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Bronx YMCA of Greater New York
2 Castle Hill Avenue
Bronx, New York 10473
718 792-9736

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Bronx YMCA
Aquatics Programs

The Bronx YMCA Progressive Swim program will enable youth (ages 18 mos.) through adults to learn and develop their swimming skills to their full potential. 

Recreation Swim – Free for members. See schedule for days and times.

Aqua Exercise - Free for members
45-minutes of instructional water aerobics, body conditioning and stretching
followed by a 15 minute free swim. This class is geared for all levels.

Aqua Jog - Free for members
Looking for a fast and fun way to exercise? Can’t jog because of pain in your
ankles? Shin splints? Try the Y’s Aqua Jog classes. Classes include warm-up and plenty of Aqua Jog. No swimming experience needed.

Private Swim Lessons are available. See Aquatics Coordinator to schedule days/times

Group Swim Lessons: 8 classes

Adult Swim Lessons (age:18+)
These classes are designed to help adults at different levels to learn and develop
new skills.

Toddler Fitness (Gym-Swim) Programs
Pike/Eel ages 3 years to 5 years Shrimp ages 6 months – 36 months
This Toddler-Fitness Program is designed to encourage toddlers and infants to enjoy learning how to control their bodies while developing their self-confidence.

Participants have the option of enrolling in both the gym and swim activity for an hour or they may take a ˝ hour of the swimming activity only. The gym section of the class will take place in the community room.

Guppy (ages 6 – 11 years)
The children continue to practice and build upon basic skills, now performing more skills without the aid of a floatation device. They are introduced to lead-up strokes as their skills become more like those normally used in swimming.

Minnow (ages 6 – 11 years)
This is the initial intermediate level. The children further refine the lead-up strokes they have learned
as their skills become more like those normally used in swimming.

Fish (ages 6 – 11 years)
At this point, students work to perform the crawl stroke, elementary back stroke, back crawl
stroke, and sidestroke with turns. They are introduced to the butterfly stroke.

Flying Fish (ages 6 – 11 years)
At this advanced level, students work on refining their strokes and increasing their endurance.

Shark (ages 6 – 11)
Students continue to improve their strokes, with starts and turns, and are introduced to the inverted breast stroke, and the over-arm side stroke.

Porpoise Club (ages 6 – 11 years)
At this final level, students are exposed to a wide range of aquatic experiences through a class and
club format. In class these advanced swimmers learn new strokes and rescue skills, as well as develop volunteerism and leadership skills. Through the class, participants try various aquatic sports and games with participants forming smaller groups to explore different aquatic pursuits in more depth.

Teens (ages 13 -17)
Teen classes are designed to help teens at different levels to learn and  develop new swimming
skills. There are three levels: beginner, intermediate and advanced.


Contact the Bronx YMCA for dates/times of courses


This comprehensive 8-hour CPR course provides ARC certified training for use with adult, infant and child victims in a variety of emergency situations. You’ll learn how to reduce the risk of injury or death by properly identifying breathing and cardiac emergencies and administering the appropriate CPR measures. You’ll also learn when and how to use the emergency medical service (EMS) and how to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. This course is indispensable for all adults and teenagers who may be called upon to assist others in an emergency. This certification will be valid for one year.


This is an advanced level of CPR training for individuals who have a job-related “duty to respond” to emergencies. The 9-hour course includes an overview of body systems and medical/legal issues. Participants learn how to recognize and provide care in respiratory and cardiac emergencies for adults, children and infants, with special emphasis on two-rescuer CPR use of the resuscitation mask, bag-valve mask and Automated External Defibrillator. Techniques for minimizing the risk of disease transmission and for special resuscitation situations are included. This course is especially recommended for medical professionals, lifeguards, aerobics/ fitness/sports instructors and public and private safety/security employees. This certification will be valid for one year.


This 4-hour course provides complete first aid and safety skills, equipping individuals to recognize and provide basic first aid care for injuries and sudden illnesses. You’ll learn how to identify and care for a variety of medical emergencies, including severe bleeding, shock, musculoskeletal injuries and other sudden illnesses, as well as how to reduce the risk of disease transmission while providing care. This certification will be valid for three years.


This 16-hour course is designed to provide individuals with first aid skills to care for those with life threatening emergencies. The course provides an expanded, in-depth first aid format which allows participants to evaluate their progress in terms of skills competency, knowledge and decision making. You’ll learn how to identify and care for a variety of medical emergencies including severe bleeding, shock, musculoskeletal injuries, emergency childbirth, and moving victims. The course also provides special information on what to do when advanced medical help is not available. First Aid- Responding to Emergencies is designed for individuals who desire a thorough working knowledge of first aid procedures.

Note: When combined with CPR for the Professional Rescuer/AED, this course meets Department of Health requirements for Camp Health Officers.

Prerequisite: ARC Community CPR, Adult CPR or CPR for the Professional Rescuer. Participant must bring current certification to class. This certificate is valid for 3 years.


This all-inclusive 40-hour course teaches candidates the skills and knowledge needed by professional lifeguards to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies at swimming pool facilities as well as open water, non-surf waterfront facilities. All required CPR/AED and first aid skills are included in this course. This course meets the NYS Health Department regulations for lifeguards. Upon completion of this course, participants will receive certification in CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer (valid for 1 year), Lifeguard Training (valid for 3 years) and Waterfront Lifeguarding (no validity period).

Prerequisites: 15 years of age before the final scheduled session (proof required); Successfully complete a required 500-yard continuous swim (consisting of 200 yards of the front crawl, 100 yards of breaststroke and 200 yards of either front crawl or breaststroke), and submerge to a minimum depth of 7 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object and return to the surface.


At The Bronx YMCA
2 Castle Hill Avenue
Bronx, NY 10473


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