AUBURN – The Auburn-Lewiston YMCA has announced its next session of swim lessons beginning the week of Feb. 26. The YMCA offers the following swim lesson classes: Parent and Tot, age 6 to 18 months; Water Babies, age 18 to 24 months; Tiny Tots, age 2 to 5; youth progressive lessons, age 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. Saturdays.

Water Babies is a 15-minute class catering to the timid new swimmer and has a 1:1 child/instructor ratio. Classes will be held from 10 to 10:15 a.m. Mondays.

The Tiny Tot program is geared toward teaching the children to swim and feel safe in and around the water. Classes will be offered at various times on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday mornings, Thursday afternoons and Monday evenings.

Advanced Tiny Tot classes will be held at 7 p.m. Mondays, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, 1 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. Saturdays. All classes will run for 30 minutes.

Youth progressive lessons, a National YMCA program, are 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, 6 to 6:45 p.m. Thursdays or 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Saturdays; Minnow 6:45 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays; Fish, 6:45 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays or 11:15 a.m. to noon Saturdays; Flying Fish, 6 to 6:45 p.m. Wednesdays or 11:15 a.m. to noon Saturdays; Shark, 6 to 6:45 p.m. Wednesdays.

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 those ages 5 and under is $20; a youth membership is $45. All the above classes have a $50 program fee.

Adult swim lessons are offered from 6:45 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Nonmembers must pay a $20 adult social membership fee (good for a year). All participants must pay the $50 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 run from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 8 to 8:45 a.m. Mondays through Fridays. The classes are free for those with a YMCA full privilege membership. Nonmembers must pay a $20 adult social membership fee and a $65 program fee.

There are also adult lap swim, 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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