Youth Swim Lessons

The Y believes the ability to swim is a critical life skill for every child, teen and adult. Our experienced swim instructors teach the nationally recognized Y Progressive Swim Program with a focus on personal safety, stroke development and rescue techniques. Our swim lesson design encourages positive values and promotes growth in a fun and caring atmosphere.

By educating and partnering with parents and families we’re determined to prevent water accidents in our community.

Sign up today for our next session of swim lessons that start on Thursday January 3. With mid-week and weekend options, there are times that fit for all families. This session of swim lessons is either 7 or 8 weeks, depending on the day of the week the lesson is taught.

Pre-registration by level is required. To schedule a swim evaluation to ensure your child starts at the appropriate level, contact Jess Lukas, Aquatics Director, at 802-652-8143 or

First Plunge- Swim Lessons for ages 6 months to 3 years

SKI, Perch, Perch Plus and Parent Pike (see below) are introductory classes that use the bond between caregiver and child to create a safe and welcoming environment. These classes focus on comfort, balance and movement and are designed to allow the children to have fun in the water while caregivers guide them through skills such as bubble blowing, kicking, paddling and jumping. Games and songs are used to create a fun atmosphere and help children feel comfortable in the pool. One adult must accompany each child in the water. Children that are not potty trained must wear a proper swim diaper. There is no swim lesson evaluation required; please register by age. All classes are 30 minutes long.

Shrimp/Kipper/Inia (6-18 months)


This class provides the highest quality of early water experiences as an introduction to the pool for parents and their infants. Kids progress through four levels, from water adjustment through basic skills. Program instruction is directed toward helping parents work with their children. We focus on creating a special, fun time for parents and children through water games, songs and basic movements. One adult must accompany each child in the water.




Perch (19-36 months) 


This class continues to provide the highest quality of early water experiences as a further introduction to the pool.  Children will work towards swimming independently with guidance and direction from both the instructor and their caregiver. Kids continue to develop safety skills and learn early swimming skills through games, song and playful instruction. One adult must accompany each child in the water.




Perch Plus (27-36 months)


This class continues to provide the highest quality of early water experiences as a continuation to the Perch class, Perch Plus is for children that have completed one season of Perch. Caregivers remain in the water with children as instructors work towards preparing children for Parent Pike or even Pike 1. This class is for our more advanced, younger swimmers.





Parent Pike (3-5 years)


This class is for children who are not ready to be without an adult caregiver in the water. This is a transitional class that will introduce skills to the child and adult together. By graduation day the caregiver is out of the water and children are comfortable on their own. One adult must accompany each child.


Gaining Confidence- Swim Lessons for Ages 3-5 years

Our pre-school age swim lessons are designed to encourage comfort and independence in the water through skills, games and fun. Children learn safe pool behavior while they adjust to the aquatic environment with various, provided flotation aids. Parents are encouraged to be a support, but are not present in the water. These classes occur in the program pool, and are 30 minutes long.

Pike 1 (3-5 years)


Children are introduced to their first experience swimming without a parent. Instructors work with children to teach independence and confidence in the water through basic swim skills and safety.




Pike 2 (3-5 years)


After graduating Pike 1, instructors continue to work with swimmers on independence and confidence in the water. Stroke development concepts are introduced, and less flotation is used as a Pike 2.





Eel (3-5 years)


Instructors focus on stroke development, endurance, independence and confidence while swimming. Children must be comfortable on their back and putting their face in the water while swimming.





 Ray/Starfish (3-5 years)

starfish_prpl_rgb_pngInstructors continue stroke development work, as well as proper breathing techniques. Timing of arm & leg movements are introduced.


Safe and Active Future- Swim Lessons for Ages 6-16 years

Our school-age swim lessons are designed to encourage comfort and independence in the water through skill building, games and fun. The higher-level classes offer an athletic fitness element. These lessons are 45 minutes long.

Home School Swim

Are you a home school family? Time to take some swim lessons at the Y! We'll join together for 45 minutes of a structured swim lesson program geared towards the home school children in our community. We are hoping that through some physical activity, together we can make some new connection for children and add some play into their day!

Tuesdays    11:30am-12:15pm  



$109 Members/ $170 Non-Members for an 8-week session

Polliwog (6-9 years)


Polliwog instructors focus on the basics of kicking, arm motions, breathing, floating and safety with beginner swimmers.






Guppy (6-12 years)


Our guppies begin to transition from the program pool into the lap pool. They begin rhythmic breathing, refine their backstroke, build endurance, learn safety skills all while having fun.






Minnow (8-12 years)

Minnows work on refining strokes, building endurance and begin diving. Minnows should be able to complete 25 yards of freestyle, backstroke, breast stroke and elementary backstroke.




Fish (9-16 years)


Fish instructors work with swimmers to refine strokes, increase endurance and introduce butterfly, open turns and survival floating.






Flying Fish/Shark (9-16 years)


Flying fish and shark instructors continue working on stroke development and stamina building to work towards completing 100 yards of front crawl, backstroke, butterfly and breast stroke. A focus on water safety is maintained as flying fish and sharks are becoming young adults who might be thinking about jobs as swim instructors and life guards.


Adaptive Lessons

Individual 30-minute lessons for people with physical or developmental needs. Students work one-on-one with an instructor. The application below must be completed two weeks prior to lesson start date. Contact Jess Lukas by email at or by phone at 802-652-8143 for more information.

Cost:$30 per lesson for Members and Non-Members


Private & Semi-Private Lessons

Enjoy a one-on-one, personalized swim lesson with a qualified instructor no matter what your age! Your swim instructor will cater the lessons to specifically meet your needs and goals. Days and times will be arranged for the convenience of students and instructors; lessons last 30 minutes. To schedule a private or semi-private swim lesson, please contact Jess Lukas by email at or by phone at 802-652-8143. Openings will be filled depending on the availability of instructors and space in the pool.

Private Lessons

Sessions Member Non-Member
1 Session $35 $54
3-Sessions $95 $152
6-Sessions $180 $289


Semi-Private Lessons (2-5 Youth)

Sessions Member Non-Member
1 Session $32 $48
3-Sessions $80 $136
6-Sessions $170 $285


Pomerleau Family Y
266 College Street
Burlington, VT 05401
802 862 9622 (YMCA)

Camp Abnaki
1252 Abnaki Road
North Hero, VT
802 372 9622 (YMCA)

Additional Program Sites
in Vermont

Addison, Franklin, Grand Isle, Washington and Chittenden Counties