Custer YMCA

Custer Pool


The Y Aquatics Program is participant-centered. The emphasis is on learning, not passing or failing. Each development level is divided into 5 components which include personal safety, personal growth, stroke development, water games and rescue. It is not uncommon for a child to repeat any given level.

Our swimming lessons are specifically tailored to the child’s age, swimming ability, level of physical development and confidence in the water. The participant will advance in the program as they become more skilled in the water.


Beginner level swimmers:  We believe in the use of flotation devices to help children gradually become accustomed to the water. Every lesson, we remove the flotation device at least once to test your child’s buoyancy and to build confidence.


Every child learns at a different pace. Some children may remain at one level for a longer period of time. Once they develop into the requirements of the class, they will advance to the next level.


Classes often fill up very quickly so we encourage participants to register early.  We do not offer a waiting list. Due to the short season, participant to instructor ratios and to keep classes at a consistent level, we are not able to offer make-up swim lessons. We do not give credits for individual classes missed regardless of the reason.