The Los Cerritos YMCA offers Private and Group Swim lessons for the cities of Bellflower and Paramount. Each class is divided into different levels which is determined by age and the ability of the participant. The following swim stage description will help you determine what is best for your child. Once you have identified the best class level for your child, you can register them in a lesson by age.

Y instructors are nationally certified. Their training includes CPR, AED, First Aid and Oxygen Administration. Swim lessons provide important life skills that could save a life and will benefit students for a life time.

For class schedule please click one of the links below


Swimming lessons are by age group

  • Stage A/B Water Discovery: 6 months - 3 yrs 
  • Stage 1 Water Acclimation: 3-5 years old
  • Stages 2-6: 6-11 years old
  • Teen/Adult: 12+ years old  

Stage A/B: Water Discovery: 6mos - 3yrs
In Stage A/B, parents work with their children to explore body positions, floating, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatics skills.
1 instructor : 10 swimmers

Stage 1: Water Acclimation: 3-5yrs
Students develop comfort with under water exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water in Stage 1. This stage lays the foundation that allows for a student's future progress in swimming.
1 instructor : 4 swimmers.


Stage 2: Water Movement: 6-11yrs
In Stage 2, students focus on body position and control, directional change, and forward movement in the water while also continuing to practice how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water.
1 instructor : 6 swimmers.

Stage 3: Water Stamina: 6-11yrs
In Stage 3, students learn how to swim to safety from a longer distance than in previous stages in the event of falling into a body of water. This stage also introduces rhythmic breathing and integrated arm and leg action.
1 instructor : 6 swimmers.

Stage 4: Stroke Introduction: 6-11yrs
In Stage 4, students develop stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and learn the breast stroke kick and butterfly kick. Water safety is reinforced through treading water and elementary back stroke.
1 instructor : 6 swimmers.


Stage 5: Stroke Development: 6-11yrs
In Stage 5, students work on stroke technique and learn all major competitive strokes. The emphasis on water safety continues through treading water and side stroke.
1 instructor : 6 swimmers


Stage 6: Stroke Mechanics: 6-11yrs
In Stage 6, students refine stroke technique on all major competitive strokes, learn about competitive swimming and discover how to incorporate swimming into a healthy lifestyle.
1 instructor : 6 swimmers

Teen/Adult: 12+
This class is for beginner, little or no water experience. Beginners will learns floating (back and front), introduction of freestyle and elementary backstroke. Intermediate swimmers will refine freestyle and elementary backstroke. Learn sidestroke, breaststroke and deep-water swimming. This is a self paced class.
1 instructor : 7 swimmers.



Because we know that healthy lifestyles are achieved through nurturing and finding balance in mind, body, and spirit, well-being and fitness at the Y includes more than just working out. Water Aerobics is a great place to work towards that balance by challenging yourself to learn a new skill, fostering connections with friends, or building physical strength. 

Bellflower Aquatic Center is currently offering two types of classes:

Shallow Water Aerobics

Deep Water Aerobics

For prices click below



Looking for Private swim lessons? Our lessons are offered year round for children and adults. They are perfect if you prefer individual instruction or if your child is having a hard time focusing in a group. Each session is 30 min, and includes ONE instructor and the participant. 

The class schedule is modified to fit both, the instructor and participant(s). 



Private Lesson Options Bellflower Paramount

1 Instructor per student (Private)

(4) 30 min Session $120/person

(4) 30min Session $90/person

1 Instructor per 2 students


(4) 30 min Session $140/both


(4) 30 min Session $110/both


Please contact the front desk to schedule or check availability on classes 562-925-1292


If you have any questions regarding our Aquatic Programs, please email alex.magnall@lbymca.org or call the Y at 562.925.1292