The Geneva Family YMCA

399 William St.

Geneva, NY 14456

Phone: 315-789-1616

Fax: 315-789-4259


​​Summer Lesson Schedule

Mini- Session Dates:
Session 1         Mon. & Wed.       July 8, 2018 - August 3, 2018

Session 2         Mon.& Wed.   August 5, 2018 - Aug.. 31, 2018

Mondays & Wednesdays

Tiny Tots/Flying Fish/Shark     5:30 pm
Pike/Eel/Fish                              6:00 pm
Polliwog/Eel/Minnow               6:30 pm
Pike/Ray/Guppy                        7:30 pm

Fees per session:   

Members:  $35

Non-Members:  $65


We teach the nationally recognized Y Progressive Swim Program.  We have a staff of certified guards and instructors who are experienced in teaching both children and adults aquatic skills and personal safety.  We can teach you to swim whatever your age or ability.

Swim Levels

Use these guidelines when choosing your child's class

The Y Youth Swim Lesson Program is a nine level program with each level building upon the preceding one, designed to develop more efficient and self-confident swimmers.

Preschool Skippers are levels for children under age 6

Tiny Tots/Parent Child (6 months - 3 years)

This class is designed to help your child feel comfortable in the water at an early age.  The child becomes acclimated to the sights and sounds of the pool and is introduced to kicking, blowing bubbles, floating and general water movement through the use of games and toys.  You the parent, are the teacher, partnering with the Y instructor, who will guide you and your child through a positive experience.  Children should wear swim diapers under their swimsuit and must be accompanied in the water by a parent or another trusted adult.

Pike (Beginner)

The Pike level is the first level without a parent.  Instructors will focus on helping swimmers become acclimated to the water how to balance in the water using a floatation device, and how to maneuver through the water.  Swimmers will learn to enter the water safely and swim up to 5 feet without a floatation device.

Eel (Intermediate)

Eel instructors will work with your child to refine his/her body position in the water, develop front and back strokes, and be comfortable swimming 15 feet without a floatation device.

Ray (Advanced)

Swimmers will no longer wear a floatation device at this level.  Instructors will work on building the child's skills that were taught in Eel and teach them to swim 20 feet unassisted using the front and back crawl.  Instructors will also work on elementary backstroke and sitting/kneeling dives.

Progressive Lessons are for children ages 6 and over

Polliwog (Beginner)

Do you have a child who is just learning to swim or who is apprehensive?  If so, the Polliwog level is a perfect fit.  Instructors assist swimmers with water safety and orientation while focusing on the front and back crawl.  This level will also teach swimmers how to tread water for 30 seconds and will be introduced to standing/kneeling dives.

Guppy (Intermediate)

The Guppy level is the next level for children who passed Ray or Polliwog.  They may still need some assistance in the pool.  Swimmers will learn how to swim 25 yards with minimal assistance and be introduced to rotary breathing techniques, the breaststroke and sidestroke.

Minnow (Intermediate/Advanced)

The Minnow program is designed for children who can swim without assistance.  Swimmers will learn to complete 1-2 lengths in the pool without stopping using rotary breathing, master the breaststroke, and be introduced to over-arm recovery and the dolphin kick.  Swimmers will learn to tread water for 1 minute.

Fish (Pre-Advanced)

Swimmers at this level will learn how to swim each stroke (breast, front, back and side) 50 yards without stopping.  They will also be introduced to open-turns, butterfly stoke and the dolphin kick.

Flying Fish/Shark (Advanced)

Building on the skills learned at earlier levels, Flying Fish and Sharks will learn to swim each stroke 100 yards without stopping.  Instructors will also work with swimmers on refining open turns and pull-outs, and continue their skills for the butterfly stroke.  They will be introduced to the flip turn.

Teen/Adult Lessons

These classes are designed for those who are new to the water, or are looking to learn the basic swim principles.  Students will work on floating, gliding, rhythmic breathing, front crawl, and back crawl.