What would the YMCA be without water? ​

The Keene Family YMCA Swim lessons are taught by trained, experienced swim instructors from all swimming backgrounds. We focus on a swimmers skill development, confidence, endurance but most importantly keeping themselves safe in and around the water.

a life skill

Water fitness, water therapy, lap swim, and adult swim lessons (it’s NEVER too late) are just some of the water-based activities you’ll find at the Y. At the Keene Family YMCA, we know swimming is a life skill as much as it is great exercise and a challenging sport.

The Keene Family YMCA offers a variety of programs that are designed to accommodate children of all age groups and skill levels. At each level, the goals and objectives are specific and directed toward meeting the needs of the swimmer. We offer competitive, non-competitive, and “pre-competitive” options to meet children where they are at.

Each swimmer is given the opportunity to develop physically, emotionally, mentally, and socially through fun, safe, and challenging activities.

Did you know…

  • Swimming a lifelong skill that can be taught at ANY age?
  • Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death in children 1-4 years of age?
  • The YMCA has been the leading provider of swim lessons for over 100 years?

For more information about any of our Aquatics programs, please contact our Aquatics Director, Menachi Pillai.

Swim Lessons

The YMCA Swim lessons boast an innovative curriculum designed to advance individual swimmer’s skills and abilities in a wide variety of swimming proficiencies including personal safety, submersion, stroke work, competitive swimming, endurance, and physical fitness. Each swimmer’s progress is tracked as they reach benchmark skills. Complete all the skills at one level and advance to the next. Our program produces the future lifeguards and swim instructors that we count on to keep our community safe. We offer lessons for every age group – from infant to adults. It’s never to late to learn how to swim

Pre-Swim Team

Children who have passed level 6 are eligible to participate in Pre-Swim Team. Pre- Swim Team will focus on lane etiquette, race technique, starts off of the diving block, conditioning and so much more. After the successful completion of pre-team, your child will be ready to compete on a team. Practice is held twice weekly.
Must be a member of the Y.

Keene Family YMCA Dolphins Swim Team (KYD)

The Dolphins Swim Team trains athletes between the ages of 6 and 18 from the greater Keene New Hampshire area to become competitive swimmers. Our training philosophy is built upon the YMCA’s 4 Core Values: Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility. We believe that competitive swimming nurtures healthy development, and we encourage dedication to sportsmanship, academics, community involvement, and life-long fitness. Our coaches work with all swimmers to set goals and foster commitment to achieving those goals as a responsible member of a team.

Swim Club and Junior Lifeguard

For those that love to swim but do not want to compete, we offer a Swim Club where participants continue to learn swimming skills as well as play water polo, water volleyball, and other aquatic games. For the aspiring lifeguard, we offer a Junior Lifeguard program.