2014-06-18_AOF-3558_RGBGroup swim lessons are currently on hold until we can offer them safely. In the meantime, check out our private swim lessons option

The Cortland County Family YMCA offers a variety of progressive group lessons for all abilities!

We’ve moved to the YMCA v6 swim lesson program. Swimmers will work with instructors in smaller groups, with placement based on their age and ability.

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
7 (Endurance)4:30 PM4:30 PM4:00 PM10:45 AM


Swim Lesson Prices

Weekday Afternoons (Seven Lessons, Once Weekly)

Cortland YMCA Members: $38.50
Community Members: $56

Saturday Mornings (Seven Lessons, Once Weekly)

Cortland YMCA Members: $38.50
Community Members: $56

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 Madisyn Zimmer at (607) 756-2893 or aquatics@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 Madisyn Zimmer, Aquatics Director, at aquatics@cortlandymca.org