The Y’s Safety Around Water program teaches children of all ages and from all backgrounds that water should be fun, not feared. It is designed to reach children at risk of drowning and teach them basic water safety skills. The program is offered to the community at little or no cost to students.  The curriculum for Safety Around Water is made up of one primary stage, Intermediate, and two optional stages, Beginner and Advanced. While all three stages maybe incorporated into a program session, the primary focus of the program is helping all students achieve the benchmark skills taught in the Intermediate stage.

  • The Beginner and Advanced stages exist to help your Y meet students where they are. Students who come to the program needing to build the foundational skills of submersion and water acclimation can begin with the skills in the Beginner stage. Students who may be ready for more advanced versions of the two benchmark skills can progress to the Advanced stage.
  • INTERMEDIATE STAGE In this stage, students focus on forward movement in the water. They also learn basic self-rescue skills performed independently so they can swim to safety and exit if they fall into a body of water. Students who successfully complete this stage have achieved basic competency by learning two benchmark skills: –Swim, float, swim—sequencing front glide, roll, back float, roll, front glide, and exit–Jump, push, turn, grab.

This one week class is designed to remind swimmers, ages 4 and 14, how to be safe in and around water. Only this week of lessons will have buses running from all Noble County school districts and the Prairie Heights school area, to help get the children to YMCA. 

Swimmers can sign up for whichever time slot fits their schedule! Just call the YMCA of print and fill out the registration form below. Spots are limited so sign up now!  

      COST: $10

      DATES: TBD


  build confidence!

Participants safely enjoy aquatic classes at all levels, from beginner to expert. Our parent and child swim lessons help toddlers get comfortable in the water; while all preschool and youth swim lessons develop progressive skills, building upon a child’s confidence in and out of the pool. All Y swim lessons can be group or private, including instruction for teens and adults. As a result, we make it easy for everyone to learn this important life skill. Find the right swim program for you or your family, we offer Swim Lessons, Swim Teams, Water Fitness, Certifications and Training and much more.


Swim Starters (recommended Ages 6 Months - 3 years of age )

     In the two stages that make up this parent-child category, children learn to be comfortable in the water. Rather than teaching children how to survive in the water or become accomplished swimmers, Swim Starters focuses on developing swim readiness skills through fun and confidence-building experiences. Parents also learn essential skills in Swim Starters. Close supervision is the best way to prevent drowning. Parents learn how to supervise children in the water, how to prevent accidents, and how to plan for emergencies.

   Swim Basics

    In these three stages, students develop a high level of comfort in the water by practicing safe water habits, engaging in underwater exploration, and learning how to swim to safety and exit if they fall into a body of water. Group activities that reinforce learning help students progress. By the end of this series of stages, students achieve basic swimming competency by learning two benchmark skills:
               *Swim, float, swim—sequencing front glide, roll, back float, roll, front glide, and exit
               *Jump, push, turn, grab

   Swim Stroke

       In these three stages, having mastered the fundamentals, students learn additional water safety skills and build stroke technique, developing skills that prevent chronic disease, increase social-emotional and cognitive well-being, and foster a lifetime of physical activity.
Once students have progressed through the stages in all three categories, they have the opportunity to follow three different pathways:
           *Competition—for students who want to swim competitively either at the Y or for a different organization
           *Leadership—for students who want to become a lifeguard or otherwise use swimming skills in their professional                                 career
           *Recreation—for students who want to make swimming a part of a healthy lifestyle and a way of getting the                                         recommended amount of physical activity per day

Cost for Members: $18.00 / Non-Members $50.00 (Rates subject to change)

Click here for full description of each stage.

Swim Lessons Day & Times:

Mondays & Tuesdays 4:45pm , 5:25pm, & 6:05pm

Saturdays: 9am & 9:40am

Upcoming Swim Lesson Session: 2023-2024

Winter 1: October 23rd - December 16th, 2023

Winter 2: January 8th - March 2nd, 2024

Spring 1: March 4th - May 11th, 2024 (no classes on: March 25th-April 6th)

Spring 2: May 13th - July 6th 2024 (CLOSED ON JULY 4th) 

Summer 1: July 8th - August 24th, 2024 (7 weeks) 

Fall 1: September 2nd - November 2nd, 2024 (No Classes on: September 30th - October 5th)

Winter 1: November 4th - December 21st 2024 (7 weeks) 

Upcoming Swim Assessments

MONDAYS: December 4th & 11 & 18 | TIMES | 4:30PM & 6:45PM

TUESDAYS: December 5th & 12TH & 19th | TIMES | 4:30PM & 6:45PM

SATURDAYS: December 9th & 16th | TIMES | 10:20AM


Please stop by the front desk to register your children for swim lessons. If your child hasn't been to the LAST 2 swim sessions they will need to register for a swim assessment. If this is their first time doing swim lessons they will need to register for a swim assessment. 

Private Swim Lessons!

 At The Y, we know that every person has a way to learn that is best for them. Through private swim lessons our goal is to help you learn the skills you need, so swimming can become part of a healthier lifestyle. Private swim lessons allow the participant to work at a personalized level to achieve swim goals. 

Please contact our Aquatics Director for more information on pricing at: 


E: aquatics@coleymca.net



    Registration opening in April, in person, or online.

            The YMCA Swim Team program is a developmental swim program led by trained coaches to improve swimmers’ competitive skills and endurance through progression rather than intense competition.

             Participating in YMCA Swim Teams promotes healthy lifestyles while embracing the five core values of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility, and equity. Our trained coaches work to improve swimmers’ skill level and endurance, and to promote a healthy lifestyle. Our program embraces the YMCA core values and promotes progression at an individual level..

    Our swim team program is designed to emphasize technique, endurance, sportsmanship, and most importantly, to have fun! To develop strong athletes, we believe that you must focus on more than just the physical aspect of training.

 2024 Summer Season begins in May

Dates: TBD

 2023/2024 Winter Season.  If interested in signing up please call

Regular Season September 2023 - March 2024

Bluefins' Handbook

Bluefins' Registration Form

Bluefins Bank Draft form

Cost to Swim Winter 2023/2024

Glossary of swim terms

Bluefins Season Calendar 2023/2024

Check out the Bluefins Facebook page here.


 For more information with the above information give us a call or stop in for a tour!