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Aquatics at the Y

Discover why the YMCA is called "America's swim instructor!" We offer a variety of lessons, classes, and water fitness classes for all ages at the Framingham Branch in our beautiful indoor pool. Youth aquatics serves children ages six months (with parent) to 13 years. Check out our perpetual swim lessons where you can choose a time slot that works for your family and it's yours for the school year! For adults, we offer swim lessons, water aerobics, water walking, ai chi, and more.

 

 

PERPETUAL SWIM LESSONS IN FRAMINGHAM!

Perpetual Swim Lessons are available for preschool and school-age swimmers, ages three to 12. Parents, choose a time that fits with your schedule and we'll reserve it for your child up until the end of the school year! As your child's skills improve, we’ll automatically move them up to new levels.

Registration is ongoing, and you can register at anytime. Your child will start their lesson the first of the next month.

You can also cancel anytime with a 30-day written notice. You can register online or at the Framingham Branch.

For pricing, click here.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT PERPETUAL SWIM

WHO IS IT FOR?
Children between the ages of three and 12.

HOW DOES IT WORK?
Simply choose a day and time that works for your schedule, and you can keep it for as long as you want up until the end of the school year. No more having to re-enroll your child every seven to eight weeks! At your child’s first lesson, they'll be placed in the appropriate swim level based on their performance in a skills test. As those skills develop, our instructors will adjust their teaching to the appropriate swim level within the same lesson slot!

HOW DO I GET STARTED?
Choose your time. Register anytime, online or at the Framingham Branch, and we'll slot your child in the next cycle, which begins at the start of each month. We'll bill your card monthly, and you can cancel at any time with a written 30-day notice.

 

Spring 1 Session: Perpetual Swim

Preschool Stages 1-4 | Ages 3-5
Mondays, 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Tuesdays, 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM 
Tuesdays, 4:35 PM - 5:05 PM
Wednesdays, 5:10 PM - 5:40 PM
Wednesdays, 5:45 PM - 6:15 PM
Thursdays, 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM 
Thursdays, 4:35 PM - 5:05 PM

School Age Stages 1-6 | Ages 6-12
Mondays, 4:50 PM - 5:20 PM
Tuesdays, 5:10 PM - 5:40 PM
Tuesdays, 5:45 PM - 6:15 PM 
Wednesdays, 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Wednesdays, 4:35 PM - 5:05 PM
Thursdays, 5:10 PM - 5:40 PM
Thursdays, 5:45 PM - 6:15 PM

 

SPRING 1 SESSION: Parent/Child Swim

PRICING: 7-WEEK SESSION
Full-Access Framingham Member $95 | Youth/Teen Member $128 | Community Members $190

PRICING: 6-WEEK SESSION (SUNDAY CLASSES)
Full-Access Framingham Member $81 | Youth/Teen Member $109 | Community Members $162

 

PARENT/CHILD A
Accompanied by a parent, infants and toddlers learn to be comfortable in the water and develop swim readiness skills through fun, confidence-building experiences. Parents will learn about water safety, drowning prevention and the importance of supervision. Ages 6-24 months

Wednesdays, 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Thursdays, 9:45 AM - 10:15 AM
Fridays, 3:40 PM - 4:10 PM
Saturdays, 8:10 AM - 8:40 AM
Sundays, 9:45 AM - 10:15 AM

 

PARENT/CHILD B
Accompanied by a parent, children prepare for the transition to preschool level aquatics by encouraging purposeful movement through audio and/or visual cues. Ages 2-3

Tuesdays, 10:05 AM - 10:35 AM
Thursdays, 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Fridays, 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Saturdays, 9:20 AM - 9:50 AM
Sundays, 10:55 AM - 11:25 AM

 

PARENT/CHILD C
Swimmers will build on the confidence they achieved in Parent/Child A & B and welcomes participants over the age of 3 into our swim lesson program. Parents will be in the water for support, guidance, and safety so participants can challenge their swim and social skills in an aquatic group lesson setting. Instructors will encourage participants to practice skills away from parents at certain times while assuring participants that their parents are nearby.

Wednesdays, 10:05 AM - 10:35 AM
Fridays, 10:05 AM -11:35 AM
Saturdays, 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Sundays, 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

 

SPRING 1 SESSION: PRESCHOOL & SCHOOL AGE

PRICING: 7-WEEK SESSION
Full-Access Framingham Member $95 | Youth/Teen Member $128 | Community Members $190

PRICING: 6-WEEK SESSION (SUNDAY CLASSES)
Full-Access Framingham Member $81 | Youth/Teen Member $109 | Community Members $162

 

PRESCHOOL 1: WATER ACCLIMATION
Designed for beginners with little to no swimming experience or who are uncomfortable in the water. Students increase their comfort with the water with underwater exploration and basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance. Ages 3-5

Mondays, 4:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Mondays, 5:25 PM - 5:55 PM
Tuesdays, 10:05 AM - 10:35 AM
Thursdays, 3:25 PM - 3:55 PM
Fridays, 3:40 PM - 4:10 PM
Fridays, 4:50 PM - 5:20 PM
Fridays, 5:25 PM - 5:55 PM
Fridays, 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Saturdays, 8:10 AM - 8:40 AM
Saturdays, 8:45 AM - 9:15 AM
Saturdays, 9:20 AM - 9:50 AM
Saturdays, 11:05 AM - 11:35 AM
Sundays, 9:10 AM - 9:40 AM

 

PRESCHOOL 2: WATER MOVEMENT
Must have completed Stage 1 or be comfortable going underwater independently. Students increase their swimming ability with forward movement in the water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently. Ages 3-5

Mondays, 5:25 PM - 5:55 PM
Tuesdays, 10:40 AM - 11:10 AM
Wednesdays, 3:25 PM - 3:55 PM
Thursdays, 3:25 PM - 3:55 PM
Fridays, 10:40 AM - 11:10 AM
Fridays, 4:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Fridays, 4:50 PM - 5:20 PM
Fridays, 5:25 PM - 5:55 PM
Fridays, 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Saturdays, 9:55 AM - 10:25 AM
Saturdays, 11:05 AM - 11:35AM
Saturdays, 11:40 AM - 12:10 PM
Sundays, 9:45 AM - 10:15 AM
Sundays, 12:05 PM - 12:35 PM

 

PRESCHOOL 3: WATER STAMINA
Must have completed Stage 2 or be able to submerge and blow out air, jump in, float on back and front for 10 seconds, tread water for 10 seconds, front and back glide 5 yards, and swim, roll, float, roll, swim 5 yards all independently. Students develop intermediate self-rescue skills performed for longer durations and distances than previous stages. Ages 3-5

Mondays, 5:25 PM - 5:55 PM
Tuesdays, 10:40 AM - 11:10 AM
Tuesdays, 6:20 PM - 6:50 PM
Wednesdays, 10:40 AM - 11:10 AM
Fridays, 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Saturdays, 8:45 AM - 9:15 AM
Sundays, 10:20 AM - 10:50 AM

 

PRESCHOOL 4: WATER ACCLIMATION
Must have completed Level 3 - or can swim 15 yards with face in the water, submerge and retrieve an object from the bottom, swim on back 10 yards independently, tread water 30 seconds, jump in independently and swim to wall. Ages 3-5

Saturdays, 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Sundays, 10:55 AM - 11:25 AM

 

SCHOOL AGE 1: WATER ACCLIMATION
Designed for beginners with little to no swimming experience or are uncomfortable in the water. Students increase their comfort with the water with underwater exploration and basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance. Ages 6-13

Tuesdays, 6:20 PM - 6:50 PM 
Wednesdays, 5:10 PM - 5:40 PM 
Thursdays, 4:35 PM - 5:05 PM 
Fridays, 4:15 PM - 4:45 PM 
Saturdays, 8:45 AM - 9:15 AM 
Saturdays, 11:05 AM - 11:35 AM 
Sundays, 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM 
Sundays, 12:40 PM - 1:10 PM 

 

SCHOOL AGE 2: WATER MOVEMENT
Must have completed Stage 1 or be comfortable going underwater independently. Students increase their swimming ability with forward movement in the water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently. Ages 6-13

Mondays, 4:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Mondays, 6:35 PM - 7:05 PM
Tuesdays, 6:20 PM - 6:50 PM
Wednesdays, 5:45 PM - 6:15 PM
Thursdays, 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Fridays, 6:35 PM - 7:05 PM
Saturdays, 8:10 AM - 8:40 AM
Saturdays, 9:20 AM - 9:50 AM
Saturdays, 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Sundays, 9:45 AM – 10:15 AM
Sundays, 12:05 PM - 12:35 PM

 

SCHOOL AGE 3: WATER STAMINA
Must have completed Stage 2 or be able to submerge and blow out air, jump in, float on back and front for 20 seconds, tread water for 10 seconds, front and back glide 10 yards, and swim, roll, float, roll, swim 5 yards all independently. Students develop intermediate self-rescue skills performed for longer durations and distances than previous stages. Ages 6-13

Mondays, 4:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Mondays, 6:35 PM - 7:05 PM
Wednesdays, 6:20 PM - 6:50 PM
Thursdays, 6:20 PM - 6:50 PM
Fridays, 4:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Fridays, 4:50 PM - 5:20 PM
Fridays, 6:35 PM - 7:05 PM
Saturdays, 8:10 AM - 8:40 AM
Saturdays, 9:55 AM - 10:25 AM
Saturdays, 11:40 AM - 12:10 PM
Sundays, 10:20 AM – 10:50 AM
Sundays, 12:05 PM - 12:35 PM

 

SCHOOL AGE 4: STROKE INTRODUCTION
Must have completed Stage 3 or be able to swim, float, swim 25 yards any stroke, swim 15 yards on back and front, jump in and swim 10 yards, tread water for a minute. Students are introduced to basic stroke technique in freestyle and backstroke and water safety through treading water and elementary backstroke. Ages 6-13

Mondays, 5:25 PM - 5:55 PM
Mondays, 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Tuesdays, 4:00 PM - 4:35 PM
Wednesdays, 6:20 PM - 6:50 PM
Thursdays, 6:20 PM - 6:50 PM
Fridays, 4:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Fridays, 4:50 PM - 5:20 PM
Fridays, 5:25 PM - 5:55 PM
Fridays, 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Saturdays, 9:55 AM - 10:25 AM
Saturdays, 11:40 AM - 12:10 PM
Sundays, 10:55 AM - 11:25 AM
Sundays, 12:40 PM - 1:10 PM

 

SCHOOL AGE 5: STROKE DEVELOPMENT
Must have completed Stage 4 or be able to swim 25 yards any stroke and perform freestyle with rotary breathing, backstroke, elementary backstroke, tread water for a minute, breaststroke kick and butterfly kick. Students are introduced to a full breaststroke and butterfly and water safety through treading water and sidestroke. Ages 6-13

Mondays, 6:35 PM - 7:05 PM
Thursdays, 6:20 PM - 6:50 PM
Fridays, 5:25 PM - 5:55 PM
Fridays, 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Fridays, 6:35 PM - 7:05 PM
Saturdays, 9:20 AM - 9:50 AM
Saturdays, 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Sundays, 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

 

SCHOOL AGE 6: STROKE MECHANICS
Must have completed Stage 5 or be able to swim 50 yards any stroke and perform freestyle with bent arm recovery, backstroke, sidestroke, breaststroke, and butterfly for 25 yards, tread water for 2 minutes, and be able to dive. Students refine their stroke technique in all major competitive strokes, build endurance, and are encouraged to swim as part of a healthy lifestyle. Ages 6-13

Mondays, 4:15 PM – 4:45 PM
Mondays, 6:35 PM - 7:05 PM
Wednesdays, 6:20 PM – 6:50 PM
Fridays, 6:35 PM - 7:05 PM
Saturdays, 11:05 AM - 11:35 AM
Sundays, 12:05 PM - 12:35 PM
Sundays, 12:40 PM - 1:10 PM

 

AQUATIC CONDITIONING
Must have completed School Age 6 or be able to swim a 50 yards Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, and Butterfly. This course is for students who are interested in swimming competitively to build on their endurance and stroke technique. Ages 10-16

Wednesdays, 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM
Saturdays, 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM
Full-Access Framingham Member $106 | Youth/Teen Member $143 | Community Member $212

 

SPRING 1 SESSION: HOMESCHOOL SWIM

Swim Lessons
Tuesdays, 2:15 PM - 2:45 PM

Open Swim
Tuesdays, 2:45 PM - 3:10 PM
Full-Access Framingham Member $95 | Youth/Teen Member $128 | Community Member $190

 

SPRING 1 SESSION: ADULT AQUATICS

PRICING: 7-WEEK SESSION
Full-Access Framingham Member $95 | Youth/Teen Member $128 | Community Members $190

PRICING: 6-WEEK SESSION (SUNDAY CLASSES)
Full-Access Framingham Member $81 | Youth/Teen Member $109 | Community Members $162

 

LESSONS A, B, C (aGES 18+)
A: Adult Stage A is an introductory class for adults who have minimal to no swimming experience or are hesitant about performing skills in the water. Focus in the class will be on submersion, front and back floats, as well as how to make forward movement in the water.

Mondays, 12:15 PM - 12:45 PM
Wednesdays, 9:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Wednesdays, 6:20 PM - 6:50 PM
Saturdays, 8:45 AM – 9:15 AM
Sundays, 9:10 AM - 9:40 AM

 

B: Adult Stage B will focus on beginner stroke technique (front and back crawl), confidence in and around deep water, combination skills, safety and endurance. It's recommended that adults successfully complete Adult Stage A before registering for this course.

Mondays, 12:50 PM - 1:20 PM
Mondays, 1:25PM - 1:55 PM
Wednesdays, 10:05 AM - 10:35 AM
Thursdays, 6:20 PM - 6:50 PM
Saturdays, 9:55 AM – 10:25 AM
Sundays, 10:20 AM – 10:50 AM

 

C: Adults in Stage C will continue to build on skills mastered in Stages A and B. Participants will improve their endurance while refining their technique for each of the major swim strokes. It’s recommended that adults successfully complete Stages A and B prior to registering for this course. Advanced swimmers who are looking to swim laps while receiving feedback on their technique, please refer to the Masters Swim program.

Tuesdays, 9:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Tuesdays, 6:20 PM - 6:50 PM
Wednesdays, 10:40 AM - 11:10 AM
Saturdays, 11:40 AM - 12:10 PM
Sundays, 12:40 PM - 1:10 PM

 

ADULT SWIM CLASSES

MASTERS SWIMMING
Open to adults 18 years and older, the program is volunteer-led and features workouts and drills.

Ages 18+
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 5:10 AM – 6:10 AM
Full-Access Framingham Member $118 | Community Member $236

 

WATER WALKING (LOW IMPACT)
Total body workout with less impact on joints and more resistance than land walking. One half hour of water walking is equal to two hours on land.

Ages 18+
Tuesdays, 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
Full-Access Framingham Member $18 | Community Member $36

 

WATER WALKING (ADVANCED)
Want more of a challenge? This version is also a total body workout with less impact on joints and more resistance than land walking. One half hour of water walking is equal to two hours on land.

Ages 18+
Thursdays, 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
Full-Access Framingham Member $18 | Community Member $36

 

WATER AEROBICS 
Aerobic water workout focuses on coordination, flexibility, endurance and toning. Adaptable from beginners to experienced participants. Non-swimmers welcome!

Ages 18+
Mondays Wednesdays, Fridays
11:15 AM - 12:00 PM; 7:15 PM - 8:10 PM
Full-Access Framingham Member $18 | Community Member $36

Mondays and Thursdays, 7:15 PM - 8:10 PM
Full-Access Framingham Member $22 | Community Member $44

*Cost is for one class day for the session's duration.

 

AI CHI
Ai Chi is a water exercise and relaxation program that consists of a sequence of slow, broad movements of the arms and legs. It's used for pain management, back pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia, and orthopedic problems. On-swimmers welcome!

Thursdays, 10:20 AM - 11:05 AM
Full-Access Framingham Member $18 | Community Member $36