YMCA swim lessons are internationally acclaimed and are proven to work. From swim lessons in our Swim Academy and private swim lessons to Masters swim for adults and Water Wise for children with intellectual disabilities, the Y has a swim option for you! Whether you want to learn how to swim, be part of a nationally ranked team, stay in shape or fine tune a particular stroke technique, our aquatic professionals are here to help you reach your swim goals.

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Parent-Child & Preschool Swim

Parent/Child classes provide children with swim readiness skills. Children develop comfort and build confidence in the water while parents learn about water safety and the importance of supervision for drowning prevention. Songs and games make learning these lifetime skills with a group of new friends fun. Preschool swim lessons focus on water comfort, forward movement and basic self rescue skills reinforced through the use of games. Distances increase as students progress through each level until independent swimming is achieved.


Youth Swim Lessons

The YMCA is America’s favorite swim instructor with proven success. Progressive curriculum moves youth through water safety skills and stroke technique to proficiency in 100 yards of endurance swimming with good form. Whether you are a beginner or rising swim team athlete, our professional instructors guide you to the next level in a fun environment. We also offer private swim lessons and Water Wise, a program designed for children with intellectual disabilities.


Sharks Swim Team

The YMCA of the North Shore Sharks Swim team strives to teach, train and motivate children to achieve their potential in competitive swimming. Our direction and philosophy applies to the novice as well as the national caliber athlete. Our highly specialized coaching staff emphasizes effective swimmer-to-coach ratios, a year-round program and ability-based practice groups. The team offers practice groups in Marblehead, Salem, Beverly, Gloucester, Ipswich and Haverhill.



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“Excellent program. Great teachers who have good rapport with children and interpersonal skills. Progressive swim program introduces and reinforces skills as children progress.”