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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







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



Sports leagues focus on league play skill development and over all love of the game. 

Registration Begins: Monday  January 9, 2017
REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  2/7/17 8:00 p.m.
  • Participants will be place on a team based on age at registration.
  • Must be available to play games between listed timeframes.
  • Team schedules will be available “first day” practice session.
  • League games will start on second day of session.
  • All leagues include team t-shirts, volunteer referees, trophies and a pizza party.

                            Sport: Basketball League (ONE practice & seven Games)

                            Ages:  7 to 12

                            Session Date: February 13th to March 29th   

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

                            Cost: Members - $70 / Non Member -$85 (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: Soccer League (One Practice & seven Games)

                            Ages:  4 to 8

                            Session Date: February 18th to April 8th

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

                            Cost: Members - $70 / Non Member -$85 (One game per Week)

                            Requirements: Sneakers, Sweat pants or shorts

                            Games: Must be available to play between listed  timeframes  

                            Day & Times:  4 year olds – Saturday 10am to 11:00am

                                               5 & 6 Year olds – Saturday 11:00am to 12:00pm and 12:00pm to 1:00pm

                                               7 & 8 Year olds – Saturday 1:30pm to 2:30:00pm and 2:30pm to 3:30pm




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