Aquatics at Manhattan Youth Downtown Community Center

Manhattan Youth Swim School provides high quality small-group swimming lessons by promoting safety, fun, friendship, and skill development, taught through our progressive "Learn-to-Swim" curriculum.

We encourage young children to swim independently through play, exploration, interaction with fellow students, and by instilling confidence with each new skill that they learn.

Children are placed into groups determined by age and ability. Class sizes are small, with a maximum capacity of 4 students per instructor. Private lessons are available to members of the Downtown Community Center only, and by individual request.

In addition to our Swim School curriculum, our pool features daily Family Swim, Adult Lap Swim, and Bubble Babies classes for children aged 6 months -3 Years. These are included with Membership to the Downtown Community Center, and are for members only.

Swim Lessons for Infant - Pre-K

See descriptions of our swim offerings for our littlest splashers! Bubble Babies classes are free for members of the Downtown Community Center. All others require registration.

6mo–2.5yr

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 with the encouragement of their grown up. After completion of the Begin2Swim program, swimmers may be ready to move up to the first level of our Pre-K Swim Lessons. Begin2Swim classes are for child and their grown up.

Register here

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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.

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

Register here.

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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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K - 5th Grade

Ages K - 5th grade who are not enrolled in one of our After school programs can register here for swim lessons. Note that this is not a drop off program, parents or caregivers must stay inside the building during the lesson.

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.

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.

Please note that this is not a drop off program.

Register here.

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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, or visit our tritons page here.

Due to the demand for spots on our Tritons Swim Team, we are not able to register new team members.  

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After School

If your child is enrolled in any of the elementary school After School programs where Manhattan Youth provides After School activities and enrichment, swim lessons are available as one of your options.  To find out more about After School and sign up for swim lessons as a part of these programs, click here.

Grade K– 5

After-School Swim Lessons

We are proud to offer Youth Swim Lessons as a choice in our After-School Programs. Children receive the same instruction and swim experience as our Youth swim lessons.  Your child will be picked up directly from their classroom at school dismissal, have a snack, and be transported to the Downtown Community Center for childcare activities provided by our After-school staff.

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

Please note that swim offerings and schedules vary by school. 

 

If you attend a school that is not in our network, you may sign your student up for drop-off After School at the Downtown Community Center.

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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.

To explore swim lessons for your middle and high school student, visit our registration page.

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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, or visit our tritons page here.

Due to the demand for spots on our Tritons Swim Team, we are not able to register new team members.  

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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. Adult lessons will be offered in Fall 2021.

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

We will work with your schedule and skill level to curate lessons just for you.

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Senior Aquatics

The Downtown Community Center is proud to offer a free Senior Aquatics program for community residents ages 65+.

Adult

Senior Adult Swim

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  here

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

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