Swim Instruction

Baby & Me

Baby & Me meets Mondays and Fridays, 10:00-10:30 am.

Baby & Me is a fun and playful session in which children, ages 6 months - 3 years, can learn to be comfortable in the water. Caregiver must be in the water. Caregiver and child will explore front and back buoyancy and balancing independence with water safety.  

Per Session (8 lessons) Pricing: $45 for members, $50 for non-members. 

Session 4: April 30 - May 25
Session 5: June 4 - 29
Session 6: July 2 - 27

Group Swim Lessons 

Each session is 4 weeks and includes two, 30 minute classes per week. The cost for the 8 lesson session is $45 for members and $50 for non-members. 

Session 4: April 30 - May 26
Session 5: June 4 - 30
Session 6: July 2 - August 1* (No class on Wednesday July 4) 

Class Options:

Monday 5 pm 5:30 pm

Wednesday 5 pm 5:30 pm

Saturday 10 am 10:30 am 11 am 11:30 am

No more than 6 learners/instructor. Lessons are structured progressively to advance learner’s abilities throughout the program. More advanced lessons are available upon request.

Aquatic Program Rules

All YWCA and YWCA Pool rules (as posted in the pool area) apply when present for lessons.

  • Group lesson participants must be an appropriate age for the program in which they wish to participate
  • All individuals must have a signed liability waiver on file in order to participate in Aquatic Programs. Signed waivers are good for one year.
  • Proper swim wear is required. Only clean, appropriate attire designed for swimming is allowed. Street clothes, underwear, see-through swim wear and cotton clothing are prohibited.
  • Families are encourages to use the family changing room (located in the Aquatic Hallway between the Men's and Women's locker room) when children are escorted by a parent of the opposite sex.
  • Participants must take a cleansing shower before entering the water. Showers are located in the locker rooms.
  • Parents may observe lessons from the bleachers on the pool deck. However, if a parent's presence becomes a distraction to the swimmer or instructor, parents may be asked to relocate to the viewing area in the Aquatics hallway to watch the remainder of lessons through the windows.
  • To promote participant success, instructors may move swimmers to another level. Transfers may occur if a swimmer's skill level is far outside the level of skill required for the lesson.
  • Participants waiting for lessons to begin should wait for a swim instructor to meet them before entering the water. Children may not participate in recreational swimming in the swim lesson area before or after their scheduled lesson time, as to not disrupt other lessons being conducted. If there is an open lane, swim lesson participants may swim in an open lane at the discretion of the lifeguard. Lanes must be made available for recreational use by members of the YWCA pool.
  • Please encourage your children to use the restroom before lessons. Please discuss with your child the importance of getting to the restroom and not using the pool as a restroom. We understand that accidents in the pool can happen. If an accident occurs, the pool will be cleared and evaluated until it is safe for the participants to enter the water and will most likely result in lessons being cancelled for the remainder of the day.
  • In the event that a swim lesson has to be cancelled by the YWCA, make up lessons will be arranged with families either on a separate make up day or by offering students an extra lesson during one of the weeks following the close of the session. If students chose to take additional lessons to satisfy a make up lesson, the Aquatics Director must be notified in advance to ensure proper instructor-to-student ration can still be satisfied
  • Make up lessons are not offered to for students who miss lessons due to illness or other previous obligations.
  • To be eligible for a lesson credit when a participants must cancel a private lesson, a notice of at least 24 hours is required.
  • Swim lessons are a time for fun, and also a time for learning and practice. As such, all swim lesson participants are expected to listen to and respect their swim instructors. We understand that there will be times when children have trouble focusing or are having a difficult day. We would like to resolve any behavioral issues in a timely matter to avoid any negative effect on the learning environment and to keep all children participating in the lesson. Our behavioral policy:
      • 1st Offense: participant will receive a verbal warning from the instructor explaining the inappropriate behavior.
      • 2nd Offense: participant will be asked to sit on the side of the pool for a pre-determined time based on the nature of the offense. Participant may also lost ability to participate in things like "free time" or games.
      • 3rd Offense: participant will be removed from the activity for the remainder of the lesson with the ability to try again next lesson.
      • Steps in the behavior policy can be skipped and a participant may be sent directly to the attention of the Aquatics Director if the incident is deemed dangerous to other participants.
  • The YWCA has the right to terminate the registration of any participant refusing to abide by the rules and policies of the YWCA Swim Lesson Program.

For questions about the YWCA Swim Lesson Programs, please contact Jordan Bonfitto at jbonfitto@ywcalafayette.org or
(765) 423-7042.



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