AUBURN – The Auburn-Lewiston YMCA has announced its next session of swim lessons beginning the week of Jan. 2. The YMCA offers the following classes: Parent and Tot (6 to 18 months), Water Babies (18 to 24 months), Tiny Tots (ages 2 to 5), youth progressive lessons (age 6 and up) and adult swim lessons. Youth can also register for the Twin Cities Swim Team

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. 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 from 10 to 10:15 a.m. Mondays.

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

Youth progressive lessons are for children ages 6 and up. The national YMCA swim lesson program is designed to improve children’s swimming skills, teach new skills, work on endurance and stroke techniques and 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.

Each program runs in eight-week sessions throughout the year. 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 ages 5 and under is $20 and a youth membership is $45. All the above classes have a $45 program fee.

Adult swim lessons are offered Wednesdays 6:45 to 7:30 p.m. Non-members 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 lower impact cardiovascular workout for adults of all ages. Classes are Tuesday and Thursday 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. Non-members must pay a $20 adult social membership fee and a $65 program fee for the eight-week session.

All YMCA aquatic programs are designed to instill confidence in participants and make learning new skills fun and challenging in a positive way. There are also adult lap swims, family/open swims, Scout swims and pool rental rates for splash parties.

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

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