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!
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
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.
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.
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).
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.
COVID-19 VACCINE POLICY
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