 / $0 / $0
    We 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM 1AQEVALW530 JKR -JKR Branch $0 / $0 / $0
    We 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM 1AQEVALW600 JKR -JKR Branch $0 / $0 / $0
    We 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM 1AQEVALW630 JKR -JKR Branch $0 / $0 / $0
    We 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM 1AQEVALW700 JKR -JKR Branch $0 / $0 / $0
    We 7:30 PM - 5:00 PM 1AQEVALW730 JKR -JKR Branch $0 / $0 / $0
    Th 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM 1AQEVALTH430 JKR -JKR Branch $0 / $0 / $0
    Th 5:00 PM - 5:30 PM 1AQEVALTH500 JKR -JKR Branch $0 / $0 / $0
    Th 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM 1AQEVALTH530 JKR -JKR Branch $0 / $0 / $0
    Th 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM 1AQEVALTH600 JKR -JKR Branch $0 / $0 / $0
    Th 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM 1AQEVALTH630 JKR -JKR Branch $0 / $0 / $0
    Th 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM 1AQEVALTH700 JKR -JKR Branch $0 / $0 / $0
    Th 7:30 PM - 8:00 PM 1AQEVALTH730 JKR -JKR Branch $0 / $0 / $0
    Fr 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM 1AQEVALF430 JKR -JKR Branch $0 / $0 / $0
    Fr 5:00 PM - 5:30 PM 1AQEVALF500 JKR -JKR Branch $0 / $0 / $0
    Fr 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM 1AQEVALF530 JKR -JKR Branch $0 / $0 / $0
    Fr 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM 1AQEVALF600 JKR -JKR Branch $0 / $0 / $0
    Fr 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM 1AQEVALF630 JKR -JKR Branch $0 / $0 / $0
    Fr 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM 1AQEVALF700 JKR -JKR Branch $0 / $0 / $0
    Fr 7:30 PM - 8:00 PM 1AQEVALF730 JKR -JKR Branch $0 / $0 / $0
    Sa 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM 1AQEVALSA900 JKR -JKR Branch $0 / $0 / $0
    Sa 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM 1AQEVALSA930 JKR -JKR Branch $0 / $0 / $0
    Sa 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM 1AQEVALSA100 JKR -JKR Branch $0 / $0 / $0
    Sa 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM 1AQEVALSA103 JKR -JKR Branch $0 / $0 / $0
    Sa 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM 1AQEVALSA11 JKR -JKR Branch $0 / $0 / $0
    Su 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM 1AQEVALSU11 JKR -JKR Branch $0 / $0 / $0
    Su 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM 1AQEVALSU900 JKR -JKR Branch $0 / $0 / $0
    Su 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM 1AQEVALSU930 JKR -JKR Branch $0 / $0 / $0
    Su 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM 1AQEVALSU100 JKR -JKR Branch $0 / $0 / $0
    Su 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM 1AQEVALSU103 JKR -JKR Branch $0 / $0 / $0

Class Communications

Parents/participants please visit the Member Service Desk to ensure that your contact information is correct. In the case of emergencies/notifications, we communicate via emails and text alerts.

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.
  • Ages 6-30 months
    DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Th 5:45 PM - 6:15 PM 1AQJDIS1 JKR -JKR Branch $92 / $72 / $15
    Sa 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM 1AQJDIS2 JKR -JKR Branch $92 / $72 / $15
    Su 10:45 AM - 11:15 AM 1AQJDIS3 JKR -JKR Branch $81 / $63 / $15

B - Water Exploration

Focuses on exploring body positions, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills.
  • Ages 2.5-4
    DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Mo 10:35 AM - 11:05 AM 1AQJEX1 JKR -JKR Branch $92 / $72 / $15
    Fr 5:55 PM - 6:25 PM 1AQJEX2 JKR -JKR Branch $92 / $72 / $15
    Sa 9:50 AM - 10:20 AM 1AQJEX3 JKR -JKR Branch $92 / $72 / $15
    Su 9:50 AM - 10:20 AM 1AQJEX4 JKR -JKR Branch $81 / $63 / $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. New swimmers with some level of experience or those that are unsure what level to register for must visit the JKR Branch to register or be evaluated for the correct swim level prior to registering online.  Those registering for our beginner level classes (Discovery, Exploration, Acclimation) may register online.

  • Acclimation A Ages 2.5-3
    DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Mo 9:45 AM - 10:30 AM 1AQJACA1 JKR -JKR Branch $98 / $76 / $15
    Tu 5:05 PM - 5:50 PM 1AQJACA2 JKR -JKR Branch $98 / $76 / $15
    We 6:45 PM - 7:30 PM 1AQJACA3 JKR -JKR Branch $98 / $76 / $15
    Fr 5:55 PM - 6:40 PM 1AQJACA4 JKR -JKR Branch $98 / $76 / $15
  • Acclimation B Ages 4-5
    DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Mo 5:55 PM - 6:40 PM 1AQJACB1 JKR -JKR Branch $98 / $76 / $15
    Th 4:15 PM - 5:00 PM 1AQJACB2 JKR -JKR Branch $98 / $76 / $15
    Fr 11:10 AM - 11:55 AM 1AQJACB3 JKR -JKR Branch $98 / $76 / $15
    Sa 10:40 AM - 11:25 AM 1AQJACB4 JKR -JKR Branch $98 / $76 / $15
    Su 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM 1AQJACB5 JKR -JKR Branch $86 / $67 / $15
  • Acclimation C Ages 6-9
    DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Tu 5:55 PM - 6:40 PM 1AQJACC1 JKR -JKR Branch $98 / $76 / $15
    We 5:55 PM - 6:40 PM 1AQJACC2 JKR -JKR Branch $98 / $76 / $15
    Sa 1:10 PM - 1:55 PM 1AQJACC3 JKR -JKR Branch $98 / $76 / $15
  • Acclimation D Ages 10-12
    DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Su 12:20 PM - 1:05 PM 1AQJACD1 JKR -JKR Branch $86 / $67 / $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. New swimmers with some level of experience or those that are unsure what level to register for must visit the JKR Branch to register or be evaluated for the correct swim level prior to registering online.  Those registering for our beginner level classes (Discovery, Exploration, Acclimation) may register online.

  • Movement A Ages 2.5-3
    DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Mo 5:05 PM - 5:50 PM 1AQJMVA1 JKR -JKR Branch $98 / $76 / $15
    Tu 4:15 PM - 5:00 PM 1AQJMVA2 JKR -JKR Branch $98 / $76 / $15
    We 6:45 PM - 7:30 PM 1AQJMVA3 JKR -JKR Branch $98 / $76 / $15
    Fr 10:20 AM - 11:05 AM 1AQJMVA4 JKR -JKR Branch $98 / $76 / $15
    Su 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM 1AQJMVA5 JKR -JKR Branch $86 / $67 / $15
  • Movement B Ages 4-5
    DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Mo 11:10 AM - 11:55 AM 1AQJMVB1 JKR -JKR Branch $98 / $76 / $15
    Mo 5:55 PM - 6:40 PM 1AQJMVB2 JKR -JKR Branch $98 / $76 / $15
    Th 5:05 PM - 5:50 PM 1AQJMVB3 JKR -JKR Branch $98 / $76 / $15
    Fr 4:15 PM - 5:00 PM 1AQJMVB4 JKR -JKR Branch $98 / $76 / $15
    Sa 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM 1AQJMVB5 JKR -JKR Branch $98 / $76 / $15
    Su 9:50 AM - 10:35 AM 1AQJMVB6 JKR -JKR Branch $86 / $67 / $15
  • Movement C Ages 6-9
    DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Mo 5:05 PM - 5:50 PM 1AQJMVC1 JKR -JKR Branch $98 / $76 / $15
    We 5:05 PM - 5:50 PM 1AQJMVC2 JKR -JKR Branch $98 / $76 / $15
  • Movement D Ages 10-12
    DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Mo 6:45 PM - 7:30 PM 1AQJMVD1 JKR -JKR Branch $98 / $76 / $15
    Sa 9:50 AM - 10:35 AM 1AQJMVD2 JKR -JKR Branch $98 / $76 / $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. New swimmers with some level of experience or those that are unsure what level to register for must visit the JKR Branch to register or be evaluated for the correct swim level prior to registering online.  Those registering for our beginner level classes (Discovery, Exploration, Acclimation) may register online.

  • Stamina A Ages 2.5-3
    DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Tu 6:45 PM - 7:30 PM 1AQJSTA1 JKR -JKR Branch $98 / $76 / $15
    Sa 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM 1AQJSTA2 JKR -JKR Branch $98 / $76 / $15
  • Stamina B Ages 3-5
    DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Mo 5:55 PM - 6:40 PM 1AQJSTB1 JKR -JKR Branch $98 / $76 / $15
    We 5:05 PM - 5:50 PM 1AQJSTB2 JKR -JKR Branch $98 / $76 / $15
    Fr 9:30 AM - 10:15 AM 1AQJSTB3 JKR -JKR Branch $98 / $76 / $15
  • Stamina C Ages 6-9
    DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Mo 4:15 PM - 5:00 PM 1AQJSTC1 JKR -JKR Branch $98 / $76 / $15
    Tu 5:55 PM - 6:40 PM 1AQJSTC2 JKR -JKR Branch $98 / $76 / $15
    Th 4:15 PM - 5:00 PM 1AQJSTC3 JKR -JKR Branch $98 / $76 / $15
    Fr 6:30 PM - 7:15 PM 1AQJSTC4 JKR -JKR Branch $98 / $76 / $15
    Sa 9:50 AM - 10:35 AM 1AQJSTC5 JKR -JKR Branch $98 / $76 / $15
  • Stamina D Ages 10-13
    DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Sa 1:10 PM - 1:55 PM 1AQJSTD1 JKR -JKR Branch $98 / $76 / $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 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. New swimmers with some level of experience or those that are unsure what level to register for must visit the JKR Branch to register or be evaluated for the correct swim level prior to registering online.  Those registering for our beginner level classes (Discovery, Exploration, Acclimation) may register online.


  • Introduction A Ages 6-9
    DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Mo 5:05 PM - 5:50 PM 1AQJINA1 JKR -JKR Branch $98 / $76 / $15
    Mo 6:45 PM - 7:30 PM 1AQJINA2 JKR -JKR Branch $98 / $76 / $15
    Tu 6:45 PM - 7:30 PM 1AQJINA3 JKR -JKR Branch $98 / $76 / $15
    Th 5:55 PM - 6:40 PM 1AQJINA4 JKR -JKR Branch $98 / $76 / $15
    Fr 4:15 PM - 5:00 PM 1AQJINA5 JKR -JKR Branch $98 / $76 / $15
    Fr 7:30 PM - 8:15 PM 1AQJINA6 JKR -JKR Branch $98 / $76 / $15
    Sa 10:40 AM - 11:25 AM 1AQJINA7 JKR -JKR Branch $98 / $76 / $15
  • Introduction B Ages 10-13
    DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Tu 5:55 PM - 6:40 PM 1AQJINB1 JKR -JKR Branch $98 / $76 / $15
    Tu 6:45 PM - 7:30 PM 1AQJINB2 JKR -JKR Branch $98 / $76 / $15
    Sa 9:50 AM - 10:35 AM 1AQJINB3 JKR -JKR Branch $98 / $76 / $15
    Su 10:40 AM - 11:25 AM 1AQJINB4 JKR -JKR Branch $86 / $67 / $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. New swimmers with some level of experience or those that are unsure what level to register for must visit the JKR Branch to register or be evaluated for the correct swim level prior to registering online.  Those registering for our beginner level classes (Discovery, Exploration, Acclimation) may register online.

  • Development A Ages 6-9
    DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Mo 6:45 PM - 7:00 PM 1AQJDVA1 JKR -JKR Branch $98 / $76 / $15
    Tu 5:05 PM - 5:50 PM 1AQJDVA2 JKR -JKR Branch $98 / $76 / $15
    Sa 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM 1AQJDVA3 JKR -JKR Branch $98 / $76 / $15
  • Development B Ages 10-13
    DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Mo 7:30 PM - 8:15 PM 1AQJDVB1 JKR -JKR Branch $98 / $76 / $15
    Fr 5:05 PM - 5:55 PM 1AQJDVB2 JKR -JKR Branch $98 / $76 / $15
    Sa 12:20 PM - 1:05 PM 1AQJDVB3 JKR -JKR Branch $98 / $76 / $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. New swimmers with some level of experience or those that are unsure what level to register for must visit the JKR Branch to register or be evaluated for the correct swim level prior to registering online.  Those registering for our beginner level classes (Discovery, Exploration, Acclimation) may register online.

  • Mechanics A Ages 6-9
    DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Th 5:05 PM - 5:50 PM 1AQJMEA1 JKR -JKR Branch $98 / $76 / $15
    Fr 6:45 PM - 7:30 PM 1AQJMEA2 JKR -JKR Branch $98 / $76 / $15
  • Mechanics B Ages 10-13
    DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Mo 5:05 PM - 5:50 PM 1AQJMEB1 JKR -JKR Branch $98 / $76 / $15
    Th 6:45 PM - 7:30 PM 1AQJMEB2 JKR -JKR Branch $98 / $76 / $15

Pre-Teen/Teen Pathways

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High School Stroke Conditioning (ages 13 - 17)

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.

*Unsure of your swim level? We strongly recommend coming in for a swim evaluation. Please see the swim evaluation times listed above. New swimmers with some level of experience or those that are unsure what level to register for must visit the JKR Branch to register or be evaluated for the correct swim level prior to registering online.  Those registering for our beginner level classes (Discovery, Exploration, Acclimation) may register online.

  • DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Mo 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM 1AQJHSSC1 JKR -JKR Branch $168 / $120 / $15
    Su 12:15 PM - 2:15 PM 1AQJHSSC2 JKR -JKR Branch $147 / $105 / $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.

*Unsure of your swim level? We strongly recommend coming in for a swim evaluation. Please see the swim evaluation times listed above. New swimmers with some level of experience or those that are unsure what level to register for must visit the JKR Branch to register or be evaluated for the correct swim level prior to registering online.  Those registering for our beginner level classes (Discovery, Exploration, Acclimation) may register online.

  • Ages 9-13
    DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Fr 7:15 PM - 8:15 PM 1AQJPC1 JKR -JKR Branch $104 / $80 / $15
  • Ages 14-17
    DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    We 7:15 PM - 8:15 PM 1AQJPC2-1 JKR -JKR Branch $104 / $80 / $15
    Sa 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM 1AQJPC2-2 JKR -JKR Branch $104 / $80 / $15

Swim Basics (ages 10 - 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.

Swim Strokes - (ages 10 - 17)

Swimmers who have intermediate skills in the water will learn technique and build confidence through various activities. Instructors work on individual needs in a group setting.

Diverse Abilities Swim

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. In 2019, the Hamilton Area YMCA was 1 of 10 YMCAs nationwide who participated in a pilot program for Diverse Abilities swim. The pilot program provided 75 scholarships for free swim lessons to the community for individuals with diverse abilities.  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, in Spring 2020 the Hamilton Area YMCA is proud to award 50 scholarships for free swim lessons and water safety education to children with diverse abilities with funding from YMCA of the USA.

Please click here for the Diverse Abilities Swim intake form.

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Diverse Abilities Swim - Swim Basics (ages 3 - 6)

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

  • DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Th 5:00 PM - 5:45 PM 1SKJSB1 JKR -JKR Branch $0 / $0 / $0
    Su 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM 1SKJSB2 JKR -JKR Branch $0 / $0 / $0

Diverse Abilities Swim - Swim Strokes (ages 7 - 10)

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

  • DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Th 5:00 PM - 5:45 PM 1SKJSST1 JKR -JKR Branch $0 / $0 / $0
    Th 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM 1SKJSST2 JKR -JKR Branch $0 / $0 / $0
    Su 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM 1SKJSST3 JKR -JKR Branch $0 / $0 / $0

Diverse Abilities Swim - Teen (ages 11+)

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.

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 4:45 PM - 5:15 PM 1AQJP1 JKR -JKR Branch $242 / $200 / $200
    Mo 5:15 PM - 5:45 PM 1AQJP2 JKR -JKR Branch $242 / $200 / $200
    Mo 6:15 PM - 6:45 PM 1AQJP3 JKR -JKR Branch $242 / $200 / $200
    Tu 4:15 PM - 4:45 PM 1AQJP4 JKR -JKR Branch $242 / $200 / $200
    Tu 5:45 PM - 6:15 PM 1AQJP5 JKR -JKR Branch $242 / $200 / $200
    Tu 6:45 PM - 7:30 PM 1AQJP6 JKR -JKR Branch $242 / $200 / $200
    We 4:45 PM - 5:15 PM 1AQJP7 JKR -JKR Branch $242 / $200 / $200
    We 5:15 PM - 5:45 PM 1AQJP8 JKR -JKR Branch $242 / $200 / $200
    We 6:15 PM - 6:45 PM 1AQJP9 JKR -JKR Branch $242 / $200 / $200
    Th 4:15 PM - 4:45 PM 1AQJP10 JKR -JKR Branch $242 / $200 / $200
    Th 5:45 PM - 6:15 PM 1AQJP11 JKR -JKR Branch $242 / $200 / $200
    Fr 4:45 PM - 5:15 PM 1AQJP13 JKR -JKR Branch $242 / $200 / $200
    Fr 5:15 PM - 5:45 PM 1AQJP14 JKR -JKR Branch $242 / $200 / $200
    Fr 6:15 PM - 6:45 PM 1AQJP15 JKR -JKR Branch $242 / $200 / $200
    Sa 9:15 AM - 9:45 AM 1AQJP17 JKR -JKR Branch $242 / $200 / $200
    Sa 9:45 AM - 10:15 AM 1AQJP16 JKR -JKR Branch $242 / $200 / $200
    Sa 10:45 AM - 11:15 AM 1AQJP18 JKR -JKR Branch $242 / $200 / $200
    Sa 11:45 AM - 12:15 PM 1AQJP19 JKR -JKR Branch $242 / $200 / $200
    Su 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM 1AQJP20 JKR -JKR Branch $212 / $175 / $175
    Su 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM 1AQJP21 JKR -JKR Branch $212 / $175 / $175
    Su 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM 1AQJP22 JKR -JKR Branch $212 / $175 / $175

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 4:15 PM - 4:45 PM 1AQJSP1 JKR -JKR Branch $155 / $125 / $125
    Mo 5:45 PM - 6:15 PM 1AQJSP2 JKR -JKR Branch $155 / $125 / $125
    Tu 4:45 PM - 5:15 PM 1AQJSP3 JKR -JKR Branch $155 / $125 / $125
    Tu 5:15 PM - 5:45 PM 1AQJSP4 JKR -JKR Branch $155 / $125 / $125
    Tu 6:15 PM - 6:45 PM 1AQJSP5 JKR -JKR Branch $155 / $125 / $125
    We 4:15 PM - 4:45 PM 1AQJSP6 JKR -JKR Branch $155 / $125 / $125
    We 5:45 PM - 6:15 PM 1AQJSP7 JKR -JKR Branch $155 / $125 / $125
    Th 4:45 PM - 5:15 PM 1AQJSP8 JKR -JKR Branch $155 / $125 / $125
    Th 5:15 PM - 5:45 PM 1AQJSP9 JKR -JKR Branch $155 / $125 / $125
    Th 6:15 PM - 6:45 PM 1AQJSP10 JKR -JKR Branch $155 / $125 / $125
    Fr 5:45 PM - 6:15 PM 1AQJSP12 JKR -JKR Branch $155 / $125 / $125
    Fr 6:45 PM - 7:15 PM 1AQJSP13 JKR -JKR Branch $155 / $125 / $125
    Sa 10:15 AM - 10:45 AM 1AQJSP14 JKR -JKR Branch $155 / $125 / $125
    Sa 11:15 AM - 11:45 AM 1AQJSP15 JKR -JKR Branch $155 / $125 / $125
    Su 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM 1AQJSP16 JKR -JKR Branch $136 / $109 / $109
    Su 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM 1AQJSP17 JKR -JKR Branch $136 / $109 / $109
    Su 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM 1AQJSP18 JKR -JKR Branch $136 / $109 / $109
    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 Swim Basics (ages 18+)

This class is designed for novice 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.

  • DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Tu 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM 1AQJASB1 JKR -JKR Branch $98 / $76 / $15
    We 5:55 PM - 6:40 PM 1AQJASB2 JKR -JKR Branch $98 / $76 / $15
    Th 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM 1AQJASB3 JKR -JKR Branch $98 / $76 / $15
    Th 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM 1AQJASB4 JKR -JKR Branch $98 / $76 / $15

Adult Swim Strokes - Stages 4 - 6 (ages 18+)

This class is designed for 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.

  • Ages 18+
    DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Fr 5:55 PM - 6:40 PM 1AQJASS1 JKR -JKR Branch $98 / $76 / $15

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.

Aqua Arthritis (ages 18+)

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 1AQJAA1 JKR -JKR Branch $83 / $67 / $15
    We 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM 1AQJAA2 JKR -JKR Branch $83 / $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.

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.

Swimming to Rowing

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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Swimming to Rowing

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.

Swim2Row - Begins October 1
Tuesdays & Thursdays from 6:15 - 7:15 p.m.
  • Weeks 1 - 4: Two days of swimming at the Hamilton Area YMCA
  • Weeks 5 - 8: One day of swimming at the Hamilton Area YMCA; one day on rowing machines at Capital Area YMCA
To test out of this level, student must be able to swim two laps and tread water for two minutes.

Skills2Row - Begins Spring 2020
  • Weeks 1 - 4: One day of swimming and one day of rowing at the Hamilton Area YMCA
  • Weeks 5 - 8: One day of swimming at the Hamilton Area YMCA; one day of rowing at Caspersen Rowing Center
To test out of this level, student must be able to swim four laps and tread water for three and a half minutes.

Ready2Row - Begins Spring 2020
Students must test out of Skills2Row to register for this level.

For more information, call Wanda McNeill, Dir. Marketing & Community Outreach, Mercer County Park Commission at 609.443.8560 ext. 114.