Cambridge YMCA
820 Massachusetts Avenue | Cambridge, MA 02139
P. 617-661-9622

School Age Classes

Our classes for ages 6 to 12 range in size from 4 to 7 swimmers. We use the whole pool with a variety of swimming aids, including noodles, barbells, kickboards, and diving toys.


Winter Session: January 3rd – February 17th

Spring I Session: February 23rd – April 14th

*Registration Opens Jan. 16th for Members/Jan. 23rd for Non-Members

Spring II Session: Begins April 22nd

*Registration Opens March 13th for Members/March 20th for Non-Members


Our Lightning Policy


Swimming Instruction-Polliwogs

Polliwogs start with immersion, movement, breath control, and water comfort. Basic forms of the freestyle, breaststroke, and backstroke are taught

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Swimming Instruction-Guppies

Guppies should be comfortable swimming 10 yards without flotation on the front and back. Guppies learn and practice rhythmic breathing and rudimentary forms of

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Swimming Instruction-Minnows

Minnows are able to swim at least 40 yards on the front and back. In class, we begin to refine

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Swimming Instruction-Fish

Freestyle, breaststroke, and backstroke are further refined and dolphin kick is introduced. Upon completion, participants are able to swim 100 yards

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Flying Fish

Swimming Instruction-Flying Fish

Students must be able to swim independently for 100 yards. Freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, sidestroke, and butterfly are refined and perfected using

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Swimming Instruction-Shark

Students must be able to swim independently for at least 200 consecutive yards. Students learn competitive strategies and advanced swim training

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Swimming Instruction-Porpoise

Students must be able to swim independently for at least 300 consecutive yards. Students refine strokes to gain endurance, efficiency,

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