Youth Swim

Ready, Set, Swim!

Children are almost never too young to begin a lifelong love of the water. Aquatics (swimming and other water activities) benefits youngsters through teens for so many reasons. Here are just a few:

  • Water safety skills
  • Improved swimming strokes
  • Increased muscle mass
  • Improved self-esteem
  • Improved flexibility and strength
  • Builds endurance and stamina
  • Improves the physique
  • Teaches patience
  • Children have fun while they learn

At the YW, there are swimming lessons for all ages and levels. For your youngest swimmers, there's DolphinBabies, a great intro to the water for ages 6 months to 3 years and DolphinTots which teaches swimming basics to 3-5-year-olds. Our DolphinsPrep aquatics program for ages 5 - 12 (with classes for 13-18 year-olds as well) further build skills and agility. More advanced swimmers can choose from Scuba (including PADI Certification, for 10 year-olds and up), American Red Cross Lifeguard Training.

For swimming stars (ages 5 to 12) the YW's own Dolphins Swim Team offers a competitive, age-group program that holds memberships in Connecticut Swimming, Connecticut Y Swim League and United States Swimming, Inc.

Now in its 47th year, the team provides the community with a program that teaches members teamwork while building physical and emotional strength as well as speed and endurance.



For questions contact the YWCA Aquatics Department at (203) 869-6501, ext. 121.

Please note: YWCA Membership is required for all programs.

Go to the Membership Section for information on membership categories.