BAY Swimming Lessons

Kids are born explorers. In a world that’s 71% water, it’s only a matter of time before they want to see and experience an ocean, lake, or river for themselves.

Any body of water carries a risk of drowning, but as a parent or caregiver, you don’t want anything to hold your child back. Swimming is more than just a summer hobby – it’s a way to exercise, bond with family and friends, and even feel a sense of accomplishment.

Knowing how to swim and be safe around water can save lives. BAY Swimming Lessons will give your children the tools they need to be confident in and around water, so they can explore to their hearts’ content.

Our 9-session course teaches kids water safety and basic swimming techniques through lessons, instruction, and fun activities to reinforce skills learned.

Select the level of instruction that’s right for YOUR child!

Level 1 – Readiness Class Recommended ages 4-6

Swimmers should be ready to work with an instructor. This is an introduction to the aquatic environment, and an experience we hope they will enjoy. Students should be willing to enter the water and swim with an instructor’s assistance. They will learn the safety rules of the pool and take part in playful activities that reinforce basic swimming concepts.

Level 2 – Fundamental Skills Recommended Ages 5-8

This level will help students build skills beyond water entry. Swimmers should be able to enter the water unassisted and float on their backs for 15 seconds. Students will continue to develop safety concepts and refine basic swimming skills with more independence.

Level 3 – Stroke Development Recommended Ages 5-10

Levels 3 and 4 are conducted in the deep end of the pool. At level 3, swimmers must be willing to jump into deep water and attempt head-first entry from the side of the pool. The techniques learned in Level 2 will be developed for swimming greater distances. In this class, swimmers will also learn to submerge and retrieve an object underwater, practice rhythmic breathing, and be introduced to basic strokes.

Level 4 – Stroke Improvement Recommended Ages 5+

Swimmers in Level 4 must be willing to dive from the side in a compact position and attempt to swim underwater for 3 body lengths. They will work to complete a front crawl for 25 yards (one lap) and the breast stroke and butterfly for 15 yards. Strokes are refined and swimming endurance is increased. This level is a stepping-stone into Take Your Mark/BAY Swim Team.

Instructors reserve the right to transfer students to the level most appropriate for their skills.

Session Details

Dates: May 6th – May 23rd

3-week class with sessions held on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday

Two Class Time Options:

  • 4:15p.m. – 5:00p.m.
  • 5:15p.m. – 6:00p.m.

Ages: 4 and up

Location: Nelson Field House Pool (BU)

Lesson Cost: $60 per student

Register for swimming lessons at the Bloomsburg Area YMCA!


Swimming Registration is OPEN at the Bloomsburg Area YMCA!

See below for more information!

The BAY Barracudas swim team is a highly competitive USA/YMCA age group program with emphasis on fun and learning. Our certified adult personnel help promotes character development by challenging all participants to accept and demonstrate the values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. The BAY swim team is well recognized for its emphasis on stroke technique and a balanced, age-appropriate approach to training.

BAY includes all levels of competition from novice to the exceptional. Learning continues through all levels, refining strokes and building speed and endurance. Our primary goal throughout each season is to develop each individual athlete to his/her full potential.

Below: the BAY Swimmers of 2017-18!


2018 Spring-Summer Swimming Registration

Swim Team and lessons are held Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at the Bloomsburg Middle School Pool. For specific swim questions, contact Coach LaCroix at 570-854-5174.


May 7th, 8th, 10th – Until Bloomsburg School ends

Two Sessions:

  • Beginners: 4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
  • All Age Groups: 4:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.

Continues: June 11th – July 27th

  • 11 and older: 8:00 a.m. -10:00 a.m.
  • 10 and younger: 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Swim Team Cost

  • Members: $150
  • Non-Members: $170


May 14th – May 31st

Two Sessions:

  • 4:15p.m. – 5:00p.m.
  • 5:15p.m. – 6:00p.m.

Ages: 4 and up

Lesson Cost: $60

Financial Assistance is available for membership and programs!

Want to Give Back?

Give a gift to your community by donating to the YMCA!

Your donation will support Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility in the Bloomsburg Community!

Bloomsburg Area YMCA Mission Statement

The Bloomsburg Area YMCA is a cause-driven Columbia County organization that is dedicated to Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility. The Bloomsburg Area YMCA addresses these needs through our facilities, programs, and community collaborations with likeminded organizations.

Vision Statement - To nurture every child and teen, to improve the health and well-being of our community residents, and to support fellow cause-driven Columbia County Associations.

The Y is here for our community:

The Bloomsburg Area YMCA serves over 600 families in our community!

The Bloomsburg Area YMCA provides over 40 wellness classes each week to prevent childhood obesity, heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes!

The Bloomsburg Area YMCA helps teach values and teamwork to over 200 children in our Y-care, preschool, and sport leagues, swim team, and gymnastics program.

Give the Y a Try!

The Bloomsburg Area YMCA is so much more than just a gym! Learn what our members already know with a seven-day free trial!

Bloomsburg Area YMCA
30 East 7th Street
Bloomsburg, PA 17815

(570) 784-0188

(570) 784-4303

Mon-Thurs 5:00am-9:00pm
Fri: 5:00am-7:00pm
Sat: 8:00am-4:00pm
Sun: 11:00am-3:00pm

UNITED WAY - The Bloomsburg Area YMCA is a program partner with the Columbia County United Way