Canandaigua Family YMCA

Canandaigua Family YMCA

Youth Development. Healthy Living. Social Responsibility.

Phone 585.394.6866
Child Care 585.394.1440

Youth Swim

Swim lessons are designed to build confidence and endurance, teach water safety, as well as water sports and games while allowing children to progress through the steps of learning how to swim. It is expected that a child will repeat a certain level multiple times until they are developmentally ready to move on.

Jump In with Youth Swim Lessons

Summer Swim Lessons

Swim lessons at the Y will be run in 1-week blocks. Each week will start a new round! The lessons will run Monday – Friday. We hope this will make it easy when planning family vacations! Also, all swim lessons will be the same levels! Times to be announced soon. Registration for summer swim lessons is open!
Monday – Friday Lessons
Skips: 9 – 9:30 am
Prepike & Pike: 9 – 9:45
Eel & Ray: 4 – 4:45 pm
Tadpole/Polliwog, Guppy, Minnow/Fish: 5 – 6 pm
Cost: $42/$74

Saturday Swim Lessons will be offered too for all levels. These swim lessons will run for 8 weeks.
Skips: Saturday: 9:00 – 9:30 am; 9:40 – 10:10 am
Pre-Pike: Saturday: 10:20 – 10:50 am; 11 – 11:30 am
Pike: Saturday: 9:00 – 9:30 am; 10:20 – 10:50 am
Eel: Saturday: 9:40 – 10:10 am; 10:40 – 11:10 am
Ray: Saturday: 10:40 – 11:10 am
Tadpole: Saturday: 9:00 – 9:40 am
Polliwog: Saturday: 9:00 – 9:40 am; 9:50 – 10:30 am
Guppy: Saturday: 9:00 – 9:40 am; 9:50 – 10:30 am
Minnow: Saturday: 9:50 – 10:30 am
Fish: Saturday: 10:40 – 11:20 am

Cost: $48 for members/$80 for non-members
$5 discount for people who sign up for Summer Camp and Summer Lessons

Young Child Lessons

Swim diapers are required for Skips and any other child who is not fully toilet trained. During the first lesson, the instructor will assess all children’s abilities and may move your child to a different level to better serve his or her needs.

The following programs will begin the week of September 3. Registration for these programs will occur on August 20 for members after 6pm online only or on Tuesday, August 22 for non-members.

SKIPS (Parent/Child ages 6-36 mos.) Songs, safety and water enjoyment with parent.
Monday 9:15 – 9:45 am
Thursday 9:00 – 9:30 am; 4:10 – 4:40 pm
Saturday 9:00 – 9:30 am; 9:40 – 10:10 am

PRE-PIKE (Parent/Child ages 33mos-5 yrs. ) Transition from swimming with a parent to an instructor-directed class.
Parent/Child ages 24-32 months may participate but need past participation in Skips and instructor approval.
Monday 9:55 – 10:25 am;
Thursday 9:55 – 10:25 am; 4:50 – 5:20
Saturday 10:20 – 10:50 am; 11:00 – 11:30 am

PIKE (3-5 yrs.) Introduction to swimming on front, back and side. Float belts used. Low instructor-to-student ratio.
Monday 9:55 -10:25 am;
Tuesday 4:40 – 5:10 pm
Thursday 9:15 – 9:45 am; 5:30 – 6:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 – 9:30 am; 10:20 – 10:50 am

EEL (3-5 yrs.) Swimmers will move from wearing just 1-2 bubbles to no bubbles, while gaining endurance and confidence on front, back & side. Rhythmic breathing emphasized.
Monday 9:15 – 9:45 am
Tuesday 4:40 – 5:10 pm
Thursday 9:55 – 10:25 am; 4:35 – 5:05 pm
Saturday 9:40 – 10:10 am

School Age Lessons

(Ages 6-14 years only) Children must be 6 years of age prior to enrolling in the youth levels. Youth lessons will provide beginning water adjustments through advanced stroke development accompanied by skills in water safety, personal safety and an appreciation of water sports and games.
Cost for all Youth Lessons: $42/$74

TADPOLE Beginners with little or no water experience. Introduction to swimming on front, back and side. Float belts are used.
Thursday: 4:00 – 4:40 pm

POLLIWOG For those comfortable wearing just 1-2 bubbles. Gain endurance and confidence on front, back, and side while working toward no float belt.
Tuesday 3:50 – 4:30 pm
Wednesday 6:00 – 6:40 pm
Thursday 4:50 – 5:30 pm
Saturday 9:00 – 9:40 am

GUPPY Front/back crawl, sidestroke, breaststroke, elementary backstroke. Rhythmic breathing/kneeling dives. No float belts.
Tuesday 3:50 – 4:30 pm
Wednesday 6:00 – 6:40 pm
Thursday 5:20 – 6:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 – 9:40 am; 9:50 – 10:30 am

MINNOW Further stroke development. Rotary breathing/standing dives.
Tuesday 5:20 – 6:00 pm
Saturday 9:50 – 10:30 am

Pre-Competitive Prepare for swim team with our pre-competitive program. This class teaches stroke technique, starts, turns and streamlines. Pre-requisites: Completion of Ray or Guppy and ability to swim 25 yds. on front and back.
Wednesday: 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Cost: $85/$145

Youth & Family Private Swim Lessons Private or semi-private swim lessons allow participants to work at a personalized level to achieve swim goals.

Private swim lessons are a good way to help swimmers focus on a particular skill, or to help overcome a fear of the water.
2 – 30 min. lessons $25/$30
5 – 30 min. lessons $63/$75
10 – 30 min. lessons $125/$150
Contact Grace for more information.

Safety First

Why swim bands?
As we strive to make our pool safe, we want to assist parents in determining the level of swim readiness of their child.

How does this work?
If your child hasn’t been tested in swim lessons or in another capacity, see a lifeguard to be tested. Once your child has been tested it will be recorded in our computer system. Every time your child plans to swim please stop at the front desk where they will issue you the correct swim band for your child.

What do you have to do for each band level?
Here is a full description of the Band Test that needs to be passed for each level.

Please note: There are NO exceptions. If you do not wish to have your child tested, he/she will NEED to wear an IFD or PFD and have a parent IN THE WATER, within arms’ reach.

Canandaigua YMCA Lightning Policy

The pool will be closed when there are storms with extensive lightning in close proximity to the YMCA. It will remain closed until the storm cell has passed the area, up to 30 minutes after the last lightning was seen. Members are encouraged to wait out the storm, but out of the water and away from the windows. The National Lightning Safety Institute (NLSI) recommends closing both indoor and outdoor bathing facilities during a thunderstorm.

The need to close the pool will be determined by the Aquatic Director, duty officer or lifeguards on duty. The National Weather Service radio or internet issued reports of “watches” (conditions favorable to develop severe weather) or “warnings” (severe weather reported in the area) along with radar images available through the internet ( should be used to make informed decisions on the timing and duration of a closure. The number of seconds between a lightning flash and thunder divided by five will give you the distance, in miles, from your location. The goal is to provide an increased level of safety for the members and staff without undue interruption to program.

For more information contact Aquatics Director, Grace Conklin at 585.394.6866.

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