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Swim Lessons & Aquatics

We consider Aquatic Safety to be one of our highest priorities.  Whether your children want to take swimming lessons, becomes a certified lifeguard, or just have fun, the YMCA is the answer.  Tens of millions of Americans have relied on our aquatic instruction experience for more than 100 years, which has made us the world's most trusted experts.  

Make a Splash

The South Shore YMCA Quincy Branch is a proud Local Partner of the USA Swimming Foundation's Make a Splash Campaign! Vsit the Make a Splash website to learn more about the campaign and our commitment to aquatics safety in our community.

Parents and Child Program

Ages 6 Months - 6 years 

The Parent/Child swim lessons are a great way to indroduce a child to the water in a fun, safe, and informative setting. With the help of a parent, the instructor will help caregivers and children explore the water. The parent and child pair will learn water acclimation skills and water safety all while participating in a great nurturing and bonding experience. All children who are not potty trained are required to wear a swim diaper.

Water Babies: (6-18 months with parent)  The Water Babies class serves as a great introduction to the water for caregivers and their infants. Instructors facilitate the caregiver and child's exploration of the water through activities, songs and games.

(18 - 36 months with parent) The Parent/Tot class continues the parent and child experience for toddlers. Instructors facilitate the caregiver and child's exploration of the water through activities, songs and games. 

Pre-Pike: (3 - 5 years with parents) The Pre-Pike class provides an opportunitiy for children who are not quite comfortable to start out preschool lessons without their parent. This class is also great for those that want to continue the parent and child experience. Skills in this class are similar to those in our pike level and are taught through the parent with the support of the instructor.

Preschool Lesson Program
Ages 3-6 (Prior to 1st Grade)

The Preschool swim lesson program serves as a great introduction to the water for children ages three to six. Through age-appropriate drills, games, and activities, the Preschool swim lesson program helps children develop comfort, confidence, and techniques they can use for the rest of their lives.

Pike: The Pike class will help children understand basic aquatic safety and learn to be comfortable in the water. Children will be supported by the instructor then gradually learn to swim short distances independently and showing comfort submerging.
Eel: The Eel class will help children build confidence swimming independently and gaining an introduction to front crawl and back crawl.
Ray: The Ray class will build upon the strokes learned in the Eel class with an emphasis on rotary breathing and an introduction to elementary back stroke, and the kneeling dive.
Starfish: The Starfish class will build on the introductory strokes learned in the earlier levels and works on stroke technique. The class also works on building stamina in the water to swim greater distances up to 25 yards.


Youth Lesson Program

Ages 6-12 years (1st Grade onward)

  • The Youth swim lesson program instills a sense of confidence and competence in the water. Participants from ages six to twelve will develop basic stroke techniques that will be refined through the more advanced swim levels. In addition, swim lesson participants will learn techniques to be safe in various aquatic environments.

Polliwog: The Polliwog class will focus on helping children understand basic aquatic safety and gain confidence in the water. Children will begin swimming independently using paddle stroke in addition to learning basic elements of front crawl and back crawl. 

 The Guppy class will focus on developing backstroke and front crawl skills to begin to swim those strokes independently. Also, participants will receive an introduction to the kneeling dive, elementary backstroke, and treading water. 

 The Minnow class will focus on developing previously learned skills with an emphasis on front crawl rotary breathing. Participants will develop stamina with front crawl and backstroke as well as receive an introduction to breaststroke. 

The Fish class will focus on refining technique and building endurance in front crawl, backstroke, and breaststroke. Participants will also receive an introduction to sidestroke, buttefly, and front crawl flip turns.

Flying Fish:
 The Flying Fish will focus on fine tuning technique of all strokes and learning to swim laps for fitness purposes. Participants will learn racing starts and backstroke flip turns while refining the technique and building stamina in the four competitive stroke (front crawl, backstroke, butterfly, and breaststroke).

 For swimmers who are ready for more than traditional swim lessons, but not quite ready for the full commitment of swim team. Flyers will learn the elements of all the competitive strokes from a speed and efficiency standpoint. This program is good for Fish level or higher.

Private Swim Lessons (Ages 3+)

Private lessons are a great way to work on specific, participant-directed goals with devoted attention from an instructor. The SSYMCA offers one-to-one private lessons in thirty minute sessions for members and non-members ages 4 and up. Semi private lessons (two participants to one instructor) are also available.

Red Cross Certifications

A 30-hour nationally recognized certification program for those who wish to become lifeguards. Successful completion of this course provides Lifeguard, Community First Aid, & CPR for the Professional Rescuer Certifications.

CPR Initial and CPR Recertification
First Aid

Stryper Swim Team

The South Shore YMCA Stryper Swim Team is comprised of locally, regionally and nationally ranked competitors in YMCA and USA Swimming. Ages of team members range from 6 to 18.

The Strypers team is based on the belief that we can improve the quality of our athletes' lives by promoting healthy spirit, mind and body. Through quality training, technical know-how and positive input, we work to make the athlete not only a greatswimmer, but an outstanding individual. Our program is based out of the Mill Pond Branch, with practices offered at both the Quincy and Mill Pond Branches. We offer developmental and highly-competitive training to all surrounding communities in Southeastern Massachusetts.

Visit our Stryper Swim Team site for details about schedules, competition results, and more.