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:

Weekday Sessions

  • September 11-28, 2023
  • October 2-19, 2023
  • October 30 – November 16, 2023

Saturday Sessions

  • September 9-30, 2023
  • October 7-28, 2023
  • November 4 – December 2, 2023 (skip 11/25)

December Session

  • Dec 5, 6, 7, 12, 13 & 14, 2023

Fall 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
  • December only: Levels 1-2: Tues/Wed/Thurs from 6:30-7pm
    Level 3: Tues/Wed/Thurs from 7-7:30pm

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 – 4pm

10am – 3pm