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Swim Lessons

A parent or guardian must be in the water for all Shrimp and some Safety Around Water classes.  Our Aquatics staff will reach out to parents/guardians prior to the first week of class to determine swim skill level and placement.  At that time, they will also inform the parent/guardian if they are required in the pool.

To select the appropriate lesson type for your child, please review the descriptions below (Shrimp, Safety Around Water, etc.) and insure that that class title is in the registration title when registering.  We are combining skill levels within classes (i.e. Shrimp/SAW 1) in order to accommodate family needs.


We offer swim lessons in a group setting, and classes are capped to allow full class involvement with the instructor.  Lessons start in our Warm Water Pool with Shrimp (Parent/Child) and Safety Around Water.  These lessons prepare students for the Main Pool lessons (Level 1, Level 2, Level 2/3, and Level 3).  For those wanting to grow in their swimming technique, the Greensburg YMCA offers private lessons.  For questions about lessons, please contact the Aquatics Director, Kris Peters, at k.peters@gbgymca.org  or (724) 834-0150 Ext. 139.


Winter I Lessons (Jan. 1-Feb. 21)

Current Session-8 weeksMemberPotential-Member
Shrimp Lessons$160$320
Combined Shrimp/Safety Around Water$160$320
All Other Lessons$144$288


Or call the Y at 724-834-0150 ext. 111.
Please note that registrations typically open 2 weeks prior to the start of a session date.


Please make sure your child uses the restroom and rinses off prior to class.  All swimmers must come prepared prior to class with a swimmer diapers, swim suit, and a towel.  We highly recommend swimmers also have goggles, swim caps, and long hair needs to be pulled back.  Flip flops or sandals are permitted on the pool deck, no street shoes are allowed.  There will be no mask goggles or flotation devices of any kind allowed during lessons.


SHRIMP:  Ages 6 months – 3 years.  An introduction for parent and child to bond in the water while playing games, learning swimming skills, and becoming acquainted and comfortable with the water.  Children will work on water safety, blowing bubbles, putting their face in the water, and an introduction to floating on their backs through games and songs.  This class is capped at 10; parents must be in the water with their child during this class.

Safety Around Water:  Ages 2 (if previously attended shrimp class and passed evaluation), otherwise must be over age 3.  This beginner lesson for students still getting acquainted to the water, who have limited to no water experience.  Students will be working on becoming comfortable in the water with their instructors by practicing water safety, blowing bubbles, underwater bobs, floating, crawl stroke, and pushing off the wall.  This class is capped at 6; children are in the water alone with their instructor during this class.

Safety Around Water 2:  Over age 3.  Students must be able to front/back float for 10 seconds, do 5 bubble bobs, face under glides in order to attend SAW 2.

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Level 1:  Ages 5 and up, must be able to swim 10 yards unassisted.   An introductory level to the main pool where children will become familiar and comfortable swimming in shallow water.  Swimmers will work on treading water, freestyle, backstroke with work on side breathing, and retrieve objects from the bottom of the pool.  The use of a kick board and flippers will also be introduced in this class. This class is capped at 8; children are in the water alone with their instructor during this class.

Level 2:   Ages 6 and up.  The level for the swimmer who is comfortable in the main pool and is able to freestyle, side stroke, and backstroke a full length of the pool.  They will be introduced to deep water skills including jumping off the blocks, sit dive, and retrieving items in the lower depths.  The students will master treading water (1 minute), freestyle, and backstroke with side breathing (1 full lap without resting) along with continued work on the side stroke and butterfly stroke during this level of class.  This class is capped at 8; children are in the water alone with their instructor during this class.

Level 3:  Ages 7 and up.  This swimmer is able to swim 4-6 lengths of the pool and understands the mechanics of all strokes. In addition to practicing strokes, participants work on competitive starts from the blocks, turns, safety skills, and the mastery of the freestyle, backstroke, and butterfly form and breathing.  This class is capped at 8; children are in the water alone with their instructor during this class.

Adult:  Ages 16 and up.  Group classes are offered two times a year to help provide confidence and technique.  Whether your goal is to improve your stroke, or learn how to put your face under water, these classes are tailored to your needs.  Learn with other like-minded adults in a safe environment.

Registration and payments can be completed at the Greensburg YMCA Welcome Center, on the phone (724-834-0150 ext. 111), or ONLINE.



Kris Peters, Aquatics Director  •  724-834-0150, ext.139, k.peters@gbgymca.org