The Meadowlands YMCA offers progressive swim lessons for ages 6 months - 5 years. Lessons are taught year round in our temperature-controlled indoor pool.

Preschool swim lessons have a low child-to-instructor ratio. YMCA swim instructors are trained to work with younger children and lifeguards are always on the pool deck during swim lessons. Parents are welcome to watch lessons from the pool viewing deck.

We use swim lesson stages to ensure your preschooler is placed according to their ability.


STAGE A: Water Discovery

Ages: 6-18 MONTHS

Ratio 1:10

Parents accompany children in Stage A, which introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment through exploration and encourages them to enjoy themselves while learning about the water. This is a parent/child class. 

STAGE B: Water Exploration


Ratio 1:10

In Stage B, parents work with their children to explore body positions, floating, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills. This is a parent/child class. 

STAGE C: Water Acclimation

Ages: 3-5

Ratio 1:6

Students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water in Stage C. This stage lays the foundation that allows for a student’s future progress in swimming.

STAGE D: Water Movement

Ages: 3-5

Ratio 1:6

In Stage D, students focus on body position and control, directional change, and forward movement in the water while also continuing to practice how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water.



Registrations for all swim lessons can be completed in person at the Meadowlands YMCA or over the phone.

You must be a Meadowlands YMCA member in good standing to register for swim lessons.

Children 4+ must have a swim evaluation completed prior to registering (except those currently enrolled in swim lessons). This is to ensure the safety of your child, the other children in the lesson, and the instructor. Children under 4 are not advised to take swim evaluations.

Online registration is not available at this time. No make-up lessons will be given for missed swim lessons. 


SWIM EVALUATIONS - 4 to 14yrs old

Sometimes it’s difficult to determine which level is right for your swimmer. We offer FREE swim evaluations that assess abilities to find the proper placement for correct development.

To schedule a swim test or to try and determine which level you or your child is please contact our Aquatics Director - Joelle Nessine.