Hamilton Area YMCA

Choosing the Right Swim Lesson

The Hamilton Area YMCA follows the YMCA nationwide swim program teaching swimmers of all ages and abilities. Our swim lessons accommodate varying abilities to help foster a sense of achievement as swimmers’ progress between stages. Our program teaches SAFETY in and around the water, along with proper stroke technique. 

Which lesson is right for you or your child?

Click here for Swim Lesson Selector

The Hamilton Area YMCA offers a variety of choices for classes. If you are looking for individual lessons, please see our Private/Semi-private offerings. 

For Group Lessons, each new student will complete a skill evaluation to better place them. 

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.

At the Y, we believe swimming is a life skill

Swimming is also a life-saving skill that everyone should have the opportunity to learn. The Y has been teaching people how to swim for more than 110 years! We use skill-based instruction that maximizes physical activity, emphasizes safety, and elevates character development to engage families in our community. We have certified, caring staff trained to handle swimmers of all abilities and all ages. Y swim lessons stress positive values and give kids the opportunity to practice them, growing kids’ self-esteem and self-worth, while they have a great time.

Watch Cassidy’s story to see how Y lessons help teach her a life-saving skill. 

 

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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 6 - 13 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.

Please click here to reserve a swim evaluation or contact nbizuga@hamiltonymca.org to complete a swim assessment. 

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.

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Stage A & B: Discovery/ Exploration

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. Parent participation is required.

  • DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Mo 5:00 PM - 5:45 PM 1AQJDIS1 JKR -JKR Branch $77 / $40 / $40
    Mo 5:30 PM - 6:15 PM 1AQSDIS1 SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $77 / $40 / $40
    We 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM 1AQJDIS6 JKR -JKR Branch $77 / $40 / $40
    We 5:30 PM - 6:15 PM 1AQSDIS2 SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $77 / $40 / $40
    Th 5:00 PM - 5:45 PM 1AQJDIS5 JKR -JKR Branch $77 / $40 / $40

Beginner Stage 1 & 2: Water Acclimation and Movement

Increases comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance. Encourages forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently.
  • Acclimation/Movement A
    DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Mo 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM 1AQJACA8 JKR -JKR Branch $77 / $40 / $40
    Mo 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM 1AQJACA9 JKR -JKR Branch $77 / $40 / $40
    Mo 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM 1AQJACA7 JKR -JKR Branch $77 / $40 / $40
    Tu 5:00 PM - 5:45 PM 1AQJACA1 JKR -JKR Branch $77 / $40 / $40
    Tu 5:30 PM - 6:15 PM 1AQSACA1 SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $77 / $40 / $40
    We 4:30 PM - 5:15 PM 1AQSACA2 SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $77 / $40 / $40
    We 5:00 PM - 5:45 PM 1AQJACA2 JKR -JKR Branch $77 / $40 / $40
    Th 5:00 PM - 5:45 PM 1AQJACA3 JKR -JKR Branch $77 / $40 / $40
    Th 5:30 PM - 6:15 PM 1AQSACA3 SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $77 / $40 / $40
  • Acclimation/Movement B
    DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Mo 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM 1AQJAMB5 JKR -JKR Branch $77 / $40 / $40
    Mo 4:30 PM - 5:15 PM 1AQSAMB2 SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $77 / $40 / $40
    Mo 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM 1AQJAMB2 JKR -JKR Branch $77 / $40 / $40
    We 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM 1AQJAMB4 JKR -JKR Branch $77 / $40 / $40
    We 5:30 PM - 6:15 PM 1AQSAMB1 SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $77 / $40 / $40
    We 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM 1AQJAMB1 JKR -JKR Branch $77 / $40 / $40
  • Acclimation/Movement C
    DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Tu 5:00 PM - 5:45 PM 1AQJACC2 JKR -JKR Branch $77 / $40 / $40
  • Acclimation/Movement D
    DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Mo 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM 1AQJACD4 JKR -JKR Branch $77 / $40 / $40
    Tu 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM 1AQJACD1 JKR -JKR Branch $77 / $40 / $40
    We 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM 1AQJACD5 JKR -JKR Branch $77 / $40 / $40
    Th 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM 1AQJACD2 JKR -JKR Branch $77 / $40 / $40

Intermediate Stage 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 4 - 5
    DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Mo 5:30 PM - 6:15 PM 1AQSSTB SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $77 / $40 / $40
    Tu 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM 1AQJSTA1 JKR -JKR Branch $77 / $40 / $40
    We 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM 1AQJSTA2 JKR -JKR Branch $77 / $40 / $40
  • Stamina B Ages 6 - 9
    DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Mo 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM 1AQJSTB JKR -JKR Branch $77 / $40 / $40
    Mo 5:30 PM - 6:15 PM 1AQSSTB SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $77 / $40 / $40
    Th 5:00 PM - 5:45 PM 1AQJSTB1 JKR -JKR Branch $77 / $40 / $40
  • Stamina C Ages 10 - 13
    DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Th 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM 1AQJSTC3 JKR -JKR Branch $77 / $40 / $40
    Th 4:30 PM - 5:15 PM 1AQSSTC1 SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $77 / $40 / $40
    Th 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM 1AQJSTC1 JKR -JKR Branch $77 / $40 / $40
  • Stamina D Ages 14 - 17
    DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Tu 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM 1AQJSTD3 JKR -JKR Branch $77 / $40 / $40
    We 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM 1AQJSTD1 JKR -JKR Branch $77 / $40 / $40

Intermediate Stage 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 4:00 PM - 4:40 PM 1AQJINA1 JKR -JKR Branch $77 / $40 / $40
    Mo 4:30 PM - 5:15 PM 1AQSINA1 SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $77 / $40 / $40
    Tu 5:30 PM - 6:15 PM 1AQSINA2 SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $77 / $40 / $40
    Th 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM 1AQJINA6 JKR -JKR Branch $77 / $40 / $40
    Th 5:00 PM - 5:45 PM 1AQJINA2 JKR -JKR Branch $77 / $40 / $40
  • Introduction B Ages 10-13
    DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Tu 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM 1AQJINB2 JKR -JKR Branch $77 / $40 / $40
    Th 4:30 PM - 5:15 PM 1AQSINB2 SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $77 / $40 / $40
  • Introduction C (Ages 14 - 17)
    DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Tu 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM 1AQJINC2 JKR -JKR Branch $77 / $40 / $40
    Tu 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM 1AQJINC1 JKR -JKR Branch $77 / $40 / $40
    Th 5:30 PM - 6:15 PM 1AQSINC2 SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $77 / $40 / $40

Advanced Stage 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 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM 1AQJDVA4 JKR -JKR Branch $77 / $40 / $40
    Tu 5:00 PM - 5:45 PM 1AQJDVA1 JKR -JKR Branch $77 / $40 / $40
    We 5:30 PM - 6:15 PM 1AQSDVA1 SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $77 / $40 / $40
    Th 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM 1AQJDVA2 JKR -JKR Branch $77 / $40 / $40
  • Development B Ages 10-13
    DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Mo 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM 1AQJDVC3 JKR -JKR Branch $77 / $40 / $40
    Mo 5:30 PM - 6:15 PM 1AQSDVB2 SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $77 / $40 / $40
    Tu 5:00 PM - 5:45 PM 1AQJDVB3 JKR -JKR Branch $77 / $40 / $40
    We 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM 1AQJDVB2 JKR -JKR Branch $77 / $40 / $40
  • Development C Ages 14 - 17
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Advanced Stage 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+
    Mo 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM 1AQJMEA1 JKR -JKR Branch $77 / $40 / $40
    Tu 4:30 PM - 5:15 PM 1AQSMEA1 SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $77 / $40 / $40
  • Mechanics B Ages 10-13
    DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    We 4:30 PM - 6:15 PM 1AQSMEB2 SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $77 / $40 / $40
    We 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM 1AQJMEB1 JKR -JKR Branch $77 / $40 / $40
    Th 5:00 PM - 5:45 PM 1AQJMEB2 JKR -JKR Branch $77 / $40 / $40

Pre-Teen/Teen

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High School Stroke Conditioning (14-18)

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 (9-13)

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.

  • DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Mo 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM 1AQJPC2-1 JKR -JKR Branch $77 / $40 / $40
    Tu 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM 1AQJPC2-2 JKR -JKR Branch $77 / $40 / $40
    Th 5:30 PM - 6:15 PM 1AQSPC2-1 SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $77 / $40 / $40
    Th 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM 1AQJPC2-3 JKR -JKR Branch $77 / $40 / $40

Swim to Row

The Hamilton Area and Capital Area YMCAs in collaboration with the Mercer County Park Commission and the Princeton National Rowing Association (PNRA) are excited to offer Swim to Row to Mercer County residents ages 11 - 13. 

Swim to Row introduces youth in underserved communities to the sport of rowing - using YUSA’s “Safety Around Water” curriculum to enhance participants’ comfort level in the water, while encouraging their interest in the sport of rowing.

Click here to learn more
Click here to complete the application

HTSD/Community Swim Initiatives

2nd Grade Swim Initiative

Swimming is a life-saving skill that everyone should have the opportunity to learn. The Y’s swim programs teach children of all ages and from all backgrounds that water can be fun, not scary. Knowing how to be safe around water is one of the most important life skills we can teach our children. It gives them confidence. And, it can save their lives. 

Through funding received from USA Swimming, Make a Splash Program, the Hamilton Area YMCA willbe providing a limited number of swim lessons at no cost to rising 2nd grade children in the following Hamilton Township Schools: 

Greenwood
Kisthardt
Klockner
Kuser
Lalor 
Wilson 

Two summer sessions:
June 21 – July 31 • August 2 – August 28 

For days and class times, please click here

To register email Nicole Bizuga at nbizuga@hamiltonymca.org or call 609.581.9622 ext. 128


Incoming Freshman Safety Around Water & Swim Evaluations

Swimming is a life-saving skill that everyone should have the opportunity to learn. Through funding from YMCA of the USA, the Hamilton Area YMCA will be providing a limited number of swim lessons at no cost to incoming freshman. Our certified staff will use skill-based instruction to maximize physical activity, emphasize safety, and elevate character development to engage families in our community. 

Two summer sessions: June 21 – July 31 • August 2 – August 28 

For class days and times, please click here

For information about swim evaluations please click here

OPEN TO ALL No application process! Limited number of lessons available. Call to reserve. 

To register email Nicole Bizuga at nbizuga@hamiltonymca.org or call 609.581.9622 ext. 128 


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Diverse Abilities Swim

The Diverse Abilities Swim program focuses on reaching children and adults with disabilities in a continued effort to promote equal opportunities for all. According to data from the American Journal of Public Health, children with diverse abilities face a higher risk of drowning. The Hamilton Area YMCA, with the help of Y-USA, will award 100 scholarships for free swim lessons and water safety education to children and adults with disabilities in Hamilton Township area. Through the Diverse Abilities swimm program, parents and caregivers of children with disabilities will be given the opportunity to provide their children with the means to learn fundamental water safety and swimming skills in a safe environment. For more information, please contact Nicole Bizuga, nbizuga@hamiltonymca.org.

Please complete this intake form so we that we are aware of your child or adult's individual needs.

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.

  • Swim Strokes A
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  • Swim Strokes B
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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.

  • Swim Basics A
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  • Swim Basics B
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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.

  • DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Mo 5:00 PM - 5:45 PM 1AQJASB5 JKR -JKR Branch $77 / $40 / $40
    Th 5:30 PM - 6:15 PM 1AQSASB5 SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $77 / $40 / $40

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.

Aqua Arthritis (ages 18+)

The Hamilton Area YMCA will provide 25 scholarships for Aquatics Arthritis beginning May 17. The program will run for 12 weeks. Classes will meet for 45 minutes once a week. 

Those interested must fill out the intake form and can participate in either the Tuesday or Thursday timeslot. 

Individuals can participate in both by paying the instructional fee for the additional day. 

The intake form can be found here.

This class allows you to exercise without putting excess strain on your joints and muscles. The gentle activities in warm water, with guidance from an Arthritis Foundation certified instructor, will help you gain strength and flexibility. Excellent for beginning or returning exercisers, and strengthening for pre-surgery and post-surgery.

 Typical Class:

Classes take place in our heated indoor pools. Exercises approved by the Arthritis Foundation include walking, gentle stretching, flexing, extension and range-of-motion. Exercises are done in shallow water and focus on activities of daily living, moving a joint through your range of motion and holding it to feel a gentle stretch in the muscle.

Outcomes/Benefits:

  • Decreased pain and stiffness
  • Increased joint flexibility
  • Increased range of motion
  • Improved performance with daily activities

 

Attire and What to Bring:

  • Come to class dressed and ready for the pool
  • Proper swim attire is required (swim suit), no basketball shorts, street clothes, etc.
  • Water shoes (encouraged)
  • Towel, water bottle (no glass)

 

 

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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.