Learn to Swim at the Y!  The YMCA of Western Stark County offers swim lessons for those of all ages! We pride ourselves in offering a level for each individual to grow and develop their skills.

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Swim Starters (Ages 6 months-3 years)

Stage A / Water Discovery & Stage B / Water Exploration
Accompanied by a parent, infants and toddlers learn to be comfortable in the water and develop swim readiness skills through fun and confidence-building experiences, while parents learn about water safety, drowning prevention, and the importance of supervision.

Preschool (ages 3 to 5) - Stages 1 to 4

School Age (ages 5 to 13) - Stages 1 to 6


Students learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by learning two benchmark skills:
• Swim, float, swim—sequencing front glide, roll, back float, roll, front glide, and exit
• Jump, push, turn, grab

Stage 1 / Water Acclimation
Increases comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance.

Stage 2 / Water Movement
Encourages forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently.

Stage 3 / Water Stamina
Develops intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distances than in previous 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.

Stage 5 / Stroke Development
Introduces breast-stroke and butterfly and reinforces water safety through treading water and sidestroke.

Stage 6 / Stroke Mechanics
Refines stroke technique on all major competitive strokes and encourages swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle.

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Personal Lessons (One-On-One & Buddy)

Lessons designed to give participants individualized attention to improve or master their swimming skills. Complete our web form with questions or to have the Y staff contact you to get started.

Swim Team

Visit our Swim Team web page for more info.

Visit our Massillon YMCA Gators web page


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Susan Scheetz (Towpath Trail YMCA)
(330) 879-0800

Julie Knight (Massillon Family YMCA)
(330) 837-5116