The YMCA of Kingston & Ulster County

(845) 338-3810
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507 Broadway
Kingston NY 12401
(845) 338-3810

Facility Hours

Monday – Friday5:00am – 9:00pm
Saturday7:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday 9:00am – 3:00pm

Holiday Hours

If holiday falls on a Sunday we open at 9am.

New Years Day5:00am – Noon
Good Friday5:00am – Noon
Easter SundayClosed
4th of July5:00am – Noon
Memorial Day5:00am – Noon
Labor Day5:00am – Noon
Thanksgiving5:00am – Noon
Christmas EveNormal* – Noon
ChristmasClosed
New Years EveNormal* – Noon

*Normal Start – depends on the day of the week on which the holiday falls.

Swim Lessons

Make a splash! Gain confidence Develop a life skill.

New YMCA Swim Lessons Overview

The YMCA Swim Lessons program helps adults, kids, and families learn an important life skill and supports them in gaining the knowledge, ability, and stamina to become strong and confident swimmer.

The new curriculum for Y Swim Lessons accommodates varying abilities to help foster a sense of achievement as swimmers’ progress between levels. Through this approach, advanced swimmers flow more easily to higher levels while swimmers who need more instruction can learn at their own pace. This results in more confident swimmers who stick with lessons and develop a love for swimming that can last a lifetime.

There are three categories of Y Swim Lessons:

  • Swim Starters develops water enrichment and aquatic readiness in children ages 6 months to 3 years. This category focuses on developing swim readiness skills through fun and confidence-building experiences. Parents also learn how to supervise children in the water, how to prevent accidents and how to plan for emergencies.
  • Swim Basics develops personal water safety and basic swimming skills in students of all ages. Swimmers develop a high level of comfort in the water by practicing safe water habits, engaging in underwater exploration, and learning how to swim to safety and exit if they fall into a body of water.
  • Swim Strokes introduces and refines stroke technique in older students (school age, teens and adults). Having mastered the fundamentals, students learn additional water safety skills and build stroke technique, developing skills that prevent chronic disease, increase social-emotional and cognitive well-being and foster a lifetime of physical activity.

Swim Starters

OFFERED FOR INFANT & TODDLERS (6 MONTHS TO 3 YEARS)

Previously called Parent & Infant, Parent & Child Swim Lessons

Stage A: Water Discovery

Parents accompany children in this stage, which introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment through exploration and encourages them to enjoy themselves while learning about the water. The goals of this stage include the following:

  • Encouraging parents to set developmentally appropriate expectations for infants and toddlers enrolled in swim lessons
  • Introducing and emphasizing basic water safety to parents and providing a positive family aquatic experience
  • Building relationships among and between parents and children by providing opportunities for fun and interaction in the water

Stage B: Water Exploration

In this stage, parents work with their children to explore body positions, floating, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills. The goals of this stage include the following:

  • Encouraging children to move purposefully in the water in response to visual and verbal cues and using toys and flotation devices
  • Emphasizing basic aquatic safety to parents
  • Building relationships among and between parents and children by providing opportunities for fun and interaction in the water

Swim Basics

OFFERED FOR PRESCHOOL (3-5 years), SCHOOL AGE (5-12 years) and TEENS & ADULTS (12+)

Previously called Preschool level 1 & 2, Youth level 1-5 and Adult Swim Lessons

Stage 1: Water Acclimation

Students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water in stage 1. This stage lays the foundation that allows for a student’s future progress in swimming. Students in this stage focus on the following:

  • Exploring the aquatic environment and personal skills with instructor help
  • Developing basic skills to propel and glide through the water with instructor help
  • Learning basic aquatic safety and accepting some of the responsibility for safe practices.

Stage 2: Water Movement

In this stage, students focus on body position and control, directional change, and forward movement in the water while also continuing to practice how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water. Students in this stage focus on the following:  

  • Exploring the aquatic environment and personal skills without instructor help
  • Developing basic skills to propel and glide through the water without instructor help
  • Learning basic aquatic and boating safety and accepting some of the responsibility for safe practices.

Stage 3: Water Stamina

In this stage, students learn how to swim to safety from a longer distance than in previous stages in the event of falling into a body of water. This stage also introduces rhythmic breathing and integrated arm and leg action. Students in this stage focus on the following:

  • Integrating arm action, leg action, and rhythmic breathing in back and front glides
  • Developing forward movement on the front and back
  • Practicing skills and safety techniques in deep water.

Swim Strokes

OFFERED FOR PRESCHOOL (3-5 years), SCHOOL AGE (5-12 years) and TEENS & ADULTS (12+)

Previously called Preschool level 1&2, Youth level 1-5 and Adult Swim Lessons

Stage 4: Stroke Introduction

Students in this stage develop stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and learn the breaststroke kick and butterfly kick. Water safety is reinforced through treading water and elementary backstroke. Students in this stage focus on the following:

  • Developing the front crawl and back crawl
  • Introducing components of the breaststroke and butterfly
  • Practicing safety techniques in deep water.

Stage 5: Stroke Development

Students in this stage work on stroke technique and learn all major competitive strokes. The emphasis on water safety continues through treading water and sidestroke. Students in this stage focus on the following:

  • Developing stamina in the front crawl and back crawl
  • Developing the breaststroke and butterfly
  • Building endurance techniques for deep-water safety

Stage 6: Stroke Mechanics

In this stage, students refine stroke technique on all major competitive strokes, learn about competitive swimming, and discover how to incorporate swimming into a healthy lifestyle. Students in this stage focus on the following:

  • Developing endurance in the competitive strokes
  • Developing skills related to competitive swimming like flip turns
  • Enhancing skills and building endurance in deep water

Swim Policy

Placement in youth swim classes are based on your child’s current swimming ability. At the start of each session, our instructors will evaluate your child’s skills to ensure that they match the skills required for each level. Based on that evaluation, we may work with you to move your child to a more appropriate class. Swim report cards will be given out at the end of each session. Contact aquatics with any questions or concerns @ 338-3810 ext. 114 or email nscott@ymcaulster.org

***If there is a day in which you want to enroll in a class and cannot sign up for any other day, please go on a waiting list. If there is enough interest we will happily open up a new time slot for that day.***

Specialized Swim Lessons

Special Needs – Class is available based on enrollment. Please inquire with Naisha Scott nscott@ymcaulster.org for details.

Private Swim Lessons Inquiry

This is for the individual who needs or would like one on one attention. Instructors will assist you with a range of needs from fear of water to advanced swim techniques. Semi-private or Private packages to choose from. Lessons are scheduled at your convenience and according to pool & instructor availability.

Naisha Scott nscott@ymcaulster.org