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Nurturing skills and building

confidence in the water.

Did you know that the Hanover Area YMCA has a NEW nationally recognized Swim Program? Our staff of certified instructors are teaching both children and adults aquatic skills and safety around water.  We’re here for everyone- all ages, from infants to seniors can learn to swim.  Check out our new classes and levels that fit your family’s needs and busy schedules. 

Swim Lessons-Registration opens Aug. 12, 2019

Fall I and II: North Y Aquatics Center

a / Water discovery

Parents accompany children in stage A, which introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment through exploration and encourages them to enjoy themselves while learning about the water.


b / Water exploration

In stage B, parents work with their children to explore body positions, floating, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills.


1 / Water acclimation

Students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water in stage 1. This stage lays the foundation that allows for a student’s future progress in swimming.


2 / Water movement

In stage 2, students focus on body position and control, directional change, and forward movement in the water while also continuing to practice how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water.


3 / Water stamina

In stage 3, students learn how to swim to safety from a longer distance than in previous stages in the event of falling into a body of water. This stage also introduces rhythmic breathing and integrated arm and leg action.


4 / stroke introduction

Students in stage 4 develop stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and learn the breaststroke kick and butterfly kick. Water safety is reinforced through treading water and elementary backstroke.


5 / stroke development

Students in stage 5 work on stroke technique and learn all major competitive strokes. The emphasis on water safety continues through treading water and sidestroke.


6 / stroke mechanics

In stage 6, students refine stroke technique on all major competitive strokes, learn about competitive swimming, and discover how to incorporate swimming into a healthy lifestyle.


Private/ Semi Private Lessons

Private swim lessons are offered to anyone age 3 to adult. We will work around your schedule and skill level. Fill out a private lesson form at the Customer Service desk.



Adaptive swim lessons are geared to children to meet their sensory and motor needs around water.  Instructors focus on safety and building confidence in the water, in addition to swim stroke skills.


We Test.Mark.Protect children 14 and under!

The pool area at the HANOVER AREA YMCA is staffed with certified lifeguards. These lifeguards are on duty during pool hours.  Safety around the pool is our number one priority and to help keep the childrensafe around the water, we use TEST MARK PROTECT.   
TEST MARK PROTECT is a swim test program that allows our lifeguards to know the swim level of our youth swimmers at a glance. The swim test is administered by the Aquatics Department. Once the test has been completed, the swimmer’s level of swimming ability will be recorded and a colored wristband will be assigned to the swimmer.  During the YMCA visit, if the swimmer is using the pool, he or she will be required to stop at the front desk and pick up their swim band color and wear it while swimming. THE SWIM TEST Swimmers must demonstrate the ability to swim one length of the pool on their belly without a floatation device while demonstrating horizontal movement and their face in the water as frequently as possible. Swimmer must demonstrate the ability to tread water for one minute without touching a side wall to rest, then float on their backs for 30 seconds.  

If your child has already been swim tested, please remember to pick up a wrist band at the front desk.  If your child is 14 years old or younger and has not been swim tested, please make an appointment.  All children must have wrist bands to enter the pool area.

red swim band
yellow sim band
green sim band

Swim test times: 

  • Monday - Wednesday from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

  • Saturday from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Please see any lifeguard or contact Tammy Shore to make an appointment.

Thank you for your help and cooperation in keeping our children safe while using the pool.

Note- Classes may be combined or cancelled due to low enrollment. For weather delays/ cancellations, please check our Facebook Twitter pages or website. Class may be made up, pending current class enrollment and capacity and must be approved by Aquatics Director.