Aquatics Director: Bryan McDonnell

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The YMCA is “America’s Swim Instructor.”

Let the Wyckoff Y be yours! 

kid swimming

The Wyckoff Family YMCA provides a year-round aquatics program, both instructional and recreational for all ages, abilities, levels and interests. Our aquatics program lays a foundation of water skills and safety guidelines so participants can enjoy a lifetime of safe, healthy, aquatic activities.

Our progressive method of instruction allows participants to grow and learn at their own pace, mastering skills while building their self-confidence and self-esteem.  Members can cross-train and enjoy a great cardio workout in a variety of water exercise classes as well as rebuild their strength, flexibility and balance in a water therapy class.  Support and encouragement are provided to members in the water training classes as they train to be well-rounded athletes.  The Wyckoff Y is committed to the positive aspects of competitive swim for our youth. The Y is proud to be the home of the Wyckoff YMCA Sharks and Stingrays, as well as the host for three area high school swim teams.

There are 2 pools at the Wyckoff Y which provide recreational, instructional, competitive, and aerobic opportunities to members of all ages.  The Boye pool is kept at approximately 81°.  It is primarily used for lap swimming, adult training classes, competitive swim teams, and some exercise classes.  The New pool is kept at approximately 88°.  It is primarily used for instructional swim programs, family swim, and therapeutic and water exercise classes. 

Pool Hours:

Monday – Friday: 5:00am-10pm*
Saturday: 7:00am – 6:30pm
Sunday: 8:00am – 4:30pm

* New pool opens at 6:30am weekdays; pools close 30 minutes prior to facility. 

Swim Lesson Offerings:

Youth Teens Adults AQUATICS GRID 


New Pool Schedule  Boye Pool Schedule

Printable Grid Schedules:



Teen Extreme Lap Swim:

Ages 13-16

Extreme Teen Members - Thursday: 6-7pm and Saturday: 1-2pm 

All swimmers must pass a deep water test in order to participate. Please contact to schedule.


Confident Swimmers


Our Swim Academy is a progressive program that works with your child to ensure that they learn how to swim. Develop a love of swimming and increase your child’s safety, confidence, and awareness in and around the water. Children are taught personal safety, water orientation, and stroke development. Learning to swim takes time and patience. YMCA Instructors are thorough in their teaching methods to ensure that all children learn to swim independently and safely. 

New swim students are required to be evaluated prior to registration. 

baby and mom swimming

Family Swim:

Family Swim is a scheduled recreational swim time for Full Family Members to enjoy.  To ensure the safety and enjoyment for all Members, we ask that everyone adhere to the following Guidelines:

  • Kickboards and noodles are permitted and provided as they are used in a safe manner.
  • YMCA Water Tools (dumbbells, fins, hand buoys, and belts) are reserved for adult swimmers.
  • All children under the age of 7 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Children 7-11 years who pass the deep water test must have an adult on the pool deck or in the viewing area while the child is swimming.
  • Children 12-16 who pass the deep water test must have an adult remain in the facility while the child is swimming.
  • All beginners and inexperienced swimmers, regardless of age, must have an adult in the water with them at all times. Please note that no more than 2 beginner or inexperienced swimmers are allowed per adult.

Family Swim Schedule

Wyckoff Family YMCA in ACTION!

The Wyckoff Family YMCA Sharks Swim Team’s 35 volunteers have been providing swim lessons to our Oasis campers for almost 10 years. This special group of campers join us from Oasis, a Haven for Women and children of Paterson New Jersey. 
The Y has welcomed these children for over 13 summers at no cost to the families. The Learn to Swim program the YMCA uses was developed by USA Swimming in conjunction with Olympian’s Cullen Jones’ Make a Splash campaign. 
With accidental death by drowning being the number two cause of death for children in the United States, Coach Ken believes the Sharks are offering a life skill with a healthy respect for the water in a fun filled environment. 
One of our lead Shark instructors, Courtney Caccamo explains that “being part of the Oasis program is a rewarding experience. The campers enjoy learning how to swim and appreciate all of the time and effort that goes into their instruction.” Cameron Roche leads with Courtney and states “Oasis is not only a fun experience, but an enriching one. It is amazing to see the campers go from being fearful of the water, to becoming confident swimmers.” 
The Wyckoff Family YMCA is grateful to the Stew Leonard III Children’s Charities and their grant which helped expand and strengthen this program.


What is the Wyckoff YMCA Swim Academy?

The Swim Academy is our Instructional Swim Program!

Why should my child swim at the Wyckoff YMCA?

Our instructors are trained in the latest YMCA Swim Lesson curriculum, which was originally created in 1906. Since then, numerous revisions have been made to create the program we teach today. The most recent update to these lessons has included a major overhaul to focus on Aquatic Safety. We believe everyone should learn to swim!

What is a swim session?

During the school year, our program is made up of four 8-week (8-classes) sessions. In the summer, we run four 2-week (8-classes) sessions.

How long are the lessons?

Depending on your child’s swim level, classes range from 30 minutes up to 60 minutes in length.

Do I need a membership to take swim lessons?

Yes, all participants must have an active membership in order to participate in swim lessons. We offer everything from annual Program Memberships to Full Family Memberships here.

When/How do I register for swim lessons?

Registration generally opens in June for our Fall/Winter classes and in December for our Winter/Spring classes. The most current registration and session dates can be found here.

Do you offer make-ups?

Yes! Each session we allow for one make-up for each swimmer. They must be scheduled with the Aquatics Department.

Group class swimmers can attend their same level class on another day and time. The make-up must occur during that current session.

Private lesson swimmers will be contacted by the Aquatics staff to coordinate their make-up during a make-up or break week.

How do I know what class my child should be in?

A swim evaluation is required for any swimmer joining our swim program. We offer open evaluations every Monday and Wednesday at 6:30pm and Saturdays at 12:45pm. No appointment is necessary. We will also advertise additional evaluation opportunities when available.

How does my child progress to the next level?

Towards the end of the session our staff will evaluate every swimmer in our program. We will provide you with a Certificate of Achievement where you will see the skills that your child has mastered, any skills they are still improving on, and our recommendation for their next swim class.

Can I request an instructor?

You may request an instructor, though we cannot ensure we will be able to match everyone with their requests.

What do I need for swim lessons?

Each swimmer should have on proper swim attire. A bathing suit and goggles are important for learning to swim. Swimmers should also bring their own towel. Those swimmers with chin-length hair or longer must wear a swim cap.

Do you have locker rooms?

Yes! We have locker rooms connected to the New Pool for use. There is a Family Locker room for parents to help children in, as well as a boys and girls locker room for children to use. Adults may not change in the boys or girls locker rooms.

What is the swimmer to instructor ratio in your classes?

The ratio does depend on the class. Our classes begin at a 4:1 ratio for our beginner level classes and move up as the skill level increases. Our ratios are equal to or better than the YMCA swim lesson standard.

How do I create a semi-private lesson?

To have a semi-private lesson, you must first sign up for a private lesson. Then, our staff can add in the additional swimmer. The Aquatics Department does not match up semi-private swimmers.