Somerset Hills YMCA


swim instructor and girl laughing in pool


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 about any of our swim programs, please contact our Aquatics Director

Swim Lessons

Our swim lessons at Somerset Hills 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. For private lessons, please download a lesson request form



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Adaptive Swim Lessons

Our Somerset Hills YMCA branch offers S.T.A.R.S. (Sharing Therapies and Realizing Self Strengths) Swim Lessons for children with physical and intellectual disabilities with diverse skillsets. We group children together based on similar abilities and guide them through swim lessons in a smaller student-to-staff ratio than traditional swim classes.

For more information, please contact the Director of Special Needs

Family & Open Swim

The Somerset Hills YMCA aquatics center - equipped with three indoor heated pools and a water slide - is perfect for the whole family, from serious lap swimmers to toddlers. Our indoor pools have scheduled family and open swim times which make them 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! Not only can you increase your muscle strength and agility, other benefits of water exercise include reduced pain, cardiovascular and respiratory improvement.


Somerset Hills YMCA Swim Team (7-18)

Somerset Hills YMCA Swim Team, comprised of over 250 swimmers between the ages of 7 and 18, competes year-round in both YMCA and USA-sanctioned swimming events. Members are led by ASCA and USA Swimming certified professional swim coaches. Contact Head Coach/Director of Aquatics for any questions.

18 swimmers competed at YMCA Short Course National Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina and came home with top-8 finishes in all 5 relays.

National Records

  • 2018 Short Course National Championship - Boys 400 yard free, 3:00.37

State Records

  • 2018 Short Course National Championship - Boys 400 yard free, 3:00.37
  • 2018 Short Course National Championship - Boys 800 yard free relay, 6:38.93


TRY OUT - (link to Daxko listing of try out dates/registrations)

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.


Lifeguard Training & CPR

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


FIND A COURSE [link to Daxko - SHY lifeguard/CPR]