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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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
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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
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B - Water Exploration

Focuses on exploring body positions, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills.
  • Ages 2.5-4
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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
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  • Acclimation B Ages 4-5
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  • Acclimation C Ages 6-9
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  • Acclimation D Ages 10-12
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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
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  • Movement B Ages 4-5
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  • Movement C Ages 6-9
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  • Movement D Ages 10-12
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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
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  • Stamina B Ages 3-5
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  • Stamina C Ages 6-9
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  • Stamina D Ages 10-13
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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
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  • Introduction B Ages 10-13
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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
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  • Development B Ages 10-13
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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
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  • Mechanics B Ages 10-13
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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.

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
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  • Ages 14-17
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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.

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Diverse Abilities Swim

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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. 

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.

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Adult

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.

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+
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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.

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.