Swim Lessons During COVID-19

We are updating our swim lesson protocols and procedures to be as responsible as we can with swimmers and COVID-19.

Swim Lessons During COVID-19


Parent & Child, Preschool and Beginner Youth Swim Lesson classes require in-water participation from a responsible parent/guardian. Parents/Guardians will be in the water to support the swimmer as YMCA Swim Instructors will provide instruction from a safe social distance on the pool deck.

  • Please arrive on time, with yourself and your swimmer dressed (freshly showered) and ready to swim.
  • Parents/Guardians and swimmers must wear a face-covering while checking-in and when transitioning to and from the pool through the common areas. (Face masks must be removed when swimming.)
  • All YMCA members and program participants must check in and check out at the membership check-in area.  Upon entry, both participants and their parent/guardian will be asked to review and verbally respond to our COVID-19 symptom assessment. Anyone exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms will be asked to stay home.
  • We ask that parents escort their swimmer to the pool area where they will place their personal belongings in their designated space, and check-in with our aquatic staff for swim lessons.
  • Please be mindful of social distancing while on the pool deck as well as while in the water practicing skills.
  • Participants should bring their own water bottles, swim caps, goggles and towels to practice; we discourage the sharing of these items.
  • All instructional equipment like kick boards, pull buoys and fins will be disinfected between users.
  • At this time, we are asking all swim instructors and coaches provide instruction from the pool deck. Our instructors will also be wearing a face mask while teaching per VDH and CDC guidelines.
  • Our team is excited to see our swimmers back in the pool, but they will not be able to perform the usual high-fives and fist bumps – instead, we will practice air-high-fives, air-hugs and “throwing-love” to one another along with lots of verbal affirmations.
  • We ask that parents of Intermediate and Advanced swim lesson participants drop off their swimmers and remain at the YMCA, however, we do not have communal seating areas and discourage congregation of people at this time. Parents should wait in the designated waiting area or exit the facility and wait outside and/or in their vehicle. Y members may utilize the facility.
  • At the end of lessons, please meet your swimmer at the pickup area and quickly move to check-out so that our team can disinfect equipment and reset the pool for the next group session.
  • In the event of inclement weather, or unexpected pool closure, we will communicate that to you via email and a credit will be issued to your YMCA account for the amount of one swim lesson at the end of the session. This credit can be used toward future programs at the YMCA.
    Contact your Aquatic Director with any questions or concerns.

Parent & Child Swim Lessons

If you have signed up for Parent & Child, Preschool, or Beginner Youth Swim Lessons, a responsible parent/guardian must be prepared to participate in the water to support your child.

  • We ask that only one parent accompanies the child for swim lessons.
  • Our staff will provide instruction on how to safely hold and support your child in the water.
  • It is important for the in-water participating parent/guardian to feel comfortable in water that is chest-deep, and that they are able to physically support their child in the water.
  • For families with multiple children in the same swim lesson, an additional guardian/parent may be brought for in-water participation.  One parent/guardian may support up to 2 swimmers, so long as all participants can do so safely.
  • If the family has additional children who are not registered for the program, they must be in the care of another responsible adult, and they must remain outside of the pool/YMCA.

Your child will be more successful if swim lessons are a fun experience! Parent/Guardians should encourage their child to do their best and have fun!  Parent/Guardians should place emphasis on positive behaviors and achievements and it is helpful for the parent/guardian to enjoy the process too!

We know this is a new, and different way of teaching swimming lessons, however we are hopeful that this program will create a fun, nurturing opportunity for families to bond while learning safety around water!

If you have any questions or concerns, please speak with your swim instructor.