At the Attleboro Y, we understand that swim lessons are more than just stroke development. As they learn to swim, children also develop endurance, self-confidence, and an appreciation for water safety. The Y staff works hard to create an encouraging atmosphere in the water, where each swimmer can learn and progress at his or her own rate and comfort level.

Swim Lessons at the Norton Outdoor Center

This summer, our Aquatics Staff will offer swim lessons for Attleboro Y Members in our beautiful outdoor pool at the Norton Outdoor Center!

Due to the current public health requirements, we will have to run lessons a bit differently to promote social distancing. For beginning swimmers who need in-the-water instruction, we invite you to arrange private or family lessons with our Aquatics Director. For more independent swimmers, we’re offering more traditional swim lessons with a maximum number of 4 participants and the instructor teaching from the deck.

Unsure which type of lesson is right for your child? Please contact our Aquatics Director Kelly Mahoney at


Ages 5 and older. If your child can take swim lessons independently with an instructor teaching from the deck, we invite you to send them up for our 4-class sessions of lessons. You can either sign up for one-week sessions with lessons taught in 4 consecutive days or for a weekly Saturday lesson.

Week of July 6-10

2:00-2:40 pm –  ages 5-8
2:50-3:30 pm – ages 9-12
3:30-4:10 pm – ages 5-8
4:20-5:00 pm – ages 9-12

(Schedule for future weeks will be posted soon.)

Saturday Lessons – July 11-August 1

11:00-11:40 am – ages 5-8
11:50 am-12:30 pm – ages 9-12
12:30-1:10 pm – ages 5-8
1:20-2 pm – ages 9-12

Y Member Fee: $60
Non-Members: Due to current guidelines and capacity limits, we will only be able to extend lessons to Y Members this summer.

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All ages. For young swimmers who require in-the-water instruction, our swim instructors can work with your children one-on-one or in small groups of children from the same household. To arrange for a private or family lesson, please contact our Aquatics Director Kelly Mahoney at to arrange a class time and personalized lesson plan.

Swim Starters

Recommended Age Range: Infants & Toddlers (6 mos. – 3 yrs.) with Parent

In this parent-child category, children learn to be comfortable in the water. Swim Starters focuses on developing swim readiness skills through fun and confidence-building experiences. Parents also learn essential skills in Swim Starters, including how to best supervise children in the water, how to prevent accidents, and how to plan for emergencies.

Stages A & B – Water Discovery and Exploration

Introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment. Focuses on exploring body positions, blowing bubbles and fundamental safety and aquatic skills.

Swim Basics

Recommended Age Ranges: Preschool Youth (3–5 yrs.), School-Age Youth (5–12 yrs.), Teens & Adults (12+ yrs.)

In these three stages, students develop a high level of comfort in the water by practicing safe water habits, engaging in underwater exploration, and learning how to swim to safety and exit if they fall into a body of water. Group activities that reinforce learning help students progress. By the end of this series of stages, students achieve basic swimming competency by learning two benchmark skills – “swim, float, swim” and “jump, push, turn, grab.”

Stage 1 – Water Acclimation

Increases comfort with underwater exploration and basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance. While using flotation device, swimmers will learn to swim independently in correct body position, become comfortable getting face wet, floating on back and jumping into the pool without assistance.

Stage 2 – Water Movement

Encourages forward movement in water and basic self rescue skills performed independently. Swimmers in this level swim independently with flotation device, get their face wet, and jump in and exit pool without assistance. Swimming in correct body position, forward movement, back gliding and safety skills will be emphasized.

Stage 3 – Water Stamina

Develops intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distance than in previous stages. At this level, students swim without a bubble or with only a single slice flotation. They will learn to swim in a correct prone front position with face in the water and back glide 10 yards without bubble. This class builds endurance to swimming on front one length of the pool without flotation device and develops stroke technique on front and back.

Swim Strokes

Recommended Age Ranges: School-Age Youth (5–12 yrs.), Teens & Adults (12+ yrs.)

In these three stages, having mastered the fundamentals, students learn additional water safety skills and build stroke technique, developing skills that prevent chronic disease, increase social-emotional and cognitive well-being, and foster a lifetime of physical activity.

Stage 4 – Stroke Introduction

Introduces basic stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and reinforces water safety through treading water and elementary backstroke. Rhythmic breathing & flutter kick will be practiced.

Stage 5 – Stroke Development

Introduces breaststroke and butterfly. Reinforces water safety through treading water and sidestroke. The four competitive strokes and sidestroke will be taught. Participants should be able to swim length of pool with proper rotary breathing before joining this class.

Stage 6 – Stroke Mechanics – Pre-Competitive Swim Groups

This introduction to competitive swimming refines stroke technique on all four competitive strokes, builds endurance, and encourages swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle.

Seahorses: For youth with special needs

Ages: 4-12

These 30-minute classes have smaller student-to-instructor ratios to help acclimate children with special needs to the water and teach them basic swimming skills. Parents and/or aides are welcome to get in the water to help during the class.

For more information, contact Kelly Mahoney at or (508) 409-0768.

Private Lessons

Ages 3- adult

The Y staff will be happy to work with you and your family in small groups or individually. Contact Kelly Mahoney at (508) 409-0768 to schedule your lesson.

Y Member: $25 per 30-minute lesson
Non-member: $40 per 30-minute lesson

6 pack of 30-minute lessons
Y Member: $135
Non-Member: $215