Swim Lessons


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 a temperature range of 85-87 degrees and Wibit in-water obstacle course.

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



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, semi-private lessons, adaptive private lessons 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 at aquatics@rbaymca.org, 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 their 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 a plastic pant over it. 

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.


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. 


The Y’s Safety Around Water program teaches children of all ages and from all backgrounds that water should be fun, not feared, as long as you know how to stay safe in and around water. We teach fundamental water safety skills that include the concepts of reach, throw, don’t go and what to look for in a safe place to swim. Kids learn what to do if they find themselves in the water unexpectedly.


Group swim lessons are available for children ages 3-12 years-old.


Level 1: Water Acclimation—Students Develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water. This Stage lays the foundation that allows for a student's future progress in swimming.

Level 2: Water Movement—Students focus on body position and control, directional change, and forward movement in the water while also continuing to practice how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water

Level 3: Water Stamina-students learn how to swim to safety from a longer distance than in previous stages in the event of falling into a body of water. This stage also introduces rhythmic breathing and integrated arm and leg action.

All swim lessons are only once a week. Swim lesson sessions are a total of 6 weeks, one day a week for 30 minutes.

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