Swim Basics Swim Lessons

Students in our Swim Basics Swim Lessons learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by learning two benchmark skills: swim, float, swim—sequencing front glide, roll, back float, roll, front glide and exit—and jump, push, turn, grab. Students are taught the recommended skills to have around water including safe water habits, underwater exploration and how to swim to safety and exit in the event of falling into a body of water. Activities, games and drills to reinforce learning are utilized heavily as students progress in this skill-based approach to swimming.

Stage Descriptions
  • 1 / Water Acclimation – Increases comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance.
  • 2 / Water Movement – Encourages forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently.
  • 3 / Water Stamina – Develops intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distances than in previous stages.​

If you have a question about what level to choose for your child, check out the chart below.


Swim Lessons are held twice a week on weekday evenings for three weeks or for four Saturday mornings. You can choose Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday nights. On Saturday mornings, Stages 1-3 have lessons at the same time. We will divide the kids into appropriate groups on the first day of lessons. Weekday evening lessons are divided by stages. Evening lessons are 30 minutes and morning lessons are 45 minutes. Session dates are listed below:


  • April 5-27, 2024
  • May 4 – June 1, 2024 (skip 5/25)

Spring Lesson Times

  • Stages 1-2: Mondays & Wednesdays from 6:30-7pm OR Tuesdays & Thursdays from 6:30-7pm
  • Stage 3: Mondays & Wednesdays from 7-7:30pm OR Tuesdays & Thursdays from 7-7:30pm
  • Stages 1-3: Saturdays from 10-10:45am

Summer Swim Lessons are held Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for two weeks. In some sessions you can choose morning or evening lessons. Others are just evenings. Summer lessons are 30 minutes each day and are divided by stages. Session dates are listed below:


  • May 28 – June 6, 2024 (PM only)
  • June 11-20, 2024
  • June 25 – July 3, 2024 (AM lessons at Carlisle Community Pool)
  • July 9-18, 2024 (AM lessons at Carlisle Community Pool)
  • July 23 – August 1, 2024 (AM lessons at Carlisle Community Pool)
  • August 6-15, 2024

Summer Lesson Times

  • Stages 1-2: Tues / Wed / Thurs from 10-10:30am OR 6-6:30pm
  • Stage 3: Tues / Wed / Thurs from 10:30-11am OR 6:30-7pm

Please note: The child taking lessons must be a member to receive the member rate.

Ages: 3 years old and up

Member Fee: $50

Non-Member Fee: $80

Location: Carlisle Family YMCA Indoor Pool

Sessions: See above


Questions? Contact:

Tara YoungAquatics Director
Facility Hours

Mon – Fri
5am – 9pm

7am – 5pm

10am – 4pm

Pool Hours

Mon – Fri
5am – 8pm

7am – 3pm

10am – 3pm