Youth Development


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.

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.

Spring and Summer Swim Team

Tryouts: Wednesday, April 10th & Friday, April 12th from 6:30-8:30

Season Begins: April 16th-July 30th

The Spring League will concentrate the swimmers development of  endurance, skills, physical ability and mental stamina . This will be done by a supportive and wholesome social outlet that encourages excellence, teamwork, and camaraderie. The coaches will focus on the stroke mechanics of all 4 strokes, flip turns, dives and starts.  This season we are preparing for our Fall/Winter Season, but we will also have 1-2 mini meets.

  • Where? 490 Midland Ave Garfield NJ, 07026
  • Prerequisites: 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

Cost: $300.00 *All Swim Team members must have an active Garfield YMCA membership through the end of the season


Fall Swim Team (general information. Upcoming Season Info Announced every August.)

The Garfield YMCA Sharks Swim Team is perfect for beginners and experienced swimmers! 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!

  • Try outs are in September and will be announced in August
  • Sample Practice Schedule Times : 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

*All Swim Team members must have an active Garfield YMCA membership

For more information or questions contact Michele at or 973-772-7450

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

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

Check back for schedule. Email for more info. The class is usually offered early in the New Year each year.



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



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


Outdoor Soccer 

Ages:  4 to 12

Session Date: September 10-November 17

Place: Practice/ Columbus Par (corner of Outwater and Midland Ave) Garfield, NJ  Games/Spring Street Park – 40 Spring Street, Garfield NJ, 07026

Cost: Members - $75/ Non Member -$90(Meets Twice a Week-1 practice and one game; 4 year olds only have practice)

Requirements: Sweat pants or shorts, and sneakers- Soccer Ball Optional

Day & Times:     

4 year olds – Practice only:  Monday 6:30-7:30pm Spring Street Park

5 & 6 Year olds – Practice:  Tuesday 6:30-7:30pm and 7:30-8:30pm Columbus Park/Game:  Saturday 9-11am Spring Street Park

7 & 8 Year olds – Practice:  Wednesday 6:30-7:30pm and 7:30-8:30pm Spring Street Park/Game:  Saturday 11-1am Spring Street Park

9 to 12 Year Olds- Practice:  Thursday 6:30-7:30pm and 7:30-8:30pm Columbus Park/Game:  Saturday 1-2pm Spring Street Park

REGISTRATION BEGINS Monday July 30, 2018


For more info: Call Tara Campistrous at 973-772-7450



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Coach Shaina is back!! She will teach your child (ren) proper drills and skills to succeed on the basketball court! Keep your kids active and engaged while enjoying the sport and socialization.

 Members $80 Non-Members $100 9/10-10/29 8 Weeks

6-8 year olds Mondays 6:30-7:30 p.m.

9-12 year olds Mondays 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Location: Garfield YMCA

33 Outwater Lane

Garfield NJ 070260


Contact Tara for more info: 973-772-7450 or

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Flag Football 

 Ages 4-5 years old

We offer a coed beginner level Flag Football program for children ages 4-5 years old.

Program  includes games and activities that allow participants to learn at their own pace while having fun improving football skills such as offense, defense, blocking, passing, catching, while also gaining a greater understanding of the sport and being apart of a team. Team t-shirts and trophy included.

**Volunteer coaches and team sponsors welcome**

  • Price: Members - $60 Non-Members  - $80
  • Season: September 10-November 1 (8 Week Session)
  • Registration: Open Now @ YMCA 33 Outwater Lane
  • Practices and Games: 60 Minutes @ Field 3 @ Century Field
  • Schedule as follows: Ages 4-5 years old (Practice and games once a week)

Age 4: Tuesday 6-7pm

Age 5:  Thursday 6-7pm


For more info: Call 973-772-7450

Tara Campistrous, Youth Development Director



Preschool Medley



Preschool Medley


Agility skills, soccer, basketball and flag football

Ages:  3 to 5 (before kindergarten)

Session Date: July 5, 2019-August 23, 2019

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

Cost: Members - $65 / Non Member -$85 (Meets Once a Week / 60 Minute Lesson)

Requirements: None necessary

Day & Times:     Fridays 6:00-7:00pm

Garfield YMCA 33 Outwater Lane Garfield NJ 07026 973-772-7450

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For more information on youth sports please email:

Tara at or Call 973-772-7450