Hillsborough YMCA


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Learning to swim and understanding water safety is a vital life skill, and the water doesn’t know your age. From infants to seniors, the Y has been teaching individuals of all ages how to feel confident in the water since 1909. Swim lessons provide the opportunity for kids, teens and adults to set goals, learn how to stay safe, develop self-esteem and enjoy exercise all at the same time.

For any questions on any of our swim programs, please contact our Aquatics Director

Swim Lessons

Our swim lessons at Hillsborough YMCA for children, teens and adults use a progression curriculum that will put swimmers on a clear track toward their goals, and are specifically tailored to the participant’s age, swimming ability, level of physical development and confidence in the water. Participants will advance in the program as they become more skilled in the water. Our Aquatics Director is happy to answer any questions about level placement or to schedule a complimentary swim evaluation. Our lessons are typically 30-45 minutes each and are offered one to four times a week, depending on the session.



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Family & Open Swim

The Hillsborough YMCA aquatics center is perfect for the whole family, from serious lap swimmers to toddlers. Our indoor pool has scheduled family and open swim times - ideal for recreational swimming. The Y also offers swim lessons for family members of all ages and abilities, so everyone can safely enjoy the pleasure of swimming.


Water Exercise

If you’re recovering from sports injury, require low impact workouts or just need to relax fatigued muscles, take a dip in our pool for some exciting water exercise programs for all ages! Not only can you increase your muscle strength and agility, other benefits of water exercise include reduced pain, cardiovascular and respiratory improvement.


Somerset Valley YMCA Swim Team (6-18)

The nine-time NJYMCA State Champion SVY swim team has over 400 swimmers who practice at the Bridgewater, Somerville, and Hillsborough YMCA branches. ASCA and USA Swimming certified professional swim coaches lead the SVY team. SVY is a Silver Medal program recognized by USA Swimming as one of the top-200 teams in the nation. The swimmers ages range from 6 to 18 years and the team competes year-round in YMCA and USA-sanctioned meets.

Swimmers are placed in practice groups based on age and ability.

The primary season runs from September through March and swimmers have the opportunity to compete on a dual meet team and in championship meets.

Summer long course season runs from April through July.

For more information about tryouts for swimmers 13+ contact Head Coach Dan Roth, and for swimmers 12 and under contact Head Age Group Coach Andrea Marumoto, or visit the SVY Swim Team website to download registration materials.



Masters Swimming

Our U.S. Masters Swimming program appropriately challenges beginner to competitive swimmers by improving stroke technique. Whether you are a traditional competitive master’s swimmer, an open water swimmer, a triathlete, or you just want to swim for fun, this program is for you! Not only is swimming a life skill, but this program will help you develop a healthier lifestyle through swimming, build friendships through our members, and grow by meeting your personal fitness goals.


Safety Around the Water

Knowing how to swim is not a luxury; it is a necessity. The YMCA’s free Safety Around Water swim program (held in May during Water Safety Month) can help you make sure your children learn essential water safety skills, which can open up a world of possibilities for them to satisfy their curiosity safely.


Boy & Girl Scout Swim Program

Boy Scout and Girl Scout Troops may earn swimming badges and complete swim test requirements at the YMCA. Please contact our Aquatics Department to schedule time with an instructor. Contact our Aquatics Director for more information.

Lifeguard Training & CPR

Hillsborough YMCA offers courses in first aid, CPR/AED, lifeguard pretesting, certification, and review. Learn the skills and knowledge to help save a life.