Youth Development - Aquatics

Preschool Swim Lessons

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. The 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. The class is once a week for 30 minutes and the cost is $90.00. 33 Outwater Lane

Stepping Stones

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.  The class is held once a week for 30 minutes and the cost is $85.00. 33 Outwater Lane

Progressive Swim Lessons

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.



Never got the chance to learn how to swim?  Do you want to become a better swimmer and use it as a form of  exercise? Come and bring your friends to develop your swimming skills. Our instructors are knowledgeable in all 4 strokes as well as sidestroke, diving techniques, treading techniques, and lifesaving skills. Classes will be offered for teens ages 13-17.


Family Swim

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 on Tuesday 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.

Fall Swim Team

The Garfield YMCA Sharks Swim Team is perfect for beginners and experienced swimmers ages 5 and up! Develop competitive swimming skills that will last a lifetime! With 4 difference skill groups there is a place on the Garfield YMCA Sharks for all! Practices are Monday-Friday. Schedules will be given at tryouts for age groups and practices. New or returning-children 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.  Pricing depends on age group and practice hours.  For further information email The Sharks Website is located here

Try out September 10th-September 13th

Time : Monday-Wednesday 6:30pm-7:30pm.  Thursday 6:00pm-7:00pm.

 490 Midland Ave Garfield NJ, 07026


  •  Must be able to complete at least 50 meters of freestyle with rhythmic breathing, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly.
  • 8 years and under need only to complete 25 meters of freestyle, backstroke


Fun Swim

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.

Private Swim Lessons

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

Learn to Swim

Every December the Y heads the call to impact our youth by teaching them skills to save themselves from the second leading cause of death among young children. Registration usually begins in December and is for children grades K-2. Each year the program may slightly differ. Sponsors are welcomed. The 2017 flyer and information can be found here. 

American Red Cross Lifesaving

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


Email for more info. 


The Garfield YMCA thanks the USA Swimming Foundation for being our partner to promote water safety and the need to learn to swim to the children, parents, and community leaders in our service area. Together, we are helping save lives and build champions!

To learn more please visit



Please Review the AQUATICS policy:

1. All Youth Members 17 years old and younger MUST be:

  • Skills tested for “Youth Fun Swim” and “Family Swim:
  • Bathing Caps for shallow or deep area
  • ( red cap / shallow end )
  • ( blue cap / deep end )
  • Bathing caps MUST be worn during ALL swim periods

2 . All youth members under 8 years old MUST have:

  • 18+ Adult in the water with them during
  • Youth Fun Swim and Family Swim
  • The Adult MUST NOT be more than 3 feet away from the child during the swim periods
  • non-swimming parents MUST:
    stay on the pool deck or the Y youth swimmer will be removed from the pool

3 . All youth swimmers 8 years old and under who have been tested to the “Minnow 2/ II” Progressive Level will be allowed to swim alone during – Fun Swims and Family Swims

4 . After the Aquatic Swim Test is given the results will be recorded and maintained on the Pool deck / Y computer


Garfield Y – Management Team – August 2012