Progressive Swim Lessons

Need a flexible schedule or feel more comfortable with a more individual setting? Check out our private swim lessons option


The Cortland County Family YMCA offers a variety of progressive group lessons for all abilities! Swimmers will work with instructors in smaller groups, with placement based on their age and ability.

Swimmer Placement Chart (.pdf)

Swim Lesson Prices

Wednesday Afternoons (Six Lessons, Once Weekly)
December 1st through January 5th

Cortland YMCA Members: $40
Community Members: $58

Register Online

Saturday Morning Lessons Start in January of 2021.

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.

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 Madisyn Zimmer, Aquatics Director, at