Swim Lessons

DSC_6036_DxOThe Waynesboro Family YMCA has taught thousands of people, young and old, in the Valley how to swim. Regardless of your age or ability, we have trained staff to assist you in your growth and development. Please contact us for assistance in finding the appropriate time and skill level that meets your needs. We look forward to serving you.


Contact our Aquatics Director, Jennifer Ford:
(540) 943-9622 Ext. 206



$44 for 8 weeks

Program Member
$80 for 8 weeks



Monday Lessons
June 5 – July 24 (8 weeks)

  • Thursday Lessons June 8 – July 27 (8 weeks)
  • Saturday Lessons June 10 – July 29 (8 weeks)

Monday – Thursday Lessons
(Fridays will be used as make-up dates only if class is cancelled)

  • Session I June 5 – 8 June 12 – 15 (8 classes)
  • Session II June 19 – June 22 June 26 – June 30 (8 classes)
  • Session III July 3 – 7 No class 7/4/17 July 10– 13 (8 classes)
  • Session IV July 17 – 20 July 24 – 27 (8 classes)



Ages 6 months – 3 years with parent

THURSDAY 5:30-6 pm
SATURDAY 9-10:30 am

This class is designed to give parents, and their child an early introduction to water safety, and beginning swim techniques. Instructors will focus on water comfort and safety for both the child and the parent and structure the class to include songs, games, instruction, and free time.



Ages 3-5 years without parent

MONDAY 6-6:30 pm
THURSDAY4:30-5 pm
SATURDAY 9:30-10 am

Pike: Instructors will focus on getting swimmers acclimated to the water, how to balance in the water and paddling on their fronts and backs.
Eel: Instructors will focus on refining body position in the water, stroke development on the front, back and side and being able to swim 15 feet without a flotation device.

MONDAY 6:30-7 pm
THURSDAY 5-5:30 pm
SATURDAY 10-10:30 am

Ray: Swimmers will no longer be using flotation devices at this level and instructors will work with swimmers to improve stroke technique and swim 25 feet unassisted using front and back crawl as well as sidestroke and elementary backstroke.
Starfish: Swimmers will learn to swim the full length of the pool unassisted using front and back crawl, sidestroke and elementary backstroke. The instructors will also focus on teaching level body position, rhythmic breathing and rotary head movement.



Ages 6-12 years without parent

MONDAY 5:40-6:20 pm
THURSDAY 4:30-5:10 pm
SATURDAY 10:30 am – 11:10 am

Polliwog: This class is specially designed for children who are just learning to swim. Instructors will use flotation devices to assist swimmers with water safety and orientation while focusing on the front and back crawl.
Guppy: This class is specially designed for children who may still need assistance in the pool. Swimmers will learn how to swim 15 yards with minimal assistance, master rhythmic breathing and will be introduced to rotary breathing techniques.

MONDAY-THURSDAY 11:20 am-noon
MONDAY 5-5:40 pm
THURSDAY 5:50-6:30 pm
SATURDAY 11:10-11;50 am

Minnow: This class is specially designed for children who can swim without assistance. Swimmers will learn to complete 1-2 lengths of the pool without stopping, master the breaststroke and be introduced to dolphin kick and overarm recovery.
Fish: This class is specially designed for children who can swim 25 yards without assistance. Swimmers will learn how to swim 50 yards of each stroke (front, back, breast and side) without stopping and be introduced to butterfly and open turns.

MONDAY-THURSDAY 11:50 am-12:30 pm
THURSDAY 6:30-7:10 pm

Flying Fish/Shark: This class is specially designed for children who can swim without assistance. Swimmers will learn how to swim each stroke (breast, front, back, side and butterfly) 100 yards without stopping, master starts,flip turns, open turns and pullouts and be able to complete a 200 individual medley.



Ages 3-16 years

Member $44
Program Member $80

Aquatic exercise is highly recommended for children with special needs. Most children are able to learn to swim with patient, caring swim instructors. This program is open to children with (but not limited to) Autism, Cerebral Palsy, MS, Down syndrome, and physical limitations. Parents work with the instructor to set goals and the children work one-on-one with an instructor over the course of 6 weeks to reach those goals. Please contact the aquatics office at (540) 943-9622 x206 for more information.



All ages

1 Lesson: Member $20, Program Member $40
3 Lessons: Member $55, Program Member $110
6 Lessons: Member $100, Program Member $200

Individual instruction, half hour lessons with one of our instructors for the best results. Instructors will work hard to develop a personalized program for swimmers of any age or ability.



1 Lesson: $30/$60
3 Lessons: $84/$168
6 Lessons: $156/$312

One single instructor for 2 children, half hour lesson. Semiprivate lessons are an affordable alternative to group lessons with more individualized attention.



Ages 13 and up

MONDAY 6:20-7 pm

Instructors help to build skills, confidence and endurance in the pool. Beginner swimmers, not comfortable in the water, will learn the basics including putting their face in the water, floating on their back, and basic front and back crawl, with or without a flotation device. Swimmers who are comfortable in the water will work on basic strokes and learning how to lap swim.

Want more information?

Stop by the front desk or contact us by email or phone.