The YMCA has been teaching swim lessons for over 100 years. Although many other agencies and organizations offer swim lessons, the difference is this: The Y uses programs as a vehicle to deliver its mission, which is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. The YMCA swim lesson program is designed to ensure students' safety, provide students with regular, progressive success, and make the learning process enjoyable.

Recently, the YMCA of the USA launched a new swim lesson program curriculum, which was fully implemented at the Central YMCA in January 2017. While the strokes have not changed, the method of delivering the curriculum has. One of the most noticable elements of the new Swim Lesson program is the names of the classes....the cute fish names have been replaced by letter stages for parent/child classes, and numeric stages for preschool and youth classes.

With the new format, you will see more group practice versus one-on-one practice, which allows your child more swim time (and less time waiting for a turn). You will also see more games, which have been designed to allow students to practice the skills they are learning while having fun at the same time.

Stage Descriptions

Confused by the new classifications? Don't know the difference between a #1 and a #4? Click on the image to the left to read about the new swim stage levels. You'll be an expert in no time!


Lesson Selector

Now that you know all the different names for the stages, it's time to determine where your child belongs. Click on the image to the left to answer questions that will guide you to the proper lesson selection.


Swim Lesson Skills

Learn what your child (or you) will learn in swim lessons by clicking on the image to the left. We've broken it down into Parent/Child (6-36 months), Beginner/Intermediate (ages 3-17) and Intermediate/Advanced (ages 6-17).


Please make sure to review our Pool Rules before visiting. Children under the age of nine (9) and or those unable to stand or swim must be accompanied by an adult swimmer.


Swim Lessons Schedule

Please check out our July Swim Lesson link below for additional details. 

 July Swim Lessons

Swim Team

Tiffin Torpedoes Swim team

Start: September 3- March 1

Time: 4:00pm-6:00pm

Team Registration Fee: $250

All swimmers must have an active membership with the Tiffin Community YMCA to be a member of the TCY Swim Team.

For more information please email Coach Marcus - or call 419-447-8711

Swim Team Information Packet is available at the Membership desk at the YMCA. 

Private Swim Lessons

One-on-one swim instruction tailored to fit your individual needs and goals. Half-hour lessons are scheduled at your convenience. Private lessons are great for beginners, individuals with fears or hesitation towards the water, or for those who would like to improve stroke techniques. OR, get your own group together and schedule a lesson.

Members: One person - $20.00 or 2 or more people - $15.00 per person
Non-members: $30.00 per person (No price break for group sessions)
Pricing is based on 30 minute lesson time.