Swim Lessons2018-10-16T12:19:03+00:00

2014-06-18_AOF-3558_RGBThe Cortland County Family YMCA offers a variety of progressive group lessons for all abilities!

NEW! We’ve moved to the YMCA swim lesson program. Swimmers will work with instructors in smaller groups, with placement based on their age and ability.

Winter swim lessons start on October 29th.

No swim lessons Saturday, November 10th due to a swim meet.

No swim lessons Monday, November 19th – 24th for Thanksgiving break.


Swimmer Placement Chart (.pdf)

Ages 6 months to 5 years:

A/B (Water Discovery and Exploration)----4:30 PM10:15 AM
1 (Water Acclimation)4:00 PM4:00 PM4:30 PM10:15 AM
2 (Water Movement)4:00 PM4:00 PM4:30 PM10:15 AM
3 (Water Stamina)4:30 PM4:00 PM4:00 PM10:45 AM


Ages 6 to 12 years

1 (Water Acclimation)4:00 PM4:30 PM4:00 PM10:45 AM
2 (Water Movement)4:30 PM4:30 PM4:00 PM10:45 AM
3 (Water Stamina)4:30 PM4:30 PM4:00 PM10:45 AM
4 (Stroke Introduction)4:30 PM4:30 PM4:00 PM10:45 AM
5 (Stroke Development)4:30 PM4:30 PM4:00 PM10:45 AM
6 (Stroke Mechanics)4:30 PM4:30 PM4:00 PM10:45 AM
Endurance4:30 PM4:30 PM4:00 PM10:45 AM


Swim Lesson Prices

Weekday Afternoons (Seven Lessons, Once Weekly)

Cortland YMCA Members: $38.50
Community Members: $49

Saturday Mornings (Six Lessons, Once Weekly)

Cortland YMCA Members: $33
Community Members: $42

Parents are welcome to purchase a second day of classes for their children.

Swim Free Lesson Program

The YMCA offers FREE swimming lessons for any 7-year-old up to their 8th Birthday. Please stop into the front desk or call for details. Proof of age is required.

What Level Should My Child Be Enrolled In?

Levels are taught in a progressive manner. Instructors will assess the skill level of current swimmers during the final week of the session, and provide parents with their new placement. Parents will be asked to select a level for new students. Instructors will adjust their level if needed after the first week of lessons.  Advanced levels (Stage 6 and Endurance) require a swim test held on the first day of class.

–Private Swim Lessons available by appointment–

For more information, contact Bethany Schroeder at (607) 756-2893 or bethany@cortlandymca.org


Adult/Teen Group Lessons

For adults and teens ages 13 and up.  Group instruction for ALL abilities.   Classes are held Mondays at 7:30 pm.


Weather Notice:

If Cortland County has a travel warning or state of emergency, classes will be cancelled.


We look forward to an excellent swimming experience for you and your child! Please, if you have any questions or concerns, contact Bethany Schroeder, Aquatics Director, at bethany@cortlandymca.org.