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Aquatic Programs

Swim lessons, advanced aquatics courses, and more to keep your feeling safe and confident in the water!

Swim Programs

For parents/guardians and their preschool-aged children (6 and under) to relax and play in our therapy pool. Toys, lifejackets, belts, and infant sit-ins are available at this time for your and your little one to enjoy. Please ensure that you use swim diapers (blue) as regular diapers are not intended for use in water. All parents must remain within arm’s reach of children at all times.

We kindly ask older children and adults to use the leisure pool during this time.

YMCA Lane Swims lets you swim at your own pace, providing great cardiovascular exercise and improved muscle strength without stressing your joints. Lanes are available for all swim abilities. Make it a habit and you’ll soon be on your way to a healthier body. The Regional Y has four 25-metre lanes that each have a capacity of 8 people. Each lane has 3 swim speeds to suit your swimming speed: 2 slow lanes, a medium/fast lane.

Members who are ages 10+ can come to lane swim with no adult supervision. We kindly ask that toys are not used during this time. Kickboards, pull buoys, and hand paddles are available at this time.

Feel like challenging yourself? Pick a swim workout curated by lifeguards and burn some calories!

During evenings, Adult Lane Swim is available for those aged 16 years and older.

Come relax and stretch or just float around in our warm pool. Members who are ages 10+ can come unsupervised and use the provided pool noodles and weights.

During Adult Warm Swim, the therapy pool is available for those 16 years and older.

Adult Recreation Swim is for members 16+ to swim at their leisure.

Lane Swims lets you swim at your own pace, providing great cardiovascular exercise and improved muscle strength without stressing your joints. Lanes are available for all swim abilities. Make it a habit and you’ll soon be on your way to a healthier body.

Enjoy the therapeutic properties of being suspended in warm water. Ideal for those with back issues and joint pain.

Aquatic Fitness

YMCA Aquafit is a great way to get fitness benefits and improve your circulation without stressing your joints. By pushing against the resistance of water, you can adapt each session to your own level of fitness. It is a great way to add variety to your fitness program.

Swim Lessons

Knowing how to swim can save your life — or even someone else’s. It’s never too early or too late to start, we offer lessons for all stages and ages, click on the programs listed above to learn more about our Swim Lessons. Taught by certified YMCA instructors, our swimming lessons will give you lifelong skills to help you be safe in and around the water — and you just might develop a lifelong passion for swimming.

Memberships at the YMCA of Southwestern New Brunswick include swimming lessons and access to all Y programs. Your child must be a member at the Y in order to be registered for lessons.

Which Lesson Should my Child Attend?

If your child has taken lessons before and you would like to match them in a program that aligns with their experience please bring in their old report cards upon registration. Our staff will be able to match your child’s experience with the perfect Y fit.

View our Aquatics Brochure and Conversion Chart

Parent and Tot Swim Lessons: Getting time to work out with your little one can be a challenge. YMCA Parent and Tot swim sessions give you time to play, move, and splash in the pool with your infant, toddler, or preschooler and ensure you and your child get the most from your time together

Bobbers: For children 3-5 years old who are new to swimming. Children are encouraged to attend without a parent. In Bobbers, we’ll continue to introduce fun activities in the water to activate the movements that will eventually lead to swimming. By the end, your child will be comfortable having their face in the water, and will have learned basic movements while being supported

Floaters: For children 3-5 years old who have completed Bobbers or equivalent. In Floaters, we introduce floating and gliding, and continue to practice other movements. Through structured activities and play, children will also become comfortable submerging themselves under water.

Gliders: For children 3-5 years old and have completed Floaters or show an equivalent level of competence. In Gliders, children will combine kicking with gliding to learn how to propel themselves through the water.

Divers: In this level, children will learn boating safety education, standing dive, surface support, sculling & finning, and surface dives. Children will spend most of this class in the main pool

Jumpers: (Children must have passed Divers. Child must be comfortable in the main pool without a lifejacket or belt and must be able to swim ½ length of pool.) In this level, children will learn boating safety education, standing dive, surface support, sculling & finning, and surface dives. Children will spend most of this class in the main pool

Surfers: In this level, children will learn ice safety education, standing/kneeling dives, surface support, front and back somersaults, and front and back swim. Children will spend most of this class in the main pool.

Otters: An introductory level for beginner swimmers aged 6-12 years old, Otter will teach your child the basics of pool safety, going underwater, and gliding on their front and back.

The first of four levels in our national YMCA Learn to Swim program, Otter teaches your child how to stay safe in the water and to develop their swimming skills. During these classes, your child will also select from an optional list of skills to learn during the session.

Seals: For children 6-12 years old who have completed Otter or who have equivalent skills. In this level they will further develop the skills of gliding, kicking, and submerging.

The second of four levels in our national YMCA Learn to Swim program, Seal teaches your child how to stay safe in the water and to develop their swimming skills. During this these classes, children will also select from an optional list of skills to learn during the session.

Dolphins: For children 6-12 years old who have completed Seal or who demonstrate an equivalent skill set. Your child will be introduced to swimming on their front, back, and under water.

The third of four levels in our national YMCA Learn to Swim program, Dolphin teaches kids how to stay safe in the water and to develop their swimming skills. During these classes, your child will also select from an optional list of skills to learn during the session.

Swimmers: For children 6-12 years old who have completed Dolphin or have equivalent skills. In this class, kids will learn front and back crawl, and how to tread water.

The last level in our national YMCA Learn to Swim program, Swimmer teaches children how to stay safe in the water and to develop their swimming skills. Children at this level will have achieved a solid foundation of swimming skills and be able to front swim for a distance of 25 metres.

Star 1: For children 6-12 years old who have completed the Swimmer level in our Learn to Swim program. In this class, kids will learn to use the whip kick on their back and the egg-beater motion for treading water. We will help your child continue to develop front and back crawl technique and endurance.

As the first level of our YMCA Star Program, In Star 1 we also introduce your child to other aspects of swimming. Kids select which new skills they would like to learn from a list that includes competitive swimming, lifesaving, synchronized swimming, aquatic fitness, and water polo.

Star 2: For children 6-12 years old who have completed Star 1 or who show an equivalent skill level. At this level we focus on the backstroke, and continue to help kids refine their stroke technique and increase their endurance.

The second level of our YMCA Star Program, in Star 2 we continue to encourage your child to build on the optional skills they selected in Star 1. Your child may choose to try something new, or continue to focus on one area — the choice is theirs! Optional skills include competitive swimming, lifesaving, synchronized swimming, aquatic fitness, and water polo.

Star 3: For children 6-12 years old who have completed Star 2 or who show an equivalent skill level. In this level your child will focus on the breaststroke and egg-beater motion for treading water, while continuing to build endurance in the pool. We will also introduce young swimmers to introductory lifesaving concepts.

Building on the optional skills learned in Star 2, kids will select from a new set of skills they would like to learn. They may choose to try something new or focus in on one area — the choice is theirs! Skills include competitive swimming, lifesaving, synchronized swimming, aquatic fitness, and water polo.

Star 4: For children 6-12 years old who have completed Star 3 or who show an equivalent skill level. In this level we will help your child focus on the sidestroke, and we will continue to introduce lifesaving skills.

Your child will also continue to explore other interests in the pool by selecting more optional skills to learn. They may choose to try something new or focus in on one area — the choice is theirs! Options include competitive swimming, lifesaving, synchronized swimming, aquatic fitness, or water polo.

Adult Swimming Lessons are 30 minute lessons offered at the Saint John Regional Y. These classes will be offered on Mondays and Sundays with a maximum of 5 students per class. Together the class will work on skills to improve their swimming capabilities.

Weekly swim club providing rescue skills for students to prepare them for the leadership programs. This is intended for children 10 years and up who are not ready to start their leadership courses yet but would like to hone their rescue skills.

Aquatic Certifications

Getting certified is the first step towards working as an aquatics leader. After you have finished your courses, you will be qualified to work at the YMCA (and many other organizations that recognize our Lifesaving Society credentials). Throughout the aquatic leadership courses, you will receive the knowledge you need to guard or teach effectively and you will also have opportunities to increase your leadership, teamwork, and problem-solving skills.

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Contact Us

For more information about our aquatic programs, reach out to our Aquatic Supervisor  at a.roustaian@saintjohny.ca or call (506)721-4600