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.

Update about April 2020 Programs:

Due to the current community health concerns and the closing of schools through May 4th, we will not offer any swim lessons or programs through the month of April. Get all of the details you need here.

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.

> Schedules, locations, fees, and registration

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.

> Preschool Stage 1 – Schedules, locations, fees, and registration

> School-Age Stage 1 – Schedules, locations, fees, and registration

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.

> Preschool Stage 2 – Schedules, locations, fees, and registration

> School-Age Stage 2 – Schedules, locations, fees, and registration

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.

> Preschool Stage 3 – Schedules, locations, fees, and registration

> School-Age Stage 3 – Schedules, locations, fees, and registration

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.

> Schedules, locations, fees, and registration

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.

> Schedules, locations, fees, and registration

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.

> Schedules, locations, fees, and registration

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

Kennedy-Donovan Swim Program

In cooperation with the staff at Kennedy Donovan Center, the Attleboro Y Aquatics staff will offer a swim class and water therapy session specifically designed for KDC clients.

Held at the Y’s Pleasant Street Branch, this class will include introduction to the water, basic swim skills, water therapy, and supervised play time.

A parent or guardian will need to be in the water with each swimmer.

Friday 11:30-12:15
8 week session: March 27 – May 22
(no class 4/24 school vacation)

Pleasant Street Branch
537 Pleasant Street, Attleboro

Program Fee: $69

Registration: To register, call the Y at 508.226.7700 or register online.

Contact Information:
Noreen Foley – Y Aquatic Coordinator – 508.409.0737
Amy Abdalla, MS – CCC-SLP at Kennedy Donovan Center – 508-851-7101


Scouts Swim Badge

Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts troops are welcome to come to the Y for structured badge or pin training followed by recreational swim time with the family. By appointment only.


Y Member: $10, Non-Member: $15

Contact Kelly Mahoney at or (508) 409-0768 to schedule your troop’s session.