YMCA Swim Lessons


(Watch the video for an important water safety message from our swim lesson kids and preschoolers!)

Swim lessons at Raritan Valley YMCA help swimmers of all ages improve their skills. Whether you’re an absolute beginner learning basic water skills, or preparing for competition-level swimming, Raritan Valley YMCA swim lessons boost your in-water abilities and safety knowledge. Classes are taught by caring YMCA instructors. Class participants are divided into skill levels and class size is such that the instructor can provide proper instruction.


Session I - January 10 to February 28--7 lessons. (No class January 24.)

Session II - March 6 to May 1--8 lessons (No class March 27.)


Classes are on Sunday mornings at 10:00, 10:30, 11:00 or 11:30, and are 30 minutes long. (Certain advanced classes may be 45 or 60 minutes.)


Cook/Douglas Recreation Facility at Rutgers University

50 Biel Road

New Brunswick, NJ 08901


$87.50 for 7 30-minute classes (session 1). $100 for 8 30-minute classes (session 2).

$105 for 7 45-minute classes (session 1). $120 for 8 30-minute classes (session 2).

For Swim School (1-hour classes), $120 for 7 classes (session 1) and $135 for 8 classes (session 2).

Membership required. Minimum membership is Program Membership, $70 annually. Check out our full individual and family membership options for other membership benefits like youth sports classes, and parent/teen access to the fitness center and exercise classes!

REGISTRATION INFO: All class registrations are on a first-come, first enrolled basis. A current YMCA membership is required. Full payment of class fees are required upon registration. Cash, credit/debit cards and personal checks (made out to Raritan Valley YMCA) accepted. Register in person at 144 Tices Lane, call 732-257-4114 (credit card only) or mail to: Raritan Valley YMCA 144 Tices Lane East Brunswick, NJ 08816

REFUND POLICY: A full refund will be issued if a member withdraws 7 days prior to the first class. If a member withdraws from the program after this date, no refund will be issued. Memberships are non-refundable.


Preschool: Ages 3-5 Years

Pike: Entry level class for beginners and non-swimmers. No pre-skills are required to register.

Eel: Child can get their face wet comfortable and can float on their back on their own.

Ray: The child submerges comfortably, can float without assistance, can paddle stroke and rhythmically breathe with bubble for 25 yards. Also, for children who can jump from the side of the pool and swim without bubble.

School Age: Grades K and up

Entry level class for the older beginner swimmer or a child with no swim experience.

Guppy: The child can swim on their own without assistance, submerges comfortably, gets their face wet comfortably and can float on their back on their own.

Minnow: Must be able to swim front crawl with rotary breathing 25 yards multiple times, swim backstroke 25 yards, swim in deep water, tread water for 2 minutes, survival float for 3 minutes and have passed Guppy level.

Fish: Must be able to swim front and back crawl 50 yards, elementary back stroke 25 yards, endurance swim for 150 yards without stopping, tread water for 4 minutes, and survival float for 5 minutes.

Swim School: This is a one hour class where youth and teens with advanced skills will swim multiple laps of front crawl, backstroke, and breaststroke. The class focuses on building endurance, perfecting strokes, and learning advanced skills in a pre-competitive style. Children must come to class knowing how to swim all of the above strokes and have no fear of deep water. If coming through the YMCA swim program, they must have passed Guppy level.

Teens and Adults

Adult Lap/Stroke Swim:
Participants will be given a stroke workout that promotes distance, endurance, and technique. This class is for those who already can swim. (No Lessons)

Teen/Adult Swim Lessons: This class is suitable for adults and young adults who have limited swimming ability and are unable to float or swim. We will work to reduce fears and develop comfort in the water. Skills taught include front and back floats and arm strokes. Also covered are rotary breathing, water safety skills, and various strokes. Swimmers should have a desire to swim properly and to increase their endurance.