Learn to Swim at the Y!

We believe that swimming is an essential skill for kids of all ages. Our swim lesson program provides guidance and instruction tailored to the age and ability of every swimmer.

Swim Lessons are offered at Downtown Berkeley (indoors), Oakland (indoors), and Pleasant Hill (outdoors) branches at different times throughout the year.

Register for April & May Swim Lessons

Registration opens March 28 for swim lesson sessions in April and May! Check out our session dates, find the right swimmer level, and register your swimmer below!

More lessons will be available in June, and additional levels will be added for later sessions!

Session Dates

All swim lesson sessions run on either a Monday / Wednesday schedule, or a Tuesday / Thursday schedule. Take a look at our dates below and see what works for you!

Monday & Wednesday Sessions
April 11 - May 4

Tuesday & Thursday Session
April 12 - May 5

Swimming Levels

Registration opens March 28th for YMCA members age 5-12

Find the right level for your swimmer below, then select your location to register!

Polliwog (BEG. I)

No prior swim lesson experience needed.

Level objectives: Water acclimation, breath control, submerging, front and back floats and glides, intro to freestyle and elementary backstroke.

Berkeley Registration     Oakland Registration     Pleasant Hill Registration

Guppy (BEG. II)

Prerequisites: Comfortable submerging, unassisted front and back float (10 seconds), basic freestyle and elementary backstroke (unassisted 10 ft.)

Level objectives: Intro to side-breathing, freestyle with side-breathing, backstroke, elementary backstroke, breaststroke kick, and treading water.

Berkeley Registration     Oakland Registration     Pleasant Hill Registration

Minnow (INT. I)

Prerequisites: Comfortable in deep water, treading water 20-30 seconds, freestyle with side-breathing (15 ft), backstroke (15 ft), breaststroke kick (10 ft).

Level objectives: Freestyle with side-breathing for 25 yards, backstroke for 15 yards, breaststroke for 15 yards, treading water (30-40 seconds).

Berkeley Registration     Oakland Registration     Pleasant Hill Registration

Important Policies to Note

Refunds will be granted if requested 6 days or more prior to the start of the session. No refunds will be granted after this time period. A refund processing fee will be applied as follows: $10 for a credit card refund, $25 for a check or cash payment refund.

The YMCA of the East Bay has a strict COVID-19 vaccine policy for anyone entering the facility. Students must be fully vaccinated and show proof of vaccination prior to attending their first day of class. Any accompanying adults and children (including younger siblings) must also show proof of vaccination to enter the building. Masks are recommended but not required

Don't hesitate to reach out if you have questions!

Downtown Berkeley YMCA and Oakland YMCA
Deedee Lundberg,
Sr. Aquatics Director
(510) 665–3257

Pleasant Hill YMCA
Ben Pantner
Aquatics and Family Director
(925) 887–4540