Aquatics and Swim Lessons

The YMCA Swim Team collects old unwanted cell phones & ipods as a fundraiser. Bring in your old cell phones or ipod and help out our Dolphin Swim Team.

YMCA Dolphin Swim Team - Info under "Youth Development" - "Swim Team"

Aquatic Schedules / Forms

Definitions of Swim and General Pool Rules

Pool Schedule (Subject to change without notice)

YMCA Stages of Swimming Parent Handbook

Progressive Swim Program for Children

The Y has been providing swim lessons since 1910, and it's our mission that children learn to be safe around water and enjoy the benefits that come with learning to swim. As part of a nationwide YMCA effort to provide consistency in swim lesson formats and increase the safety of children in and around water, we have recently upgraded our swim lesson program to the YMCA Stages for Swimming. The upgrade will enable our instructors to provide more personalized attention to all swimmers, and we've added elements of the YMCA's Safety Around Water program that teaches the critical skills sets kids need if they unexpectedly find themselves in water.

Natural Progression: Swimmers will be taught the same skills in all age groups. They will be divided into classes based on their skills progression and developmental milestones.

Emphasis on Water Safety: In addition to swimming skills, swimmers will learn water and personal safety customized for our area. Swimmers will be introduced to safety strategies such as asking permission to go near the water or the principles of boating safety. The Warren YMCA is dedicated to reducing the risk of drowning, which is a leading cause of death amongst youth and adults.

Integrating Core Values: The Warren YMCA is committed to reaching the whole child: Physically, Mentally, and Socially. Lessons will include an age appropriate session to introduce, model, and celebrate the four core values: Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility.

Swim Starters
: Ages 6-36 months
Swim Basics: Preschool (Ages 3-kindergarten) or 1st grade & up
Swim Strokes: 1st grade & up

*We also offer Teen & Adult Lessons and Private Swim Lessons.

Progressive Swim Classes - Winter/Spring 2018

Winter Session #3 - March 12th - April 14th
Member Registration: Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Non-Member Registration: Monday, March 5, 2018
Early Registration: Monday, February 26th

Spring Session #4- April 16th - May 19th
Member Registration: Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Non-Member Registration: Monday, April 9, 2018
Early Registration: Monday, April 2nd (Same exact swim class/time. Members only. 8:00 am- 4:00 pm)

Because of the necessary swim waiver that needs to be signed by a parent/legal guardian, aquatic classes may not be registered for online. Please register at the front desk, or you may call to register if your child already has a waiver on file.

Lessons are open for YMCA members and non members. All classes run in 5-week sessions. Parent observation is usually the final day of each 5-week session unless otherwise stated. Look for signs every 5 weeks for parent observation dates. Classes may be cancelled if there is insufficient enrollment. Children MUST be potty-trained. No disposable or swim diapers permitted, except for Swim Starters Stages (ages 6-36 months). All swimmers must have a swim waiver on file.

STAGE: Swim Starters (Ages 6-36 Months)

Accompanied by a parent or guardian, infants and toddlers learn to be comfortable in the water and develop swim readiness skills through fun and confidence-building experiences. Parents and guardians learn about water safety, drowning prevention and the importance of supervision around water. Swimmers begin with Level A and progress to Level B before moving to Swim Basics at age 3.

Swim Starters - Level A: Water Discovery: Ages 6 - 17 months

Introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment and helps them to be comfortable in the water through fun confidence-building experiences. Designed for the child's first time in the water. Parents accompany children and introduce them to the aquatics environment. Grandparents, relatives or babysitters are welcome to participate in lieu of a parent. This is a 5-week session program, meeting once per week. All children must wear swim diapers if not potty-trained. Maximum enrollment = 12.

Day: Monday

Time: 10:00 - 10:30 am
Fee: $15.00 YMCA Member (swimmer) / $30.00 Non-Member

Swim Starters - Level B: Water Exploration: Ages 6 mo's - 36 months

In Level B, parents work with their infants and toddlers to learn to be comfortable in the water. Parents accompany children to explore body position, floating, blowing bubble, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills. Grandparents, relatives or babysitters are welcome to participate in lieu of a parent. This is a 5-week session program, meeting once per week. All children must wear swim diapers if not potty-trained. Maximum enrollment = 12.

Day: Saturday
Time: 9:30 - 10:00 am
Fee: $15.00 YMCA Member (swimmer) / $30.00 Non-Member

STAGE: Swim Basics

Students learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by learning benchmark skills: swim, float, swim and jump, push, turn, grab. Swim Basics are divided into three progressive categories: Stage 1 - Water Acclimation; Stage 2 - Water Movement; Stage 3 - Water Stamina. Our swimming instructors will evaluate each participant at the beginning of each session and ensure they are placed appropriately within Swim Basics. ** Must be completely potty-trained.

Swim Basics: PRESCHOOL: Ages 3-kindergarten (Stages 1-3)


Days Times Fees
Monday, Wednesday 10:30-11:00 am $17 members / $48 non-members
Monday, Wednesday 4:30-5:00 pm $17 members / $48 non-members
Tuesday, Thursday 10:00-10:30 am $17 members / $48 non-members
Tuesday, Thursday 5:00-5:30 pm $17 members / $48 non-members
Friday 5:30-6:00 pm $14 members / $42 non-members
Saturday 8:30-9:00 am $14 members / $42 non-members

Swim Basics: SCHOOL AGE: Ages 1st Grade & Up (Stages 1-3)

Days Times Fees
Monday, Wednesday 4:00-4:30 pm $17 members / $48 non-members
Tuesday, Thursday 4:30-5:00 pm $17 members / $48 non-members
Friday 5:00-5:30 pm $14 members / $48 non-members
Saturday 9:00-9:30 am $14 members / $48 non-members

STAGE: Swim Strokes

After mastering the fundamentals (Swim Basics - Stages 1-3), 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. Swim Strokes are divided into three progressive categories: Stage 4 - Stroke Introduction; Stage 5 - Stroke Development; Stage 6 - Stroke Mechanics. Our swimming instructors will evaluate each participant at the beginning of each session and ensure they are placed appropriately within Swim Strokes.

Swim Strokes: SCHOOL AGE: Ages 1st Grade & Up (Stages 4-6)

Days Times Fees
Monday, Wednesday 4:30-5:15 pm $20 members / $54 non-members
Friday 5:00-5:45 pm $16 members / $48 non-members
Saturday 9:00-9:30 am $14 members / $42 non-members

Adult & Teen Swim Instruction (age 14+)

Progressive swim lessons (beginning - advanced) for age 14+. Participants progress at their own pace. Five week session.

Days Times Fees
Monday 8:00-9:00 pm $16 members / $32 non-members

Home School Swim Lessons

Make aquatic fitness a part of your child's life. Progressive swim lessons for the home school or cyber school child. Lessons are for youth in grades 1-8. Held once per week and run in 5-week session.

Day: Fridays
Time: 10:00-10:45 am
Cost: $15 members / $45 non-members

Private Swim Lessons

Private swim lessons are available upon request. If interested, please leave your name and phone number at the front desk for the Aquatic Director.
Cost: $10.00 per half hour for YMCA members and $20.00 per half hour for non members.

Water Fitness Classes - Spring 2018


An exercise class with a music background performed in the shallow end of the pool. This class consists of aerobic movements and muscle toning. Some equipment is used such as hand weights, noodles, kick boards, and hand paddles, etc.
Instructors: Cathy Peterson (AM classes), Barb McCullough (PM classes)

Days Times Fees
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:00 - 10:00 am $16 members / $50 non members
Tuesday, Thursday (must have a minimum of 6 participants) 8:00 - 9:00 pm $12 members / $45 non members

Days Times Fees

Wave Runners

A fitness class performed entirely in the deep end of the pool. All participants wear water belts. There is no pounding of your joints. Exercises consist of jogging, cross-country skiing, arm movements, and various other exercises for a total body workout.
Instructor: Barb Luce

Day Times Fees
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:00 - 10:00 am $16 members / $50 non members

Arthritis Aquatic Program

This class is for those suffering from arthritis, muscle ailments, or back problems. A certified instructor takes the class through a series of slow, gentle exercises in the water with a concentration on range of motion exercises. Participants do not need to know how to swim, as all exercises are performed in the shallow end of the pool. The hydraulic chair lift and portable steps are available for those who need help in or out of the pool.
Instructor: Cathy Peterson

Days Times Fees
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:00 - 1:45 pm $16 members / $50 non members

Aquatic Specialties

Warren YMCA Dolphin Swim Team
(For complete details...See 'Youth Development' - 'Swim Team' tab at top of page)

A competitive swim team for boys and girls ages 6-18. Major emphasis is on stroke development, teamwork, and the development of the YMCA's four core values. Participants must be able to swim the length of the pool without stopping, using the crawl stroke. See "Swim Team" tab for complete program details. Registration begins August 8, 2018.

Fees: $145 members / $80 each additional child in family / $80 WAHS Swimmers (Grades 9-12)
Days: Practices are Monday-Friday beginning September 24th. Meets are on Saturdays throughout season.

YMCA Lifeguard Course - Spring 2018

The YMCA lifeguard course is held twice/year. One class is held September-October and the other class is held April-May. This program is for anyone age 16 and older. It consists of ASHI (American Safety & Health Institute) BLS, Oxygen Administration, First Aid, online training, in-class training and water training. This is a YMCA certified course. Our next course will begin Wednesday, April 18, 2018, with a water pre-test from 6:00-7:00 pm. Participants must be able to do the following swimming skills in order to pass the water pre-test: front crawl stroke, breast stroke, side stroke, elementary back stroke, front dive, surface dive to bottom of 12 foot and retrieve an object, treading water and underwater swimming. The course consists of ASHI CPR Pro, ASHI Emergency Oxygen Administration, ASHI First Aid, YMCA Lifeguard e-lessons, and th YMCA Lifeguard course. After successful completion of all theses, the participant is eligible for a lifeguard position anywhere in the United States. Classes will be held on Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 7:00-9:00pm. and will conclude mid May. If interested, please contact Dani Mostachetti by emailing or call 726-0110, ext. 116. (Complete the YMCA "Junior" Lifeguard Course and receive 20% discount off cost. Complete an additional 30 volunteer hours in the aquatics department and receive 30% discount off cost.)

Days Time Fee
Wednesday, Thursday (April 18th - May) 7:00-9:00 pm $180 member / $210 non member

Rainbow Swim (SNAP - Special Needs Aquatic Program) - Program runs September - May

For anyone with a physical or mental handicap. This program run by the YMCA and the Don Mills Achievement Center is held on Friday evenings from 6:00 - 7:00 pm September through mid-May each year. Swim time is split between lessons and fun swim. The first day will be September 15, 2017. Friday November 17, 2017 will be the final day for fall. Program will resume Friday, January 5, 2018 and run until Friday, May 18, 2018. Karen Lyle is the coordinator. Volunteers are always needed to help. The YMCA ADA /Family Locker Room is available for those needing assistance.
** For more information on this program or to register/volunteer, contact the Don Mills Achievement Center at 723-5730.

Days Times Fees
Friday 6:00 - 7:00 pm FREE for anyone eligible

Warren Municipal Pool

The Warren County YMCA manages the outdoor Warren Municipal Pool. Season passes for summer 2018 will be available TBA. Applications are available at the YMCA or at the Municipal Building. All completed applications and payments must be taken to the Municipal Building. You may also download the application from or Pool Pass Application. Fees can be found at 2017 Pool Fees. The pool rules can be found at Public Rules and Regulations

The Municipal Pool offers private afterhour parties on Friday, Saturday or Sunday evenings and 2-hour afternoon parties from 2:30-4:30pm on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. All parties MUST be reserved in advance. Party Fees can be found here. The private party form is available online by downloading private party form or by contacting Dani Mostachetti, Aquatics Coordinator at 726-0110, x116 or email: