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Dear swim lesson participants,

Due to current law and recommendations, Raritan Valley YMCA swim lessons must remain suspended at this time.

Though chlorinated water presents no additional risk of passing infections, other considerations mandate that entire facilities remain closed: proper social distancing cannot be assured in hallways, locker rooms, etc. In any case, state mandates regarding non-essential businesses will prevent us from operating at this time.

We are committed to delivering a full session of swim lessons, and plan to teach the final 6 weeks of our current session as soon as possible. That date cannot be announced yet, but as soon as more information is available, we will provide an update.

During this time away from the pool, we recommend that parents continue to work toward keeping children safe around water, both now and in the long term. Information such as that found at joshtheotter.org can continue to increase a child’s water safety knowledge even away from swim lessons, and this is a vital element to the safety of all children.

Please stay safe during this time, and follow CDC and local health recommendations. We sincerely hope to see you all at the pool very soon.


For 2020, we have swim lessons on Sunday mornings at the Rutges Cook College pool. Schedule is below. To help choose your swim level, click the separate button for the Level Selector Guide and follow the instructions.




(Note: if this is your first time ever participating in a program with the Raritan Valley YMCA, we recommend coming to 144 Tices Lane, East Brunswick to register in person. For subsequent sign-ups, we recommend using the online registration via the button above.)


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.

REGISTRATION INFO: All class registrations are on a first-come, first enrolled basis. A current YMCA membership is required. (Exception: for lessons at Crystal Springs only, East Brunswick residents only may participate without YMCA membership. Must sign waiver.) 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 over the phone) or register online.

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.

"Kareem started here at Sunday swimming lessons and ended up at a national championship swim meet. We are so lucky to have found this program and have coaches and instructors who inspire our kids every day to be better than the day before. They taught them so much and went beyond to care for the swimmers. Their encouragement and constant motivation pushed them to heights I never thought possible. I hope The YMCA program inspires more future champions as it has inspired our four kids over the past 10 years. You’re awesome!

[Pictured: swim team member/swim lesson instructor Kareem. Top: as a swim lesson student, 2015. Bottom: as a competitive swimmer, 2019.]