YMCA of Southeastern North Carolina

Swim Lessons

The Y’s new swim lesson progression curriculum is designed to help participants reach their goals and provide a clear progression track.

Benefits of this approach include:

  • Accommodating students of varying abilities and ages
  • Fostering a sense of achievement and self-confidence
  • Staying grounded in a skill continuum that allows students to move easily from one stage to the next with clearly defined stages of progress along the way. See detailed information on the new skills taught in each of the stages >>
  • Encouraging students to have fun and develop new friendships through group activities
  • Improving communication about student’s progress

Students can register for one of eight stages under our three swim categories depending upon their age and current swim ability:

If you need additional help in determining your child’s swim stage, see our Swim Lesson Selector.


Parents please be advised of new modifications, for both private and group lessons, going forward to adhere to our state and local policies and guidelines. 

As our state has moved into Phase 3 for reopening we will now be having our instructors back in the water to teach.  All instructors will be required to wear face shields while teaching, as well as washing hands, shields and equipment in between lessons.  During lessons each child will have their own kickboard or noodle as needed for the lesson.  We will NOT have extra goggles or toys available.  We will no longer be requiring parents to be in the water with their child during lessons; except for our parent-child Stage A and B classes.  If a parent does want to get in to help their child alongside the instructor that is perfectly okay.  Additionally, there will be no family swim while swim lessons are in the pool.  The entire pool will be closed off to just lessons during specific times.  I know some of you are Y members, and have used our Kids Zone for siblings, so please know this area has now reopened under limited hours.  The Kids Zone schedule can be seen on our website or Y app.  If you are not assisting your child in the water, we have a few benches for you to spread out while you watch your child enjoy the water! Please know we have limited capacity and we recommend only one adult per family bringing children to the pool for their lessons.

Sep-Nov 2020 Lessons


SWIM STARTERS  |  Stages A & B

Accompanied by a parent, infants and toddlers learn to be comfortable in the water and develop swim readiness skills through fun and confidence-building experiences.
Ages: 6 Months - 3 Years 
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SWIM BAsicS  |  Stages 1, 2, & 3

Students learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by learning benchmark skills.
Ages: 3+ Years
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SWIM STROKES  |  Stages 4, 5 & 6

Having mastered the fundamentals, students learn additional water safety skills that prevent chronic disease, increase social-emotional and cognitive well-being, and foster a lifetime of physical activity.

Ages: 6+ Years


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Learn to swim one-on-one with an experienced instructor- certified in CPR, AED and First Aid.
Ages: 3+ Years
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Swim strokes Clinics

Our Swim Stroke Clinics are an advanced series of swim instruction for youth who are interested in stroke proficiency for swim teams or lifeguarding certifications.
Ages: 6-14 Years

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Past Participant?

If you are a current or past participant and wondering about what swim lessons to sign up for, check out our conversion chart & FAQ below or feel free to contact the Swim Lessons Coordinator, Kate Norwood, at kate.norwood@ymcasenc.org.

Lessons Conversion Chart

questions? Contact us! 

Kate Norwood, Swim Lessons Coordinator
(910) 251-9622 x235
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