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Youth Development - Aquatics




It is important to teach young children about pool safety and give them the basic skills required for swimming. The YMCA has four levels of classes designed specifically for children ages 3 to 5. Session runs for 8 weeks and the cost is $90.00 with a current youth membership. 33 Outwater Lane.



The YMCA offers a swimming class for mom and baby between the ages of 9 months and 30 months. This class is to get the child used to the water. It teaches the basics such as getting the face wet, blowing bubbles, etc. Class is once a week for 30 minutes and the cost is $90.00. 33 Outwater Lane



A swim class for children who are 2½ years old and who have already taken at least one session of swimfants. Stepping stones starts with parent or caregiver in the water and aims to “phase out” the parent by the end of the session so children have an easier transition into preschool swim lessons.  Class is held once a week for 30 minutes and the cost is $90.00. 33 Outwater Lane



Everyone should learn how to swim, not only for safety reasons but also for FUN! There are seven levels to choose from depending on the skill level of the student. Classes are held once a week for 45 minutes for an 8 week session. Cost is $95.00 with a current youth membership. Parents may watch the first and last class only. 33 Outwater or 490 Midland Ave.



The YMCA strives to be a provider of family programs. We offer swim times for families to spend time together. Members are invited to swim and one guest per member is permitted to join the fun. Family swims are held on at 33 Outwater onTuesday and Fridays from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., Saturdays from 2:00 to 4:00 and 490 Midland Ave Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.



We offer a swim team for children ages 5 and up at 490 Midland Ave.  Tryouts are in September after Labor Day. Must be a member.  Practices are Monday-Friday. Schedules will be given at try outs for age groups and practices. New or returning must have a current youth or sr. youth membership valid through the duration of the season. If not, a new membership must be taken out at registration.  There are 2 seasons available; Fall and Spring/Summer. Pricing depends upon age group and practice hours.  For further information email



Children need some free time in the pool to practice what they have learned and to have a good time with friends. Youth members ages 5 to 13 are invited to attend Monday through Friday 3:30 to 4:10 p.m. at 33 Outwater Lane. NO GUESTS DURING FUN SWIM.



One on one instruction for your child to learn how to swim or improve his/her technique. Members only. $30 for 30 minutes $35 for 45 minutes $45 for 60 minutes. Speak with Michele Semancik ext. 204 to schedule a lesson. You may also email her at:



Interested in a great summer job or challenging career as a professional lifeguard? Through videos, group discussion and hands-on practice, you’ll learn teamwork, rescue and surveillance skills, First Aid and CPR/AED and other skills you need to work as a professional lifeguard. Prerequisites: Must be at least 15 years old and pass certain swimming requirements

2 year First Aid and CPR/AED certifications

2 year Lifeguarding certification

Course length: 24 – 31 hours

Topics include:

  • Injury prevention and facility safety
  • Patron surveillance
  • Emergency preparation
  • Rescue skills
  • Victim assessment
  • First Aid
  • Care for head, neck and spinal injuries






KARATE- all year round

The Garfield Y offers Karate for children ages 5 to 13. Classes are held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. or Tuesday and Thursdays from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Cost is $65.00 per month for twice a week or $100 a month for all 4 times a week. A $35.00 registration fee for new children and participants must be a member of the YMCA. 33 Outwater Lane


Spring Session Sports: April 24th to June 17th





Sport: T-Ball Beginner Level (14 One Hour Classes)

Ages:  4 to 6

Session Date: April 24th to June 14th (No Program Monday May 29th)

Place: Spring Street Park – 40 Spring Street, Garfield NJ, 07026

Cost: Members - $60 / Non Member -$80 (Meets Twice a Week / 45 Minute Lesson)

Requirements: Sweat pants or shorts and glove

Day & Times:       4 year old - Monday & Wednesday 6:10pm or 7:10pm

                           5 & 6 Year olds - Tuesday & Thursday 6:10pm or 7:10pm


Sport: Basketball League (One Practice & Six Games)

Ages:  7 to 12

Session Date: April 24th to June 12th (No Program Monday May 29th)

Place: YMCA – 33 Outwater Lane, Garfield NJ, 07026

Cost: Members - $65/ Non Member -$80 (One game per Week)

Requirements: Sneakers, shorts or sweat pants

Games: Must be available to play between listed timeframes  

Day & Times:       7 & 8 year olds - Monday 6:10pm and 7:10pm

                           9 & 12 year olds - Wednesday 6:10pm and 7:10pm


Sport: Outdoor Soccer (Seven 90 Minute Classes)

Ages:  7 to 12

Session Date: May 6th to June 17th 

Place: Spring Street Park – 40 Spring Street, Garfield NJ, 07026

Cost: Members - $ 60/ Non Member -$75 (Meets Once a Week)

Requirements: Sweat pants or shorts, Soccer Ball Optional

Day & Times:    7 & 8 year olds – Saturday 10am to 11:30am

                          9 & 10 Year olds – Saturday 12pm to 1:30pm

                           11 & 12 Year olds – Saturday 2pm to 3:30pm



For more information on youth sports please email:

Darnell Benjamin at or Call 973-928-2970


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