AUBURN – The Auburn-Lewiston YMCA will begin registration for its next eight-week session of swim lessons on Monday, Feb. 20. Preregistration will continue for two weeks. Lessons will begin the week of March 6.

The YMCA offers the following swim lesson classes: Parent and Tot, ages 6 to 18 months; Water Babies, ages 18 to 24 months; Tiny Tots, ages 2 to 5; Youth Progressive Lessons, ages 6 and up; and adult swim lessons.

Parent and Tot is designed to introduce infants to the water. A parent is required to participate in the class with the child. Class is scheduled for 8:30 to 9 a.m. and 9 to 9:30 a.m. Saturdays.

Water Babies is a 15-minute class catering to the timid new swimmer and has a 1:1 child/instructor ratio. Classes are held once a week, from 10 to 10:15 a.m. Mondays or Wednesdays.

The Tiny Tot swim program is geared toward teaching tots to swim and feel safe in and around the water. Classes are offered at various times on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday mornings, in the afternoon Thursdays, and evenings on Mondays. Advanced Tiny Tot classes are held on Monday at 7 p.m., Wednesday at 10:15 a.m., Thursday at 1 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m. All classes run for 30 minutes.

Youth Progressive Lessons is a national YMCA program designed to improve children’s swimming skills, teach new skills, work on endurance and stroke techniques, as well as survival skills.

Children will be placed in a class based on their swimming level as follows: Polliwog or Guppy, Tuesdays or Thursdays 6 to 6:45 p.m., or Saturdays 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.; Minnow, Tuesdays or Thursdays 6:45 to 7:30 p.m.; Fish, Tuesdays or Thursdays 6:45 to 7:30 p.m. or Saturdays 11:15 a.m. to noon; Flying Fish, Wednesdays 6 to 6:45 p.m. or Saturday 11:15 a.m. to noon; Shark, Wednesdays 6 to 6:45 p.m.

Class size is limited. Registration is taken on a first come-first serve basis. All participants must be YMCA members. A yearly (social) membership for those ages 5 and under is $20; a youth membership is $45. All the above classes have a $45 program fee.

Adult swim lessons are offered Fridays 8:45 to 9:30 a.m. Nonmembers must pay a $20 adult social membership fee good for a year. All participants must pay the $45 program fee for the eight-week session.

The YMCA is also holding registration for water exercise programs. Water aerobics is a low impact cardiovascular workout for adults of all ages. Classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. and Monday through Friday from 8 to 8:45 a.m. Water aerobic classes are free for those with a YMCA full privilege membership. Nonmembers must pay a $20 adult social membership fee good for a year and a $65 program fee for the eight-week session.

Those interested should inquire about the adult lap swim, family/open swims, Scout swims and splash parties.

For more information, stop by the YMCA at 62 Turner St.; call 795-4095; or visit

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