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Swimming is an essential life skill, great exercise, and a challenging sport.  Old Colony YMCA offers a diverse array of swimming programs that are appropriate for all ages, levels, and needs. 

Whether you or your child is learning to swim for the first time, brushing up on swimming stroke skills or wanting to swim competitively, we've got the perfect program!

Water Safety at Old Colony YMCA

The safety of our members and guests is important to us.  That is why we have partnered with Jeff Ellis & Associates, utilizing their Aquatic Risk Management Program that provides proactive standards, policies, and procedures grounded in risk-management principles. Designed to build on and augment the new International Lifeguard Training Program (ILTP), the Comprehensive Aquatic Risk Management Program provides in-house Lifeguard training, CPR, First Aid, Emergency Oxygen, and AED training.

All Old Colony YMCA lifeguards are held to a higher standard and commitment as a lifeguard.  An additional lifeguard certification is required, monthly in-service training and frequent unannounced audits are conducted.  We believe that this proactive program keeps our guards rescue ready and prepared to deal with an aquatic emergency.  Do not be surprised if you are using our swimming pool and we conduct an emergency rescue scenario.  We feel that it is important to make all training scenarios as realistic as possible.  We even use a child mannequin, known as Timmy, in some of these rescue scenarios.

This investment in safety by Old Colony YMCA is incomparable in our region.

Group aquatics exercise class
Water workouts are easy on the joints and can improve your cardiovascular fitness, strength, flexibility and balance.
Preschool swimmer
Learning to swim for the first time, brushing up on stroke skills, or wanting to swim competitively? We've got a class for you!
Competitive Swimmer
Our Swim Teams for ages of 6 – 18 are designed for novice through National level swimmers.
Outdoor pool lifeguard
Safety is a top priority at the Old Colony YMCA. We take every measure to ensure a safe and fun aquatic environment.
Boy with goggles in pool


Get answers to questions about swim lessons, observation, policies and more.
Water with a plus mark
Ensuring safety is an important part of what Ys do every day--whether teaching a child to swim, training a lifeguard, or maintaining aquatic facilities.
Swim Lesson Progression Chart