New Aquatics Programs....

LEARN TO SWIM -  Starts again April 27, 2015.   There are three locations, Milton Bradley, Kiley and Gerena Schools.  See the flier for more information.   Fee is $50 per person.  Certified Instructors and Lifeguards running the classes.  Call Stacey to pre-register at 787-6298.

WATER AEROBICS  -  Next Class TBD when more than 8 people are signed up.

FAMILY SWIM NIGHT -  Takes place on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 5:30-7:30pm at Milton Bradley School, 22 Mulberry Street.  Fee is $2 per person.  Adult required.  Certified Lifeguards will be present.  Ends soon!

LIFEGUARD TRAINING CLASS SCHEDULES BELOW:   Call (413) 787-6298 and ask for Stacey

April Vacation Classes

Re-certification Classes


Come Splash Around!

The Springfield Department of Parks, Buildings and Recreation Management and the YMCA is proud to announce the following NEW public aquatics programs:

1.) Parent/Child Classes - The YMCA Parent and Child Swim Program is a nationally recognized program which promotes water enrichment and aquatics readiness activities for children ages 6 months to 3 years of age. Parent and child participate in water adjustment activities including blowing bubbles, kicking, paddling and jumping in. Games and songs are used to create a fun atmosphere and help children feel comfortable in the pool.   Please Call 739-6951 to register.

2.) Pre-School (3-5) and Youth (6-12) Learn To Swim Classes - A swim class for new and beginner swimmers. Children develop safe pool behavior, adjust to the water and learn to swim individually with a bubble. Swimmers are taught pool safety, the paddle stroke, kicking, floating, blowing bubbles and jumping into the pool.  The classes are first come first serve.  Please Call 739-6951 to register.

3.) Stroke n Turn Clinic (Ages 5-14) - This program will focus on the skills and technique needed for competitive swimming. Clinic will focus on the 4 competitive strokes including extensive work on turns, starts and stroke technique. Program will meet 2 times per week for 45 minutes. Please Call 739-6951 to register.

4.) Competitive Swim Pre-Team (Ages 4 10) - This program will help develop those skills necessary for success for competitive swim team. Class will focus on the 4 competitive strokes with work on starts, turns and stroke technique.  Please Call 739-6951 to register.

5.) Adult Swim Classes (Ages 18+) - Beginner Basic of Swimming: Start with the basics and become more comfortable in the water. This class will introduce basic body position, breathing methods and begin to build your strength and self confidence in the water. Our instructors will work on floating and kicking drills to begin with and will assist each participant improve at their pace.   Intermediate- Stroke Development: Learn how to swim more effectively. This class will review the various strokes and improve arm, leg and head positions. Our instructors will help to identify specific areas for improvement and assist you in becoming a more confident swimmer. Class will meet for 45 minutes to an hour. Please Call 739-6951 to register.

6.) Sunrise Swim- By approved permit only!  Lifeguard presence required.

What You Need To Know To Become A Lifeguard

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City of Springfield Lifeguards must pass a swim test for employment.  There are three possilbe dates to attend. The dates are Thursday, May 14, May 28 and Tuesday, June 2, 2015.  The testing will take place at Milton Bradley Elementary School on 22 Mulberry Street from 6-8pm.  If you are hired, we will do hiring paperwork, the same night, in the cafeteria at 8:15pm.  A State issued picture ID (drivers permit, license, Mass ID) is required and one of the following, a birth certificate or a social security card.  If you have a passport then that is all you will need. 

Please call Stacey at 413-787-6298 to sign up for one of the test dates. 


The next YMCA Swim Lesson Instructor course is TBD.  Attendance at and active participation in all sessions is required; there is also a written exam at the end of the program.  Lesson plans and block plans must be completed and submitted for review by the Instructor.  The fee is $175 for non YGS-staff and $75 for staff.  To sign up call (413) 739-6951.


YMCA Lifeguard Instructor Course -

The next YMCA Lifeguard Instructor Trainer course is TBD.   Attendance at and active participation in all sessions is required; there is also a written exam at the end of the course.  The fee is $175 for non YGS-staff and $75 for staff.  To sign up call (413) 739-6951.



Lifeguard Instructor Course

Current certification as a lifeguard is required for entry into this program. 

We need more applicants to be able to run this class.  A minimum of 6 people are required to run this class.  Please call to sign up if you are interested.

Fee: $300 includes course materials and certification

Call Stacey at 413-787-6298 to sign up!


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