Swim Academy – Lessons

The South Shore YMCA swim programs offer the area’s very best in water safety education and recreation, with Swim Lessons from infant to adult. Learn to swim for enjoyment, or work towards swimming competitively.


Powers Aquatics Parent/Child Swim Program (2 months-3.5 years)

South Shore Swim Academy’s Powers Aquatics program is a powerfully effective, learn-to-swim parent/child swim program that specializes in teaching babies (2 months old – 36 months old) how to swim, how to be safe in the water, and transitions into learning the 4 competitive swim strokes before a child turns 3 years old.

  • Powers Aquatics Fall Session: September 13, 2022 – December 18, 2022
  • Powers Aquatics Staggered Registration: August 22, 2022 – August 29, 2022
  • NEW to Powers Aquatics?
    • All newcomers must sign up for NEWBIES lessons

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The Y is “America’s Swim Instructor” and through the South Shore YMCA Swim Academy, each swimmer develops the swim and water safety skills needed throughout every stage of life, helping children and adults enjoy a lifelong love of swimming safely.

Our Swim Academy program is designed to allow each swimmer to start and progress at the time and pace that is right for the individual. Whether your swimmer needs to learn water safety and strengthen skills for recreational swimming or is considering a path towards competitive swimming at any age, the South Shore YMCA is the place to start and grow.

  • FALL 2022 Session Dates – Preschool, Youth & Adult Lessons:  September 11-December 17
  • Registration: Begins Monday, August 22 at 8:00AM for SSYMCA Members, and Monday, August 29 for Non-Members

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Preschool & Youth Swim Lessons

Level 13-5 years6-12 years30 Minutes. Focused on building confidence in the water, this course teaches how to enter and exit the pool safely, putting face in, blowing bubbles, and bobs. Ready position, pools rules and water safety are also introduced.
Level 23-5 years6-12 years30 Minutes. Swimmers build on the skills learned in Level 1, focusing on floating on front and back. They will learn gliding, streamline position, kicking and rolling from front to back float. Swimmers continue work on pool safety and rules as well as confidence.
Level 33-5 years6-12 years30 Minutes. Swimmers build proficiency with front and back glide, continue flutter kicks, breathing control and rotary breathing prep. Swimmers will be able to jump in the water, push off the bottom, return to the wall and safely exit the pool at this level.
Level 43-5 years6-12 years30 Minutes. Building on the skills learned in Levels 1-3, this level will build proficiency in freestyle, rotary breathing and backstroke. Treading water, sitting dives into a streamline position will continue, maintaining focus on safety and confidence.

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Stroke School & Swim Squad

Stroke School Level 5 6-12 Years40 Minutes. Swimmers will be introduced to the breaststroke and become more proficient in freestyle and backstroke. They will have more in depth practice with kneeling and standing dives as well. This level will continue to work on safety and confidence of each swimmer.
Stroke School Level 6 6-12 Years40 Minutes. Swimmers will continue work on freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke and be introduced to butterfly. Swimmers will perform standing dives and be introduced to open turns and flip turns. Safety and confidence will continue to be a focus of the program.
Mini Strypers6-12 Years60 Minutes, 2 times per week. This is a swimmers first experience with YMCA competitive swim program. It is also for the swimmer looking to build their aerobic capacity and stroke knowledge to continue swimming as exercise for life. Swimmers will learn further good stroke and practice habits in all four competitive strokes as well as starts and turns.
Swim Squad6-12 Years60 Minutes. This will focus on building the strength and endurance of the swimmer's stroke through drills, multiple laps, and on-deck coaching. Swim Squad will allow swimmers to get the feeling of being on a swim team without the competition and be able to further their skills to be fit swimmers now and in the future.

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Teens & Adult Swim Lessons

Platinum11-18 Years60 Minutes. For pre-teen and teen swimmers who may not wish to swim competitively but wish to improve form and technique.
The Basics13+45 Minutes. For teens and adults who consider themselves non-swimmers or wish to overcome a fear of the water, this program will help gain basic aquatic skills and swimming strokes. Includes water acclimation, floating, front/back crawl and backstroke.
Technique Improvement13+45 Minutes. Improve your crawl stroke, backstroke and breaststroke as well as treading water, diving and endurance swimming.

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Our Swim Academy Lessons are designed to allow the swimmer to progress at their own pace, with weekly lessons. So, your swimmer will start at the right level, and continue learning to swim safely without interruption.

  • Emilson YMCA (781) 829-8585
  • Quincy YMCA (617) 479-8500


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Learn about the different swim lessons we offer at the SSYMCA to help your swimmer succeed! SWIM LESSONS

Private Swim Lessons (at Quincy Y only)

Complete the Private Swim Lesson Information form and our Swim Academy team will get you started. Please note, Private Lessons are currently offered in Quincy Y only. Private Swim Lesson Information Form

Private/Semi-Private Swim Lessons

Private Lessons are back at the Quincy YMCA!

  • Ages 3-Adult
  • 30 Minutes

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 30 minute sessions for members and non-members ages 4 and up. Semi private lessons (two participants to one instructor) are also available.

Private Swim Lesson Information Form


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