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The RARITAN BAY AREA YMCA has taught people how to swim for many years, and we strive to provide individuals the opportunity to enter the water in a safe and fun environment.

We are proud to offer a state of the art 10-Lane Multi-Competitive Pool with a Viewing Gallery, Recreational Pool with temperature range of 85-87 degrees and Wibit in water obstacle course.

Bring your swim cap and come for a swim with us!                                                                   

Pool Hours:

Monday – Friday 5:30am – 9:00pm
Saturday & Sunday 9:00 am – 3:30pm


As the largest provider of swim lessons in the country, we know our stuff!

The Y offers group swim lessons for ages 6 months to adult, as well as private lessons, swim teams, Masters Swim and much more. View all of our current class offerings here.  If you are uncertain which class you or your child would qualify for, please contact a member of our Aquatics Department at 732-442-3632 ext.6516 or email, we would be happy to assist you.  Check your child's progress with our new online Progress Report!



PARENT/CHILD Ages 6 months – 3 years

This class introduces water in a fun way to infants, toddlers and their parents. Children learn basic arm and leg movements while singing songs and playing games. Parents will accompany any child ages 6 months - 3 years, in the pool to acquaint them with the water environment. An instructor provides guidance in how to help your child develop coordination, motor skills, balance and social skills in the water. A swim diaper is required if your child is not toilet trained. If they are wearing a disposable swim diaper, they must be wearing plastic pants over it.

PIKE Ages 3-5

This class is designed for the beginner who has little to no water experience. The emphasis is on basic swimming skills, safe pool behavior, acclimation to the water, development of independent movement in the water, independent submersion, safety swimming and freestyle.

EEL Ages 3-5

To join this level, swimmers must successfully complete Pike or have the skills required to pass the previous class. Swimmers will learn safety swimming, improve their freestyle, learn backstroke as well as breathing straight up.

RAY Ages: 3-5

To join this level, swimmers must successfully complete Eel or have the skills required to pass the previous class. Swimmers will master safety swimming as well as treading. Swimmers will also learn breaststroke and diving while improving their freestyle and backstroke.

POLLIWOG Ages 6-12

This class is designed for beginner swimmers. Emphasis is placed on water orientation, basic swimming, treading water, personal safety, survival floating and confidence building. In this level, swimmers will be introduced to the basic techniques, safety swimming and freestyle.

*GUPPY Ages 6-12

To join this level, swimmers must successfully complete Polliwog or have the skills required to pass the previous class. Swimmers are introduced to Breaststroke while improving their Freestyle and Backstroke endurance. Swimmers will master safety swimming, taking a breath and will begin rotary breathing and beginner turns.

*MINNOW Ages 6-12

To join this level, swimmers must successfully complete Guppy or have the skills required to pass the previous class. Students will gain endurance in Freestyle, Backstroke & Breaststroke while learning Butterfly arms, legs and coordination. Swimmers will also learn flip turns and diving. *Combo class with fish

*FISH Ages 8-13

To join this level, swimmers must successfully complete Minnow or have the skills required to pass the previous class. In this level, swimmers will gain endurance in all strokes while preparing to try out for a swim team. This class will refine some strokes and introduce diving off of the blocks.

* With completion of this level, swimmers will have the opportunity to try out for the RBAY Tsunami Swim Team

ADULT Ages 14+

This class is for non-swimmers looking to develop basic skills such as front and back float, treading water, front and back crawl, and water safety.


This program offers students with special needs and their family an opportunity to participate in recreational swim. This club has the ability to build our participants self-esteem, their confidence, their social skills, and overall quality of life.


Members of our Masters program will be able to swim 4 days per week with help and training tips from our Y Coaches. Swimmers will be able to use any YMCA equipment as well as have access to workouts that emphasize stroke development, endurance and racing strategies. Support the team by purchasing your gear from Swim Outlet.

Coach on deck: Sundays 9:00am - 10:30am

Beginning March 7, 2019 on Thursdays 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Practice: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays 8:00am - 9:30am


This course is designed to teach, train and certify candidates to be able to lifeguard and provide emergency care. On successful completion of this course, participants receive American Red Cross certificate for Life Guarding/First Aid/CPR/AED. Certification Valid For 2 Years. Please see the Program Guide for more details.

American Red Cross JUNIOR LFEGUARD Course – CPR/ AED Certification

The American Red Cross Junior Lifeguarding Program has a strong focus on developing swimming skills to help participants meet the Lifeguarding course prerequisite. The course also introduces participants to lifesaving skills, such as in-water rescues, use of a rescue tube, and first aid, CPR and AED. Participants will have the opportunity to shadow lifeguards in rotation to get a real sense of being on the job. This program is for boys and girls ages 11-14. Price includes CPR and AED Certifications and mini pocket mask. Please see the Program Guide for more details.


Private lessons are beneficial in meeting the specific needs of the beginner, intermediate, and advanced swimmer. Lessons are arranged and scheduled based on instructor and swimmer’s availability. The duration of each lesson is 30 minutes.      


Semi-private lessons are booked for two swimmers of the same swimming level. Lessons are arranged and scheduled based on instructor and swimmer’s availability. The duration of each lesson is 30 minutes.


The Y offers adaptive lessons modified for individuals with special needs. Program curriculum will include water entry and exit, water submersion, floating, swimming to the edge of the pool, and swim-float-swim technique. With a recommendation from the instructor, swimmers will have the opportunity to try-out for RBAY’s Tsunami Swim Team. 

Want to learn more about our Swim Programs? Please contact the Aquatics Department via phone at 732-442-3632 ext. 6516 or email at or stop in at the Member Services Desk. 

Join Our Tsunami Swim team

“Come Learn, Grown & Race with the Tsunami!”  Tsunami is a October to March inclusion swim team specializing in teaching, stroke mechanics, and development.  The swim team will practice four days a week and work on all four strokes, turns, starts, and racing.  Kids will participate in about 4 - 8 meets throughout the year.  Child must complete a try-out and be a member of the YMCA to participate in Tsunami. We would love to have you join our winning team of amazing swimmers!

For information click here.


The Y and the NJ Special Olympic Local Chapter host a competitive swim team. The swim team meets for practice every week. This team is for swimmers only. Learn new strokes and techniques, while gaining strength and confidence and make some great friends along the way! Practices start in January. Competitions take place in March. Need proof of diagnosis and three year medical form to join. For more information, please see the Aquatics staff or email us at

Interested in our pools for Summer Camp or Swim Meets?

Please view our pool rental information here.  Ready to reserve the pool? Please fill out the Aquatics Program Application and Wavier Form and send to us at:

Water Safety Swim Program 

Our water safety program is second to none! This program will introduce children to the world of swimming. We work with local schools to teach 2nd grade children basic swimming skills, safety awareness and confidence around the water.  This program is for children in our Perth Amboy Schools, for more information on this amazing program, please ask your school administrator, your child’s teacher or email the Aquatics Department at:

Host a PARTY in our Pool!

Click here for Pool and Wibit party information.