Everyone should learn how to swim for safety, fitness and a positive self-image. Lessons are developmentally appropriate and designed to teach skills quickly and effectively with safety as the top priority.

Instructors follow the YMCA Aquatic Program guidelines. Classes include Parent/Child through Adult swimming instruction with Shrimp, Kipper, Inia, Perch, Silly Seals, Eel, Pike, Ray, Starfish, Sunfish, Polliwog, Guppy, Micro Minnow, Minnow, Fish, Flying Fish, Kirby Preschool classes, Teen, Adult and Mariners Swim Team clinics.

Lap, leisure and family swim times are offered. Birthday pool parties are available. The Madison Area YMCA is home to the Mariners, our competitive swim team.

Please contact the Aquatics Department at 973-822-9622 x2230 for information on available classes or to request an evaluation.
Youth & Family Swim

Youth & Family Swim Lessons

Every child should learn to swim for safety, fitness and a positive self-image. With 140 youth swim classes 7 days a week, the Madison Area YMCA offers programs for 6 months old - adults.  As the most accessible community resource to prevent drowning, the Y teaches children invaluable water safety and swimming skills.

Adult Swim

Adult Swim Lessons

Swimming is a vital life skill. Understanding water safety and how to swim minimizes the risk of drowning while building self-reliance. The Y’s skilled and patient swim instructors offer lessons for all ages and abilities.

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Mariners Swim Team

The Madison Area YMCA Swim Team offers a  year-round opportunity for competitive swimming in both YMCA and USA Swimming. The team is comprised of girls and boys ages 6 years old through high school seniors. The main competitive season runs from September through March. Spring and summer clinics are open to aspiring Mariners. Call for more information. Contact Competitive Aquatics Director Jon Siegel, 973-822-9622 x2228

Lifeguard Courses

Lifeguard Certification Classes

Our certifications include Life guarding, First Aid & CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer. Attendance is required at all 3 classes in order to participate in the course. Classes being offered are Blended Learning, which requires online course work and studying, PRIOR to the first in-person classroom session. In order to gain access, you must follow the directions which will be sent to the e-mail address you provided during registration.


  • About Our Aquatics Program

  • Lifeguard Classes

  • Private Lessons

  • Mariners Swim Team