Personalized Progress

Ages 4 and up

The Aquatics Department celebrates developing the lifelong skill of water confidence and competence. Our YMCA Swim Instructors are dedicated to making swimming lessons safe, fun, and educational. Working in a 1 on 1 setting with an instructor provides a supportive and personalized environment to achieve your goals. Along the way, you will develop the necessary skills to move on to group lessons or independent swimming.

The private lesson process begins by filling out a request form either by emailing or in person at the welcome center. Once the aquatics department has reviewed your request, you will be able to purchase lesson credits through the welcome center, either in person or over the phone.

Lesson credits can be used online to schedule thirty-minute sessions with any of our amazing instructors.

Lesson Rates

Members: One Credit – $45  |  Four Credits – $150

Non-members: One Credit – $60  |  Four Credits – $200

January Instructor Availability – Generally

Jack McGaraghan – Flexible outside of group swim lesson times

Jenny Nicoll – Tuesday 9:00, 9:30

Barbara Lamay – M/Th 7:00, Saturday 12:00, 12:35, 1:10

Emmie Wozniak – Monday 2:30, 3:15, 7:00, 7:30, Wednesday 2:30-5:00, Thursday 7:00, 7:30

Dorothy VanDeCarr – Weekdays 8:30-11:00 am, 4:00-6:00 pm

Please contact our Aquatics Coordinator, Jack McGaraghan, at or (413) 584-7086 Ext 126 with any questions.


  • We require 24 hours notice if a lesson must be canceled to avoid being charged.
  • Please call the Aquatics department directly (413-584-7086 ext. 113) if you must cancel a lesson.
  • If a lesson is canceled by the Y due to a thunderstorm or other unexpected pool closure, the lesson will be made up at another time.