Swim Lessons

    Swim Lessons

Free Swim Lessons

The Naugatuck YMCA has been awarded the Connecticut State Alliance of YMCA’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection swim grant.  This grant’s effort is to provide FREE comprehensive swimming lessons to children, age 17 or under for those that qualify.  This funding will allow 44 swim slots per session to youth directly in our community.

The Swim lessons will be offered during each of our 6 program sessions throughout the year.  Youth that are recommended by your organization must qualify for the swim lesson program (Qualifications can be found below).  The swim lessons will be held for 30 minutes, for 7 consecutive weeks. Swim instructors trained by the YMCA will use the YMCA of the USA group swim lesson program to create confident and safe swimmers.


  • Age 17, or under
  • Either eligible for SNAP benefits (demonstrated by letter of eligibility)
  • Living in a QCT (determined by address or registration and verified on HUD website)
  • Recommended to the program by a State Agency or Pupil Service on behalf of a Board of Education.


Registration and Start dates for free swim lessons are the same as the community member session calendar.

To Register:

  1. Complete and submit application at Welcome Center located at the Naugatuck YMCA (no online option)
  2. Bring copy of Eligibility with you at registration

Notification of acceptance will be sent out via call at least a week before start of session.

Swim Lessons

The Y is “America’s Swim Instructor” and the most accessible community resource to prevent drowning and encourage a lifelong enjoyment of swimming. The Y introduced the country to the concept of group swim lessons more than 100 years ago (1909), and each year, the Y teaches more than a million children invaluable water safety and swimming skills. As one of the largest community-based organizations in the country, the Y owns or manages over 2,000 pools. Thanks to its size and reach, the Y is in a unique position to help bridge the gap in the delivery of swim lessons and water safety education in the U.S.—especially in underserved communities.

Help Keep Your Children Safe

Drowning can happen nearly anywhere with standing water. But, as a parent or caregiver, you can’t keep your children sidelined. You need to equip them with the tools they need to be confident in and around water so they don’t lose out on the health benefits of exercise, the opportunities to bond with family and friends and the sense of accomplishment when they learn new skills.

There are three general categories of Y Swim Lessons:

  • Swim Starters develops water enrichment and aquatic readiness in children ages six months to three years. This category focuses on developing swim readiness skills through fun and confidence-building experiences. Parents also learn how to supervise children in the water, how to prevent accidents and how to plan for emergencies.
  • Swim Basics develops personal water safety and basic swimming skills in students of all ages. Swimmers develop a high level of comfort in the water by practicing safe water habits, engaging in underwater exploration, and learning how to swim to safety and exit if they fall into a body of water.
  • Swim Strokes introduces and refines stroke technique in older students (school age, teens and adults). Having mastered the fundamentals, students learn additional water safety skills and build stroke technique, developing skills that prevent chronic disease, increase social-emotional and cognitive well-being and foster a lifetime of physical activity.

Safety Around Water

Teaching children how to be safe around water is not a luxury; it is a necessity. The YMCA’s Safety Around Water program can help you make sure they learn essential water safety skills, which can open up a world of possibilities for them to satisfy their curiosity safely.

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Parent & Child 1

Accompanied by an adult – Children 6 months old to 1.5 years old.  Learn to be comfortable in the water and develop swim readiness skills while parents learn about water safety, drowning prevention and the importance of supervision.

Parent & Child 2

Accompanied by an adult – Children 1.6 – 3 years old, work with their parents to master the skills of kicking, pulling and blowing bubbles together to form basic stroke and body position. Fundamental safety and aquatic skills are also introduced.

PreSchool 1 Aquatics

All Preschool Level 1 Aquatics skills can be performed with support.

Skills include:  becoming more comfortable with submersion and putting the face in while swimming, reinforcing and building the floating and gliding skills.

Ages 3-5

PreSchool 2 Aquatics

All PreSchool Level 2 Aquatics skills can be performed with assistance. 

Skills include:  becoming more comfortable with submersion and putting the face in while swimming, reinforcing and building the floating and gliding skills introduced in PreSchool Level 1, and moving independently farther and stronger with combined arm and leg movement.

Ages 3-5

PreSchool 3 Aquatics

All PreSchool Level 3 Aquatics skills can be performed with assistance/independently

To build on skills in Level 2 through additional guided practice.  Working on becoming independent for short distances.

Requirements: Students entering this level must possess a Level 2 certificate or demonstrate all the Level 2 skills.

Age 3-5

Youth 1 Aquatics – Introduction to Water Skills

To help students feel comfortable in the water and to enjoy the water safely – assistance/independently

Requirements: None

Skills Covered: Entering and exiting the water safely, learning to submerge mouth, nose and eyes and breath control, front and back float and recovering to a stand, changing direction in the water, swimming 5 feet on front and back.

Ages 6-12

Youth 2 Aquatics

To give students success with fundamental skills

Requirements: Students entering this level must possess a Level 1 certificate or demonstrate all the Level 1 skills.

Skills Covered: Entering water by stepping or jumping in from the side, submerging entire head, blowing bubbles, open eyes underwater, front and back glide, swim 15 feet on front and 10 feet on back, swim on side, life jacket use.

Age 6-12

Youth 3 Aquatics – Stroke Development

To build on skills in Level 2 through additional guided practice

Requirements: Students entering this level must possess a Level 2 certificate or demonstrate all the Level 2 skills.

Skills Covered: Jump into deep water, head first entry from sitting or kneeling, submerging and retrieving an object, bobbing, survival float for 30 seconds, treading water for 30 seconds, front crawl 15 yards, butterfly 15 feet, back crawl 15 yards, elementary rescues, safe diving, check-call-care.

Age 6-12

Youth 4-Stroke Improvement

To develop confidence in the strokes learned thus far and to improve other aquatic skills by increasing endurance through swimming greater distances

Requirements: Students entering this level must possess a Level 3 certificate or demonstrate all the Level 3 skills.

Skills Covered: diving, underwater swimming, feet-first surface dive, 1 minute of survival floating, treading and back floating, 25 yards of front crawl, breaststroke and back crawl, 15 yards of butterfly and elementary backstroke and sidestroke.

Age 6-12

Youth 5-Stroke Refinement

Coordination and refinement of strokes

Requirements: Students entering this level must possess a Level 4 certificate or demonstrate all the Level 4 skills.

Skills Covered: Shallow dive, tuck and pike surface dives, 2 minutes of survival floating, back float and treading water, flip turns on front and back, 50 yards front and back crawl, 25 yards butterfly, breaststroke, elementary backstroke and sidestroke, 2 minutes of survival swimming.

Age 6-12

Youth 6 – Swimming & Skill Proficiency

Swim 500 yards continuously using any 3 strokes, swimming at least 50 yards of each stroke. Swimmers should already be able to: swim front and back crawl 50 yds, elementary backstroke 25 yards, breaststroke 25 yards, butterfly 25 yards, sidestroke 10 yards, tread water for 3 minutes, and dive.

Swimmers will work on: All six strokes, front and back crawl flip turn, breaststroke turn, breaststroke speed turn and pullout, butterfly turn, sidestroke turn, pike and tuck surface dive, pike and tuck dive from board, tread water for five minutes, and basic water rescue.


Looking to refine your strokes in a competitive environment?

  7/ Pre-Swim Team is for you!

7 / Pre-Swim Team

Students are introduced to the concept of team and competitive swim skills in turns, dives, and starts. Refines stroke technique for performance, speed, and strength. Must have completed Level 6.



Follows our Session Dates

         Member Registration opens first

         Community Members/Deep Swim lessons

Class Make-up Policy

When a cancelation is due to weather conditions or health & safety factors we will do our best to have a make-up class at the end of a session unless ½ of that day’s class has been taught.  We do not offer make-up or refunds, due to swimmers missing classes.

Program Cancellation or Adjustment

The Naugatuck YMCA reserves the right to cancel, combine or adjust the schedule of any classes.  If class is canceled due to lack of enrollment, you will be notified by phone.

Learn more about Private or Semi-Private lessons where swimmers can learn in a reduced distraction setting, hone skills or prepare for competition.

Naugatuck Y Swim Lesson Contact Information

Aquatic Director Lynn Salvatore

(203) 729-9622 X 3009

284 Church St. Naugatuck, CT 06770


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