Need a flexible schedule or feel more comfortable with a more individual setting? Check out our private swim lessons option.


The Cortland County Family YMCA offers a variety of progressive group lessons for all abilities! Swimmers will work with instructors in smaller groups, with placement based on their age and ability.

Swimmer Placement Chart (.pdf)

Swim Lesson Prices

The next session of swim lessons start Wednesday, November 8th & Saturday, November 11th!
Each session is six lessons, meeting once a week.

Wednesday Afternoons at 4:00 or 4:30 PM
Saturday Mornings at 10:15 or 10:45 AM

Cortland YMCA Members: $50
Community Members: $80

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What Level Should My Child Be Enrolled In?

Levels are taught in a progressive manner. Instructors will assess the skill level of current swimmers during the final week of the session, and provide parents with their new placement. Parents will be asked to select a level for new students. Instructors will adjust their level if needed after the first week of lessons. Advanced levels (Stage 6 and Endurance) require a swim test held on the first day of class.

New! Stingers Pre-team

Is your child interested in joining the Cortland YMCA’s swim team, but they need a little more time to develop their skills? Register them for Stingers Pre-team! Contact Coach Amy for more information.

Weather Notice:

If Cortland County has a travel warning or state of emergency, classes will be cancelled.

We look forward to an excellent swimming experience for you and your child! Please, if you have any questions or concerns, contact ourĀ  Aquatics Director, at