Swim with Community Education and the YMCA! With small class sizes and great teachers, the YMCA makes swimming lessons a time of intentional growth. Scholarships from Community Education and the YMCA based on financial need are available upon request. Parent and Child: With a parent, infant and toddlers learn to be comfortable in the water while parents learn about water safety and drowning prevention. 3-5 years: Students learn safe water habits, underwater exploration, how to swim to safety and exit the pool. Lessons are a mix of games, drills, and activities. 6-12 years: Students learn about water safety, swimming competency, and can progress to working on swimming strokes, depending on their progress.