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Beginner 1, 1/2 hour lesson                                Beginner 10,  1/2 hour lessons                

Intermediate 1, 1/2 hour lesson    

Intermediate 10, 1/2 hour lessons

Master 1, 1/2 hour lesson                        

Master 10, 1/2 hour lessons 















Beginner 1, 1/2 hour lesson                          
Beginner 10, 1/2 hour lessons                

Intermediate 1, 1/2 hour lesson    

Intermediate 10, 1/2 hour lessons

Master 1, 1/2 hour lesson                        

Master 10, 1/2 hour lessons 


Private Lessons are designed around three different skill levels for swimmers interested.  Private lessons are for all ages, it's never too late to learn how to swim! If you are interested please feel free to contact the Recreation & Fitness Director.  Private lessons do not follow session dates.  Please let us know what type of swimmer you or the student might be and/or what swimming experience you might have.   Knowing of any fears, traumatic situations around water, disabilities and special needs helps us place you with the right instructor.   

  • Beginner: A beginner swimmer is an individual who has little to no introductory skills in swimming.  This could also include individuals with fears of the water.  A beginner could be described as a level 1 or 2.

  • Intermediate:  An individual with some swimming experiences/skills in swimming.  This could be someone who has partaken in swim lessons before, whether private or group.  An intermediate might be described as a level 3 or 4.

  • Master: An individual looking to improve on strokes already developed.  This level is for individuals who already have a skill set of two strokes or more.  Level 5. 


Big Savings on Swim Lessons and More!

Check out the new YWStore.   Our new online store you can purchase your event tickets, pay for  your membership or even pay for programing.   Convenient , easy, YWStore!


Practice Helps! There is a thing called too much instruction.  Give them time to practice on an off day from swim lessons.   The YWCA Elmira has a ton of options on the pool schedule.  Let them have fun, they will practice the skills they learned without even knowing it!   Encourage lots of conversation around swimming, swimming safety, and what to do if they or someone is in trouble.   Opens Swims are also a great way for the family to bond!   Try our Family Swim's on Friday nights!


We are looking for responsible youth, ages 12-15, to volunteer to assist in teaching swim lessons.  Must have taken swim lessons before or have  competitive swim experience.  This is a great opportunity to gain volunteer hours for high school, college, and to give back to the community.  For more information please contact our Recreation & Fitness    Supervisor at


The YWCA Elmira has started a scholarship fund to help pay for swim lessons to low income families. You can help build this fund by taking your bottles and cans to Shulman's on the corner of Washington and Clemens Center in Elmira, NY.  Just tell them your bottles and cans are for the YWCA!  That’s it.  Shulmans is generously donating and extra penny for every can/bottle donated to the YWCA! Your donation will help educate youth in our  community to have the skills and knowledge to be safe in and around all aquatic environments including our local   rivers, lakes and pools.  For more information on how you can help, please email our Recreation &  Fitness Supervisor.

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Session News


Spring Session:


Summer A: 

Summer B: 

Tuesdays or Thursdays - 6 Weeks

Child Memberships are $10 and can save you money on swim lessons.  Buy Membership Now!

Swim Lesson Cancellation Policy

In the event of inclement weather or facility issues and lessons have to be canceled, we will do our best to have make-up lessons in the future.  There is no guarantee of make-up date(s).  Please check the YWCA Elmira website and Facebook in the event of inclement weather for information regarding cancellations and possible make-up dates.

**Registrations taken during week 1 of classes or

after are subject to a $10.00 late Registration fee**







Lesson Pricing


6 Week Session

$42.00              $54.00

$28.00              $36.00

4 Week Session

Parent Child Lesson

STARFISH (Ages 6months to 2 years) 

This program helps children become comfortable in and around the water.  This class is not only educational for the child, but for the adult as well.  Parents learn proper holding techniques, safety skills and introductory water exercise. Games, toys and activities make the session fun for everyone.  

Thursday: 5:30pm to 6:00pm

SEAHORSES (Ages 2 years to 4 years)

This program is similar to Starfish but designed for those 2 to 4 years of age.  Seahorse class is designed to work with both child and parent to increase swimming skills, knowledge, and build independence from the parent, preparing for group lessons.

Thursdays: 6:00pm to 6:30pm


Group Swim Lessons 

(Ages 4 to 12)

It's important to know how to swim!  The YWCA Elmira provides a fun and safe environment, while teaching stroke mechanics, personal water safety, and rescue knowledge.  YWCA Elmira has been providing critical water safety programing for over 60 years. 

 (Levels 1, 2 and 3 are 30 minutes long, Level 4 and 5 are 40 minutes long)






Adult Lessons (Ages 13 and up)

You are never too old to learn to swim.  Whether you never had an opportunity to learn or have a fear of the water, the YWCA can help!  The YWCA has experienced staff who care.  Our staff understands your hesitation and are ready to work with you.  Come learn the basics or just improve on your swimming abilities.  We have the staff and facility for you!  Ages 13 years and up.

Thursdays: 6:00pm to 6:30pm






 4:00pm Level 1, 2, 3        4:40pm Level 1, 2, 3

 5:30pm Level 4, 5


 4:00pm Level 1, 2, 3         4:40pm Level 1, 2, 3

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Swim Lessons ONLINE!

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Future Swim Lesson Session Dates                        2021

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