Building Confident Swimmers

Signing up for swim lessons has never been easier! To ensure every swimmer improves in their skills throughout each session, we will place swimmers in classes based on the day and time they have chosen and like abilities. 

The Y follows a progressive swim lesson program, where swimmers advance from one level or stage to the next as they complete the required skills for each stage. Each stage of our program gradually becomes more challenging in skills and endurance. CLICK HERE for details about the stages and swim lesson skills taught in the YMCA swim lesson program. 

Swim lessons are available at all Tampa Y family centers and YMCA Camp Cristina. 

Select the age group or type of swim lesson to learn more. Choose the location and day to sign up for swim lessons! 

Swim lessons at the Tampa Y begin at 6 months old. A parent joins their child in the pool to get the baby acclimated to the water. Parents learn water safety skills to keep the child safe in and around water. 

Swim lesson sessions include 6 lessons. Weekday lessons meet 2x/week for 3 weeks; weekend lessons meet 1x/week for 6 weeks.

Cost per session: $65/members; $115/non-members

What to expect: 
On the first day of lessons, parents & child will meet on the pool deck, check-in with the on deck supervisor and meet their swim instructor.

Registering is easy! Determine the location and weekday/weekend session you'd like below, and click Register to complete your enrollment.

Parent & Child

Location Weekday Lessons Weekend Lessons
Bob Sierra Register Not Available
Bob Sierra
Youth & Family Center
Not Available Register
Central City Register Register
Campo Register Register
East Pasco Register Register
New Tampa Not Available Register
North Brandon Not Available Register
Northwest Hillsborough Not Available Register
Plant City Not Available Register
South Tampa Register Register
Spurlino Register Register
YMCA Camp Cristina Not Available Register

 

For beginner swimmers ages 3 to 5 years, preschool swim lessons focus on developing comfort with underwater exploration, basic self-rescue skills, safe water entry/exit, body position/control, changing directions and forward movement.

More advanced preschool age swimmers focus on performing the skills listed above, at longer distances. Swimmers will also learn side breathing and integrated arm/leg action. As they progress through the program, swimmers will learn and practice front crawl, back crawl, elementary backstroke, basic breaststroke and butterfly kick and treading water skills.

Swim lesson sessions include 6 lessons. Weekday lessons meet 2x/week for 3 weeks; weekend lessons meet 1x/week for 6 weeks.

Cost per session: $65/members; $115/non-members

What to expect: 
For all swim lesson sessions, swimmers will be placed into classes based on like abilities. On the first day of lessons, participants will meet on the pool deck, check-in with the on deck supervisor and meet their swim instructor. Parents will receive a mid-session progress update at the conclusion of lesson #3 and an end of session report card on the last day of the session, class #6.

Registering is easy! Determine the location and weekday OR weekend session you'd like below, and click Register to complete your enrollment.

Preschool (ages 3-5)

Location Weekday Lessons Weekend Lessons
Bob Sierra Register Register
Bob Sierra
Youth & Family Center
Register Register
Central City Register Register
Campo Register Register
East Pasco Register Register
New Tampa Register Register
North Brandon Register Register
Northwest Hillsborough Register Register
Plant City Register Register
South Tampa Register Register
Spurlino Register Register
YMCA Camp Cristina Register Register

The school age swim lesson program is for children ages 6 to 12 years. Beginner swimmers focus on developing comfort going under water, self-rescue skills, body position/control, changing directions and forward movement.

Intermediate school age swimmers focus on performing the skills listed above, at longer distances. Swimmers will also learn side breathing and integrated arm/leg action.

More advanced swimmers will learn and practice stroke techniques for front crawl, back crawl, elementary backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly at progressively longer distances. Swimmers will focus on stroke technique, endurance and treading water.

Swim lesson sessions include 6 lessons, which are 40 minutes in length. Weekday lessons meet 2x/week for 3 weeks; weekend lessons meet 1x/week for 6 weeks.

Cost per session: $65/members; $115/non-members

What to expect: 
For all swim lesson sessions, swimmers will be placed into classes based on like abilities. On the first day of lessons, participants will meet on the pool deck, check-in with the on deck supervisor and meet their swim instructor. Parents will receive a mid-session progress update at the conclusion of lesson #3 and an end of session report card on the last day of the session, class #6.

Registering is easy! Determine the location and weekday OR weekend session you'd like below, and click Register to complete your enrollment.

School Age (ages 6 -12)

Location Weekday Lessons Weekend Lessons
Bob Sierra Register Register
Bob Sierra
Youth & Family Center
Register Register
Central City Register Register
Campo Register Register
East Pasco Register Register
New Tampa Register Register
North Brandon Register Register
Northwest Hillsborough Register Register
Plant City Register Register
South Tampa Register Register
Spurlino Register Register
YMCA Camp Cristina Register Register

Swim lessons for adults and teens start at age 13 and lessons will be tailored based on the individual’s ability at the time of the first lesson of the session. Participants may have little to no swimming skills, a fear of water or may be looking to improve their stroke technique. Swim lessons are progressive and build on skills learned throughout the session.

Lesson Focus by Skill Level

  • Beginner: develop comfort going under water, basic self-rescue skills in addition to basic front and back floating
  • Intermediate: develop intermediate self-rescue skills while learning side breathing and integrated arm/leg action and will learn basic breaststroke and butterfly kick.
  • Advanced: basic stroke techniques in front crawl and back crawl, and reinforce their water safety skills by practicing treading water and elementary backstroke. Focus on endurance as they practice and focus on stroke technique for front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke.  

Swim lesson sessions include 6 lessons. Teen & Adult lessons are 40 minutes in length. Max of 8 students per lesson. Weekday lessons meet 2x/week for 3 weeks; weekend lessons meet 1x/week for 6 weeks.

Cost per session: $65/members; $115/non-members

What to expect: 
For all swim lesson sessions, swimmers will be placed into classes based on like abilities. On the first day of lessons, participants will meet on the pool deck, check-in with the on deck supervisor and meet their swim instructor. Participants will receive a mid-session progress update at the conclusion of lesson #3 and an end of session report card on the last day of the session, class #6.

Registering is easy! Determine the location and weekday OR weekend session you'd like below, and click Register to complete your enrollment.

Teen/Adult (ages 13+)

Location Weekday Lessons Weekend Lessons
Bob Sierra Register Not Available
Bob Sierra
Youth & Family Center
Not Available Register
Central City Register Register
Campo Not Available Register
East Pasco Not Available Not Available
New Tampa Not Available Register
North Brandon Not Available Register
Northwest Hillsborough Not Available Register
Plant City Not Available Not Available
South Tampa Not Available Register
Spurlino Register Register
YMCA Camp Cristina Not Available Not Available

Private lessons are available for swimmers ages 3+ and work one-on-one with a certified swim lesson instructor. Lessons will be tailored to each participants abilities and goals. Packages are available in 1 lesson, 3 lessons or 6 lessons and are 30 minutes in length.

Session Packages

  • (1) 30 minute session:  $38 (members); $66 (non-members)
  • (3) 30 minute sessions:  $92 (members); $163 (non-members)
  • (6) 30 minute sessions:  $172 (members); $306 (non-members)

Semi-Private lessons are available for participants ages 3+ in groups of 2 to 3 people who want to take private lessons together. These small group lessons are perfect for families, siblings and/or friends. Packages are available in 1 lesson, 3 lessons or 6 lessons and are 30 minutes in length. Each individual participant is required to purchase a package of lessons. 

Session Packages

  • (1) 30 minute session:  $29 (members); $50 (non-members)
  • (3) 30 minute sessions:  $70 (members); $123 (non-members)
  • (6) 30 minute sessions:  $130 (members); $230 (non-members)

Registering is easy! Determine the location you'd like below, and click Register to complete your enrollment. After enrolling for Private and/or Semi-Private swim lessons, the Aquatics Director from your YMCA location will contact you to learn more about the swimmer(s)—ages, general abilities, comfort level in the water and goals. At that time the Aquatics Director will also discuss availability, preferred frequency of lessons and will connect you with an instructor and choose a start date.

Location Private & Semi-private Swim Lessons
Bob Sierra Available at YFC, below
Bob Sierra Youth & Family Center Register
Central City Register
Campo Register
East Pasco Register
New Tampa Email NTSwimInstructor@tampaymca.org
North Brandon Register
Northwest Hillsborough Register
Plant City Register
South Tampa Register
Spurlino Register
YMCA Camp Cristina Register