New Canaan YMCA

Adult Water Activities

Adult Water Activities

Adult Water Activities


The New Canaan YMCA offers aquatics programs for adults to become healthier and stronger in and out of the water. Programs include swim lessons, aquatic group exercise classes, Masters Swimming, and more. Our aquatics center features three beautiful pools.

Aquatic Information & Policies

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For members 13 and older looking to swim for leisure and exercise. Please follow guidelines posted throughout the pool areas so as to not interfere with another swimmer’s workout.


An open time for members ages 13+ needing water therapy.


Free swim is available for members. One non-member parent or guardian may register and accompany a youth member under the age of 12. Free swim ratio comprises 1 adult to no more than 6 children (no more than 2 non-swimmers). To participate in free swim, children under 12 years and non-swimmers of any age MUST be accompanied in the water by an adult 18+, in a bathing suit, and in the pool, who is responsible for the child at all times. All children 12 years and under must be swim tested in order to participate. Each child will be graded as red-beginner, yellow-intermediate, and green-advanced and required to wear a color-coded band in the water.

Please note: Non-swimmers of any age and children using a swim aid must have a parent in the pool no more than an arm’s length away
at all times. The New Canaan YMCA only permits Coast Guard approved personal flotation devices during free swim and therapy swim.


New Canaan YMCA lifeguards have the right to ask anyone not abiding by pool rules, and/or putting other members at risk, to leave the pool area. Only swimmers are permitted on the pool deck, no spectators allowed in pool area unless accompanying a swimmer as required by YMCA policy. Spectators may view the Valles Pool from the observation deck.

Adult Swim Lessons

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Our adult swim lesson programs provide opportunities to adults at all skill levels. From beginners who may be uncomfortable in the water through advanced swimmers looking to enhance technique, our adult lessons provide instruction and support in a comfortable small-class setting. Open to New Canaan YMCA members.

For additional information and any questions, contact Emily Daymonde, Aquatics Director, at 203-920-1652 or by email.


Private and semi-private lessons are available based on pool, instructor, and swimmer availability. Register for private and semi-private lessons through Emily Daymonde, Aquatics Director, at 203-920-1652 or by email. Open to both members and non-members.


Please director cancellations of Private or Semi-Private lessons to call Emily Daymonde, Aquatics Director, at 203-920-1652 or by email. No-notice cancelations or “no shows” must be paid for.

Masters Swim

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Masters Swim is for adult swimmers looking to improve their endurance and strokes in the pool, whether for triathlons, Masters Competition, or personal well-being. Open to New Canaan YMCA members and non-members ages 18+.

For more information on Masters Swim, contact Liz Blau, Associate Director of Competitive Swimming, at 203-920-1645 or by email.

Drop-In Aquatic Fitness Classes

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Water is a wonderful, supportive environment for exercise.  The ability to use the properties of water to vary the intensity of a workout make aquatic fitness appropriate for all ages and abilities. We offer a variety of group exercise classes each week, classes are free and open to New Canaan YMCA members.

The Y’s aquatic fitness classes are taught in our Forese Family Scooter and Valles Pools. If you have any questions or if you need help getting started, please contact Bridget Philipp, V.P. of Healthy Living & Membership, at 203-920-1626 or by email.

Red Cross Lifeguard Certification & Recertification Courses

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The American Red Cross has introduced a junior lifeguarding course designed to guide and prepare youth ages 11-14 for the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course. Course focuses on building a foundation of knowledge, attitude, and skills for future lifeguards.


The American Red Cross Lifeguard course is available to those who are interested in becoming a certified lifeguard. This course includes certification in First Aid, CPR for the Professional Rescuer/AED and Lifeguard.

LIFEGUARD REVIEW COURSE (Ages 15+; recertification course for current lifeguards)

This course is for those individuals who are already certified as a lifeguard and need to re-certify all three certifications: First Aid, CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, and Lifeguard certifications.


This course is offered to current certified lifeguards seeking additional Red Cross Waterfront certification for outdoor waterfronts, beaches, lakes, or ponds.

For additional information and any questions about Red Cross Lifeguarding courses, contact Matt Busse at 203-920-1643 or by email.

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