Aquatics

The Aquatics Department at Manhattan Youth is thrilled to be back in person! We are currently offering limited Swim Lessons and our Family Swim is now available 7 days per week for members.

Take a look at our class descriptions below! 

Infant, Toddler & Pre-K

In addition to our Infant, Toddler and Pre-K swim classes, we offer Family Swim sessions every day of the week as part of our Family Membership. For young children we encourage a combination of structured swimming classes and play time in the water, and consistent exposure to the water leads to happy, successful swimmers.

6mo–2yr

Bubble Babies

This drop-in class helps our newest little swimmers become comfortable in and around the water. Songs and games introduce beginner swim skills (such as kicking, splashing, and blowing bubbles) and create a fun, positive experience for young children in the pool. For baby and their adult.

Bubble Babies classes are FREE for Center Family Members. We currently offer Bubble Babies on Saturdays at 11am and Sundays at 10:25 and 11am.

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2.5–4yr

Begin2Swim Program

These registration-based beginner swim lessons offer more personal instruction and a progressive curriculum for children who are ready to take the plunge! Children learn safety skills, breath control, proper body position, and basic arm and leg movements. Through a more structured class setting, swimmers begin to independently follow the lead of the instructor. After completion of the Begin2Swim program, swimmers may be ready to move up to the first level of our Pre-K Swim Lessons.

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3–5yr

Pre-K Swim Lessons

Our small-group lessons promote safety, fun, and friendship. We love incorporating a social aspect into swimming - an activity that is often thought of as an individual sport. The result is an environment where children encourage, support, and learn from one another (and simply have a blast swimming!)

Our Pre-K classes have only 3-4 children per instructor, and swimmers are placed into groups based on age and ability.

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3–5yr

Week-Long Booster Sessions

Our week-long Booster Sessions are offered during the Summer months and select school breaks. Swimmers attend every day of the scheduled session for an hour each day. This consists of a 30-40 minute structured swim lesson, followed by 20-30 minutes of free swim, games, and play with the instructor - creating a fun, camp-like experience for your child, with lots and lots of skill practice!

Booster Sessions are offered for ages 3 and up. Visit our registration page to sign up!

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2yr–All Ages

Private Lessons

Private swim lessons are offered to Center Members of all ages, although we typically recommend swimmers have a parent/guardian participate with them in the water until age 3. Private lessons will cover the same curriculum as our group classes, but are recommended for children with special needs or who may be more successful with one-on-one instruction rather than in a group setting.  

Contact our Aquatics office (swim@manhattanyouth.org) for additional information.

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6mo–All Ages

Family Swim

Family Swim hours are offered everyday for our members. Sign up through the link in your weekly membership emails!

 

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Youth & After-School

Our small-group lessons promote safety, fun, and friendship. We love incorporating a social aspect into swimming - an activity that is often thought of as an individual sport. The result is an environment where children encourage, support, and learn from one another (and simply have a blast swimming!)

Grade K– 5

Youth Swim Lessons

Our small-group lessons promote safety, fun, and friendship. We love incorporating a social aspect into swimming - an activity that is often thought of as an individual sport. The result is an environment where children encourage, support, and learn from one another (and simply have a blast swimming!)

Children are placed into classes by age and ability and class size for this age is limited to 3-6 children per instructor (depending on the skill level of the swimmers.)

We offer classes for all swimming levels - from the inexperienced to the most advanced swimmers. Registration is based on a semester schedule, and we accept rolling registration based on availability. Visit our registration page for more details.

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Grade K– 5

After-School Swim Lessons

We are proud to additionally offer our Youth Swim Lessons through our After-School Programs at PS 89, PS 234, PS 150, PS 276, PS 343, and PS 397. Children receive the same instruction and swim experience as our Youth classes during their assigned swim block, in addition to pick-up directly from their classrooms at school dismissal, snack, transportation to the Community Center, and childcare activities provided by our wonderful After-School counselors and directors.

To find out more on our After-School programs, please click here.

Please note that swim offerings and schedules vary by school.

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3–6yr

Week-Long Booster Sessions

Our week-long Booster Sessions are offered during the Summer months and select school breaks. Swimmers attend every day of the scheduled session for an hour each day. This consists of a 30-40 minute structured swim lesson, followed by 20-30 minutes of free swim, games, and play with the instructor - creating a fun, camp-like experience for your child, with lots and lots of skill practice!

Visit our registration page to sign up!

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Grade 3–8

Tritons Swim Team

Our Tritons Swim Team offers advanced swimmers the opportunity to gain increased endurance, improve fitness and self-confidence, refine their stroke technique, and learn competitive skills and sportsmanship. Our goal is not strictly to develop fast swimmers. Our goal is to develop great student-athletes and well-rounded young adults, who can balance schoolwork, practices, and a variety of other activities - all with a positive attitude, strong work ethic, respect for themselves and others, and support from their team, coaches, and parents.

Enrollment in the Tritons Swim Team requires an evaluation with one of our coaches. Swimmers choose their own practice schedules, between 2-4 days per week.

For more information, please email tritons@manhattanyouth.org

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Middle & High School

Our Middle and High School swim programs are geared specifically towards adolescent swimmers. Whether new to swimming or an accomplished team swimmer, we offer a class or program for everyone!

Grade 6–8

Teen Swim Lessons

It's important for our Middle and High-School aged swimmers to feel confident about participating in a swim class. Our Swim Instructors for these classes have years of experience working with Middle and High School students in camp, classroom, and aquatics settings. Classes of all abilities are offered, from beginner to advanced.

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Grade 3–8

Tritons Swim Team

Our Tritons Swim Team offers advanced swimmers the opportunity to gain increased endurance, improve fitness and self-confidence, refine their stroke technique, and learn competitive skills and sportsmanship. Our goal is not strictly to develop fast swimmers. Our goal is to develop great student-athletes and well-rounded young adults, who can balance schoolwork, practices, and a variety of other activities - all with a positive attitude, strong work ethic, respect for themselves and others, and support from their team, coaches, and parents.

Enrollment in the Tritons Swim Team requires an evaluation with one of our coaches. Swimmers choose their own practice schedules, between 2-4 days per week.

For more information, please email tritons@manhattanyouth.org

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Adult Aquatics

The Downtown Community Center strives to promote continuing active lifestyles through our Adult Aquatics Programs. All Adult Aquatics classes are included in Center Membership.

Contact our Aquatics office at 212-766-1104 x298 or e-mail for additional information.

 

Adult

Adult Lap Swim

During designated hours, lanes are reserved specifically for Adult Lap Swimming. 

 

Monday mornings, 8am - 9am.

Email servicedesk@manhattanyouth.org for information on reserving a lane. 

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Adult

Adult Private Lessons

Our Adult Private lessons can be adapted to the individual needs and specific goals of each swimmer. They are offered only to Center Members.

Contact our Aquatics office at 212-766-1104 x298 or e-mail swim@manhattanyouth.org for additional information.

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Senior Aquatics

The Downtown Community Center is proud to offer a free Senior Aquatics program for community residents ages 65+. We offer both open swim sessions as well as various senior fitness classes and swim lesson clinics. Seniors love our warm water and welcoming staff. To participate in our Senior Swim program please fill out the Senior Swim Application, which can be found PDF icon here

Contact our Aquatics office at 212-766-1104 x298 or email swim@manhattanyouth.org for additional information!
 

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